May 17, 2013
The members of Austin’s The Black Angels have been cranking out reliably rich psych rock over the past decade, with Indigo Meadow arriving earlier this year. Tonight, the band performs with Hanni El Khatib and Wall of Death at The Fillmore, and we’ve got tickets to give away!
To win a pair of tickets to tonight’s show, email contest[at]thebaybridged.com with the subject line “The Black Angels” and include your full name for a chance to win.
The Black Angels, Hanni El Khatib, Wall of Death
May 17, 2013
May 17, 2013
The Mantles‘ new LP Long Enough to Leave is slated for release on June 18 via Slumberland, and they’re streaming another track, “Hello”, off that forthcoming effort, the band’s second full-length. “Hello” debuted on Pitchfork last week, full of washed out ’60s garage rock psychedelia, but frontman Mike Oliveres dropped the borderline punk rock sneer found in the Bay Area-based quartet’s previous single “Brown Balloon”, opting for a more laid back and almost blasé feel. Listen to “Hello” and get full details on The Mantles’ record release party at Rickshaw Stop and upcoming East Coast tour below.
May 16, 2013
Since banding together in 2011, the soul rockers of The Reckless Kind have been churning up a brand of music they call heavy soul. Last August, the group dropped its debut album Golden Age of Thinking, as an homage to the music that inspires the entire project: rock and roll, soul and rhythm and blues. Bassist Brian Miu recently explained over email that, for his band, “These genres are the Golden Age of music. We take these musical inspirations and put our own heavy spin to it.” This description brings to mind the 1960s San Francisco-inspired category that so many bands are pigeonholed into, but instead of shrugging off such comparisons, the band revels in it.
With an affinity for the past that lies deeper than genre, the band recorded its album the old-fashioned way – every sound “was done by real people playing actual instruments,” describes Brian. “We did our best to stay true to the classic recording methods that were used on the records we love from the past. This ideology is part of the reason we titled the album Golden Age Thinking.”
Featuring an eight-piece lineup, the band has not only the manpower needed to resurrect its different influences, but also the finesse required to bridge those sounds together. With guitars anchoring its music in a solid rock foundation, the group layers on the polish with keyboard organ, tenor sax and trumpet while vocalist Phillip Mills has just enough grit in his voice to give him an edge and more than enough gusto to hold down a soul ballad. Brian explains, ”You can expect dancey grooves, catchy dueling guitar riffs, energetic horns, and tasteful vocal harmonies.”
The Reckless Kind is bringing its signature neo-soul rock sound and some new tunes to Milk Bar tomorrow, May 17th, along with Portland-based outfit Rags & Ribbons, San Diego’s Belmont Lights and San Francisco’s own Rosa Grande. In the meantime, here’s the band’s music video from “Blood Everywhere,” staring the most badass Barbie doll on Youtube.
The Reckless Kind, Rags & Ribbons, Belmont Lights, Rosa Grande
May 17, 2013
9pm, $10, 21+
May 16, 2013
Split Screens, the project led by multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cafiero, released their debut video last week for the track “Born”. The video was created by Cafiero, who says he was inspired by screenings at San Francisco’s Oddball Films, a stock footage company that has provided footage for Milk, The Summer of Love, and Mythbusters, among others. Created entirely from archived footage at the local Prelinger Archives, he presents the ideal scene for this dreamy, hazy track. Cafiero is currently in the studio recording the next Split Screens release (and recently brought in members of Guy Fox to lay down some horn tracks). Split Screens will play Brick & Mortar as part of a bill we covered here on Tuesday and will tour the Pacific Northwest with Fox and Woman. The video and show details are below.
May 16, 2013
For Bay Area folks, the name ‘Sea Wolf’ might call to mind a Jack London classic, a rugged high-seas adventure that takes place off the shores of San Francisco at the turn of the century. That’s why it’s strangely appropriate that Sea Wolf, the LA indie band that got their start around the turn of this century, is appearing at Great American Music Hall, a crimson-walled remnant of the Barbary Coast days during which London thrived. If you’d like a shot at a pair of tickets, follow the directions below.
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May 15, 2013
Professional Fans is bringing its fourth official showcase to Brick & Mortar Music Hall on Sunday, May 19 with performances by Gothic Tropic, Seatraffic, and Cruel Summer. Expect a night of sunny California pop jams with subtly relatable undertones of emotional turmoil.
Gothic Tropic is a trio from L.A.’s Echo Park comprised of Cecilia Della Peruti, Daniel Denton, and Lia Braswell. The band’s sound echoes its moniker, fortifying rhythmic jungle pop with dark and witty themes. Listen to “Flesh Dance” off the Awesome Problems EP, below.
Rising San Francisco synth-pop duo Seatraffic, a Professional Fans favorite, will also perform at the showcase. Their track “Tempo of Regret” recently got the remix treatment from Moondive, which you can stream below.
Local newcomers Cruel Summer caught our attention with a few outstanding female fronted pop-rock singles on Bandcamp, dousing sweet summertime melodies with a post-punk shoegaze edge. Stream their self-titled EP below, recorded in San Francisco with Jason Kick at Secret Studios.
As usual, DJ CoolGreg and our own Katie Kopacz will represent Professional Fans with an all-vinyl DJ set. RSVP for the show on Facebook.
Gothic Tropic, Seatraffic, Cruel Summer, ProFan DJs
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
May 19, 2013
May 15, 2013
The Night Light in Oakland offers a great lineup tonight, with Nashville lo-fi pop band Faux Ferocious as the announced headliners, but with a “Surprise Special Guest” playing last. It will also sadly be the second to last Bay Area show for Chris Edley, aka SAFE, before he moves to Vermont. Spencer Owen rounds out the lineup, and the show will be MC’ed by Joel Robinow (keyboardist for Howlin’ Rain).
Below, watch SAFE’s video for “Treason”, a track Edley says he wrote and recorded in 15 minutes, along with Owen’s Knock and Rock performance of “It Work”. Owen, whom we’ve mentioned here previously, will be play The Night Light without his band The Timeshare, but as the hilarious yet touching video for “It Work” shows, he can nail a solo performance. A sampling of Faux Ferocious’ music, full show details, and some info on SAFE’s final gig follow.
May 14, 2013
As a last hurrah before they take a break from live shows, San Jose’s San Francesca will be powering down with a performance at Brick and Mortar this Thursday, 5/16/13 with Religious Girls and Split Screens. The show comes as an informal farewell before they take time off from playing to work on a new record.
San Francesca will also be premiering a video with San Jose’s Content Magazine in the very near future to tide fans over until the record. The video will also come with a free download of the new song…stay tuned.