May 18, 2012
While the designation “punk-pop” might suggest that slick, whiny garbage that somehow became popular around the turn of the millennium, Grandma’s Boyfriend is helping to seize back nervy, sped-up pop for the rest of us. The SF band is giving away their new EP of songs “about getting killed and lost love and girls that just take things too far” below, but this is seven-inch music, so grab one from Loglady. As the flyer indicates, the “cuttiessssst band of 20122#” is currently on tour.
Sleepy Sun to conclude North American tour with album release show Friday 5/18/12 at The Independent
May 17, 2012
SF pysch-rock quintet Sleepy Sun rolls back into SF this Friday, 5/18/12, after a month’s-long tour across the States and Canada in support of their latest effort Spine Hits (out April 10th on The End Records), and they’re celebrating the occasion with an album release show this Friday, May 18th at The Independent. Joining the band are Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, Some Ember, and DJ Britt Govea.
After a very brief rest (read: enough time to do their laundry and repack), Sleepy Sun returns to the road, heading to Europe for a run of shows beginning on May 23rd in the Netherlands, before a short turn around the West Coast in June. Spine Hits is their third full-length album, and the band has been gaining steam on the strength of tracks like “V.O.G.”, which we previously featured back in April:
Get full details on the show and Sleepy Sun’s upcoming European and West Coast tours after the jump.
May 4, 2012
Back when I reviewed Social Studies‘ set at Noise Pop 2012, I specifically mentioned a new song, “Terracur,” as a standout track. Social Studies singer Natalia told me it would appear on their new album, so I’m pretty stoked that the album is almost ready. But first, there’s a small matter of mixing and mastering the thing… and that’s where you come in.
The band has recorded 12 new songs to 2″ tape at New, Improved Recording with Eli Crews, a local producer with records by Why?, Deerhoof, and tUnE-yArDs on his resume. They’re real stoked about how the album is turning out, but they need some financial assistance to finish it proper style.
Head on over to their Kickstarter page and help ‘em out, why don’t ya?
You can listen to Social Studies’ last album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, while you donate:
April 17, 2012
It’s the afternoon before her San Francisco band’s namesake holiday, April Fool’s Day, and Rupa Marya is taking a lunch break from preparations for Rupa and the April Fishes’ upcoming bicycle concert tour. Marya woke up early this morning to alter her bike to haul not just her but her music gear 200 miles over nine days this month.
“That meant taking the wheel off and adding this extension,” said the leader of the multicultural amalgam April Fishes as she pointed to a newly installed metal frame extension to her baby blue bicycle. “I also had to extend the back bike gear cable.” Marya knew nothing about altering bicycles; she picked it up at the nonprofit Bike Kitchen in the Mission, where instructors teach others how to repair their own bicycles. “Someone sat there with me and taught me how to do cabling – it was totally amazing to learn,” she said.
The desire to learn has pulled Marya for most of her life, not just musically, but in her other career as a doctor. It’s also the reason she wanted to trek around the Bay on a bike – to explore the connection people have with the history, wildlife and culture here.
Marya was born in the U.S. to Indian parents. When she was 4, she and her brother were temporarily sent to India to live with their grandparents while their parents struggled financially in the Bay Area. When she was 10, her parents moved the family to France. She now speaks four languages: English, French, Hindi and Spanish.
After moving back to the Bay Area, Marya studied medicine. In her spare time she performed solo with her guitar at coffee houses, art galleries and on the streets of the Mission. After one of these shows, in 2006, cellist Ed Baskerville convinced her to rehearse with him and later to start the April Fishes. The lineup now includes drummer Aaron Kierbel, cellist Misha Khalikulov, trumpet player Mario Alberto Silva and bassist Safa Shokrai.
March 30, 2012
Foxtails Brigade have released a new video shot by Jack Conte of YouTube darlings Pomplamoose. It’s apparently the first of four videos that they plan to do together. The other three will be released on Foxtails Brigades’ YouTube channel.
The video is shot very much in the Pomplamoose style, where what you hear is what you see — the person and instrument making every single sound at some point makes a cameo in the video. In other words, they’re keepin it real, and they can prove it. Conte explained the method to NPR a couple years ago, and it’s worth checking out if only for the Beyonce and Lady Gaga covers.
This approach works pretty well for Foxtails Brigade, because it means you get a glimpse of the drum kit. I caught a set at SXSW and from what I saw, the kit consisted of a metal bowl, a wine bottle, two toms, some cow bells, and a tambourine. I thought that was cool.
Foxtails Brigade are headlining a show with Emily Jane White on Apr 11 at Cafe Du Nord. (If you haven’t checked out the teaser tracks from EJW’s forthcoming Ode to Sentience, out June 12 on Antenna Farm Records, you should. Do it!) After Du Nord, the two are hitting the road together for a short tour. Hit the jump for the tour dates.
February 17, 2012
Oakland cloud rap duo Main Attrakionz have announced dates for their first U.S tour, and to celebrate they have released a brand new track entitled “Focalin” produced by Tyler Bisson.
Main Attrakionz consists of rapper/producer Squadda Bambino and rapper Mondre Man. In the past year, they have gained a significant amount of national recognition, fueled by the release of their 2011 mixtape 808s & Dark Grapes II. The duo will cap off their first national tour this spring with a week of shows at SXSW. You can view the group’s upcoming tour dates below.
February 16, 2012
Psych-garage punks Thee Oh Sees have announced their US winter tour dates, which include stops at Austin’s SXSW and a recent trip on the Bruise Cruise, with Barcelona’s Primavera Sound coming at the end of May.
The group won’t be wanting for new material to play. In 2011 alone, they dropped two albums: Castlemania in the summer and Carrion Crawler/The Dream in the fall. LA/SF band White Fence, which just released a record via Woodsist, supports three of those dates.
2/10 – Bruise Cruise Festival – Miami, FL
3/06 – Independent – San Francisco, CA *
3/07 – Angel City – Los Angeles, CA ^#
3/08 – Pappy and Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA **^
3/09 – Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV **^
3/10 – Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM **
3/11 – Denton 35 Festival – Denton, TX
3/12 – 3/17 – SXSW – Austin, TX
* with Magnetix + Pets with Pets
^ with The Mallard
# with Crazy Band
** with White Fence
February 1, 2012
Cloud Nothings‘ decidedly distinct follow-up to last year’s eponymous debut, Attack on Memory, dropped earlier this week via Carpark, and has already received glowing reviews from Pitchfork and the like.
In support of the new Albini-produced record, the band has announced a lengthy list of country-wide tour dates, which includes a sojourn at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday, March 3rd. Tickets are available for $12 from the venue’s website, and San Francisco’s Your Cannons and Brooklyn’s Mr. Dream open. Full tour dates are after the jump.