May 17, 2013
As we head toward the weekend, enjoy this delightfully frantic performance of “Laser Barn” by Lumerians. The song comes from the Horizon Structures EP, but the band’s newest album, The High Frontier, arrives stateside in August.
May 17, 2013
Recent transplant Mikal Cronin, whose MCII was released a few weeks ago, premiered a video for “Change” with SPIN last week.
Another one for the ‘house party gets out of control’ canon, the video revolves around Cronin himself churning out “Change” in the midst of a rowdy gathering, and a faceless being in a hoodie that wanders the crowd.
Cronin’s MCII, which is currently conquering cold-hearted critics everywhere, is out on Merge Records right now. He’s also extended this summer’s European tour dates and recently announced a stop at FYF Fest in August. More info can be found on the Merge Records website.
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 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 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
The Soft Moon recently dropped the video for “Want,” offering visuals that are as disorienting and restless as the music itself. Paired with layered, frenzied rhythms and whispered repetitions of “I want it, can’t have it,” the video follows the erratic experiences of a hooded man, who, after inexplicably breaking and entering into a house and snorting white powder in a dirty bathroom with some random girl, has his most uneasy moment when he scrawls “What’s wrong with me?” on the bathroom wall. It plays like a drug-induced scary movie in just under four minutes, so click play if you enjoy sweaty palms and quick bursts of suspense.
May 14, 2013
Photo by John Keel
If the idea of festival juggernauts like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo stresses you out despite your appetite for the elongated thrill of a three-day party, Pickathon is a perfect alternative. Located at the Pendarvis Farm in Oregon, fifteen minutes outside of Portland, the festival is held not at a small venue, but at one of the most intimate settings there are for a large musical gathering. While offering the same escape as more mainstream festivals – on-site camping, seven stages designed to transport audiences into different realities (seriously, pictured above are The Barr Brothers performing on the Woods Stage at last year’s festival), and a diverse, genre-spanning lineup – the festival is wrapped up in a stress-free, family-friendly package. This includes limited capacity attendance, designated smoking areas, free water, a special lineup prepared just for children’s entertainment and free entry for kids under twelve.
This year marks the gathering’s 15th anniversary, so Pickathon 2013 is bringing some big names to the Pendarvis Farm from August 2nd through the 4th. With artists like Feist, Andrew Bird, Divine Fits and the rock and rollers of Kurt Vile & the Violators already filling out the bill, the festival recently announced new additions to the lineup – gospel funk legends The Relatives and San Francisco’s own Jessica Pratt and Ty Segall. For more information, head over to Pickathon’s official website and check out footage from Pickathon 2012 in the very first episode of Pickathon TV for a taste of what you can expect at this year’s festival.