December 3, 2013 by Russell Jelinek · Leave a Comment »
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Guy Fox released a steady stream of EPs and singles over the last two years, and that trend continues with the premiere of the track “The City Line”. “City Line” is the first of a string of singles leading up to their debut LP set for a summer 2014 release, and departs somewhat from the upbeat party vibes on much of their earlier releases. “City Line” adds a slower, dreamier pace to the band’s catalog.
Thursday night, Guy Fox performs at Brick and Mortar with Bonnie and the Bang Bang and Growwler. A portion of the tickets sold will benefit the local non-profit Performing Arts Workshop. Details are below “The City Line”.
Guy Fox, Bonnie and the Bang Bang, Growwler
Brick and Mortar Music Hall
December 5, 2013
December 3, 2013 by Daniel Kielman · Leave a Comment »
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Brendan Canning has been a part of numerous projects in music for nearly 20 years and shows no signs of slowing. The Canadian guitarist is a key founding member of the sprawling Toronto rock band Broken Social Scene, as well as the recently-revitalized Cookie Duster, and plans to do the music for a video game involving director David Cronenberg.
None of these projects have slowed Canning down as he’s released his latest solo album earlier this year, You Gots 2 Chill. Canning has a live show that isn’t too be missed as he arrives at The Chapel on December 4. The Bay Bridged had the opportunity to speak with him about his new live show.
The Bay Bridged: How has the tour been going so far?
Brendan Canning: It’s been going good. We’re really finding our feet as a band, I’m touring with a 5-piece band and I really like the way we sound, people are coming out.
TBB: Are you playing any of the songs from the first solo album or are you sticking to the more recent tracks?
BC: I’m just doing the recent stuff and then some new songs on top of that. I did play “Antique Gold” the other night, but to be honest I just wanted to go out and tour this record and tour a different sound and write a few songs with this band because it’s more fun to go out and try new songs and see what the new band sounds like.
TBB: I’m sure that writing songs on your own versus writing them as a collaboration with other people is a much different process.
BC: Yeah, it’s different. I’m showing up with actual songs that have lyrics which I don’t really do that often. (Laughs). I kinda work a different way. I try to do everything but the vocals.
TBB: Do you feel like your method is more improvisational, like you play around with a riff and that evolves into a song?
BC: Yeah, I tend to do a lot of stuff just on the day, show up, try some different ideas, but other than pour over a song at home I feel like I’m just more into moods and melodies versus traditional songs.
TBB: When you were recording the album, aside from the guest vocals from Daniela Gesundheit on “Bullied Days,” who else worked on the album?
BC: I worked with my friend Steve Singh on this record and there was a couple songs I did with Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene. We were just sitting there trying to make an interesting piece of music. Steve is actually on tour with me too.
TBB: Are there any particular songs that are a lot different live than how you originally conceived them?
BC: They’re all different, it sounds like the album was the rough sketch for what a band could be even though there are finished ideas on there. I like them both, I just didn’t want to go touring by myself. (Laughs). I figured that would be too lonely.
TBB: I read that you were going to be joined by a violinist at your upcoming show at The Chapel in San Francisco. [More...]
December 3, 2013 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It’s December again, which means something of a slow down in the world of live music. Tours become more infrequent as bands avoid winter weather, and few albums are being released during a time when most critics are putting the finishing touches on their best-of lists. Likely to appear on more than a few of those lists is King Krule‘s 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, the debut LP from British songwriter Archy Marshall, a 19-year-old with a distinct voice and a penchant for raw art-pop. Meanwhile, fresh off a great performance at the Treasure Island Music Festival, Holy Ghost! returns for a two-night stint at The Independent; the super-fun electronic-rock band’s New Year’s Eve show is understandably sold out.
Locally, we’re most excited about seeing Mikal Cronin lead a great lineup of locals at our rock and roll beer festival, The Bay Brewed 2013, at Public Works on December 7. He’ll be joined by Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, and Magic Fight, as well as unlimited beer tasting from 13 SF Brewers Guild breweries. While The Bay Brewed has become an annual tradition, a reunion show from The Herms is much less expected, but equally welcome. The band was an early Bay Bridged favorite, and a collection of their demos, Drop Out Vol. 1, was issued earlier this year by Castle Face Records. Another noteworthy local is Adam Widener, playing the Hemlock Tavern this month in support of Vesuvio Nights, which arrived in October on Speakertree Records.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
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December 3, 2013 by M B L · Leave a Comment »
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Last Tuesday, November 26, Santa Cruz noise rockers Comets on Fire played their first Oakland show in six years. The mighty Stranded Records managed to set it up at the fabulous White Horse Inn. Advance tickets sold out and there was a long line for tickets the evening of the show. The band formed in 1999 and disappeared in 2008. From Oakland they head to the UK for the All Tomorrows Parties festival. This was my first experience with the band.
Holy Echoplex! I have never see a band use an Echoplex (tape delay effect) with such enthusiasm. With multiple guitars blazing, they easily accomplished a wall of noise that filled the tiny White Horse. With little pause, the band burned through over an hour music that ran the gamut. My favorite moments sounded like Roky Erickson singing Neil Young’s “Danger Bird.” Low points veered into the feared jam band territory.
December 3, 2013 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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With MCII now popping up on numerous year-end lists — and with good reason, it’s terrific! — Mikal Cronin‘s Merge-released LP comes out today at noon as a Burger Records tape. But don’t just listen to the album — see him live THIS SATURDAY, December 7, at The Bay Brewed 2013, our annual rock and roll beer festival, with Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes and Magic Fight, as well as unlimited local beer tasting from over a dozen local breweries. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
December 2, 2013 by Jody Amable · Leave a Comment »
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Fans of bluesy local acts like The Stone Foxes and The Soft White Sixties will want to check out newbies Fritz Montana, the latest band to enter the Bay Area’s raspy rock n’ roll game. Born mere months ago, and with band members based out of both San Francisco and San Jose, Fritz Montana are have just won a spot playing this year’s Not So Silent Night.
Vandella, Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah, Fritz Montana
December 4, 2013
8:30pm, $5/Free with RSVP, 21+
December 2, 2013 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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Somehow, some way, the calendar already flipped to December, which can mean only one thing. No, this has nothing to do with Santa Claus – it’s something even better. The Bay Brewed – San Francisco’s only indie rock beer fest – is this Saturday, December 7 at Public Works, with live performances from Mikal Cronin, Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, Magic Fight, and the North Beach Brass Band, accompanied by unlimited beer tastings from a group of 13 SF-based brewers put together by the San Francisco Brewers Guild and food from Doc’s of the Bay and BOB CHA.
Now, we are happy to announce the addition of one more element into the fray: DJ Jamie Jams will be spinning a mix of garage-inspired early 2000s jams throughout the day at Public Works. Jams has a few different regular gigs around the City, including Debaser (’90s alternative dance party at The Knockout), Shine On (shoegaze/post-punk DJs and live bands also at The Knockout), and Last Nite (early 2000s indie dance party at Elbo Room), so be sure to check out his set at The Bay Brewed to get a taste of what this SF disc jockey is all about.
Get your tickets for The Bay Brewed at the Eventbrite ticketing page, and we’ll see you this Saturday for an afternoon of great music, beer, and food at Public Works. And to whet your palette, be sure to check out our Q&As with Brewed performers Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, and Magic Fight, and learn more about the participating brewers (Part 1 and Part 2).