April 1, 2013 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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Enjoy this 8tracks mix featuring local and touring bands performing in SF during the rest of this week. After the jump, find out more about when they’re all playing! For a full list of upcoming concerts in the SF Bay Area, check our Local Concert Calendar.
April 1, 2013 by Ben Van Houten · 1 Comment »
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Consider Alphawaves the debut of Life Coach 2.0, as Phil Manley’s former solo project is now a partnership between the Trans Am/Fucking Champs member and drummer Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta, newly of Queens of the Stone Age). The new sound is immediately noticeable on “Fireball,” a frenzied, psychy jam that’s also one of a number of Alphawaves cuts to feature guitar work by Isaiah Mitchell of Earthless and Golden Void.
Not every track on Alphawaves is a heavy rocker like “Fireball” — on some, the krautrock influence is more pronounced, while elsewhere Manley explores textured guitar drones. Whatever the sound, though, it all flows together quite well, which is no surprise given Manley’s impressive resume as a producer and engineer for bands like Wooden Shjips, Barn Owl, and The Fresh & Onlys.
Alphawaves comes out on April 16th on Thrill Jockey, with a release show on April 20th at the Hemlock Tavern.
Life Coach, 3 Leafs, Once and Future Band
April 20, 2013
April 1, 2013 by Todd Wanerman · Leave a Comment »
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For many, KUSF – one of only two decent SF independent radio stations alongside KPOO – disappeared overnight, leaving a dull, queasy unease about the subpar state of broadcast music in our culturally fertile hometown.
But, as with all things community here in SF, KUSF did not go quietly. They have been delivering the same program quality online (may we recommend our favorite show evah evah, “Off the Hook,” Mondays noon-3pm?) and mounting a legal challenge to USF’s sale of the 90.3 bandwidth to a classical station. (Listen to shows, get caught up and find out how you can help at savekusf.org).
To that end, they have been putting on some impeccably curated benefit shows, such as Friday’s Blowout Benefit at The Lab, featuring live bands and some of the station’s ace DJs.
March 29, 2013 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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Anna Hillburg of Dreamdate just released her solo debut on California Clap Records. In addition to her work with Dreamdate, Hillburg’s also a classically trained trumpet player who you’ve likely heard on albums by The Dodos and The Fresh & Onlys. But back to Anna’s new solo album: recorded with Greg Ashley, the record’s full of warm singer-songwriter pop, and you can stream it in its entirety below.
Photos & Review: Fuzz, Acid Baby Jesus, Las Ardillas, Hellshovel, Los Vigilantes @ The Stork Club, 3/27/13
March 29, 2013 by M B L · 2 Comments »
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Las Ardillas, from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sponsored by PBR now in 24oz. alcoholic size, sold out of pink vinyl before I could reach for the cash. Twitchy, spitty, garage greatness.
Ladies and Gentlemen: SXSW sweethearts Hellshovel with members from Berlin and a brand new record on Slovenly.
March 29, 2013 by Katie Kopacz · Leave a Comment »
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It’s been a month since White Fence released “Pink Gorilla,” the first single from their upcoming album, Cyclops Reap. Now, the psychedelic powerhouse band gives us a B-side from the Pink Gorilla 7”, a flowery track called “Fragility.”
The appropriately titled track is, yes, far more fragile than the scuzzy, fuzzy spaced out sounds on “Pink Gorilla,” offering a down-to-earth compliment to the A-side. “Fragility” is a sunny field of psychedelic sounds, from the gentle layers of guitar to the groovy organ that comes in slowly and stronger later in the song. And of course, it wouldn’t be a White Fence song without a little reverb in his definitive vocals.
The cover art for Cyclops Reap is equally retro-psychedelic, featuring ’70s-style typography over a shadowy black and white portrait. The LP is due out on Castle Face Records on April 9th.
After taking the stage at the Austin Psych Festival in April, White Fence will take a short break before returning to San Francisco to play The Fillmore in June. However, if you’re eager to catch the band at a much smaller show, head over to Amnesia this weekend, where White Fence will be appearing on Saturday and Sunday night. On Saturday, White Fence headlines a show with support from Meg Baird, In Sunburst Sound, and Muscle Drum, and on Sunday the lineup includes Culture Kids, Break Arts, and a secret special guest.
March 29, 2013 by Nicole L. Browner · 1 Comment »
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B. Hamilton funded the pressing of his first full-length Everything I Own is Broken last year, and returns with a new EP titled Stupid as the Sun, due out in late April. Here’s the title track off of the album, an extended delivery of raspy, angered lines and quick riffs over the even textures of new drummer, Tyler Corelitz (Man/Miracle).
Corelitz joined Ryan Christopher Parks on the recording of the EP, along with Andrew Macy (Aimless Never Miss, Pale Blue Dot), Joel Robinow (Howlin’ Rain, Drunk Horse, Once and Future Band) and Eric Kuhn (Silian Rail, Eric and Erica, Michael Musika). It was recorded with Adam Myatt (James & Evander, Pale Blue Dot) at Sharkbite Studios in Jack London Square.
B. Hamilton, Eight Belles, Joel Robinow
Friday May 29, 2013