December 4, 2013 by Jody Amable · Leave a Comment »
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December 4, 2013 by Alyssa Pereira · Leave a Comment »
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Swearin’, who took stage at the Rickshaw Stop on Monday night, is the band Pink Slip wanted to be. The Philadelphian/Brooklyn punk pop project of Allison Crutchfield packs all the appeal of a mainstream act with enough grit to still seem edgy. A. Crutchfield (in a Smashing Pumpkins shirt) is keenly aware. She’s clearly honed her voice to fit into the fuzzy bed of voluminous guitars while members Kyle Gilbride, Keith Spencer, and Jeff Bolt support. Gilbride also provided vocals on some tracks, like “Here to Hear,” which Swearin’ hit third.
Waxahatchee, led by Katie Crutchfield (and sister to Swearin’s Allison), headlined the evening. Katie’s sound is a sweeter counterpart to her sister’s, and surges and retreats with more earnest implications. The Crutchfields have made some serious strides since their last joint band, P.S. Eliot. Cerulean Salt, Waxahatchee’s release earlier this year, was warmly received for its devastating lines, recounting the details of growing up in a time where love is flawed and morality is fluid-—where ideals are dead and people grow up realizing the world isn’t gold.
Katie Crutchfield’s honest, dynamic presence settled into Waxahatchee’s sound nicely. Dealing the audience a cover of Mama Cass’ “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” which brilliantly complemented Cerulean Salt‘s main themes, K. Crutchfield dove into a more lighthearted recognition of independence and freedom.
Towards the end of Waxahatchee’s set, the Rickshaw Stop’s lights went out. While I have been to dozens of shows here, this was the first time I ever remember seeing this happen. The house turned on the stringed Christmas lights crossing the room’s ceiling and low stage lights as a substitute in the meantime, as Waxahatchee played on.
Though Katie was clearly uncomfortable (and even asked for the lights to be brought back on), they looked beautiful. It was unfussy–intimate, glowy and unadorned. It felt like a show no one else would see, if only briefly while the house readjusted their lights. It was as if any kind of sheen had been lifted, and Waxahatchee was telling us a secret, a truth no one else would know.
Cerulean Salt will surely be on many best-of lists this year, and their show at the Rickshaw proved why. Check out the album here, via NME.
San Francisco’s own Joyride, second billed after Crabapple, took stage after lead vocalist Jenna Marx introduced them. She is was playing double duty as the vocalist of both bands. Though the two bands had a very different vibe, Joyride was clearly the more polished of the two.
December 4, 2013 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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Taking place this Saturday, December 7, at Public Works, The Bay Brewed 2013 promises a full day of entertainment, including a slew of great San Francisco bands, as well as unlimited beer tasting from some amazing local breweries. We’re pleased to announce the set times for our performers. As you’ll see below, it’s a packed afternoon of terrific bands! Get your tickets now!
12:50pm: Magic Fight (Main Stage)
1:35pm: French Cassettes (Loft Stage)
2:20pm: Kelley Stoltz (Main Stage)
3:05pm: Golden Void (Loft Stage)
3:50pm: Shannon and the Clams (Main Stage)
4:50pm: Mikal Cronin (Main Stage)
Additionally, the North Beach Brass Band will be performing throughout the day and DJ Jamie Jams will be spinning between sets.
Advance tickets are moving quickly — grab yours now!
December 4, 2013 by Tim Draut · Leave a Comment »
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This Friday’s Haçeteria club night will take place in the Public Works Loft, featuring live appearances by two local house favorites, Cherushii and Glenn Jackson. Ben Deploy (Storehouse) will also spin a 90 minute DJ set of “early rave delights.”
Cherushii, the moniker of San Francisco’s Chelsea Faith, is celebrating the release of her debut EP. Queen of Cups is available on 12″ vinyl and digitally from 100% Silk. Cherushii is a Haçeteria veteran, and recently finished a tour with Maria Minerva. Preview Cherushii’s new Queen of Cups EP below.
Oakland audiophile Glenn Jackson is still flying high off the buzz surrounding his Morning Swim EP released on Ceremony Recordings earlier this year. As one half of James & Evander and a collaborator involved with other local projects such as Benefitz and Hoodcats, Mr. Jackson is a hot commodity on the dance floor these days (and a very chill dude, to boot). Stream the Coyote Clean Up remix of “Save” below.
Cherushii, Glenn Jackson, Ben Deploy (DJ)
Public Works Loft
December 6, 2013
9pm-3am, $5 ($10 after 11)
December 3, 2013 by Tim Draut · Leave a Comment »
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Running In The Fog, the moniker of San Francisco’s Amanda Harper, is releasing her debut vinyl EP this month. Silver is out on December 10 via Father/Daughter Records. Running In The Fog will perform at a free show at Brick and Mortar Music Hall this Wednesday, with Yonat & Her Muse and DJ Cool Greg. However, Harper’s official EP release show will likely be in January.
Two new songs from the Silver EP were just released. Stream “Sail” and “Desire” below. You can also hear the title track here. Running In The Fog draws inspiration from ’90s R&B and soul, as she weaves synths, live drums, and silky vocals into dreamy, contemporary pop tracks.
Yonat & Her Muse, Running In The Fog, Cool Greg
Brick and Mortar Music Hall
December 4, 2013
9:30pm, FREE (18+)
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...]