May 10, 2013 by Tim Draut · Leave a Comment »
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The early stages of sun-kissed summer delirium are slowly creeping in, and who better to send us flying over the edge than Black Moth Super Rainbow and The Hood Internet? The double trouble bill (plus opener Oscillator Bug) will take over The Fillmore on Friday, May 24 during the tail-end of a month-long tour, and we are giving a pair of free tickets away to one lucky winner. Unless you have epilepsy, watch Black Moth Super Rainbow’s seizure-inducing video for “Hairspray Heart” below.
Still fresh off their sinfully syrupy fifth LP Cobra Juicy, released last fall on the band’s own Rad Cult label, Black Moth Super Rainbow will at last be supporting the album in San Francisco. Tobacco, the band’s enigmatic frontman, took a brief hiatus from the project to pursue his own solo work. He and his band members Seven Fields of Aphelion, Iffernaut, Ryan Graveface and Bullsmear finally rediscovered their sound and fleshed out their first album together since 2009′s Eating Us.
The new release comes more accessible than ever, without sacrificing an ounce of the band’s unique brand of occult psychedelia and warped vocals. “Gangs in the Garden” (above) is one of the catchiest weirdo anthems I’ve heard in years.
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Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Hood Internet, Oscillator Bug
May 24, 2013
May 10, 2013 by Jody Amable · Leave a Comment »
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San Jose’s Cartoon Bar Fight will depart for a teeny tiny tour next week. Spanning just over a week, the eerie pop band will hit usual haunts like San Francisco, but also make more out-of-the-way stops in places like Hayward and Santa Cruz.
The band will use the tour as a place to premiere tracks from their upcoming concept album, due later this year. They’ll also be teaming up with a star-studded roster of Bay Area up-and-comers (or already-there-ers), including Manzanita Falls, The Y Axes, Piranha Party! and more. See below for the full schedule.
May 9, 2013 by Tim Draut · Leave a Comment »
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Your unofficial disco ambassadors of the Bay Area, Kevin Meenan (epicsauce) and Andrew Marcogliese (YR SKULL), are bringing another installment of Push The Feeling to the Lower Haight on Friday. The shindig will feature an electrifying lineup of local funk dealers, with a DJ set from The Beat Broker and a live electronic performance from Plaza. Resident DJs epicsauce and YR SKULL will spin the night away at Underground SF.
The Beat Broker is the alias of San Francisco local Ryan Bishop, who dishes out synth-heavy space funk with a hint of distinctively disco flair and is also half of SF duo Broker/Dealer. His nine-track Limited Time release drops May 13 on (Bear Funk). Listen to “Beat to the Street” above, via XLR8R.
Plaza is the latest moniker of Johan Churchill, a fellow veteran of the San Fran-disco scene (yes, you have permission to shoot me). His latest Flip Phone 7-inch is out on Sound Boutique (stream the b-side above). Plaza will serve up a live set of down-tempo boogie-beats and will likely fill up the dance floor faster than you can say “John Travolta hologram.”
This unofficial record release party for The Beat Broker and Plaza will be free before 10pm, and $5 after.
May 9, 2013 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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Locals Glitter Wizard and Carlton Melton team up tonight for an evening of psychedelia at the Hemlock, pairing the former’s metal/hard rock punch with the latter’s expansive drones. If the poster is any indication, the show just might melt your face off.
Glitter Wizard, Carlton Melton, Joy
May 9, 2013
May 9, 2013 by Russell Jelinek · Leave a Comment »
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San Francisco MC A-1 just released a new track, “Summertime Sadness”, where he rhymes over a Ryan Hemsworth remix of Lana Del Rey’s track of the same name. This isn’t the first time A-1 has rapped over a Lana Del Rey sample – “Now You Do” from The Thurl Tape uses Flosstradamus’ “Lana’s Theme” as its beat. While “Summertime Sadness” is well, very sad, Thurl Tape has a some more lighthearted material that does a great job complementing his sometimes serious lyrics.
A-1 has been gaining momentum over the past year, being named to the 2012 Thizzler Bay Area Freshman 10, releasing some great videos, and playing as many shows as possible. His most recent Bay Area gig was a sold out show at the Fillmore opening for fellow San Francisco native George Watsky.
This Friday, A-1 has his first headlining show outside of San Francisco at the New Parish in Oakland. Below, stream or download the “Summertime Sadness”, watch a great video of A-1 playing with a live band at Different Fur Studios, and get the full details on the Oakland gig.
May 9, 2013 by Jason Shane · 1 Comment »
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Nacent SF trio Couches are setting out on their “Real Lazy Tour” of the West Coast during May, and it all starts tonight at Amnesia with a set sandwiched between headliner Brasil and opener Old & Gray. Frontman David Mitchell (whom you may recognize as the founder of 20 Sided Records) describes the band’s sound as “slacker indie rock,” which he explains is “original indie rock, like Pavement, Built to Spill, Archers of Loaf, Sonic Youth, etc.” The three-piece is planning to release an EP in September as a preview for their debut full length, which should be out early Spring 2014, and just last week dropped a video for the track “Killer Mutant Butterfly” in anticipation of their 17-gig tour:
Comprised of Mitchell (guitar, vocals), Chris Griley (bass), and Mike Dubuque (drums), Couches self-describes as a “random bunch of misfits,” formed under some truly random circumstances. The frontman (who previously played in Slow Trucks, The Suggies, and Street Pyramids) met Dubuque (formerly of SF-via-New Jersey band Mr. Thumb) at a bistro around the corner from his house where the latter is the kitchen manager. The two struck up a conversation about music and, both of them being band-less at the time, Mitchell explains that “It was common sense to start jamming.” A mutual friend later recommended bassist Griley, rounding out the three-piece.
They have been playing a handful of shows ever since, heading up to Boise’s Treefort Music Fest back in March and most recently joining one of my other favorites Oceanography for a set at The Night Light at the end of April.
Slacker indie rock is a way of life for Mitchell. “I’m a stoner, I am a slacker, and I’m a big time daydreamer, but I work hard for my band, my record label, and my friends,” he says. “I like to think Slacker Rock is a bunch of starving musicians who love playing music, but try to keep the tunes a simple as possible. That’s what I go for with anything that I write. I like to think my motto for writing/playing music is less is more.”
That ethos is rooted in a desire to do what slackers do best – not try too hard: “I hate when bands have too much going on or they have 5-10 members, but sound bad,” explains Mitchell. “With that many members, you could be creative and make the tunes amazing, but most bands just sound like a wash of noise. I like good music from people that don’t try too hard. Music is my therapy and it’s my emotions and feelings being put out on the stage for you to either understand and enjoy or to dislike it and move on.”
This blogger, for one, understands and enjoys. See you tonight at Amnesia, or if you can’t make it, Couches will be back in the area at the end of the Real Lazy Tour, playing the Ash Reiter-curated Hickey Fest on May 25. Full details on tonight’s show and the rest of the tour are below. [More...]
May 9, 2013 by Jody Amable · Leave a Comment »
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Freak-folk’s not dead, and neither is Devendra Banhart. Though he’s been laying low for the last couple of years, he never really left. Nonetheless, a lot has changed since the last time we really heard from Banhart: he’s just released a new record, Mala, on Nonesuch, and more noticeably, he’s traded his trademark tresses for a (slightly) more conventional cut.
Currently touring behind Mala, he’ll be at the Regency on the 21st (and for all you South Bay-ers, he’ll be at the Rio in Santa Cruz on the 18th). We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the Regency show – just shout if you want ‘em.
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