The Bay Brewed Artist Q&A: Shannon and the Clams talk “spaghetti western space ballads” and the best in Bay Area music and beer
September 9, 2013 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
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Five years ago, the Mission Creek Oakland Music & Arts Festival started as a spinoff of San Francisco’s Mission Creek festivities. In 2013, the festival’s a force to be reckoned with all its own, with a wide variety of events throughout September that showcase a number of local bands in Oakland performance spaces. Things kicked off on Friday, and, in the next few weeks, bands like Yip Deceiver, Buttons, Fossor House, Danny Paul Grody, M. Lockwood Porter, Vandella, Eight Belles, Field Trips, and more are all playing Oakland shows.
Find out more about the full calendar of events on MCO’s web site, and listen to DeliRadio’s Mission Creek Oakland station below.
September 9, 2013 by Jody Amable · Leave a Comment »
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Allow us to play musical matchmaker: This is Modern Man. They’ve just moved to town and are looking to meet new people. Won’t you help them out, Bay Bridged readers?
It sort of seems like destiny that Modern Man ended up in the Bay Area. They sound like they’re already from the Bay Area. Recent transplants from Greenville, South Carolina, they already fit quite neatly into the local psych scene (see: Ty Segall, Oh Sees). What do they think of us so far? We asked them a couple questions about their big move.
TBB: When did you guys make the move/why did you guys make the move out here?
MM: We’ve been out here a little more than two weeks now. We had been planning to move out of South Carolina when we first moved from the band’s hometown of Greenville, South Carolina to Charleston. We were mostly leaning toward Austin, TX, but Allen (vocals / guitar) and Nikki (drums) came out to visit the Bay back in January and felt like it was a better fit.
TBB: Why Oakland?
MM: Honestly, we were open to live in any part of the Bay. We looked at places in Daly City and Berkeley and the place that suited us most was Oakland.
TBB: What’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed so far (and any similarities as well) between the South Carolina music scene and the Bay Area scene?
MM: There’s really just so much more culture and variety here. We love SC, but it’s a small place that’s definitely lacking some creative stimulation. Similarities….they’re both near the beach?
TBB: Where do you most want to play in the Bay Area that you haven’t yet?
MM: Right now we’re looking at The Chapel, Hemlock Tavern and Bottom of the Hill.
TBB: Name the best burrito you’ve had since moving here.
MM: The taco trucks down the block are pretty good.
Check out their most recent single, “She Wears Pants”, below.
September 6, 2013 by Roman Gokhman · Leave a Comment »
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Oregonian singer-songwriter Zsuzsanna Ward will forgive you if you can’t pronounce her name correctly – it’s not “Suzanna,” but “Zhou-zhanna.”
“Yeah, I know,” Ward quipped, prior to her show at the Fillmore Wednesday. “That’s why I go by ZZ.”
Judging by the trajectory of the 27-year-old’s career, music fans will know her name soon enough. ZZ Ward, who blends pop, blues, R&B and hip-hop, released her debut EP in May 2012, and her first full-length album, Til the Casket Drops, in October. First single “Put The Gun Down” made the Billboard Alternative chart, and the New York Times declared her “energy evokes Tina Turner’s, her chops Aretha Franklin’s and her soul Etta James.’”
But before all that, Ward was a teen who enjoyed both the blues (performing with her father’s blues bar band since she was 12) and hip-hop (listening to her brother’s Nas, Jay Z and Notorious B.I.G. albums).
A few years ago she decided to pursue music as a career and moved to Los Angeles, Since then she has worked with Freddie Gibbs, Kendrick Lamar, Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, and Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums.
The Bay Bridged caught up with Ward and her Border Terrier Muddy Waters on their tour bus after she flew in from L.A., where she had performed on The Tonight Show the previous day.
Lil Bub’s Big Adventure with Nobunny, Colleen Green, The Shanghais, Monster Women this Sunday at Rickshaw Stop!
September 6, 2013 by M B L · Leave a Comment »
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Here’s a once in a lifetime chance to meet the one and only LIL BUB! That’s right the world’s most famous perma-kitten, Lil Bub, is coming to the Rickshaw Stop. Author, activist, movie star Lil Bub will be promoting her Lilbook with a meet n’ greet, book signing and movie screening from 3-7:30pm. Get day tickets HERE NOW!
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! The after party begins at 8:30pm with The Shanghais (Oakland), Monster Women (Eureka), Colleen Green (LA), and Nobunny (Rabbit Hole)!!!! This Total Burger Bub showcase is brought to you by the good people of Burger Records and Total Trash Productions. Get night tickets HERE NOW!
ACT FAST, SAVE BIG get the COMBO PACK of tickets and stay ALL DAY!
Lil Bub is a dwarf (little cat?). Her genetic anomalies keep her tongue and eyes bulging out at all times, but this hasn’t kept her from raising more than $60,000 for a multitude of charities as she spreads awareness about pet adoption, spaying and neutering. Show some love to Lil Bub when she lands in SF this weekend!!
For the true fanatic, check out the Lil Bub art show and book signing on Saturday, 9/7, from 1-3pm at Spoke Art Gallery!
September 6, 2013 by Tim Draut · 1 Comment »
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No plans for Saturday? Great. Make your way over to Lower Haight for an afternoon of vibe-worthy electronic music and (probably) free beer. Professional Fans are hosting a Pop-Up Show at Vinyl Dreams with a live set from Glenn Jackson, and vinyl DJ sets from Avalon Emerson as well as Coolgreg. The free event is sponsored by Newcastle.
Oakland’s Glenn Jackson, half of James & Evander, released his debut solo EP on Ceremony earlier this year (stream it below). He has performed solo sets at the Sacramento Electronic Music Festival, Push the Feeling, and recently at the Born Gold house show last Sunday (which was awesome, by the way). Leave it to Mr. Jackson to turn a cool record store into an epic dance party.
Avalon Emerson is quickly becoming a San Francisco institution with her acclaimed DJ sets, house-oriented edits, and original dance music. As she readies her debut album with Icee Hot, expect her to drop her deep knowledge on all things electronic as she spins juicy cuts from her vinyl collection. We recently premiered her addicting Cybernetic Edit of Blue Hawaii’s “The Other Day”.
Professional Fans co-founder/resident Coolgreg with keep the party going with a DJ set from his own impressive vinyl collection.
Vinyl Dreams is a record store specializing in electronic and dance music, located at 593 Haight St. The Pro Fans Pop Up will take place between 4 and 8pm this Saturday. Afterwords, head down the street to Push the Feeling at Underground SF to catch live sets from Exray’s and Yalls.
Pro Fans Pop-Up Show
Avalon Emerson, Glenn Jackson (live), Coolgreg
September 7, 2013
4-8pm, Free (21+)
September 6, 2013 by Russell Jelinek · Leave a Comment »
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San Jose’s Opski Chan has been putting in work for a long time, even if it took him a while to recognize his talent. “I’ve been rappin since ’91, active with recording since ’98 & convinced I was good at it since ’06,” he tells me via email. “Now I’m just rollin with the punches. Can I say that?” Unfortunately, I didn’t come across his work until last month when I saw his video for “Stay Gold”, off of his 2011 release Pushers & Prophets.
Opski tells me he was introduced to hip-hop via “Wipeout”, a collaboration between The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys, and has been hooked on rap ever since. “I know good ol’ rap, that’s my thing, that’s what I fancy,” he explained. Despite a love for the classics, “Stay Gold” has a completely modern feel to it. With its hilarious and bizarre stop motion art and a blistering double-time flow, I find myself watching the video over and over. The video features Opski’s drawings and animation, while Bryce Grimm “conceptualized, manipulated, destructed, and reconstructed” it with the rapper, and shot it. After the video, listen to Opski’s most recent release, “The Butt” and a collaboration with fellow San Jose native Antwon on the track “COMATOAST”.
September 6, 2013 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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Back in June, local post-rock duo Silian Rail played their final show at the Night Light in Oakland to a packed room of longtime supporters. It was fantastic, and actually ended on a pretty memorable note: the band projected “thank you” credits, which included The Bay Bridged!
Those who missed the final show can watch it anytime online, since a fan captured video of their entire 51-minute performance:
In addition, the band released “Last Song” this week — which, as stated in the name, is the final recording Robin Landy and Eric Kuhn did together (recorded shortly before Robin left Oakland; recorded and mixed by Robert Cheek). Enjoy: