Interview: Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss ‘The Terror,’ the evolution of their live show and much more
June 8, 2009 by Brian Davidson · 2 Comments »
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Meno’s collection of works include The Boy Detective Fails (Akashic 2006), Hairstyles of the Damned (Akashic 2004), Tender as Hellfire (St. Martin’s 1999), and How the Hula Girl Sings (Harper Collins 2001). Over the years, Meno has found a peculiar writing style embedded in his developed works, catching the eye of literary critics across the board. From his review in the New York Times for 2008′s Demons in the Spring to his write-up by Booklist for his latest release, there is an evident talent through the wide range of characters presented in off-beat and trying situations.
The Great Perhaps offers a glimpse into the unraveling of “a family of cowards,” and the endeavors that each are faced with upon breakdown. The book has already received several points of recognition as a breakthrough novel for an author who has presented a consistency of creative talent for the quirky.
The reading will take place at the historic City Lights bookstore in North Beach at at 7 p.m. with no cover charge. Founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin back in 1953, the bookstore has hosted legends such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.
June 8, 2009 by Nicole L. Browner · Leave a Comment »
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Harp’s self-released sophomore album, Collecting Dust, is a collection of Americana-country with late 60s to early 70s influence. With a hint of twang, Harp takes the small details of a lazy California day and praises them with classic instrumentation (a 12-string, harmonica, piano), and a tempo that jolts the sadness out of one’s heart. The album is available locally at Amoeba and Streetlight Records.
June 8, 2009 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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UPDATE: All tickets have been given away! Thanks so much for your participation!!
Well there is nothing like getting the week started with some free tickets! The folks over at The Independent have graciously provided us with two pairs of tickets to go see The Felice Brothers on EITHER Tuesday or Wednesday nights this week! This is one of several shows The Felice Borthers have lined up this month across the country to celebrate the release of their latest album Yonder is the Clock.
Since we have two pairs of tickets we also have two ways to enter!
All you have to do is either send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mailing address OR reply to @thebaybridged on twitter with the phrase “I want those Felice Brother tickets!”. The first two people to enter either through E-mail or twitter will win a pair of tickets to the show of their choice!
Both shows are $16 start at 8pm and are 21+.
June 7, 2009 by Ben Richardson · Leave a Comment »
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The shows cropped up fast as Memorial day approached, cascading on top of each other like the hairs of a vigorously headbanged coif. Instead of trying to keep pace, I bode my time. Now, feast on these reviews, covering the last couple weeks of heavy, condensed and combined into an omnibus post, richly suffused with the connective tissue of metaphor and theme.
Black Cobra at Thee Parkside, 5/14
The beginning of a landmine marathon, the first battle in a war that my eardrums were certain to lose. Local duo Black Cobra appeared at a birthday party for Pirate Cat DJ “Naked Dan.” There were no naked people at the show, but one assumes he was there. Had I found him, I would have been sure to ask him the secret of getting Thee Parkside to throw you a birthday bash, featuring one of the Bay’s most gruesome metal twosomes. Black Cobra were in fine form, with similar outfits and matching black locks reanimating my notion that they’re rock and roll siblings (they’re not, more on this later), and they cranked out an incendiary set. There’s something so right about the sparse symmetry of drums-and-guitar duos, especially when the guitarist has enough wattage in tow to rival the drumset for consumption of cubic feet.
This symmetry is completed by the music, which thrives on the furious collaboration between the band’s two members, sludgy riffs and thundering fills trading punches before locking arms in a death spiral of carefully orchestrated tandem assaults. Guitarist Jason Landrian has an endless supply of clever, stuttering riffs, and drummer Rafael Martinez navigates them expertly, mirroring ten-ton syncopations exactly without losing an ounce of power. Check out “Sugar Water” below.
Gojira at Slim’s 5/21
I’ve been trying to limit myself to California-based bands when contributing to this site, but that all went out the window once Gojira finished their set one fateful Thursday. Hailing from Bayonne, France, hardly a hotbed for metal, the four-piece band hit San Francisco well into their first North American headlining tour. Their status as heavy music’s best-kept secret is about to become a dim memory. Simply put, Gojira delivered the best hour and a half of music I’ve seen in 2009. At the core of the band are brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier, technical wizards on guitar and drums, respectively. Their creativity and fraternal interplay make Black Cobra’s half-sibling exceptionalism seem as disorganized as a Golden Gate Park drum circle, and they’re only really rivaled by totemic brothers-in-metal Vinnie Paul and “Dimebag” Darrell Abbot, of Pantera renown.
The Bay Bridged Presents: Or, the Whale, The Maldives and Built for the Sea at The Independent Tomorrow!
June 5, 2009 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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One of the most reliably entertaining live bands in the Bay Area, Or, the Whale possess that endearing combination of superb musicianship and the ability to cut loose and have fun. The national re-release of Light Poles and Pines earlier this year on Seany Records kicked off a series of tours and country radio success. With a new album completed and awaiting release, we’re pleased to present the band’s homecoming performance from their recent West Coast tour.
Or, the Whale
Built For The Sea
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June 5, 2009 by Benjamin Thorne · Leave a Comment »
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On a rainy Tuesday night, I headed out to the Hotel Utah to catch Telegraph Canyon and Last of the Blacksmiths. It was a night out with friends to watch friends play music, and while the camaraderie was indeed great, it was matched by the quality of the music. The Hotel Utah is a great little venue, too, one that I do not visit often enough. Its intimate, multi-tiered space was perfect for the show, inviting the audience to get as close as they wished, with some even going as far as hanging over the balcony railing.
I arrived just as Marabelle Phoenix was beginning their set. Unfortunately, hunger and “hey, how are you?”‘s meant I didn’t actually see them play. The band sounded good from the bar, lo-fi and insistent, and they had a nice, attentive crowd. The lead vocalist reminded me of a garagey, less-drawly Lucinda Williams, and there was a playful, loose feeling between the instruments. The fact that I sat and ate dinner instead of watching their set had everything to do with hunger pangs and nothing to do with anything else.
I am definitely biased in favor of Telegraph Canyon, having had a chance to spend a decent amount of time with them over the past couple of years in and around their home of Ft. Worth, Texas, and in San Francisco. They are six of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet, and if that was where it stopped, I would still attend as many of their shows as possible. [More...]
June 5, 2009 by Michael Pistorio · 1 Comment »
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This weekend brings local music to the big stage, well…near the big stage. Live 105′s annual BFD is this Saturday at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, with the “Soundcheck Local Band Stage” just for local acts to blow up the Bay:
MC Lars may be a bit gimmicky, but he will definitely entertain you. Check out his video for â€œGuitar Hero Hero,â€ itâ€™s an instant gut-buster. His songs are silly, catchy, and full of pop culture references.
Remix masters, Wallpaper, comes complete with Vocoder originals like, â€œTxt Me Yr Love,â€ and twists on dance favs like Passion Pitâ€™s â€œSleepyhead.â€ Check out this three-piece if youâ€™re looking for a dance set outside of the Subsonic tent.
Music for Animals is a working band. It seems like MFA has their hands in every local music fest, most recently Noisepop 2009. The band brings a solid pop set to every show, and most of the crowd will be moving to this group.