March 26, 2010 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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On February 27th, Noise Pop 2010‘s Industry Noise conference brought together musicians, record labels, music techies, and more for a series of panels and meetings on the state of the music industry going forward. Fenny and Nicole were there and captured some of the day’s happenings in this video clip.
Video by: Fenny Kuo
Hosted by: Nicole Browner
March 26, 2010 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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Photos and Words by: Paige Parsons
Tuesday was one of those rare occasions when I made my way to Bottom of the Hill before sunset. I was there to meet up with Veil Veil Vanish for a portrait or two before their opening set. The opportunity also afforded me the fun of watching Serena-Maneesh’s sound check. When you reach for your ear protection that early, you know it’s going to be a wild evening.
I bided my time between sound check and show in my mobile photo editing studio (my laptop in my car) and made my way back to BOTH at 9:15 to catch Veil Veil Vanish. There was a MASSIVE amount of equipment on stage. These locals made the most of the tiny space left open on the stage to delight me with a plethora of tunes off their new CD, Change In The Neon Light. While the stage was crowded, the floor out front was not. Suck a pity, because these Gothy shoegazers put on a damn fine show.
Let’s get the obligatory VVV comparisons out of the way up front. I hate these comparisons, but know they’re useful when introducing a band that may be unfamiliar to readers. Keven Tecon’s vocals definitely remind me of Robert Smith, but much to my delight he’s lacking in Smith’s whimper and instead taps into a powerful roar a la Mark Burgess of The Chameleons. Given that “Serena” is an adaptation of the Norwegian word for “veil,” it couldn’t have been more fitting to have these up and coming San Franciscans for an opener. I swayed and bobbed my head throughout their set and can’t wait to see them again.
March 25, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · 1 Comment »
Filed Under Mp3, News, Tour Info
Sleepy Sun‘s 2009 Embrace caused a bit of a whirlwind, and increased appreciation of the band’s stellar, bright, sludgy psych-rock. The band saw subsequent critical acclaim for the record (SPIN, for instance, included the album in 10 Best Albums You Might Have Missed in 2009), a coveted spot at the 2009 Treasure Island Music Festival, and an exclusive New, Improved, LIVE Session.
And now, the details surrounding Sleepy Sun’s next album have been revealed. The full-length comes out on June 1st via ATP Recordings, with the title Fever and the above album art. The album’s release will be accompanied by a lengthy tour, including 14 shows opening for Arctic Monkeys (speaking of notable locals opening for well-known national acts). The tour will come to end with a homecoming show at the Rickshaw Stop on April 24th.
Fever tracklist and all Sleepy Sun tour dates after the jump: [More...]
March 25, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · 1 Comment »
Filed Under Mp3, New Release, News
SF duo The Ferocious Few are one of the most kinetic bands in the Bay Area, regardless of whether they’re performing at a club or on a street corner. I’m not exactly sure where they get their energy, or how they sustain it. Right before the band started playing at the Bay Area Takeover, for example, Francisco mentioned that they’d spent the previous day playing for eight hours on Austin’s streets. That drive is an indicator both of the duo’s commitment to getting their name out there and a pure love of performance that comes through in every set.
But all of that enthusiasm would be simply novelty if the music wasn’t good, and thankfully for The Ferocious Few, it is good. Really good. Birdman Records recently posted a full stream of Juices, the band’s new album, which comes out on April 13th. If you like raw and catchy rock and roll, with elements of folk and blues as well, you should definitely check this album out below.
True to form, the band has a number of shows coming up, but the official Juices release party is on Saturday, April 17th at Cafe Du Nord (9:30pm, $15), with Holly Golightly & The Broke-Offs and Hudson Bell.
March 25, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · 1 Comment »
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March 24, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · 2 Comments »
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Bottom of the Hill will host quite the eclectic evening this Friday, March 26th – and in this case, “eclectic” refers to a mixture of Canadian dance music and local garage-influenced indie rock.
Hailing from Montreal, Think About Life are set to headline with some dance crazy jams, with locals the Heavenly States and Kill Moi scheduled to open.Â The Heavenly States (listen to their Bay Bridged podcast) are still riding the buzz from their 2008 album, Delayer, a multi-layered rock record full of Spoon-approved jams. Kill Moi
, who have been playing on and off around the Bay since around 2007, have just completed a new EP and will open the evening with their heavy, horn-drenched pop.
Doors open at 8:30 pm, the show starts at 10:00, costs $10, and all ages are welcome.
March 24, 2010 by Christian Cunningham · 6 Comments »
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Although it was our third year putting together The Bay Area Takeover, it was by far our most challenging and most rewarding event in this series to date. On behalf of The Bay Bridged I would personally like to thank all of the bands and everyone who helped make this event a huge success. A special shout out also goes to our amazing sponsors Tricycle Records, Site and Sound, Zazzle, BAGeL Radio, Trumer Pils, and Noise Pop.
All photos were taken by Nicole Browner and Anna Gazdowicz.
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