March 19, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · 1 Comment »
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To all the mopers home in San Francisco wishing they were here in Austin, what really makes us envious is missing the opportunity to see Xiu Xiu Saturday, with co-headlining Tune-Yards and Noveller (Brooklyn) at Bottom of the Hill (10pm, $12).
Nothing but praise continues to circulate since the release of Xiu Xiu’s newest on Kill Rockstars, Dear God, I Hate Myself, and some disturbance has come along with the album (just as many might expect from Jamie Stewart). It almost feels irresponsible to re-post the video above of the album’s title track and first single — it might keep you up at night. Full US tourdates with Tune-Yards are available on the Xiu Xiu website.
March 18, 2010 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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As a reminder, the party’s happening TODAY Thursday, March 18th, 2010 from 11:30am to 6pm at Austin’s Beauty Bar, with performances by fifteen of the San Francisco Bay Area’s hottest artists representing a broad cross-section of the Bay’s fertile indie music scene.
Here’s the full schedule of set times for the Takeover:
11:30am on the patio: The Ferocious Few
12:00pm: Sonny and the Sunsets
1:40pm: Young Prisms
2:30pm: Ty Segall
3:20pm: The Sandwitches
4:10pm: Birds & Batteries
12:20pm: Tempo No Tempo
1:10pm: Leopold and his Fiction
2:50pm: Sleepy Sun
3:40pm: Still Flyin’
4:40pm: Or, the Whale
With DJ sets from Bagel Ted (Bagel Radio) throughout the day.
Also important: We’re excited to be kicking off the day with a special extended Trumer Pils Happy Hour, meaning delicious free beer while supplies last, courtesy of the Bay Area’s own Trumer Brauerei!
More information about the party and profiles of all of the performing acts can be found at TheBayAreaTakeover.com. The party is FREE, but you should RSVP at the BATO web site to receive priority admission.
The Bay Area Takeover is sponsored by Site and Sound, BAGeL Radio, Tricycle Records, Zazzle, Trumer Brauerei and Noise Pop. Affordable last-minute sponsorships for the event are still available. Please contact email@example.com for more information. Media inquiries about the event should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bay Area Takeover is presented by The Bay Bridged, a fiscally sponsored nonprofit arts organization committed to educating the public about the San Francisco Bay Area independent music community and encouraging public support of local independent music by providing Bay Area musicians with unique opportunities to receive public exposure and create original musical works.
March 18, 2010 by Anna Gazdowicz · Leave a Comment »
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Among the standard mix of indie rock concerts taking place this weekend (save for the many local players at this year’s SxSW), a soul-infused evening featuring Oakland musicians is scheduled to take place on Friday at the Independent (9:00 pm, $12/advance, $14/door).
Joe Bagale, a young local with an old soul, will showcase his retro R&B-influenced pop and smooth, jazzy compositions. The multi-instrumentalist has most often performed in traditional jazz atmospheres, but will change things up on Friday by headlining a more indie-influenced lineup. You can download three songs from Bagale’s self-titled debut by visiting his Bandcamp site.
Also on the bill will be OONA, a powerful voice and upbeat electro-rock and energetic live show all rolled into one. Oona Garthwaite and her OONA gang have cultivated some recent national notoriety after “Tore My Heart” was featured on So You Think You Can Dance last December. The Thrill of It All, another R&B-influenced indie outfit (formerly known as Tokyo Decadence), will open the evening’s festivities.
March 17, 2010 by Nicole L. Browner · 1 Comment »
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When Ayla Nereo isn’t playing music with her brother Davyd as Beatbeat Whisper, she’s finding other channels of creativity, such as making films and performing solo (both hobbies are combined above). Tonight, Nereo opens at Cafe Du Nord for Spooky Flowers and Camaron Ochs, the perfect combination of jovial folk fit for St. Patrick’s Day (9:30pm, $12).
March 17, 2010 by Jake Butler · Leave a Comment »
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A friend of mine from SoCal told me to check out Holly Miranda (because she is awesome, I was told) at the Fox. Scheduling conflicts prevented that from happening but, to my luck, Holly was playing Cafe du Nord only a few days later. Better yet, the Du Nord show included some local supporters opening up the bill.
I made it in time to catch the last few songs of Tortured Genies. I’m really digging the 60′s pop revival that’s going on and the Genies bring their own flair to the sound. Floating along like a cool California breeze, the room was filled with good vibes, swaying – not thrashing, mind you – bodies, and a sense that we were all hovering a couple inches above the ground. ‘Twas the perfect segue into the non-condescendingly aloof shoegazing of Foxtail Somersault.
Foxtail Somersault thrust me into an early 90′s flashback, bringing up thoughts of the Happy Mondays et al. With a sound like theirs, it’s often easy to overlook the musicianship involved, especially when listening to a recording. Seeing them live, I couldn’t help but latch onto the sonic landscapes painted by guitarists Seiken Nakama and James Spadaro. Never overpowering the rest of the sound, they found the pocket early and filled it just right. Elizabeth Anderson’s vocals were like an aural conundrum. They were light and wispy yet rich and full, all at the same time. The texture they brought to the room evades any possible written description on my part, so you’ll just have to see them live for yourself.
March 16, 2010 by Ben Van Houten · Leave a Comment »
Filed Under Bay Area Bands, Mp3, News
Top-notch bill of Bay Area experimental rock bands at Amnesia this Thursday night (9pm, $7). Common Eider, King Eider (ex-7 Year Rabbit Cycle) headlines the show, which doubles as a release party for a new split tape from Oakland duo Raccoons and Hiss & Hum. Das Blut and Marigold Crowns also perform.
March 16, 2010 by The Bay Bridged · Leave a Comment »
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Stream the episode:
In celebration of our third annual Bay Area Takeover party this Thursday, March 18th at Austin’s Beauty Bar, we’re dedicating this week’s podcast to music from all 15 bands that will be performing at the show. Whether you will be in Austin or not, these are all bands that play around the Bay regularly, and they’re all well worth checking out. Also, Nicole and Anna took over hosting duties for this episode, so enjoy that change-up before our dour monotones return next week.
The editors are all heading down to Austin this week for South by Southwest, although we’ll have Bay Area-related content going up all week. We’ll also be on Twitter from Austin, so be sure to follow @thebaybridged.
About the bands:
- Sonny and the Sunsets (“Too Young To Burn”), 12pm on the Inside Stage. Next SF show: TBA.
- Or, the Whale (“Rusty Gold”), 4:40pm on the Outside Stage. Next SF show: TBA.
- Geographer (“Kites”), 12:50pm on the Inside Stage. Next SF show: TBA.