April 4, 2013
The first name in dreamy, ambient, almost-folk, Phosphorescent is coming to The Independent at the end of the week. Raised in Alabama but musically reared in hipster-cred hotbeds Athens and Brooklyn, Phosphorescent (born Matthew Houck) sounds just like the perfect melding of the two. Staunchly part of the wild-haired, artsy, NPR-darling school of music, his work is reverent and solemn, with a sparkling strain of folk that ebbs underneath.
His new album, Muchacho, was released just a couple weeks ago. The Indy show this weekend, unsurprisingly, is sold out, but we’ve got what just might be the last pair of tickets.
To win them, be the first person to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and “Phosphorescent April 6th” in the subject line.
Watch the video for “Song for Zula” below. And also, just because we love them so much, you can check out his Tiny Desk Concert here, too (but only if you don’t have to be anywhere: the video runs 20+ minutes).
April 3, 2013
In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We’re due for an onslaught of anticipated new albums from Bay Area bands, and that outpouring begins this month with a number of the local artists we’ve included in this mix. Both Life Coach and Tartufi have gained members since their last records — Life Coach recently became a duo with the addition of The Mars Volta’s Jon Theodore on drums, while Tartufi gained a third member, bass player Ben Thorne (also of MINOT). On the garage rock front, we’ve included a selection from Shannon and the Clams‘ Dreams in the Rat House, which arrives in late May, and one from Burnt Ones‘ new album on Burger Records.
Plenty of reliably strong live performers are also touring through SF in April, including guitar wizard Marnie Stern, whose The Chronicles of Marnia has great songs as well as the best/most ridiculous title I’ve heard all year. If you’re more inclined toward country rock with an experimental twist, do check out Phosphorescent. I was really impressed by Matthew Houck’s band at South by Southwest; it’s a tight group of musicians who do great service to his rich songs. Finally, Telekinesis knows its way around a great indie pop song, and the band’s live shows find bandleader Michael Lerner drumming and singing with equal vigor.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some shows!
About the bands:
April 27, 2011
To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at]thebaybridged.com with your full name in the body and the concert youâ€™re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name to one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below.
Thursday, April 28th
Phosphorescent, Little Wings, Family Band @ The Independent
To win a pair of tickets to the show be the THIRD person to enter!
The show starts at 8pm, $15, 21+. Purchase advance tickets here.
Thee Oh Sees, Charlie Tweedle, George Cloud, Miles Rizotti @ Cafe du Nord
To win a pair of tickets to the show be the FOURTH person to enter!
The show starts at 9pm, $12, 21+. Purchase advance tickets here.
August 2, 2010
On Wednesday, July 28th at Bottom of the Hill, J. Tillman sat alone onstage with his guitar and a cymbal (that went almost completely unused). The crowd was so enraptured they were silent. The only thing you heard besides him was beer being poured.
Tillman played almost exclusively new songs, for which he apologized. In-between songs he was like a folky stand-up. He had the audience in stitches, and was making the ladies swoon. The girls behind me wanted to jump his flannel.
The new songs were good, but didnâ€™t take the form of traditional songs. Each song was a little story, each with a different protagonist. His lyrics, as always, were gorgeously literary. He could have easily been reading us passages from a Cormac McCarthy tome.
Near the end of the set Tillman departed briefly from new material and played “James Blue” or at least he tried to, half-way through he admitted that he couldn’t remember how to play it. Instead, much to the audience’s delight, he played “No Occasion.”
July 6, 2010
Every month, we dedicate the first week’s podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ve got twelve great bands playing some excellent shows around the Bay in July, so head out and see some live music!
About the bands:
Seattle’s Grand Hallway (“Raindrops”) just put out a DVD, Live at the Triple Door,” in which the band was joined by the Seattle Rock Orchestra and Perkins School Children’s Choir. Locals Birds & Batteries and The Moanin’ Dove also play at Cafe Du Nord on July 11th
Fol Chen (“In Ruins”) released their second album, Part II: The New December, today on Asthmatic Kitty Records. The Highland Park will be at Bottom of the Hill on July 7th, with Aim Low Kid and Jhameel.
The latest release from Matthew Houck’s Phosphorescent (“The Mermaid Parade”) is Here’s To Taking It Easy, out now on Dead Oceans. On July 28th, Phosphorescent is at Bottom of the Hill with Little Wings and J. Tillman.