February 12, 2013
In case you’ve managed to avoid this news until now, February 14th is Valentine’s Day, the greeting card industry holiday that can compel even the least romantic to confront the topic of love. Over the past few years, plenty of our favorite indie rockers have explored the excitement and complications of love in terrific songs. Here, we’ve collected fourteen tracks about love’s many facets, including the swooning romanticism of Real Estate, Cass McCombs, and Bare Wires.
Affairs of the heart don’t always end well, however, and the mix also offers some songs that touch on love’s darker side, like the lush melancholy of Chromatics‘ “Lady” and The Antlers‘ heartbreaking “I Don’t Want Love.” We’ve also thrown in a few left turns, Sonny & The Sunsets‘s goofy “Lovin’ on an Older Gal” and Mwahaha‘s heady “Love” among them.
Ultimately, we’ve aimed to a balance the sweet and the bittersweet here, although we’ve probably tipped our hands toward the romantic side with the one-two closing punch of Sean Hayes‘ “When We Fall In” and a live cover of Daniel Johnston’s classic “True Love Will Find You In The End” by the dearly departed Girls. Still, we’re sympathetic to Mwahaha’s assessment that love is “something we’re always doing, but we never figure it out.”
April 24, 2012
For their self-titled debut LP, Australia’s Twerps embrace the musical antecedents of that region — Aussie bands like Go-Betweens and The Church, and the Kiwi Dunedin Sound championed by Flying Nun Records (based out of Christchurch, actually) and Xpressway — as well as the band’s contemporaries.
Twerps is a collection of eleven simple and endearing pop songs. On the sing-along track, “Who Are You,” perhaps a nod to the pub-rock scene popularized in the 1980s, the band is joined by members of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Beaches, and Panel of Judges all chorusing, “We’ll get drunk/ We’ll get stoned/ We’ll get high/We’ll get…” The album’s folky centerpiece, “Bring Me Down,” was co-written by Eddy Current’s Brendan Huntley and vocalist/guitarist Marty Frawley, who sounds a lot like his dad here, the late Maurice Frawley of Working Class Ringos and a handful of other bands, and who also played guitar for Paul Kelly and the Dots.
March 9, 2012
Tickets for the 2012 Woodsist Fest go on sale today at noon, and if you’ve ever wanted to see awesome music in a beautiful natural setting, you should snap up passes before they quickly disappear. The festival takes place on August 4th and 5th at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, and it features ten awesome bands, including Woods, White Fence, Real Estate, Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, and more. Check out our recap of last year’s festival if you’re on the fence, then grab tix at noon via FolkYeah.com.
Here’s the full two-day lineup:
November 9, 2011
To enter any contest submit an email to contest[at]thebaybridged[dot]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 once to only one contest. Winners for each show will be decided using the guidelines listed below.
Thursday, November 10th
Holy Ghost!, Jessica 6, Eli Escobar @ Slim’s
To win a pair of tickets to the show be the SECOND person to enter!
The show starts at 8pm, $16, 6+. Purchase advance tickets here.
Brandt Brauer Frick, Psychic Friend (feat. Will Schwartz of Imperial Teen), James and Evander @ Rickshaw Stop
To win a pair of tickets to the show be the THIRD person to enter!
The show starts at 9pm, $12, 21+. Purchase advance tickets here.
Saturday, November 12th
Austra, Grimes, Sister Crayon @ Great American Music Hall
To win a pair of tickets to the show be the SECOND person to enter!
The show starts at 9, $14/$16, 6+. Purchase advance tickets here.
Wednesday, November 16th
NASA – The Spirit of Apollo @ Roxie
To win a pair of tickets to the show be the FOURTH person to enter!
The show starts at 7:30pm, $10, all ages. Purchase advance tickets here.
November 7, 2011
Every Monday, we’ll be offering you early picks for some of the week’s best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings.
Keep Shelly in Athens on first US tour
Electronic pop duo Keep Shelly in Athens are currently on their first US tour, which comes to The Independent on November 9th with Kisses and a DJ set by Blackbird Blackbird. The band’s latest release is the Our Own Dream EP.
Real Estate brings Days to Slim’s
While Real Estate‘s latest album, Days, has an understated feel, it’s packed with nuanced, catchy-as-hell songs that elevate it well past “pleasant” and into “sublime.” The band performs at Slim’s on November 11th with fellow Jerseyans Big Troubles, a band with a new LP out on Slumberland.
November 2, 2011
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. The November concert schedule offers a chance to check out the artists behind some big recent releases, as bands like M83, Wild Flag, and Real Estate arrive in support of well-received new albums. Locally, a diverse assortment of acts are launching new releases of their own, including the classic-leaning rock and roll of Zodiac Death Valley, The Northern Key’s singer-songwriter pop, and the raucous art-rock of Wet Illustrated.
This podcast episode includes songs from thirteen artists all performing in the Bay Area during November. Take a listen and then go see some shows!
About the bands:
The excellent SF band Wet Illustrated (“Gypsy Town”) released 1x1x1 last month on True Panther. The band opens what should be a terrific show at Amnesia on November 17th, with Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick and Devon Williams.
Gauntlet Hair‘s (“Keep Time”) self-titled album is the Denver band’s debut LP. The group’s West Coast tour with Unknown Mortal Orchestra finds them at the Rickshaw Stop on November 3rd and The New Parish on November 7th.
Wild Flag (“Romance”) includes members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium, and The Minders, and the band’s self-titled debut lives up to the promise of those previous groups. On November 4th and 5th, Wild Flag and Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives play at the Great American Music Hall.
SF’s Zodiac Death Valley (“La Razon”) and LA’s The Icarus Line are holding two joint record release parties at Cafe Du Nord on November 5th and 6th. Local bands The Tambo Rays and Nectarine Pie open the Saturday and Sunday shows respectively.
Formerly the leader of Dear Nora, Katy Davidson’s new band is called Key Losers (“Bi-Focal”). The band brings California Lite to the Hemlock Tavern on November 20th. Lesbians and Nora Roman and the Border Busters support.
Oakland electronic pop artist Metal Mother (“Shake”) performs live infrequently, but she’ll be at Cafe Du Nord on November 29th. She’ll be joined by The Horns of Happiness, Mortar and Pestle and Birdseye.
Minneapolis band Peter Wolf Crier (“Right Away”) explores complex prog-pop on its new record, Garden of Arms. On November 4th, you can see the group at Cafe Du Nord with Birds & Batteries and The Curious Mystery.
August 4, 2011
At Tuesday night’s Independent show with Dominant Legs and Melted Toys, Real Estate pulled together a tighter, more engaging set than they did in the Big Sur woods over the weekend. Hunched over and adoringly strumming, they concluded their Bay Area visit with the three-part harmonies people over the weekend were dying for on “Green River” and “Suburban Beverage.”
It was a lovely set, but openers Melted Toys won the evening with one of their best performances to date. They unveiled a few new songs that added a little more flavor to their 80s sound, testing out an acoustic guitar and swampier bass tones. The band has not announced any upcoming releases just yet, so stay tuned.
August 3, 2011
Photos by Nicole Browner and Ben Van Houten
Last weekend in Big Sur, Woodsist Records and (((folkYEAH!))) teamed up to present the sublimely wonderful 2011 Woodsist Fest. These photos showcase most of the many bands that played at the Fernwood Resort and Henry Miller Library, but they just can’t come close to capturing the natural beauty of Big Sur that enveloped the weekend.
Musically, the highlights were many. The new Real Estate songs have me really excited about the new record. The Fresh and Onlys and Woods should figure out some way to tour in their “Big Band” configuration. Also, they should cut an album of Neil Young covers.
Most impressive, though, were two standout performances featuring the brothers Presley. Saturday night, Nodzzz reminded me why I loved Innings so much earlier this year (and why I need to revisit it pronto). Sunday, Sean Paul joined his brother Tim and the rest of White Fence for a set that was so revelatory, Tim Cohen dedicated the Fresh and Onlys set to them, song-by-song.
Thanks again, Woodsist Fest. I hope to see you next year.