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.”
July 11, 2012
Impressively-coiffed troubadour Sean Hayes has announced plans to release Before We Turn To Dust, to be released September 4th, 2012 with digital distribution service The Orchard. Those who pre-order the record will get an immediate download of the first single, “Miss Her When I’m Gone.” Hayes, whom you may remember from such hits as “Powerful Stuff”, used prominently in a Subaru campaign last year, promises a departure from his typical work on this record.
Though he’ll stay his usual soulful self, he’s turning to a heavier R&B influence on Before We Turn to Dust. Hayes is also joined by a cavalcade of Bay Area-based stars on the record, working with former collabos of Thao Nguyen, Silian Rail and Tune-Yards. And while not on the new album, an unreleased track, “Fall On My Knees”, is available for download via Sean Hayes’ website.
Hayes has a light tour schedule ahead of him, playing a handful of shows this summer, one of them being Saturday at Outside Lands.
Watch Hayes perform “Soul Shaker”, off 2010′s Run Wolves Run, at The New Parish.
July 12, 2011
Here are 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.
Phono del Sol is this Saturday!
As we discussed yesterday, we are extremely excited to be producing the first ever Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival in Potrero del Sol Park this Saturday. Doors open at noon for this FREE, all ages, all day event, which features Aesop Rock, Mirah, Man/Miracle, Magik*Magik Orchestra, Religious Girls, and Appetite. With food trucks, DJs, and more, it’s really going to be a great afternoon, and we’d love to see you there.
Gardens & Villa and Generationals head out on tour
Santa Barbara indie pop quintet Gardens & Villa begins a month-long US tour by heading up the coast, performing with tourmates Generationals at Cafe Du Nord on Friday, July 15th (9:30pm, $10, 21+). Gardens & Villa just released its Richard Swift-recorded self-titled debut on Secretly Canadian. Locals HIJK kicks off Friday’s show.
Bart Davenport, Dreamdate, Sean Hayes and more playing fundraiser 3/16/11 for Muffler Men documentary
March 14, 2011
Clean White Lines, a local video and film company, is attempting the unexpected: to make a documentary about Muffler Men, those big fiberglass sculptures used to promote roadside businesses. In order to create this film, the company needs an RV, and is currently raising funds to help purchase a used model.
Bart Davenport, Dreamdate (acoustic), Anna and Spencer of Spencey Dude and the Doodles, and Sean Hayes have all signed on to help the cause by playing a show entitled “Making Green” at the Hemlock on Wednesday, March 16th (9:00 pm). $10 gets you in the door, where you’ll hear some great music and help a unique documentary get off the ground. The show will be MC’ed by comedian Chris Garcia.
“Making Green” video promo:
September 21, 2010
Tuesday, September 21
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone (final tour), Otouto (Australia) @ Bar 355
Wednesday, September 22
Burnt Ones, Yeah Great Fine (Portland), Sleeptalks @ El Rio
Saturday, September 25
120 Minutes and Shutter Present oOoOO @ Milk Bar
Sunday, September 26
Social Studies, Jared Mees & the Grown Children, Monarques @ Hemlock Tavern
Monday, September 27
Perfume Genius, Winfred E. Eye, Mist And Mast (acoustic) @ Bottom of the Hill
Burnt Ones â€“ â€œGonna Listen to T-Rexâ€
Sean Hayes – “When We Fall In”
The Ferocious Few – “Porcelain Doll”
City Light – “Someday Maybe”
oOoOO – “NoShore”
Social Studies – “We Choose Our Own Adventures”
Mist and Mast – “X-Ray”
August 4, 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 eleven great bands playing some excellent shows around the Bay in August, so head out and see some live music!
About the bands:
The Splinters (“Blood on my Hands”) celebrate the release of their new 7″ on Southpaw Records at Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday, August 18th. Woven Bones and The Sandwitches (who also have a new Southpaw 7″) also perform.
Grand Lake (“Spark”) celebrate the vinyl release of Blood Sea Dream on Hippies Are Dead Records this month. They’ll be performing at Cafe Du Nord on Tuesday, August 24th, with Its For Free Grace (Ted Nesseth of The Heavenly States), Sean Smith and The Present Moment, and DJs James and Evander.
Still Flyin’ (“Higher Than Five”) are playing at our 2010 Rock Make Street Festival on Sunday, August 22nd. They’re also performing at our NightLife show at the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday, August 19th.
July 29, 2010
Devotionals, the band led by Tyson Vogel (Two Gallants) and Anton Patzner (Judgment Day), celebrate the recent release of their self-titled album on Friday, August 6th at Bottom of the Hill (9pm, $10), with Kacey Johansing and, until yesterday, TBA. Well, good news, folks (unless you’re a fan of a band called TBA). That TBA is now Sean Hayes co-headlining the show. Get your tickets now.
July 27, 2010
Tuesday, July 27:
THE DELTA MIRROR, Borneo, Here Come the Saviours @ Rickshaw Stop
Wednesday, July 28:
Bare Wires, Goodnight Loving, The Wrong Words @ The Knockout
Pocahaunted, Mi Ami, Late Young, Peaking Lights @ Rickshaw Stop
Phosphorescent, Little Wings, J. Tillman @ Bottom of the Hill
Friday, July 30:
Memoryhouse, Baths, Mountain Animal Hospital, Brown Irish @ Kuumbwa (Santa Cruz)
Bare Wires, Ty Segall, The Sandwitches @ Amnesia
Make Me, Dreamdate, Schande @ Uptown
Boy in the Bubble, Grand Lodge, Griddle @ Red Devil Lounge
The Wrong Words – “What Went Wrong”
The Sandwitches – “Song of Songs”
Mi Ami – “Cut Men”
Michael Musika – “Playing the Violin with Broken Strings”
Il Gato – “Burning Red (demo)”
Indianna Hale – “Ode to Sleep”
Sean Hayes – “When We Fall In”