April 4, 2012
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.
In curating this podcast, we got the nagging feeling that April is a little slow on the local album release front. We’re not sure why that is — Festival fatigue? Buildup for a big summer? — but it’s likely only a momentary blip. A number of exciting new Bay Area records are coming soon, and we’re especially psyched about new albums from Emily Jane White and Magic Trick.
While this month’s local highlights might seem a little leaner than usual, plenty of great out-of-town acts are picking up any perceived slack. Genre standouts abound, from the chamber folk par excellence of Bowerbirds to the superior indie pop of Spectrals and Tennis. A number of newer buzzing acts are also coming to SF for significant concerts, including Julia Holter, Pond, and Tanlines.
Enjoy the mix, then go see some shows!
About the bands:
Indie pop stars Tennis (“Origins”) just released Young & Old, an album that’s even better than their already superb first record. Tennis’ upcoming April 30 performance at The Independent is currently sold out.
I Love You, It’s Cool, the new album from electronic art-pop trio Bear in Heaven (“The Reflection of You”), came out yesterday on Dead Oceans/Hometapes. On April 8, the band’s tour with Blouse and Doldrums comes to The Independent.
Pond (“Mystery”) includes members of Tame Impala, and the Australian band excels in its own psych-influenced spin on rock and roll. They’ll be at the Rickshaw Stop on April 11, with Oberhofer and PreTeen.
Julia Holter (“In The Same Room”) is an LA musician whose new album of experimental pop songs, Ekstasis, is gaining universal acclaim. Holter’s first SF show since the new album’s release is on April 29 at the Rickshaw Stop.
January 19, 2011
We love psych rock, garage, folk rock, singer-songwriter stuff, and a variety of other musical genres here at The Bay Bridged, but our first love was, and will forever be, indie pop. From the jangly to the synthy, an uber-catchy, clever pop song is something to be treasured. After what felt like a few slightly lean years for the genre (from our perspective, anyway), we’re now in the midst of a real fertile time for great indie pop. This month’s mixtape collects over an hour’s worth of great new and recent indie pop songs, including tunes from almost a dozen Bay Area-based artists. Enjoy!
November 18, 2010
That many people walked out of the Hotel Utah Sunday night without warm fuzzies, a Tennis 7″ or two in hand, or the conclusion that he or she had just discovered their new “band to watch,” is highly doubtful. It was packed to the brim with people excited to see Tennis’ first San Francisco show, just as I had expected. For me, this meant finding a spot to sit on the floor down in front, limited to bobbing my head and no chance of cutting a rug. But behind me, I saw those little sardines swaying back and forth.
Tennis trudges their surf-pop on to the Midwest through December, wrapping up tour in the UK in January (all dates on MySpace).
More photos and videos of Tennis and Eulogies after the jump!
November 10, 2010
We know the Hotel Utah is a confined space — two-tiered with a cozy lower-stage below a micro version of the opera overhang. In turn, the venue appropriately books mellower performances, such as an open mic night or a variety of folk/Americana/singer-songwriter performers. Getting out of their expected casting, the Utah has lined up jubilant Denver surf pop band, Tennis for Sunday (9pm, $8). Might as well throw those loveless, impersonal large concert experiences out the door, and expect just enough space to bounce off the person next to you during the group’s steadfast surf-rock medleys. Tennis has a 7″ on Underwater Peoples, and the debut full-length comes out in January on Fat Possum (The Walkmen, Wavves, Smith Westerns).
My first tasting of Tennis was encouraged by visuals: this enchanting photoset from a show they played with SF heart-breakers Magic Bullets and Family Portrait at the Glasslands Gallery in NYC (via Brooklyn Vegan). Judging by the photo/video survey, the show appeared considerably full of people and excitement onstage. The real wonder is how a little sardine can like the Hotel Utah will handle this peppery band and the turnout it should seemingly muster. It may be just the night to dance like a canned little fish.
Here’s a segment of Magic Bullets’ set from that Glasslands show — they are not playing the Hotel Utah on Sunday, but this song should push you through your Wednesday:
November 3, 2010
In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the next 30 days in the San Francisco Bay Area. November’s got a ton of great shows, with multiple bands from Denver (Tennis, Gauntlet Hair) and Philadelphia (Sun Airway, Kurt Vile) making noteworthy appearances, while a bunch of locals celebrate the release of new CDs (Eux Autres, Faun Fables, The Definite Articles, The Parties). Enjoy the mix and then go check out some shows!
About the bands:
Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier is the debut album from Philadelphia art-pop band Sun Airway (“Put the Days Away”). On November 5th, they’re opening for Bear in Heaven and Lower Dens at The Independent.
Jangly pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (“Say No To Love”) have been working on a new full length recently. The band joins labelmates Weekend and Seattle’s Grave Babies at The Independent on November 9th.
Kurt Vile‘s (“In My Time”) new 7″ debuts a cleaner sound from the songwriter and a hint of what might be to come on his next full length in 2011. The Soft Pack and Purling Hiss join Vile at the Rickshaw Stop on November 9th.
Bay Area retro-pop practitioners The Parties (“Let’s Call It Love”) released their latest work, Coast Garde, yesterday on Rainbow Quartz Records. They’re part of an all-local bill at the Hemlock Tavern on November 19th, alongside The Love Dimension and Trevor Childs & the Beholders.
Denver duo Gauntlet Hair (“I Was Thinking…”) have released a steady stream of exciting, noisy pop songs over the past year. Epicsauce presents Gauntlet Hair, Woodsman, Craft Spells, and Melted Toys at Milk on November 11th.
The Definite Articles (“Bumbershoot”) are a local chamber pop band whose first full length, King Merriweather, comes out this month. The band’s celebrating with two release shows at 32 Ocean on November 19th and 20th.