June 7, 2013
It’s hard to believe the ladies of The SHE’s are still teenagers. Yes, teenagers. As in, they are playing a show this summer but also squeezing in graduating from high school. When I was in high school, my friends and I went to the movies every weekend and I wrote for the newspaper–I wasn’t playing Noise Pop or shows with Mac Demarco, Surf Club, Girls, and Le Sera!
These ladies of The She’s certainly have talent–that classic rock n’ roll sound with a lighthearted beach-y feel and playing shows around the Bay are helping them to really make a name for themselves. Samantha Perez, Hannah Valente, Eva Treadway, and Sinclair Riley are kicking off their summer tour this month with a show at Milk Bar.
The She’s released their doo-wop, retro ode to those magical three months of the year, “Then It Starts To Feel Like Summer,” to much applause. They are planning a follow-up EP to be put out later this year.
Watch the video for “Running” below!
The She’s, Posole, Tango Alpha Tango, The Visibles
June 13th, 2013
Review & Photos: The Thermals, Dirty Ghosts, The SHE’S, Ev Kain @ Rickshaw Stop 3/1/13 (Noise Pop 2013)
March 4, 2013
Friday’s Noise Pop show at The Rickshaw did not disappoint. From the angular math rock of EV Kain to the Sunny, crystalline pop of The SHE’S, this lineup fell on many pleased ears.
EV Kain opened the evening with complicated time signatures and hypnotic drumming while guitarist Brian Belier and drummer Jon Sortland’s vocal harmonies completed the sound — a heavy reggae-Police vibe, with maybe a touch of AnCo-style psychedelia. The festival tended to name-drop Hella when referring to this band (bassist Jonathan Hischke was a member) but these guys won’t require such prefacing for long.
The SHE’S formed when the foursome were in the seventh grade and, remarkably, are still in high school. They channel the nostalgia of Josie and the Pussycats, Beach Boys, and 60s girl groups better than some musicians twice their age. Named for the acronym formed when you put their names together (Sami, Hannah, Eva, and Sinclair), The SHE’S have opened for Surfer Blood, Girls, and La Sera and continued the tradition of supporting heavy hitters at this show.
Dirty Ghosts’ Allyson Baker and Erin McDermott, donning a pair of super sick and complimentary Flying V and Explorer guitars, played their signature funk and new wave-infused rawk and covered Payolas’ “Eyes of a Stranger” which can be recognized from the very tripindicular Valley Girl soundtrack.
The Thermals played an incredibly energetic set to an equally, if not more so, charged crowd. Celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their More Parts Per Million LP, of which they selected heavily from, the trio tore through their set of scrappy and poppy emo-tinged punk while the audience pretty much lost their shit — an awesome and heartwarming sight and sound to behold. The band is anticipating the release of their sixth album in April, and Sup Pop has re-released their first three and long out of print LPs.
December 30, 2011
Some years are great for shows – like 2008. Some are great years for albums, like 2009. But this was a great year for both, from the start. In the order I remembered them:
Family Crest – My Living Room; 9/11
Duh. Can you believe this alterna-dad cream dream supreme? A stalwart and happy-go-lucky nonet of classically trained musicians show up at my house to play their lovely, life-affirming chamber pop on the anniversary of 9/11 and my teenage son sits in on clarinet? You just had to be there. But then we would have run out of pasta much sooner.
Deerhoof – Great American Music Hall; February 1
They’re just the best, in an age when it has become pointless to talk about the best. You know it’s a good show when legend Fred Frith shows up to sub for the first opener. Deerhoof primed and dimed their uniquely cereberal, detached shredding and just blew it out every pore. Great pix from Charlie Homo.
Tune-yards – Rickshaw Stop; August l5
When Merril Garbus takes the stage, it’s chills, thrills, more chills and a house full of sweaty, jumping converts. This was actually Vetiver’s show – Tunes added late. They were pretty tasty, but ultimately the latest to learn: don’t share a bill with Tune-Yards unless you like being used as a mop. [More...]
December 7, 2011
If you’re anything like me, you know how difficult it can be to keep track of all of the new music that’s constantly floating around the Internet. Here’s our latest month-in-review mix collecting some our favorite new (or new to us) songs recently posted on the website. Gathered in the mix are seventeen new tracks from Bay Area bands that were posted on TheBayBridged.com in November, with links below to download each of them individually.
December 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.
For a month when few new records are coming out and music journalists spend a lot of time meticulously crafting numerical lists of their favorite albums of the year, there are still a wealth of great live shows hitting the San Francisco area in December. Bands that had big years in 2011 – including Other Lives, Cass McCombs, and Baths – are making return visits, while locals like The SHE’S, Trails and Ways, and High Castle celebrate recent releases with nearby concerts. Finally, we highly recommend you attend The Bay Brewed, a rock and roll beer festival we’re pleased to be throwing at the Verdi Club on December 3rd.
About the bands:
The Baths (“I Just Saw”) song we’ve included in this podcast is a cover of tourmate/labelmate Raleigh Moncrief. Both electronic pop craftsmen perform at Slim’s on December 15th with the equally-skilled Dntel.
Local indie-pop band The SHE’S (“Jimmy”) has been winning crowds over at live shows for a while now, but the band’s first LP just arrived in November. The quartet’s record release show is December 3rd at Bottom of the Hill with Tijuana Panthers and Melted Toys.
In support of A Turn in the Dream-Songs, Jeffrey Lewis (“Cult Boyfriend”) and his band are headed on a West Coast tour in December. On the 6th, he’ll play at the Rickshaw Stop with SF’s The Yellow Dress and Tortured Genies.
November 28, 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.
Saturday: The Bay Bridged Presents The Bay Brewed Rock and Roll Beer Festival
Saturday, December 3rd, from 2-7pm at the Verdi Club, we’re pleased to be throwing The Bay Brewed, San Francisco’s first ever rock and roll beer festival. Your ticket guarantees you an afternoon of unlimited craft local beer tastings and performances by Weekend, Sleepy Sun, Extra Classic and Terry Malts. It’s going to be one hell of a party, so buy your tickets now!
The SHE’S release Then it Starts to Feel Like Summer
The SHE’S have plenty of reason to celebrate this week, with the local beach-pop band’s debut album, Then it Starts to Feel Like Summer, out on November 29th. They’ll be performing on December 3rd at Bottom of the Hill, with Tijuana Panthers and Melted Toys (10pm, $10).
November 1, 2011
The SHE’S are more than just your average high school band. Scratch that – they are more than just your average band, period.
For any band just getting started, the following would be read as an impressive list of accomplishments: opening for Girls at the Fillmore, opening for Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at a TI Fest night show, recording a Christmas cover with another notable local band, coming in as a finalist for “Best Band Twitter” in the SF Weekly Web Awards, and more. The fact that a band of teenagers managed to pull this off is all the more awe-inspiring. And The SHE’S have done all of the above before even releasing a proper full-length debut . . . although that is about to change.
The SHE’S, on the heels of the Surfer Boy EP, are set to release Then it Starts to Feel Like Summer on November 29th. “Jimmy” is the first single from the debut album, full of jaunty hooks and fantastic, doo-wop-style harmonies. Like other SHE’S songs, “Jimmy” pairs the girl-group sounds of the 50s and 60s with modern day garage pop; the end result is undeniably infectious and sunny, matching the title of the album quite perfectly.
Recorded locally at Women’s Audio Mission, Then it Starts to Feel Like Summer should help solidify The SHE’S for what they are: a hard-working, talented young band poised to make a big impact.
The SHE’S will celebrate the release of their new album on December 3rd at Bottom of the Hill, with Tijuana Panthers and Melted Toys (10:00, $10, all ages).
Album art, tracklist and additional items after the jump!
May 24, 2011
Backseat Beat is a video series highlighting indie musicians and the city by the Bay. Armed with Flip cameras, we interview bands in the back seat of our â€˜83 Volvo as we spirit them away to unexpected, forgotten corners of San Francisco, where they plug in outdoors to play a few tunes. Each bandâ€™s performance transforms these urban spots from their anonymous day to day existence into surreal, magical backdrops.
After a hard year of acing chemistry, we’re gearing up for summer, digging through our drawers for that bikini we bought last August, maybe a little white lipstick, and our ancient tube of Bain du Soleil. Nothing says summer like kicking back and sipping warm PBR on a blanket while picking sand out of your sandwich. Yeah, that does sound nice… Too bad nine days out of ten this summer we’ll be freezing our asses off, wrapped in six layers, knowing there’s no way in hell we’re going to stick one toe in the water at Ocean Beach. But it’s not a total loss â€” bands like The SHE’S are writing songs that are so perfect for summer, they’ll keep us warm while we’re holed up in our apartments, fighting back the fog.
Summer vacation is nice and all, but it’s not the only thing on The SHE’S minds. In part 2 of episode 11, The SHE’S discuss braces, Yoda, and their fans. The also wanted us to tell you that they’ll play your quinceaÃ±era… just don’t bring up the word queso, okay?