November 14, 2011
Water Borders, San Franciscoâ€™s resident electronic maestros of the macabre, will be switching up their familiar sound for a lighter set this Tuesday, as they live-score four short films from the early 20th Century as a part of the free-with-RSVPÂ Celluloid Salon 2011Â at Public Works (7pm). If that wasn’t enough to arouse interest, maybe these two words will: open bar.
I joined Loric Sih and Amitai Heller in Heller’s sunny Mission living room for a chat, sans Matt Rogers, their newest acquisition. “He’s shy,” they tell me, “so he won’t be joining us.” When I sit on the couch next to Loric, he is Google-imaging the Crass Records logo and talking to Amitai about how to manipulate it. “What ‘ya doin’ that for?” I wonder out loud. “We were talking about making a Crass Records/peace punk mix called Now That’s What I Call Peace Punk.” Get it? Like the prolific Now That’s What I Call Music series. And so sets the tone for the next 30 minutes as I talk to these smart, funny, and articulate guys.
August 8, 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 fifteen tracks, all from Bay Area bands, that were posted on TheBayBridged.com in July.
August 3, 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 us, August hits a high point early, as August 6th we’re throwing our annual fundraiser, Regional Bias, at the Verdi Club. As we discuss on the podcast, with four great local bands on the bill — Little Wings, Royal Baths, White Cloud, and Sea of Bees — as well as DJs, local artists, and more, it’s a really special event, and we hope to see you there.
After Regional Bias, is there anything else of note? How about the Outside Lands Festival, which returns to Golden Gate Park with a really strong lineup full of local bands and big name headliners from August 12th through the 14th? Meanwhile, the ongoing Total Trash Fest hosts a ton of great garage rock shows. Finally, as usual, there is no shortage of exciting bands celebrating the release of new albums, including Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick and Ganglians, or touring with new records coming soon, like Mikal Cronin and Wooden Shjips.
About the bands:
Moonhearts’ Mikal Cronin (“Apathy”) has a self-titled solo album coming out on Trouble in Mind Records on September 20th. Before heading on tour with Ty Segall, Cronin will be performing at the Hemlock Tavern on Sunday, August 28th with Mouthbreathers and Cosmonauts.
Little Wings (“How Come?”) is on of our favorite local bands, and we’re really excited to have Kyle Field co-headlining our Regional Bias fundraiser show at the Verdi Club on August 6th. Royal Baths, White Cloud, and Sea of Bees also perform.
Vetiver (“Wonder Why”) hasn’t performed locally since releasing The Errant Charm on Sub Pop. Andy Cabic and his band are performing at Outside Lands and also playing an Outside Lands night show at the Rickshaw Stop on August 12th.
SF band Lilac (“Cathedral”) recorded their debut EP at Different Fur Studios, and they’ll be performing at Different Fur’s 43rd anniversary party at Cafe Du Nord on August 26th. Also playing: Tragik, Grillade, and Dirty Ghosts.
Tim Cohen‘s band Magic Trick (“Daylight Moon”) has a new album of lengthy, ambitious songs called The Glad Birth of Love. On August 24th, the band performs alongside Magic Bullets, PreTeen and Tambo Rays at the Rickshaw Stop.
Tri-Angle Records tour coming to 103 Harriet: oOoOO (live debut), Water Borders, White Ring and more
August 1, 2011
Call the music witch house, drag, or just experimental electronica, Tri-Angle Records has been at the center of a movement that’s gained a lot of acclaim, and the label’s artists are joining together for the “Thereâ€™s Only One Angel in Heaven” tour. The tour comes to 103 Harriet on August 19th ($15, 10pm), with live sets from SF’s oOoOO, Water Borders, and D33j, as well as White Ring, Clams Casino, Shlohmo, and Babe Rainbow. Making the night extra special, it’s oOoOO’s live debut. Listen to music from all of the performers above and below.
July 14, 2011
Yesterday, Stereogum premiered local duo Water Borders‘ “What Wiwant,” a dense slice of haunted vocals and dark electronic drone. The track’s off the band’s upcoming LP, Harbored Mantras, out on Tri-Angle on October 10th.
Listen to the A-side ofWater Borders’ Drippings tape, released earlier this year on Skrot Up, below.
March 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.
Hunx and his Punx celebrate Too Young To Be In Love
Hunx and his Punx are throwing a record release show on Saturday night to celebrate the band’s new album, Too Young To Be In Love. The group’s first studio album, Too Young was recorded in New York by Ivan Julian of Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and features three songs written by Shannon Shaw (of Shannon and the Clams), who also performs on bass and vocals. Shannon’s band joins the Punx at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday (10pm, $10, All Ages), along with Grass Widow kicking things off.
The Soft Moon and Water Borders join Salem at 103 Harriet
So yes, Salem was once attached to some pretty unflattering live videos, but King Night is undeniably engulfing and it’s been a year since that infamous SXSW show. In their first SF performance, at 103 Harriet on Wednesday, March 30th (8pm, $12.50), the band’s topping a bill stacked with locals, including The Soft Moon, Water Borders, WhITCH and Shawn Reynaldo.