Clipd Beaks, Mwahaha, White Cloud, Bryan Von Reuter collaborating on benefit concert for Children’s Fairyland
October 4, 2012
Members of Clipd Beaks, Mwahaha, and White Cloud are teaming up with Bryan Von Reuter (of Cloud Archive) and Jeff Ray (of Taser Island) to play Magic Lantern, a benefit for Children’s Fairyland, the iconic Oakland theme park (and non-profit) with its storybook sets, rides, and an animal menagerie, that also hosts a summer day camp and theater program for kids.
What does “teaming up” mean, exactly? According to Von Reuter: “We’ll be doing an electronic, loop-based performance that will be a partially improvised, partially composed amalgamation. We plan on having approximately three to four members up at a time, rotating throughout the night. We’ve been rehearsing it and it’s pretty great.”
Yes, the show will be held at Children’s Fairyland, but does that mean the adults get to experience all that the normally kid-centric theme park has to offer? “The animals will most likely be in the barn and not out, unfortunately,” Von Reuter says. “But all of Fairyland’s other attractions will be available for adults to peruse, plus there will be site-specific artworks by Bay Area artists to check out too.”
The event will also feature local food trucks supplied by Off The Grid and beer from Anchor Brewing Co., Speakeasy, and Drake’s Brewing.
Tickets are only available by presale, so get ‘em now.
Here’s Clipd Beaks’ newest album, WAKE, which came out back in March:
Magic Lantern, featuring Clipd Beaks, Mwahaha, White Cloud, Bryan Von Reuter, Taser Island
October 12, 2012
February 27, 2012
Equally passionate and effortless, Two Gallants rolled through a set of old favorites and new works the first night of their two-night stand at the Edinburgh Castle on Thursday. Wedged in between the short-lived freak folk ascendance (Devandra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and various hairy trolls) and the reverb revival (Thee Oh Sees, Fresh and Onlys, and various recovering shoegazers), Tyler Vogel and Adam Stephens proved to be the quintessential SF house band for the past some-odd years. Built from adolescent busking, onetime national buzz, and some hairy tour tales, the two stir punk-adled emotion with rural rhythmic accents, and never hide behind effect pedals or shallow posturing, embodying a Western frontier spirit as ragged as it is heartfelt.
While Stephens’ lead vocals may make a case for divisive toning, if you are on board, it often serves as the third prong of the band’s sonic assembly. Vogel’s drumming is never restrained and always one beat unto itself. Their reliably scrappy aesthetic feeds some inter-song sameyness, but for the most part, it’s never too much of a good thing. Glad they’re back on the block (and especially that they are championing the musically dry, onetime “blue collar Hemlock of the Tenderloin” venue), and that they seem to have recharged their catalog, if not more importantly, their camaraderie.
February 7, 2012
Compared to the band’s three-track EP released in July, “Black Moon” is a lighter, more nimble version of their earlier prog-metal style. Fitting the song’s bright sound, the video includes a projector coloring the room with washed out reds and greens.
September 27, 2011
Every week, 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.
Dominant Legs release Invitation, celebrate tonight at Cafe Du Nord
Dominant Legs‘ debut album is out today and the band is kicking off a US tour tonight with Nurses at Cafe Du Nord (9pm, $10). Speaking of Nurses, like DL, they’ve also got a compelling new experimental pop album — Dracula, out now on Dead Oceans.
Active Child and Chad Valley at Bottom of the Hill
Active Child‘s show at Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday, September 28th is sold out, but it’s worth seeking out tickets to catch Pat Grossi’s finely-crafted electronic pop. Chad Valley and SF’s Silver Swans support.
August 9, 2011
Regional Bias 2011 took place Saturday night, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. All four bands ruled, with the only bittersweet element being the knowledge that Royal Baths’ electrified high-point-among-high-points set was their last in SF for the foreseeable future. If you came, thank you for your support! If you missed it, catch up with this photo set from Nicole Browner, Anna Gazdowicz, and Todd Wanerman.
Thanks again to everyone involved in RB 2011: To our performers, Little Wings, Royal Baths, White Cloud, and Sea of Bees. To our DJs, Peter Arko, Joe Hayes, and Kevin Meenan. To our artists, Tanner Griepentrog, Lionel Guzman, Charlie Homo, Joshua Rampage, Jared Silbert, and Michael Thurston. To our food providers, Rosamunde Sausage Grill and Rocky’s Frybread. To Outside Lands and Treasure Island for their generous raffle prizes. To our tireless staff and volunteers for their assistance throughout the night. Last but not least, thank you to Brian Gorman and everyone at The Verdi Club, which remains one of the best kept secrets in SF live music. (Seriously, how are all ages shows not happening there every night?)
Our next live event is the 2011 Rock Make Street Festival on Saturday, September 17th. Vendor applications are still being accepted at RockMake.com. Have we not announced the performing bands yet? Stay tuned…
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August 5, 2011
This Saturday, August 6th, 2011, The Bay Bridged celebrates five years of championing the San Francisco Bay Area indie music scene with our annual Regional Bias fundraiser concert event. Like its predecessors, Regional Bias 2011 takes place at the historic Verdi Club in the Mission District, with a spectacular lineup of bands including co-headliners Little Wings and Royal Baths, White Cloud, and Sea of Bees. Additionally, Regional Bias will be Royal Baths’ final SF show before the band relocates to the East Coast, so you’ll definitely want to be on hand to see their last local performance for the foreseeable future.
Look, over the past several weeks, we’ve explained how important Regional Bias is to our work here at The Bay Bridged. We’ve previewed new music from some of the performing bands. We’ve talked about the raffle we’re holding, and about the DJs, artists, and food vendors who will all be helping make the night really special. Now, we hope you’ll join us on Saturday night. See you then!
Regional Bias 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
The Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco)
Doors open at 7pm for happy hour art show, food, and DJs. Bands start at 8pm.
General Admission tickets: $10-$20 sliding scale donation (Purchase Advance Tickets Here!)
This Event is All Ages
July 29, 2011
We’re a little over one week away from our annual Regional Bias concert (and our fifth birthday party!), taking place on August 6th at the Verdi Club in San Francisco (7pm, $10-20, tickets on sale now!). As we’ve said before, even though Regional Bias is a fundraiser, our top priority is making it a really fun, special night for everyone who attends. To that end, we’ve got four great bands performing — Little Wings and Royal Baths, White Cloud, and Sea of Bees — as well as DJs, art, and more.
Entertainment value aside, though, there’s another reason to buy tickets to Regional Bias to which we’ve already alluded. Your tickets help support the work of The Bay Bridged, our fiscally-sponsored nonprofit project dedicated to championing the best of Bay Area indie music. This year, we’ve continued to grow our support of local music, throwing a brand new free festival in Phono del Sol, and beefing up our blog coverage of local indie music with more posts about more bands. That’s in addition to our upcoming annual Rock Make Street Festival, other concerts we help promote and produce, and a whole bunch of other projects (online and offline) that we have currently in the pipeline.
Your support, by attending Regional Bias, will help us continue to do all of these things and more. It means the world to us to champion the amazing and wide-ranging collection of talented musicians who call the San Francisco Bay Area home, and we greatly appreciate any help you can offer. But even if the “out of the goodness of your heart” pitch doesn’t work, just know that Regional Bias 2011 is going to be a great night of excellent local music that you won’t want to miss. We’ll see you there!
All the best,
The Bay Bridged
July 18, 2011
The White Cloud digital single series continues with “Braised Cattle” / “Alarm Clock”. This single, like the others, can be found on White Cloud’s Bandcamp and serve as nice little teasers for the band’s eventual full-length release.
White Cloud will be playing along with Little Wings, Royal Baths, and Sea of Bees at Regional Bias on August 6th at the Verdi Club.