2015

Photos: Tuesday Night Lights @ The Fillmore

12/12/2015

Tuesday, Lights closed out a night of high octane pop including co-headliners The Mowglis and local opener K.Flay. The evening had a little something for every kind of pop fan. Starting the night off was K.Flay, definitely one of the most buzzed about local acts, having first made a splash while attending Stanford. Her songs Read More

SONG OF THE DAY: “Darkness in me” by Eight Belles

12/07/2015

Eight Belles, a band named for a prize race horse, is settled in Santa Rosa making a sweet Americana sound that is ripe with talent and impossible to resist. Evoking at once the classic richness of Patsy Cline, the sweeping emotional vocal twists of Neko Case, and the highly literate songwriting of Jenny Lewis or Iron & Read More

The Bay Bridged Celebrates 10 Years Promoting Local Music, Needs Your Support

11/24/2015

Fostering growth in the Bay Area music scene can be a thankless endeavor, especially when you are a working nonprofit like The Bay Bridged. For the past 10 years they have fostered the creative scene with writing, and volunteer-run events like Phono del Sol Music Festival. Today they need help from the community to continue to Read More

SONG OF THE DAY: David Bowie blesses us with creepy new music

11/22/2015

Have you seen this? David Bowie is putting out a new album, Blackstar (due out January 8), and released this nearly 10-minute long short film a few days ago as the first single. If this video is any indication of what’s to come, we are no doubt in for a sweeping and cinematic saga ripe with genre-defying Read More

Youth Lagoon Makes First Ever Appearance at The Fillmore

11/20/2015

Last Wednesday night, a nearly sold out Fillmore welcomed lo-fi pop group Youth Lagoon to the stage for the very first time. Playing in such an iconic venue – where the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd all performed – one would think Youth Lagoon would come prepared to put on one Read More

PHOTOS: Sturgill Simpson @ The Fox Oakland – Evolution All The Way

11/19/2015

Whether he wants to or not, Sturgill Simpson is evolving country music. To be honest, I hesitate to peg him as a country artist, even though I can’t possibly leave country out of describing him or his show Wednesday night at The Fox in Oakland. The problem is “country music” is a goddamned subjective matter. Read More

Noise Pop Festival Returns February with Early Headliners The Mountain Goats, Vince Staples, Parquet Courts, The Cave Singers, HEARTWATCH + Many More

11/19/2015

It’s always an exciting time of the year when we get our first glimpse at the Noise Pop lineup. We know we’re going to get some high quality acts in settings that highlight some of our favorite local music venues. The festival runs February 19th through 28th this year, so expect to see more acts Read More

SONG OF THE DAY: “Glory Days” by 1955

11/12/2015

Check out this video from Bay Area band 1955, weaving a tight rock n roll sound that throws back (and sideways) to Nick Cave, The Strokes, The Black Keys and even some new wave vibes. The video cultivates the song’s wicked hook and plays out in vivid Palm Springs detail the irony of the song. Where at first it seems Read More

Freddy & Francine bring powerhouse Americana/soul to the Lost Church Thursday 11/12

11/11/2015

A few weeks ago at a folk music conference in Oakland, I had my mind blown by two Americana/soul singers who call themselves Freddy & Francine. Their actual names are Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. I always love when people move from epic names to more commonplace ones. There’s something humble about it. The music, Read More

Photos: Leon Bridges Harkens Back to an Earlier Era of R&B at Sold Out Fillmore

11/11/2015

In a little over a year, Leon Bridges has gone from being freshly signed to building a passionate cult following. His debut album, Coming Home, reached No. 8 in the US, introducing the world to his new wave of guitar soaked 50s-inspired soul. He was welcomed last week to San Francisco to play at a sold-out Fillmore. Read More

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