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Song of the Day: The Knocks Bring the HEAT with Help from Sam Nelson Harris of X Ambassadors


If you are at all familiar with NYC-based act The Knocks, then you know that all summer they had a new single that has been lighting up live shows, but its release has been delayed due to industry roadblocks. Today the wait is over as Ben Ruttner (Ben Roc or BRoc) and James Patterson (JPatt) finally Read More


Wet Release New Songs “The Middle” and “Turn Away” Ahead of Mezzanine Show 11/4


Indie electronic trio Wet has blessed our Friday with a couple of new tracks. For those unfamiliar with the Brooklyn-based group, its brand of electronic pop drips with emotion, often using sparse tracking and haunting, melancholy lyrics to evoke strong feelings. Wet released Don’t You, its debut LP earlier this year featuring updated recordings of some Read More


PREMIERE: Cave Clove recalls the past with “Bid for Power”


Cave Clove has been working towards the sound of their forthcoming album sound since 2011 when guitarist and lead singer Katie Colver began collaborating with drummer Kenda Kilkuskie. Now expanded to a four-piece including guitarist Brent Curridan (Travis Hayes / Lords of Sealand) and bassist Alisa Saario, the band has evolved beyond their Americana jumping off point. Read More


Mild High Club Brings Psychedelic Fever Dream to The Chapel for Record Release Show Friday 8/26


The first time you hear Mild High Club you’ll get a sense of both familiarity and discovery. There’s something both uncomfortable and undeniably attractive about pairing 70s lounge-jazz progressions with time-expanding distortion and psychedelic elements. Mild High Club creates the perfect soundscape to escape reality and explore your mind. Founded and led by Alexander Brettin, the Read More


Song of the Day: “Honey” by Kendra McKinley


Kendra McKinley is a rising star in San Francisco. With a songwriting style that is at once nostalgic and futuristic, she is carving out quite a niche. Take a look/listen to her newest release “Honey” (off the upcoming TREAT, due this month) in which she visually and sonically invokes a ‘Mad Men meets the Mission’ universe. Read More


Yet another SF Music Blog declaring the music scene #notdead


By now you may have heard the buzz about an editorial-style post on The Bold Italic last week declaring the SF music scene dead. While the article makes some important points about the struggles artists face in this city, there is much evidence to the contrary of its over-generalized claims. The Bay Bridged laid the argument Read More


Song of the day: Happy Hollows’ “Way Home” gets you into the weekend


Do you ever have things you keep meaning to do and then keep not-doing and then suddenly when you do it, you realize that you were perhaps cosmically meant to do it at that time and place and none other?  Well … welcome to Happy Hollows‘ “Way Home”, released in late February and only now Read More


SONG OF THE DAY: Bleeding Heart Pigeons “O Happy, Happy, Happy”


Today’s Song of the Day, “Oh happy, happy, happy,” is brought to you by that particular existential madness that comes from casting off a religion that stamps into your deepest subconscious the idea that God is separate from you and of whom you will never be worthy (aka Catholicism). Like Bleeding Heart Pigeons‘ lead singer Michael Keating, I have traveled Read More

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PREMIERE: “Meteorite” from The Y Axes – playing Milk Bar on 1/29


SF Critic is excited to premiere the new single, “Meteorite,” from San Francisco band The Y Axes. These are an infectious three listening minutes; a dreamy pop-wave anthem for your upcoming trip to the outer edges of the cosmos. The band – self-described post-apocalyptic alternative pop, making music not for the future, but of the future – orbits Read More


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


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

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