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Mixing Business With Poison: Why Readers Can’t Trust SF Sounds

04/19/2017

By Bob Patterson Here in the Bay Area, we are lucky to have a great community of local culture and music writers. I end up spending a few hours a week enjoying the work of other local writers in a wide variety of publications. But as of this last week, I can no longer trust Read More

Eve Fleishman brings dreamy folk-tinged jazz to Monument Saturday

03/23/2017

If you’ve been feasting on a steady diet of indie and pop, do yourself a favor and cleanse your palette with the sweet sounds of Eve Fleishman. She’ll be playing through her newest album, Atmospheric Epic on Saturday night at Monument.  Fleishman’s sound resembles contemporary greats like Nora Jones and Alison Krauss, while also harkening back to another Read More

Song of the Day: “20 Motherfuckers” by The Wyatt Act @ Piano Fight 3/23

03/18/2017

The Wyatt Act released this song, “20 Motherfuckers”, a few months back and if a retail outlet hadn’t already coopted the term, I’d say it was San Franpsycho. They call it Slam Rock. They even have a manifesto: “SlamRock Manifesto: Street-corner style poetry meets transgressive rock. SlamRock is a philosophy, a lifestyle, an attitude, a swagger. Read More

Premiere: Seth Lael’s San Francisco filled video for “On the Road”

01/31/2017

San Francisco songwriter Seth Lael has created a beautiful folk song in “On the Road” – a thoughtful, nostalgic record-keeping of the journey to “get where you need to go.” The video – shot using handmade pinhole lenses – features original footage captured from Treasure Island to Pacifica. Whether riding the trolley, lurking at a protest at Read More

Noise Pop shows some major local love

01/15/2017

The beloved local festival Noise Pop just made its 4th announcement of acts it will be hosting February 17-27th — including 50+ Bay Area bands.  Known for bringing both huge names in indie music and highlighting great local bands, this year – the festival’s 25th happening all across the city – is going to be one Read More

Music in the aftermath – remembering Nackt

12/06/2016

There are no adequate words to express our heartbreak at the tragic Ghost Ship fire last Friday night in Oakland. Along with so many others, we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those lost. We also see it as part of honoring their legacy to make sure that the music Read More

VIDEO PREMIERE: Van Goat’s surf punk hits the goat farm with “So”

09/07/2016

We’re excited to premiere the newest video from Oakland band Van Goat (formerly Bear Lincoln) for their song “So” – a piece of veritable performance art that will have you rubbing your eyes. It’s a unique idea that is beautifully executed as each performer appears to sit on top of (think Photoshop layers) and move between four changing locations: a Read More

Yet another SF Music Blog declaring the music scene #notdead

04/16/2016

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

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

01/26/2016

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