Tag: San Francisco

No Vacation – ‘Intermission’ (EP review)

No Vacation – ‘Intermission’ (EP review)

Dreams, so we’ve been told, only occur while we sleep in our bedrooms. For No Vacation, the bedroom is where everything started, and now they’re living their dreams. The guitar-pop quintet have in a short period achieved a cult status within the indie community, leading them to move from their hometown of San Francisco to the music mecca of Brooklyn. […]

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Museums tell a modern fairy tale with “Winter 91” (single premiere)

The term cinematic is used (and likely over used) to describe music’s effect on its listeners. These songs feature spellbinding compositions or are reminiscent of ’80s coming-of-age movies. Rarely, though, is a song cinematic in both its sound and story because writing a fresh, innovative, yet personal tale in five minutes or less is an immensely difficult task. So what […]

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Cold Beat – ‘Chaos By Invitation’ (album review)

Cold Beat – ‘Chaos By Invitation’ (album review)

Cold Beat – Chaos By Invitation by Cold Beat Those who have followed Hannah Lew’s career will know the former Grass Widows’ member and current mastermind of Cold Beat is not one to settle. If anything, she is one of the most unpredictable artists at this time. Post-punk, shoegaze, indie rock, krautrock, synth-pop, she’s nearly done it all. Cold Beat’s […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – FayRoy

SXSW 2017 Memories – FayRoy

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including FayRoy. San-Franciscan surf-rock in Austin during […]

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Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Everybody Works by Jay SomMany musicians who self-record achieve a gauzy pastel haze akin to the sounds Melina Duterte, playing as Jay Som, creates in her sunny Oakland studio (which doubles as her sleeping quarters). In another corner of the music world, many aspiring pop craftspeople (the type who unapologetically let ourselves be charmed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION or drunkenly vow to […]

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Sarah Bethe Nelson – ‘Oh, Evolution’ (album review)

Sarah Bethe Nelson – ‘Oh, Evolution’ (album review)

Sarah Bethe Nelson‘s debut album, Fast-Moving Clouds, was one of 2015’s biggest surprises. Her intimate and poignant songwriting and the hazy psychedelic-pop were spellbinding. Beneath the music, however, was a grittiness, a confidence, and an exclamation of perseverance and self-fulfillment. Not surprisingly, the album left a lasting impression on us, and we anxiously waited for her sophomore effort. Two weeks […]

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Heartracer – “Numb” (single premiere)

Heartracer – “Numb” (single premiere)

Anyone who grew up during ’80s might be in disbelief by the notion that this decade is back in style. Crop tops are in fashion. Matthew McConaughey made fanny packs cool again. Denim jackets and shorts, shoulder pads, and big hair are all back. For better or for worst, movies are being re-made for the big and little screen. The […]

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Field Medic – “not a normal boy” (video premiere)

Field Medic – “not a normal boy” (video premiere)

Joshua Tillman – a.k.a. Father John Misty – could be credited for reinventing indie folk music with his playful, witty, and sometimes outlandish lyrics. His “oddball folk” opened up doors for a number of new singer-songwriters, like San Francisco resident Kevin Patrick. Under his pseudonym Field Medic, Patrick is creating atypical folk. It’s not music that is heartwrenching or will […]

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Twitter Tuesday – EagleWolfSnake

Twitter Tuesday – EagleWolfSnake

Today our Twitter Tuesday band is EagleWolfSnake. They are an alternative rock band out of San Francisco. The have some pretty cool tracks on SoundCloud and they seem to be a fairly new band with just a few tracks so far. They don’t have a ton of info on their Facebook or Website and the band members are listed as […]

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Fine Points – “Hover”

Fine Points – “Hover”

In listening to Fine Points‘ debut album Hover, I’m reminded of Oshin, the breakthrough album by Brooklyn’s DIIV. While the two aren’t exactly the same, they share similarities. Both are stunning albums that combine indie rock, psychedelia, and shoegaze. However, whereas DIIV approached the experimentation by deconstructing the genres to create a dreamy, gorgeous sound, Fine Points opt for more […]

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Spectacular Spectacular – “Blur”

Spectacular Spectacular – “Blur”

2015 has been one incredible year. We’ve witnessed growing support for the LGBTIQ community. Last week, The Supreme Court of the United States last week ruled that legislation prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying was unconstitutional, and President Barack Obama made a passionate speech about all love being equal and love knows no bounds. A few months ago, former Olympian Bruce […]

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Spectacular Spectacular – “Saturday Night”

Spectacular Spectacular – “Saturday Night”

  Back in March, Ben had the opportunity to speak with Isley Reust in a really in-depth interview. The discussion brought to our attention Isley’s band Spectacular Spectacular, and that they would be releasing a new album this year. The trio based out of San Francisco released a song last fall, the Garbage-esque “Orange Juice”, and they’ve now returned with […]

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Fritz Montana – “Call to Arms”

Fritz Montana – “Call to Arms”

  Fritz Montana are a young, blues-rock trio from San Francisco. David Marshall (guitar, vocals), Kevin Logan (bass), and Matthew Hagarty (drums) formed the band back in 2013 out of a common love for old-fashion blues-rock-roots music. They released two EPs – their debut self-titled EP in 2013 followed by 2014’s Scaredy Cat – and now have returned with a split […]

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Mikal Cronin – “MCIII”

Mikal Cronin – “MCIII”

In 2013, Mikal Cronin produced a masterpiece. MCII was a brilliant collection of pop-rock tunes that stirred every emotion and had an unbridled intimacy. The album made a lot of “Best of” or “Favorite” lists, including our Favorite Albums of 2013. In producing such a spectacular record not to mention being one of Ty Segall‘s close collaborators, expectations get unfairly raised, […]

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Part Time – “Virgo Maze”

Part Time – “Virgo Maze”

San Francisco band Part Time have been amusing music listeners for years. Their lo-fi, unpretentious music can be quirky, even a little bizarre, but always charming. Tomorrow, they’ll be releasing a double album, Virgos Maze, which is a collection of previously unreleased recordings made by the band over the last five years. More accurately, it’s the work of frontman David Loca, […]

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The Liquid Scene – “The Mystery Machine”

The Liquid Scene – “The Mystery Machine”

“The Mystery Machine” is a trippy, psychedelic track from San Francisco indie-rock band The Liquid Scene. The song infuses Middle Eastern and sub-continental Asian songs to create a hazy, buzzy experience. The track could be the outcome of a George Harrison and Ravi Shankar collaboration (and maybe it is). The single is from their pretty cool debut album, Revolutions. “The […]

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Sarah Bethe Nelson’s Pace-Setting “Fast-Moving Clouds”

Sarah Bethe Nelson’s Pace-Setting “Fast-Moving Clouds”

2015 is barely 10 weeks old, yet there have been plenty of great albums already released. However, there are only a handful of albums that have been truly mind-blowing, ones that leave a lasting mark well after the first listen and that you have to spin over and over again. Sarah Bethe Nelson‘s solo debut, Fast-Moving Clouds, is one of […]

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Moon Duo – “Shadow of the Sun”

Moon Duo – “Shadow of the Sun”

Are consistency and predictability a bad thing when it comes to music? It can be if the music isn’t great. But if it is Moon Duo, then it’s not just a good thing but a great thing. That said, to call their third full-length predictable would be a disservice. Rather on Shadow of the Sun, Moon Duo, which is comprised of former […]

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Cassandra, “Cassandra”

Cassandra, “Cassandra”

Described as “Madonna, Giorgio Moroder, and Suicide’s illegitimate child”, Cassandra is the pet project of San Francisco native Vanessa Robinson, who is joined by her friend and musical life partner Charlemagne Charmaine. Their music is more complex than the description. It’s cinematic and ethereal, dark and otherwordly, and dense without being overbearing. It’s electro-synth pop that is inspired by the […]

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Phosphene – “Silver”

Phosphene – “Silver”

Bay Area Indie rockers Phosphene released a stunning album earlier this year. This week, they’re sharing a new track called “Silver”. They recorded “Silver” as part of Converse’s Rubber Tracks program.  “Silver” is another great release from Phosphene. It has the shoegaze dreaminess of bands like Lush, and the indie edge of Interpol. Check it out below! Twitter Facebook SoundCloud YouTube Bandcamp

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