Bay Area native Tony Molina is unabashedly fond of confessional pop, brooding hardcore, and Taco Bell. As principle songwriter of prolific San Francisco group Ovens, he recorded hundreds of poignant, brief pop songs with thick guitar riffs and blistering leads. But Molina simultaneously fronted a nu ... More >>
Well, it was another solid year for loud guitar music from the Bay Area. And out of the dozens of worthy releases this year, we've culled these 10 picks for the best rock albums from San Francisco in 2012. Here they are, in no particular order:
The Bloom and the Blight
After a br ... More >>
Released in 2010, the In a Cloud: New Sounds of San Francisco compilation captured a particularly strong moment for some the city's best indie artists, including Sonny & the Sunsets, the Fresh & Onlys, Ty Segall, Kelley Stoltz, and more.
Now, Secret Seven Records is planning to put out a follow-up ... More >>
How many Hunxes would a good Hunx hump if a good Hunx could hump Hunxes?
Eh, nevermind. Point is: The new video for "Always Forever," the first single off of Hunx's upcoming solo album, Hairdresser Blues, features not one or two but three Hunxes, all competing in split-screen glory. Directed by Ha ... More >>
This feels like the quintessential Hunx and His Punx: Hunx (aka Seth Bogart) prances around on a dingy street corner, gets picked up by a crew of rowdys in a vintage convertible, and heads off to a trashy/classy dance party to perform a song backed by the Punkettes', his all-female band. Lov ... More >>
Wild Flag at Bottom of the Hill last nightWild FlagGrass WidowRoyal BathsNovember 18, 2010@ Bottom of the HillBetter than: Performing in a toilet.Carrie Brownstein, you are way too fucking modest. "We're just up here learning how to be a band," she said, near the end of Wild Flag's fifth sho ... More >>
Screenshot of Grass Widow's "Shadow"After rocking the All Shook Down Music Festival in North Beach on Sunday, Grass Widow planted another present in our laps. Today, their label, Kill Rock Stars, posted the trio's artsy, quirky video for "Shadow" on its blog. "Shadow" is so far the only song the ... More >>
A silver lining forced its way through a storm of tragedy -- including the death of one band member's parent -- when S.F. female post-punk trio Grass Widow signed to Kill Rock Stars this past winter. (Kill Rock Stars is a premier west coast indie label that's also home to The Decemberists ... More >>
Local post-punk trio Grass Widow has been slowly drawing increased attention since its inception in 2007. We profiled these ladies back in 2008, and now the band has hit the radar of respected Olympia indie Kill Rock Stars, which will release the trio's official debut on August 24. Grass Widowers ... More >>