Well, that went by fast. A year ago, a couple dudes behind DJ/promotion outfit Epicsauce started Push the Feeling, a low-key party at the gritty, unheralded Lower Haight club Underground S.F. The monthly aimed to showcase some of the new dance and electronic music burbling up from outside of the reg ... More >>
Sunn O))) @ Mezzanine, Tuesday, Dec. 18
Over the 14 years that Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley have run Sunn O))), the pair have eagerly tested threshold after threshold. The Seattle-born drone metal project's songs are long -- the shortest track on 2009 LP Monoliths & Dimensions is 9 minutes, 42 ... More >>
via yfrogThe London riots began with a fatal police shooting, but the latest casualty may be independent record labels.
Protesters burned down a CD and vinyl stock warehouse in North London last night that was owned by Sony DADC and used by the PIAS Group, a marketing and distribution firm t ... More >>
The music made by S.F. outfit Wooden Shjips could be simplified as fuzzy, blown-out riffs repeated into psychedelic infinity. Even though the band's upcoming album, West, contains some of its most accessible psych-rock to date, it still finds the members working in a style reliant upon the p ... More >>
San Francisco's Barn Owl makes densely layered guitar music that is equal parts heavy and beautiful. Guitarists Jon Porras and Evan K. Caminiti arrived at their textured sound six years ago while students at SF State, munching vegan tofu burritos and taking in music by rock god Neil ... More >>
The cover art for West. Look familiar?
Here it is, the first new song from West, the upcoming album by long-running but too-little-discussed S.F. psych outfit Wooden Shjips. The song is called "Lazy Bones," and it is anything but lazy. Rather, it's like one big trippy sprint, with deep vocals ... More >>
Having already carried out a vital inquiry into whether we San Franciscans are too obsessed with our brilliant little garage/psych/vintage rock scene (answer: yes, but deservedly so) let us now ponder this: What's with all the S.F. bands on Chicago labels?We ask specifically because of today's n ... More >>
Mi Ami as a two-pieceFollowing the departure of bassist Jacob Long, the evolution of Mi Ami's sound has been an ongoing process. The once three-piece S.F. noise-rock outfit used to blowout eardrums with huge, distorted bass. But now a two-man crew, the band decided to embrace more of an electron ... More >>
Barn OwlThanks to both the national media and the local one, most of us know about the more-than-worthy garage-rock, shoegaze, indie-pop, and electronic sounds emanating from the S.F. scene. But far less appreciated are the aquifers of creativity stirring beneath us in the Bay Area's experimental ... More >>
Eat your heart out, mustachioed local bartendersIf you're taking a pre-happy hour totter through the Mission this evening after work, you should probably stop in to visit darling indie-esoterica purveyors Aquarius Records and catch a free in-store set from Lichens, the otherworldly drone project ... More >>
At the end of last year, Thrill Jockey released--and then promptly sold out of--a new Mi Ami 12" called "Cut Men." The record featured the original track on the A side, and its flip side is a dub version of the same song. The label's now offering the "Cut Men" single for free, as a taste of what ... More >>
Ashley HarrellSantacon, 2008Talking about how goddamn cold is in in San Francisco is free, but that got old on Tuesday. Now it's Friday and you need other ideas for how to entertain yourself and your buddies on the cheap. Here's our list of recommendations below.
Mi Ami w/ Inca Ore, Jozef Van W ... More >>
Javelin and Lucky Dragons @ the Knockout
Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford are big on recycling. As Javelin, the Rhode Island cousins make jumpy electronic pop that mines old sounds for new ones. Limited to 500 copies, their debut 12-inch on Thrill Jockey features unique art screen-printed by ... More >>
Ash Reiter plays ATA on FridayEvery work week should last only four days, max. It's already Friday, friends, and time for a roundup of the best cheap ways to spend your time until the Man chains you back to your paycheck Monday morning. Inglourious Basterds at YBCA (Friday) Tonight Yerba Buena scree ... More >>