While all the old shoegazer fans froth at the mouth for the My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver reunion shows hitting San Francisco this year, devotees to fuzzed out space pop should not forget that this city is also a bastion for the new breed of that sound. Local quartet Astral recently released its sixth disc, Sleepwalker, which floats in a melancholy dreamstate perfect for our little fog Mecca.
Get an MP3 of the ‘gazy, gauzy “Transmitter” here, and see the band perform live on Sunday, May 25, at Annie’s. (Full disclosure bits: Astral's Scott Christy is an employee of SF Weekly, as is Otto Chan, the photoshop magician who polished last night's hangover out of this photo). –-Jennifer Maerz