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Red Moses and Sami Knowles met at a San Francisco house party in the fall of 2006, but it wasn’t until three years later, when they got an RV and hit the road, that their musical life became priority. The two, which make up the indie duo Callow, have been living in the bay and touring the West ever since. The simplicity and challenge of life in a tiny space has no doubt influenced their sound– a hauntingly minimal, meaty, introspective and transcendental kind of art rock, conceptualized on their debut album Orb Weaver (released May 3, NxNW Records). Red’s raw contralto is reminiscent of Vice Chestnut, while Sami creates a dark, primordial landscape with the simultaneous use of keyboard and percussion.
Dear Indugu dearindugu.com
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Dear Indugu is an acoustic/electric indie-rock band from Oakland, California noted for powerful instrumentation, potent lyrics, and rich vocal harmony. What began as the solo project of singer-songwriter Jesse Strickman, grew into a permanent four-piece, with an occasional live horn section. The name, Dear Indugu, is inspired by the film ‘About Schmidt’ and is a metaphor for the communication of one’s innermost feelings to complete strangers.
Tawnee Kendall facebook.com/TawneeKendall
Tawnee Kendall, accompanied by her band, The Hangover Brigade, captivates audiences with her heart-felt, soulful songs, a rich, powerful voice and dynamic performances. Tawnee’s musical roots began with folk and bluegrass; the likes of Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Alison Krauss. Over her 20 years of songwriting and performing, Tawnee has expanded into the genres of rock, jazz, and soul. Her upcoming EP features songs that range from heartbreaking to hilarious. Each one, an emotional and evocative tale. Tawnee has the ability to transport you, electrify you, excite you.
Finish Ticket finishticket.com
Finish Ticket is young and promising indie pop band from the San Francisco Bay Area, consisting of twin brothers Brendan and Michael Hoye, and Alex DiDonato. They formed the band in 2008, and while still in high school, quickly became recognized by many bay area blogs/tastemakers as one of SF Bay Area’s best new local acts. Now barely out of high school, Finish Ticket has self-released two EPs, “Life Underwater” in 2009 and “Shake a Symphony” in 2010 and has opened for large touring acts, such as the Smashing Pumpkins, Train, The Black Keys, Phoenix, Broken Bells, Young the Giant, Switchfoot, Awolnation, 100 Monkeys, and many more. You can hear their songs “New York” and “Rivers” played on The Bay Area’s Live 105 (FM 105.3), the top radio station in the area for modern and alternative rock music. This past summer, after a successful nation-wide college radio campaign, they embarked on their first national tour with Bird By Bird (Jonathan Devoto, formerly of The Matches), which included two radio shows/festivals put on by Live 105, and a slot on Milwaukee’s annual Summerfest music festival, where they shared the stage with Young the Giant and Switchfoot. Currently they are writing and recording new songs for an upcoming full length that will be produced by Pierre de Reeder of Rilo Kiley (Vampire Weekend, Julian Casablancas, She & Him).
Cassandra Farrar + The Left Brains cassandrafarrar-leftbrains.tumblr.com
San Francisco musician Cassandra Farrar, along with the support of her Band the Left Brains, brings to life, in a fusion of folk/pop/rock sounds, Cassandra’s lyrical diary. With fun, quirky, and upbeat tunes from her guitar and ukulele, Cassandra Farrar and her Left Brains bring a variety of relatable and honest music to the table. Her unique vocals and catchy hooks will get stuck inside your brain instantly. Cassandra Farrar+ the Left Brains are proud to release their debut CD as a band, “Hello My Name Is…” Though just starting out, they are always excited to meet new folks & share their music through live performances locally and eventually globally.
We’re a group of guys who love to make music. Sometimes we’re from San Francisco, and sometimes San Jose.. but its actually Cupertino
We came together in a garage in 2004. The awkward years taught us a lot and we emerged as a band called Ambience somewhere along the way. We like big epic jams and effects pedals, although sometimes its so much more satisfying to break it down with just naked, natural percussion.
Having complimentary strengths and weaknesses allows us to create the music we write. Knowing when a song is complete is also really important, whether it takes 3 minutes or 3 months. Songs are usually born in the studio for us, but they don’t mature until we perform them. You can really say that about any form of art though, its meant to be shared.
Dangermaker emerged from San Francisco, CA when singer/songwriter Adam Burnett unveiled a series of unfinished home demos to drummer Carlos Rodrigues. They collaborated to create edgier sounding songs than either had previously, resulting in a widely reviewed 5-track EP including the Owl Mag naming Dangermaker “One of my top 5 favorite Indie bands in the Bay Area”. However, the band was still an incomplete duo until bassist Peter Ruecktenwald rode his bike across the country to San Francisco and keyboardist David DeAngelis left the Arkansas Delta to see what the West Coast had to offer. While all four members began as complete strangers, they were brought together by a shared passion and need to create music reflective of their diverse backgrounds, tastes, and influences, a need that came to fruition when they went into Studio SQ to record “Black Dream” with producers John Flores and Justin Sachs.
“One of the first and finest bands to emerge from San Francisco’s punk scene & major inspiration in a scene that flourished long after they broke up. Singer Penelope Houston was one of the pioneering women of American punk.”
—Mark Deming Allmusic
White Cloud facebook.com/whitecloudband
WHITE CLOUD has been playing in the Bay Area for 3 years, from major venues and art shows, to warehouses, even an old AC Transit Bus outside of Ashby BART. Formed in the Fruitvale area of Oakland, with the intent to merge the various members musical interests, which range from Neu!, Aphex Twin, Syd Barrett, Faust, Love, Sonic Youth to name just a couple. With the first official EP coming out in the next following months (recorded at the historic Different Fur Studios, and by the band), it follows a loose concept of a schizophrenic time traveler. WHITE CLOUD consists of James Murphy (drums, vocals) Shiv Mehra (guitar,bass, vocals) Patrick Vacchio (bass, guitar, keys) and Nicolas Capello (vocals, guitar, bass, keys)
photo by Anna Larina Rin Tin Tiger rintintiger.com
Rin Tin Tiger is an alternative folk rock trio from San Francisco, CA. High energy, lyric heavy, dynamic music lead by an acoustic guitar. Essentially, a group of condemned little brehs.”Upbeat Dylan-esque tunes…these guys bear watching” – SF Weekly
Disappearing People disappearingpeople.bandcamp.com
Disappearing People are a new two-piece lo-fi group out of Oakland comprised of drummer Landon Monroe Bates and vocalist/guitarist Scott Travis Johnston. The duo have just put out their first cassette release Dissolve (2) which was self-recorded and then mastered by Greg Ashley (of Gris Gris). The six-song release is full of lengthy lo-fi psych tracks with whirling reverberated vocals over dark, grungy and hazy guitars and loops.
Devotionals is a humble exploration of existence, the time bound-less ache upon awakening, a rumination on the composition of the everyday breath. Based around the compositions of Tyson Vogel, the band constantly evolves into a gathering of universes built by the presences of Jeff Blair, Lewis Patzner, Emily Ritz, Erin Wang, Andrew Maguire, Joanna Blanche Lioce, Alfred Ramos. Giving a nod of reverence to what has come in forms of Rachmaninov to John Fahey, to the unknown echos of the street musician, these songs a midwife to the gravity of a heart and the ache to understand.
Ghost and the City ghostandthecity.com
In 2008, Oakland based collective, Ghost & the City, tested the waters with their debut self titled album, followed strongly by their second release Sazerac – the name for a whiskey drink that takes a different approach to an old-fashioned. Delightfully appropriate considering the style of music Ghost plays is a reassembly of the past. This summer the collective is releasing a series of singles and remixes produced by the Bay Area’s finest and made available for free download via ghostandthecity.com. And remember, respect the bowtie.
Worth Taking worthtaking.com
Not one for idle hands, Worth Taking’s Jerod McBrayer has an unquenchable thirst for creating catchy songs for himself as well as others. When he’s not mastering tracks for well known musicians around the country, Jerod is touring the states with any of the numerous groups he contributes to (Treephort, E For Explosion, and The Home Alones… just to name a few) or on Festivals such as Cornerstone.
RICK! has been involved in numerous fringe and culture jamming art events in his hometown of San Francisco, notably Urban Golf, Urban Iditarod and 9.8th Fighting Kite Brigade. RICK is a guest blogger for Laughing Squid. His favorite color is white and plans to name his future children JPEG and TIFF.