On Baghdad by the Bay, February 28th at 8pm PST; Interview with Astronauts, etc., Minot and guest DJ Family Crest

28 02 2013

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Astronauts, etc.

Astronauts, etc. is the solo project of Anthony Ferraro, a Berkeley student who found electronic music when arthritis prevented him from pursuing a career in classical piano. His flavor of restrained, hypnotic electronic pop evokes feelings of space, isolation, and introspection. After releasing an EP in the fall of 2012, Astronauts, etc. garnered significant attention from blogs and media outlets. The formation of a four-piece live band shortly followed, along with a debut performance at KALX’s 50th anniversary celebration. Astronauts, etc. will be playing with Big Tree on March 16th at Bottom of the Hill, and with Poolside on March 27th at The Independent.


The idea behind MINOT is deceptively complex. Livid post-punk energy roils beneath a surface of cooly understated psychedelic instrumental composition. Their music is immediately familiar, yet they are a singularity in the world of post-rock. They are a bundle of contradictions: Dark, but up-tempo; heavy, but danceable; mean, but whimsical. MINOT has very little to do with the ubiquitous reverb-soaked melancholy crescendo-rock; their style has been shaped by experimental bands on the fringe of rock music like Turing Machine, Laddio Bolocko, Young Widows, and Future Of The Left. These influences brought the three members to an interesting musical intersection. MINOT puts experimentalism and fury back into post-rock; the expansive, but increasingly predictable genre.

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Family Crest
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The Family Crest began as a collaborative recording project in 2008 with a vision to change the way music is made. Gathering friends, fans, musicians, and non-musicians alike, the group began to record an album in bars, churches, streets, and other unconventional locations. Their collaborative approach to music making quickly grew steam, evolving by February 2010 into a fully-formed orchestral indie rock band with over two hundred and fifty ‘Extended Family Members’ participating in recordings, live performances, and media projects.
Fusing rock, jazz, folk and classical genres, the band’s rich, epic sound has been compared to Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, and Beirut. MadeLoud.com proclaims, “the music they make is sweeping, wall-of-sound indie rock that alludes to fellow strings-adorned bands like Tindersticks and Arcade Fire, but The Family Crest establishes their own Left Coast identity, nodding to ’60s San Francisco Baroque pop and timeless folk-rock, as well. This is lush and intricate music, demanding the breadth of a full-length release.” The San Francisco Chronicle says, “while vying to collect more musicians onstage than the Decemberists or Arcade Fire, The Family Crest harbors an affection for Burt Bacharach-style swingin’ romanticism that is sure to impress lovers of classical pop.” According to The Bay Bridged, “they take their earnest, anthemic cue from The Arcade Fire, but the presence of so many string and wind instruments and the talents of frontman Liam McCormick put them on a unique frequency.”

On Baghdad by the Bay, Thursday February 21st at 8PM PST; Interview with Tambo Rays and Foxtail Somersault

20 02 2013

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Tambo Rays
Lo-Fi & SF Vibez sibling based #chillpop band Who are we: Brian DaMert makin hot fire Greg pon de bass Chill Bob on ze drums And yall KNO Sara Sonic.

Foxtail Somersault
Part of the loosely defined group of modern indie rock bands heavily influenced by first-generation shoegazers like My Bloody Valentine, the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Cocteau Twins, and Slowdive

On Baghdad by the Bay, February 14th, 8pm PST; Guest DJ All My Pretty Ones, Interview with DSTVV and Future Twin

13 02 2013

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All My Pretty Ones
The acoustic instrumentation and vocal harmonies of San Francisco based ensemble All My Pretty Ones invoke all the familiarity and comfort of the best classic folk and indie artists, but it’s the band’s extraordinarily innovative approach to songwriting and arranging that set them apart from other americana-inspired musical groups. All My Pretty Ones represents a collaborative engine fueled by songwriter Derek Schmidt, whose work draws as much from classical composition, musical theatre and contemporary poetry as it does from 60’s folk music and current independent artists.

“Industrial grungegaze” trio DSTVV is the arch creation of Joel Cusumano (formerly of Baby Talk), ex-’90s teen model and creator of the bizarro Tumblr-famous blog BLAMEASPARTAME. Done with playing in scruffy, over-earnest Bay Area garage rock bands, he engineered DSTVV as a musical approximation of the bad-vector-art and ’90s-obsessed teen culture that currently permeates some of the weirder parts of alt-culture. DSTVV (the initialism’s meaning is yet undisclosed) nixes an IRL drummer in place of blown-out Apple Logic-programmed beats, and the gentile strum of Joel’s Fender Strat’s melts with Corgan-esque Big Muffs and chorus pedals. He then hooked up with synth player Gloria Pérez-Villela, with whom he’d been swapping old synth-pop files online, and bassist Stephen Howard (ex-Burger Kingdom) to fill out the lineup.

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Future Twin
Future Twin was originally brought together by the first all girl moped gang in San Francisco, The Lockits. They became fast friends and were soon waxing synth songs, huffing gasoline and making shred tents. Now consisting of Jean Jeanie (gtr/vox/field recordings), Antonio Roman-Alcala (drums), Jo Bleak (rhythm & bass), and Dan DK (synths & bass), their music juxtaposes a tangible beauty with an honest grit that can only come from a band birthed and breathing in San Francisco’s Mission District. The band has announced the dual release date of July 31st for the new Resist 7″ as well as Future Twin Deluxe Edition, a limited edition cd release combining the new 7″ along with the 5-song EP/cassette Situation. The single “Situation” is available for free download, and the video for “Landslide” was premiered by Impose recently. The band will be playing San Francisco this summer, and will also be hitting Brooklyn, NY for a pair of shows as well.
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On Baghdad by the Bay, February 7th, 8PM PST; Interview with King Loses Crown, Great Apes and Belle Noire

7 02 2013

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King Loses Crown
King Loses Crown makes music for an apocalyptic future. This San Francisco trio fuses man and machine to create hard-hitting, genre-bending music that 3Hive describes as “darker than Devo, faster than Depeche Mode, denser than Killing Joke.” The band, which initially began as a collaboration between Kent Carter (vocals, bass and synth) and Michael Cobra (vocals and guitar), wanted to blend their love of anthemic punk rock and electronic dance music. The pair eventually added drummer Sander Leech to bring fire and depth to their live performances. King Loses Crown have played with a wide variety of acts such as Nitzer Ebb, Blackburner and Butcher Babies. Their new six-song EP, You Can’t Escape, will be released Feb. 19, 2013 and features their first single “My Revenge.”

Great Apes
Plain and simple, Great Apes are a punk band from San Francisco. Minimalism reigns. Play it fast. Play it loud. Make it stick. While we all have been or are in an array of more complex projects, this band is founded on pop-sensible simplicity and the notion that music, much like a bio, is often at its finest when it’s spit out intensely, with concision and honesty.

Belle Noire
Belle Noire is a Post Rock/Alternative/Indie band from San Jose, Ca. Formed in 2011. The band currently consists of: Joey Lancaster- Guitar/Vocals, Dan Sek-Bass/Vocals, Sal Contreras- Drums, Sergio Herrera- Guitar/Percussion, and Mike Grijalva: Guitar. The band wrote and recorded the self- titled EP in RHL studios in Fremont, CA with longtime friend and colleague Stephen Hawkins, in which the first 6 songs written were recorded, and pressed to CD. The band strives to perform live with passion, and energy, to make you feel what the songs mean. Pulling influence from many different areas, Like Thrice, Deftones, Circa Survive, Moving Mountains, and many, many other acts. Belle Noire will be performing all around the bay area until a small tour late summer/early fall until going into the studio to record Our full-length Album.