On the last Baghdad by the Bay, August 29th at 8pm; Interview with Steel Cranes and The Couches; Guest DJ: 20-Sided Records.

28 08 2013

Steel Cranes
Steel Cranes had a serendipitous birth in January of 2012 when Tracy Shapiro served up some mac & cheese and a beer to Amanda Schukle, who had just ducked into her neighborhood joint for a late night snack. Within a week, the women were practicing in Amanda’s apartment. Within a month, there were several noise complaints and thus the duo upgraded to an official rehearsal space, donned the name Steel Cranes, and started pouring much of their free time and energy into cultivating their sound and their songs.

Steel Cranes is an Oakland based rock duo with Amanda on drums and Tracy on vocals and guitar. Their stripped down, gritty, visceral sound has drawn comparisons to the likes of Hole, PJ Harvey, and Sleater-Kinney. Prior to their convergence, Amanda had played guitar and drums for various rock bands in Southern California while Tracy put in much of her time rambling through New York and Brooklyn with her music and comedy pursuits.

Photo credit: Miakoda Collins.

20 Sided Records
On the DIY level, San Francisco based indie label/collective 20 Sided Records likes to keep it as low key as possible. Working hard to support under the radar bands that are local to the Bay Area and occupy the handsome Western states. The world is a deep dark dungeon, but the adventure shows true light at the end of the journey.

A San Francisco based three piece indie slacker rock band that likes to party. Couches are a heavy touring band, have only been together for 9 months and they are about to play their 60th show. Impressive. Catchy hooks with nice comfortable melodies, their debut single “California” talks about the life and times of living in a corrupt country where your practically told how to think and how to live your life, even in the amazing state of California.

On Baghdad by the Bay, August 22 at 8pm; One Hundred Percent and Upstairs Downstairs

20 08 2013

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One Hundred Percent
Just being loud is only half the story of San Francisco’s One Hundred Percent. In one motion they can conjure up a soaring and hazy shoegaze melody that seamlessly morphs into a searing blitz attack of post-punk percussion, and finally crashes back down to earth with a devastating Sonic Youth-esque freakout. Since early 2012, the band has been not so quietly perfecting their evocative concoction in and around the city. Now, that noise pays off in the form of their debut LP “All Teeth and Nails”, set for release on San Francisco’s increasingly addictive 20 Sided Records. Due this fall, All Teeth And Nails is a different breed of beastly; cleaner production, heavier riffs, an overall step up in sound and a massively listenable collection of songs. A strictly DIY self-recorded and produced album that the three bandmates collaboratively saw from start to finish, it blends the band’s last two years with a host of fresh ideas mixed in. It’s loud, insanely fuzzed, and the perfect introduction to One Hundred Percent.

Upstairs Downstairs
Upstairs Downstairs started as friends and roommates who literally shared the “upstairs” and the “downstairs” portion of a San Francisco house and continued on refining and creating its own brand of dark melodic pop. Independent and self-directed, the band’s new self-titled album was recorded over the course of a few months (and bottles of Bulleit) at Faultline Studios by engineer/producer Kyle McGraw. It will put out by 20 Sided Records in San Francisco on October 1.

On Baghdad by the Bay, August 15th at 8pm; Interview with Midtown Social

15 08 2013

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Midtown Social
San Francisco band, Midtown Social, is hard at work crafting a record of their tightly-grooved, heartfelt, and original soul-stepping anthems.