Oakland’s Rays Bring Their Banner Year to a Close (Playing GAMH Sun. 10/15 with Protomartyr & Lars Finberg)


A new member, a fantastically received debut album, and a successful recent tour have made this year an important one for Oakland band RAYS, who bridge an artsy folk-psychedelia vibe with proto-punk and garage. After their Midwestern trip to play Cropped Out, the low-key festival for weirdos that's been happening in Louisville, KY since 2010, the group is recharged and ready to craft a new record. The experience was inspiring, according to drummer Alexa Pantalone, especially sharing a bill with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, David Nance Band, the Cowboys and more.

Click HERE for the rest of The Bay Bridged's article!

Torres Explores Sensual Pleasures On ‘Three Futures’ (Playing Fri. 10/13 at Slim’s)


Mackenzie Scott, the Georgia-bred artist who records and performs as Torres, set a high bar for herself on her new third effort, the synth-bubbly “Three Futures.” Raised in a strict Baptist household, the Tori Amos-inspired singer, 26, wanted to explore sensual pleasures – visual, olfactory and otherwise — in skeletal tracks such as “Greener Stretch,” “To Be Given a Body” and “Tongue Slap Your Brains Out,” which sounds painful (but isn’t, in her arcane lexicon). “It’s a great thing!” she says. “I’m a foodie, so it’s like, ‘This food is too good!’”

Read her interview with the SF Examiner HERE!

Liars Performance and Interview on KALX – Tues. 10/10 at 1:30pm!


Join DJ ((echoplex)) on Tuesday, October 10th @ 1:30PM for an in-studio live performance and interview with shape shifting art rock band, Liars!
The band's latest album, TFCF (aka Theme From Crying Fountain), is the first release for mastermind and lead singer, Angus Andrew, without long time members, Julian Gross and Aaron Hemphill.  Rest assured, Andrew continues the band's ever intriguing journey into the unknown with an impressive release born from deep within the Australian bush.
Take a listen HERE!

Q&A: Bad Suns Add Inspiration to Elbow Grease on the Road (Playing Wed. 10/11 at GAMH)


For Los Angeles new wavy indie rock band Bad Suns, the difference between a debut album and a sophomore LP comes down having the tenacity to learn from your experiences and make the appropriate tweaks.

“Having the first go-around certainly helps a lot,” frontman Christo Bowman said. “Putting out the first record [and] touring it was all such a whirlwind, and we were kind of just taking it as it came to us each day. We were really figuring it out. It seems obvious, but with the second record it was very helpful [to] take all that we had learned … for a smoother ride; embellishing what we could do and taking things to the next level. As opposed to ‘How do we barely scrape by?’ the goal now is, ‘How do we put on a great show every night?’”

Bad Suns, who headline the Great American Music Hall on Oct. 11, came together in 2012 and made a splash with their 2014 debut, Language & Perspective.

Click HERE for RIFF Magazine's interview!

Shawn Colvin: A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour (Wed. 10/4 at GAMH)


This fall, Shawn Colvin will hit the road with the A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour. Her first major tour with a full band since the album's original release, the seven-week cross-country jaunt runs from September 30 through November 19 and will showcase Shawn performing the album in its entirety alongside a variety of hits, personal favorites and surprises from her repertoire. Multi-instrumentalist-singer Larry Campbell & his wife singer-guitarist Teresa Williams will support all dates in addition to appearing in the band.

"One of the joys of my career was making A Few Small Repairs,” said Shawn Colvin. "From inception to completion, the project was graced with joy and creative ease. Even the last minute push to finish 'Sunny Came Home,' which went through many lyrical incarnations, worked out thanks to the cover painting by Julie Speed. I'll be thrilled to play that song forever, and am equally thrilled to be performing the whole album on tour this fall with my band. Come one, come all!"

 

Spend the Evening with Roomful of Teeth (Mon. 10/2 at GAMH)


Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.

Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied with some of the world’s top performers and teachers in Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and Death Metal singing. Collaborators include Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Glenn Kotche, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), Nick Zammuto (of The Books), Toby Twining, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Ted Hearne, Silk Road Ensemble and Ambrose Akinmusire, among many others.

A Beautiful Voice in an Intimate Space (Moses Sumney Plays GAMH on Tues. 9/26)


Moses Sumney’s voice is a high, luscious falsetto, and his songs are slow, thoughtful and sexy, making you want to lean in to listen closer. He considers himself a slow starter, and hid his songs away for years. But more recently, Sumney’s played with Beck, Solange and Local Natives, and he’s got a new album, Aromanticism, coming out in September. Catch him at the intimate Great American Music Hall on Sept. 26 before he graduates to bigger venues. Details here. - KQED Arts

Why TOPS Is My Favorite Band In The World (Playing Sat. 9/9 at GAMH)


There's only one thing that's remained a constant source of inspiration for her whole career for Jane Penny – her own band, TOPS. She writes for us about why. - The Line of Best Fit

When Line of Best Fit approached me to write about what inspires me I thought about it for a long time, and struggled to land on a definitive topic. There are so many artists that I am inspired by, and I'll often spend evenings watching all the interviews, live performances and music videos of the 'greats'. There are always a few songs I can't stop listening to.

Click HERE to read on!

Green Apple Books, a singular store, celebrates 50th anniversary (Wed. 9/6 at GAMH)


If there’s any indication that portents of the death of print are and have always been misguided, it could be easily seen in the history of places like San Francisco’s Green Apple Books. And if there’s any indication that bookstores nevertheless continue teetering at the edge of survival — well, look again at Green Apple.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Green Apple Books will celebrate its 50th year in operation with an Anniversary Jubilee of live music and reading with special guests at the Great American Music Hall.

Click HERE for the SF Chronicle's article!

DoTheBay Has Your Chance to Win Tickets to Loco Tranquilo at GAMH on Sat. 9/2!


Loco Tranquilo is a San Francisco band based in the heart of the Mission district. Over the past two years, they’ve been gaining momentum within the Bay Area music scene, playing multiple shows each month and earning a devoted and diverse following along the way. Fusing hypnotic and colorful melodies with funky grooves and jazzy, primordial rhythms, the band is known for moving people on the dance floor while also tapping into the inner workings of the human experience. Their distinctive style of music is made to create unity through universal feelings. During each show, they strive to create dream-like atmosphere, ushering listener on a musical journey and provoking inward sensitive exploration and communal celebration.

Win tickets HERE (good luck!)

Watch Our Exclusive Premiere of Grieves’ The Weeknd-Like Jam ‘Gutz’ (Playing Fri. 9/1 at Slim’s)


About midway through Grieves’ woozy “Gutz,” you find yourself falling into sync with the track. There’s some weird alchemy, like maybe Grieves has found the mid-point between The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller and acid jazz, that happens and you’re suddenly muttering “fuck you” along with the song’s hook. 

The song, off Running Wild, the Seattle-based rapper’s fifth proper full length, sees Grieves hit on something like the zeitgeist. Naturally, there’s plenty of broken glass, a young woman in lingerie, some knifeplay and even a surprise murder. Never say that your friends at Playboy bring you boring music videos.

Grieves tells us that the song is about never being able to get enough of another person.

“When it comes down to the matters of the heart, people can be just as addicting as any drug,” he says. “We tell ourselves ‘never again’, then we wake up in the same bed we promised we’d never return to. It’s complicated and intoxicating. That’s why this video complements this song so well.”

Listen to the song below.

Running Wild will be out August 25th via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Pre-order the album here - Playboy

Catching up with San Cisco: Guitarist Josh Biondillo on the Aussies’ The Water (Playing Mon. 8/28 at GAMH)


San Cisco may be a west coast band, with a name that could pass for a tourist’s abbreviation for San Francisco and an upbeat Californian pop sound, but the quartet actually calls the west coast of Australia home.

The quartet will be touring its new album, The Water, up and down the U.S. west coast later this month and RIFF chatted by email with guitarist Josh Biondillo about the similarities, his band, and the new album.

Read on HERE for RIFF Magazine's interview.

Jidenna Blazing New Path For Music, Manhood (Playing Wed. 8/23 at Slim’s – SOLD OUT!)


On his debut album, “The Chief,” Jidenna is out to prove that origin stories aren’t just for superheroes.

The 32-year-old hip-hop artist, known locally for his role with the Oakland social club Fear & Fancy when he attended Stanford University, first gained notice with his 2015 single “Classic Man.” That track, a triumphant statement about redefining masculinity, helped Jidenna find a home at Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records, which in February put out the dapper performer’s first full-length record.

“She paved the way for a lot of us,” Jidenna says of the impact Monáe has made on young artists like himself. “She was a pivotal leader in both fashion and music, and I’d say in just originality. She is one of a kind.”

 

Read on HERE for the SF Chronicle article.