SAFE — “Normal Needs”
Oakland's SAFE — aka Chris Edley — is set to release a new seven-inch on April 16 for Greedhead Music. On "Normal Needs," he takes a quiet approach: The minimal electronics, soft vocals, and simple sonic adornment make for a maximally enjoyable song.
Legs — "Two Colours"
The first single from Legs' LP Pass The Ringo — out on April 23 via San Francisco's Loglady Records — comes with a music video. The Oakland-based quintet ambles through this acoustic jangle, strolling through a jaunty ambiance perfect for a Spring release. If you can't wait until then, check them out at The Knockout on March 24.
Shannon and the Clams — "Rip Van Winkle"
One of Oakland’s resident chimeras of garage, punk, surf, and pop teased us this month with a new track from its first release on Hardly Art, Rats In The Dream House, coming this May. Whether it is Shannon Shaw’s raspy vocal catharsis or Cody Blanchard’s tight arpeggio hooks that keep you listening, this one’s worth a play.
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There's new local music to suit any post-Valentine's Day mood.
Antwon — In Dark Denim
San Jose rapper Antwon dropped his new mixtape In Dark Denim yesterday, with the message: "HEY HERES MY ALBUM TO SEX TO HAPPY VDAY." Twon keeps it mostly light and upbeat, drawing inspiration from Nineties hip-hop.
There's so damn much to do on First Fridays these days that finding the good stuff can feel like an incredibly daunting task. But never fear: We've got your back.
San Jose rapper Antwon raps on a new track produced by Bay Area duo Friendzone, which we can assume is responsible for the choppy, chilled-out cloud-rap sound on the track. Antwon is set to release a new album in February on Greedhead Music, his first on any label.
When the music is as unbridled as the kind Mendoza and her trio Unnatural Ways create, the louder the better. Unlike Mendoza's blues-meets-noise solo work, her trio — Nick Tamburro on drums and Dominique Leone on synths — lightens the mood. "Unnatural Ways is a party band for weird people," Mendoza said. It's weird for sure, in a thrashy, psychedelic, Captain Beefheart kinda way.
Christopher Owens has gone from hanging out on Pill Hill to modeling for Yves Saint Laurent. After breaking up his garage-pop band Girls (at the peak of its popularity), the former frontman will release his first solo effort, Lysandre, on Tuesday, January 15.
Hear the album first at The New York Times, where it's streaming in full.
Perfectly timed with our preview of The Most Anticipated Local Releases of 2013, San Francisco's Thao and The Get Down Stay Down just released the title track off We the Common, out February 5.
Noise Pop is the music festival for people who hate music festivals, i.e. the all-day, drag-out, beer-guzzling, bro-fest that many of the weekend-long music festivals have become. Noise Pop 2013 will take place over six days, Tuesday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, March 3, 2013, and today organizers announced an initial lineup that includes Berkeley resident Toro Y Moi, San Francisco's Rogue Wave, and experimental DJ extraordinaire Amon Tobin.