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Clumsy Concentration JAM Talk of Shamans and The Electric Magpie Play SUB/Mission TONIGHT

Did you ever find yourself pondering why there weren't enough psych bands in San Francisco? Of course you didn't, because the Bay Area is home to many psych bands, such as The Electric Magpie, who will be playing a show tonight. Playing at SUB/Mission, they will be bringing along fellow Bay Area bands, Talk of Shamans, JAM and Clumsy Concentration.

Playing first is Clumsy Concentration, a self-proclaimed "bedroom psych" project from Oakland. As what seems to be an acoustic act, they play hazy-sounding psych rock. JAM picks up the pace a bit. This San francisco-based psych band, composes instrumentals reminiscent of James Brown, and vocals that are pure, unadulterated psych rock. Performing after is Talk of Shamans, a San Francisco band hellbent on combining popgaze, psych and indie. Be sure to check out their track "Starecase", an up-tempo diddy with intricate guitar riffs that border on math rock.

And closing the night is Bay Area based band, The Electric Magpie. This band offers a blend of '60s psych rock and mod. Be sure to keep an eye out for their debut LP, Begins which will be released on Lollipop Records on April 15th. In the meantime, you can listen to a single they debuted last month called "Mourning Gloria." -Erin Dage

Coo Coo Birds Down Dirty Shake Electric Shepherd and Major Powers and The Lo Fi Symphony Play Slim's - 3/26

Come out to Slim’s this Wednesday for a night of excellent local garage rock with the Coo Coo Birds, Down Dirty Shake, Electric Shepherd and Major Powers and The Lo Fi Symphony!

Headliners, Coo Coo Birds are a group of psychedelic garage rockers and self-proclaimed “natural enemies of human mothers and boyfriends.” The band’s sunburnt vocal melodies and seasick guitar tones make them one of the most sonically exciting garage acts in the Bay Area. Down Dirty Shake will bring their own '60s influenced rock and roll to the party, sounding like Glen Danzing fronting The Kinks. Electric Shepherd’s garage-prog sound combines revivalist tones with expansive arrangements and instrumentation. Rounding out the line-up is Major Powers and The Lo Fi Symphony, who might best be described as a talented and demented version of Queen.

Make sure you make it to Slim’s on March 26th to experience an amazing live local line up. - Ethan Varian

Future Twin Luke Sweeney Daydream Machine and Johnny Holleran Play Brick and Mortar TONIGHT

Kymberli's Music Box Presents a stellar line up tonight at San Francisco's Brick and Mortar Music Hall. Influential local bands, Future Twin and Luke Sweeney will share the stage with Portland based dreamgaze rock band, Daydream Machine and Johnny Holleran of the band Without George, who will be opening the show with a solo acoustic set.

Future Twin is a sweet sounding punkabilly, soulful garage rock band that will bring a strong live performance. Janis Joplin-esqe vocals are evenly woven throughout twangy power chord riffs, making for a unique and untraditional punk soul sound. Luke Sweeney's gazey and romance-centric ballads are a post modern reflection of '50s pop love songs. If you like The Black Lips' tamer ballads, you'll enjoy Luke Sweeney. Daydream Machine creates lush walls of sound with their music. Doused with seamless harmonies and a slightly complex shoegaze compositional style that never overwhelms, this band puts on a pristine live show, and George Holleran will open the show with an acoustic set that will set the mood for a night of eclectic music.

Make sure you make it out to Brick and Mortar Music Hall tonight. -je

Joel Gion & the Primary Colours Play Two Bay Area Shows - 3/21 & 3/29

A month after playing their first show in San Jose, Joel Gion & the Primary Colours will be playing their first San Francisco gig on March 21st at Elbo Room along with newly minted SF-residents, the garage psych purveyors, Asteroid #4 and Portland's space rock outfit, Daydream Machine.

If one stacked lineup isn't enough, The Primary Colours will be playing a second show on March 29th at The Uptown in Oakland. This time around, San Francisco's garage rock heroes, Cool Ghouls will sub in for the Daydream Machine, joining the Colours and Asteroid #4 for another anticipated evening of revival rock and roll.

As an ambassador of the city's psychedelic underground of the 1990s, Joel Gion rose to recognition as the Brian Jonestown Massacre's erratic and endearing tambourine player. After shifting gears and challenging himself to be a songwriter for the first time, he formed The Primary Colours. So far, Joel has dropped small bits of material like his single, Yes, that features members of BJM and Asteroid #4, and drops hints that he has woven his own textured sonic tapestry. Joel Gion & the Primary Colours has yet to release any news about the emergence of their debut album, but check them out at one of their upcoming Bay Area shows to see what kind of trouble they've got in store for you and the scene. -Lauren Espina

Documentary Review: Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton

It takes quite a documentarian to truly delve into the heart of their topic while still maintaining a pleasing aesthetic. Jeff Broadway's newest film, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, shoots a telescope into the fruitful career of artist and producer Chris Anak, better known as Bay Area bred, Peanut Butter Wolf.

Aided by cameos and testimonials from the likes of musical giants from hip hop and underground soul and alternative rock, the film cracks open the shell of Wolf's wildly influential and coveted label, Stones Throw Records. Divided into chapters ranging from tales of Wolf spending his lunch money on records as an adolescent, to hip-hop royalty Madlib's long time collaboration with Stones Throw, the movie follows the numerous stages of the label, including J Dilla's career and tragic passing, Madlib's transition to Madvillain, the inclusion of the eccentric Gary Wilson and PB Wolf's manifestation of his alter-ego Falerio. The foundation of the film alludes Stones Throw's  success to the openness of its founder's creative mind. In the words of Homeboy Sandman, "They don't try to create artists, they try to find artists."

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is a captivating, historically potent and complete film. We recommend you check out this documentary to explore a true staple in Bay Area music history and culture. -Kat Collins


Congratulations to The Greening for Winning The Deli Magazine San Francisco's Artist of the Month Poll

Congratulations to San Francisco's one and only "collage rock" band, The Greening, for winning The Deli Magazine San Francsico Artist of the Month Poll! The Greening persuaded readers to vote in their favor with their knack for combining elements of psych, progressive rock, and power pop in their music. Recently the band came out with a full-length album dubbed Eon V. Aeon. We're happy about their success and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!


ToyGuitar Modern Man and Nervosas Play Hemlock Tavern TONIGHT

Tonight! ToyGuitarModern Man and Nervosas are playing at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco.

Modern Man is an Oakland based band that plays haunting, reverb-filled shoegaze that seems to be soaked in drudgery, simply for good measure. Last year, the band came out with a cassette called Small Waves. The track to check out is Dada, a diddy filled with equal parts angst and anger. ToyGuitar is a Bay Area band that is a new manifestation of the '90s East Bay punk band, One Man Army. This project was forged last year, and the results have been exciting. Toyguitar released a self-titled 7-inch on Adeline Records that has a definite power pop feel. Nervosas is a touring band from Columbus, Ohio. Their sound can best be described as hook-filled "dark punk" with post-punk aesthetics. They also released an impressive self-titled LP on Let's Pretend Records.

Be sure to catch this show tonight! You won't regret it! -Erin Dage


Frozen Folk Releases New EP - Sleepy

This week the Oakland based trio Frozen Folk, released with their most recent EP, Sleepy on Breakup Records. As a band that strives to be "Sweaty, complex and supple," they combine elements of math rock, post punk and prog rock to create their sound. The first track off their EP, Cat Convertersis a testament to those aspirations. Complex riffs with unconventional time signatures are laid upon a foundation of slightly haunting vocals. The band keeps consistency with this formula throughout the EP, with songs such as Eggs and Marrowbone, Sacrilegious Wind and Eat Me Alive.

That said, here are a few shows Frozen Folk will be playing in the near future:

April 6th at El Rio with Lubec and The Peels
April 26th at Eagle Tavern with Everyone is Dirty -Erin Dage



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