Local music

WATERS sign to Vagrant, drop new single "I Feel Everything"

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Van Pierszalowski, the songwriter and primary ringleader of SF's WATERS, has always seemed like a guy on the brink of wide(r)spread stardom. The band's music is an ear-pleasing mix of guitar-driven rock riffs and power pop hooks the size of Buicks; it's radio-ready without feeling squeaky-clean, in no small part thanks to Pierszalowski's plaintive vocals.

This may be the year it happens for WATERS. The band announced yesterday that it signed to the LA-based Vagrant Records, which will release its forthcoming EP, It All Might Be OK, on Oct. 14. Read more »

Local love: Fresh fall jams from Cathedrals, Terry Malts, The Seshen, and more

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You know that feeling where, if you see one more headline about how all the artists and musicians have fled San Francisco and the city's dead and we should all just throw in the towel and pack the car for LA right now, you might throw your computer through a window?

Yeah, same here. Luckily, we also have the antidote: an email inbox that fills up every day with new music from an insane number of Bay Area bands and artists, many of whom would probably be offended if you were to suggest that they do not, in fact, exist.Read more »

There is too much going on this weekend: The Congress, Not Dead Yet Fest, and more

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Y'all ever have that thing where a week or two will go by without a show you're particularly stoked on, and then all of a sudden there's one weekend where you want to go to everything? But you can't, because you're human, and science is too busy ensuring you'll have nightmares of outstanding proportions tonight to get on that teleportation thing, so you have to make all these god-awful decisions?Read more »

Listen: Katie Day's anti-tech bro jam "San Francisco (Before the West Falls)"

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Between POW!'s "Hi-Tech Boom," the schticky "Google Bus Song" from Cachebox, and Violent Vickie's "Fuck You!!!!!", it's safe to say San Francisco musicians — the ones that are left here, haha! sorry — are currently leading the nation in anti-gentrification music.

This is a good thing, of course. It means the city still has a pulse. You know what we've been sorely lacking, however? As Emma Goldman basically said, give the people a summery, socially conscious anthem we can fucking dance to. Read more »

Losing our religion: The Lost Church says farewell — for now

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With all the tears shed and (Internet) ink spilled bemoaning the death of the Mission District at the hands of the tech bubble, it's easy to forget lately that there actually are still artists here. There are people who give a shit about community here — even people who've dedicated their lives to building it.Read more »

Watch: Papercuts' "Life Among the Savages"

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Papercuts, the indie-folk output of San Francisco songwriter-producer Jason Quever, has been a San Francisco staple for a decade now. By turns stark and raw and layered, lush and atmospheric, Papercuts' newest album, Life Among the Savages is full of excellent songs for a long, moody solo drive.Read more »

Video premiere: 'With You' by Oakland's DRMS

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Eclectic local eight-piece DRMS (formerly Dreams) today released a haunting video for “With You” off the band's self-titled debut LP. The album release party takes place Sat/28 at Rickshaw Stop. Read more »

SF bragging rights (and ass) galore in Double Duchess' brand-new "Bucket Betch"

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Blatant disregard for traffic safety be damned (really, the bike-riding sparklers past the Castro Theatre shot is magick), the new Double Duchess video for "Bucket Betch" looks like something I'd show to my friends who don't live in San Francisco to make them jealous. See, New Orleans and Brooklyn aren't the only place with queer hip-hop anthems right now. See, it is possible to dance in those shoes. See 2:55 for an expert glitter vogue move. Read more »

Listen to Meklit Hadero and the sounds of Copperwire

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In this week's issue, we talk to Bay favorite musician Meklit Hadero about her latest project, Copperwire -- a hip-hop space opera coming to the Rickshaw Stop on Sat/5. Hadero is joined in the project by two Ethiopian-American emcees, Gabriel Teodros and Burntface. Go more indepth (and outerspace) with Hadero about the project below. Read more »

Splinter sound: Bayonics' side projects take the stage tonight

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Normally, when the white-hot energy that first surrounds a music project fades, there is drama to be had. Obviously. You're sneaking around on the group with that guitarist? Do you really think your lyrics will hit the same notes with that other emcee? Maybe it's because Bayonics have been around the block, but apparently this local funk-hip-hop-soul-R&B mega-group has few jealousy issues: the collective will be showcasing its members' next steps tonight (Wed/29) at "Leapstock 2012" a showcase taking over the top floor of Elbo Room. Read more »