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Shannon and the Clams Release New Single - It's Too Late

Oakland based surf rock royalty, Shannon and the Clams released a new single this morning! The new song is entitled, It's Too Late and while the track doesn't stray far away from Shannon and the Clams' signiture lofi-esque, surf pop sound, this new single is exciting and refreshing to listen to. The band is gearing up to release a new full length album called Gone by the Dawn on September 11th, so make sure you don't miss their upcoming show on September 9th at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco with Silver Shadows to celebrate the release of the new album!

Listen to the new single, It's Too Late via Soundcloud

Gone by the Dawn Track List

01. I Will Miss the Jasmine
02. My Man
03. Point of Being Right [vid]
04. How Long?
05. Baby Blue
06. It's Too Late [mp3]
07. Gone by the Dawn
08. Corvette [vid] [mp3]
09. Telling Myself
10. The Bog
11. Knock 'em Dead
12. The Burl
13. You Let Me Rust

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Exclusive Event: Official Unknown Mortal Orchestra Outside Lands Tour Wrap Party at The Milk Bar - 8/8

Kymberli's Music Box Presents a unique evening of music at The Milk Bar on Saturday, August 8th! After months on the road, Unknown Mortal Orchestra will end their tour in San Francisco at Outside Lands and they're ready to kick up their heels and celebrate!

This UMO hosted event will feature the Australian rock band, The Rememberz who are known for their clean twang guitar style, 60s inspired bass lines and boy-girl harmonies. Musician, artist, actor, pro skater and owner of Dunes Records, Brent Fellows will be DJing the night. Fellows recently put out a split single featuring Peter Holmstrom of the Dandy Warhols and Joel Gion of Brian Jonestown Massacre.

You don't want to miss this event! Head down to The Milk Bar after Outside Lands to kick it with Unknown Mortal Orchestra! Get there early. Doors open at 9 pm!

 





The Sun Lions Have Just the Thing to Calm "Whatever's on Your Mind"

I could write a few sentences comparing The Sun Lions' latest work to Dinosaur Jr., or some other mostly-well-known 90s "indie rock" band, but that'd be too easy. Whatever's On Your Mind does scream 90s "indie rock", but there's way more to it than just that. This record has lo-fi grit with hi-fi choruses--an impressive combo of hard-hitting rock n' roll and pop sensibilities. These tracks are jammed with intricate guitar solos and super-tight band chemistry; the stops and starts these guys are capabale of executing are some real high-caliber stuff. My favorite track is "Sammy", with its slow, drunkenly-plodding guitars that take off into a punk-rockin', arm-flailin' riot. The song seems to end just as it began--powerfully trudging to the finish line, but with the addition of a gang-vocal chorus. Sammy's definitely "got a-hold on me" with this one. 

If listening to Whatever's On Your Mind has you looking for more tunes from The Sun Lions, head over to Zuzu in Cambridge, MA tonight and catch their live set. More info about the show can be found here.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn) 
Photo credit: Jess Hodge






Yeomans @ The Cavern Bar

Yeomans are bringing tidal waves of lo-fi psychedelic surf rock, right to you from Toronto. Their self-titled EP released late last year, includes four diversely influenced tracks. With a crashing start Big Bike show cases their roots, simple guitar licks, laden with psychedelic effects, paired with lo-fi vocals. They’re mixing up some tasty sounds that’ll make you abuse the repeat button. Head out on this warm Wednesday night 07/29 and catch them play @ The Cavern Bar        

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"Haven't You Heard with Three Bones" July Residency Mondays at Scoot Inn

Now this is one we’ve posted before as part of a previous Artist of the Month Poll roundup, but now we’re givin’ local pychpoprock (mmmhmmm, smush them genres) act Three Bones its own damn post because they’ve got a neat lil July residency goin’ on at the Historic Scoot Inn that’s jammin’ along quite nicely. We’ve been quite into this pair (headed by Victoria de Benedicty and Dalt Jacob with Grant Johnson and Mike Stavitz as well) since they put what has been one of the year’s prime headspace occupyin’ tracks and eyeball a’pleasin’ vids out earlier this year with the strummmeriffic and oddly super satisfyin’ “Hold on to Ya” earlier this year. Goddamn psychedelic earworms y’all: in a genre that finds itself in the long-noodlin’ territory more often than not, it’s not somethin’ you really expect for a psych track to be a tight, clean piece of pop that gets right up between your brains and shakes its tail for a week or two, but damn if “Hold on to Ya” ain’t just that.

I think what really gets this track and vid movin’ is that it just feels legit as Texas barbeque; even when hammin’ it up all weird and creepylike for the camera (as Dalt does just freaky fuckin’ well), you get that unfakeable sense of authenticity that tells ya these are some good damn people just doin’ the damn thing thing in the way they damn well wanna do it, and they’re down if you’re down and cool if you ain’t. We think y’should be, and a trip out yonder to Scoot Inn will likely get you on the Three Bones wavelength quicker than a blonde dude in an all white get up can strum a guitar, which if you check the vid, is pretty fuckin’ fast.

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