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September 2014
Seagulls
"Great Pine
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With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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Chromespider Presents a full day of music at the Oakland based music venue, Stork Club today. The show extends from 4pm to 9 pm tonight and we're always excited to share the news about unique events that will keep you busy and drenched in local independent music for hours on end. The show features Bay Area based bands and solo artists:

Vollmer
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If you're looking for something to do and a reason to be able to drink before 4 pm, grad some friends and make your way over to the East Bay and have a blast!

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Empty Moon Release New Music Video - 75 Degrees

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The Jaunting Martyrs Fritz Montana and Thunderegg Play Bottom of the Hill TONIGHT

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By the way, The Jaunting Martyrs have also announced that they will disband at the end of the year, so if you haven't seen them play in a while or haven't had the pleasure, don't miss this opportunity.

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Beast Fiend Throws Suicide Prevention Benefit Show at SUB/Mission - 9/28

San Francisco based punk band, Beast Fiend is putting on an event geared towards the Bay Area community. The band has organized a suicide prevention and awareness benefit show that will take place at SUB/Mission this Sunday, September 28th. This all ages show is going to feature a raffle, a speaker from SF Suicide Prevention and a line up of local bands including: Silver Shadows, Bitter Fruit and Void Boys.

We like it when bands take it upon themselves to do things that are for a great cause. Make sure you support bands who do good things for others and the local community at large, and head out to this show on Sunday!


Life Stinks and MUSK Support Sub Pop Records Artist Deaf Wish - 10/7

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We're excited to plug this gig because this International band will be playing such an intimate venue. We should not take what we have for granted in regards to being able to attend a number of hardworking smaller live music venues who survive and book cool acts from all over the world.

With all that said, we encourage you to check out Deaf Wish, Life Stinks and MUSK at the Hemlock Tavern on October 7th. It's going to be a cool and insanely heavy show.

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Congratulations to Travis Hayes and Peachelope for Winning The Deli Magazine Artist of the Month Poll

This does not happen often, but this month we have come across and occasion where we must congratulate TWO winners of The Deli Magazine San Francisco Artist of the Month Poll! The votes were so close that it has been decided that Peachelope and Travis Hayes should both be celebrated for obtaining the most votes!

Hayes is a hardworking singer/songwriter and avid supporter of the Bay Area music scene as he works as a promoter and booker for Neck of the Woods, a music venue in inner Richmond area of San Francisco. His smooth mix of indie rock and acoustic jams swoon us to no end.

Peachelope is an experimental avant indie duo whose sultry sounds and innovative live electro-acoustic performances are entrancing and always leaving audiences wanting more. These great local artists are both super deserving of this honor.  We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

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