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July 2016
Spring Onion
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Catherine Dwyer, also known as the guitarist for the alt-rock outfit Sports, offers fans the perfect soundtrack for summer feelings with the release of her solo EP Please Relax. Recorded under the moniker Spring Onion, her new album is DIY at its best. Mostly written and recorded within the walls of her Philadelphia home, Please Relax is an intimate portrait of yearning, infused with dream-pop nostalgia, heartfelt riffs, and candid poetics.

 

“Egg (Driving Song),” the EP’s opener, unfolds with an Aimee Mann-meets-Girlpool earnestness. Telling the story of a commute clouded by desire, the song is a catchy confessional, with lines like “I'm sorry for what I said and didn't say” and “I'll write songs about my flaws/cause that's a way to self absolve.” The lo-fi grit of Dwyer’s anthem instantly tugs at the heartstrings, transforming even the most jaded listener into a hopeful romantic with each iteration of its fuzzed-out beats.

 

That sentiment is extended on "Chili". Twangy chords are quickly followed by Dwyer’s straightforward but evocative vocals, bringing to mind Built To Spill’s “Carry the Zero” and B-sides by indie darlings like The Babies. The track, although laidback, is unflinchingly sincere, the steady build of its instrumentation, urging its audience to actively listen and exist in the moment. The hissing snare and piano of “Poem 3 (Piano)” cast a similar spell, making each reprise of “but I don’t live alone” a testament to the millennial plight of finding solace in a shared space, while the EP’s title track and atmospheric closer serves as a suitably melodic mantra to calm the anxieties and emotional side effects of living.

 

Despite its brevity, the openness of Please Relax is astonishingly raw and brave. Listening to her songs will remind you that you’re not alone. - Dianca London

 


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The Bribes Play Hyde Street Studios Eclectic Tuesday - 8/2

The Bribes are to play Hyde Street Studios' Eclectic Tuesday on August 2nd from 7pm - 11pm!

The Bribes is the project of Chicago-born, San Francisco-based musician Philip Toscano. Toscano has relocated The Bribes to the Bay after releasing three records and headlining nearly every mid-sized and DIY venue on the northwest side. He is currently performing solo under the name The Bribes and collaborating with Jameson Irish Whisky as a part of the "Spirit of the Neighborhood" campaign.

The band's latest recording, "Dust Tapes," released in May 2016, is an ambitious bite-sized rock opera ​intended ​to portray a series of dreams about mortality through a melodically accessible sonic landscape. The result is a cohesive, dark-but-danceable record infused with pop rock hooks and 1950s/60s rock and roll sensibilities.

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Beautiful Machines Introduce New Album - Bridges

The San Francisco based band, Beautiful Machines is back with their new album, Bridges.

Bridges takes the band in a new direction, deepening their exploration of live analog/electronic music. The album is purposefully arranged to take the listener on a journey, like cycling through a Tron-grid landscape to launching into a euphoric stratosphere. Thoughtful, dynamic and full of rich powerful choruses, wide lush verses and tangential bridges, this album strikes a chord and "bridges" technology and emotion.

The 2nd of a trilogy and thematically bridging Disconnect : : Reconnect (2014) with its following concept album Singularity (2017), think of Bridges as an inter-dimensional gateway connecting a circuit or a thought.


Everyone is Dirty Releases New Album - Banana Split

Everyone Is Dirty will be releasing a new piece of music entitled, Banana Split.

Banana Split is a schizophrenic cassette single featuring two brand new tracks of art/rock insanity—the title track un-winds like a fever dream with its warped sound waves and amphetamine crunch, re-calling the Slits as much as David Bowie or Talking Heads; meanwhile on the flip side, “Wax Mannequin Mode” wafts in like a ghostly breeze, a rare glimpse of the softer side of Everyone Is Dirty, evoking The Meat Puppets and Elliott Smith.

Everyone Is Dirty first started shocking audiences with the raw power of their music in 2013, quickly striking a nerve with their explosive sound and electrifying live show. They developed a powerful and singular chemistry virtually overnight—the combination of frontwoman Sivan Lioncub’s electric-violin sorcery and sometimes ethereal, sometimes ferocious vocals; Chris Daddio’s pawn shop guitar crunch; the driving post-punk bass lines of Tyler English; and Tony Sales’ expressive and explosive drumming coalesced in-to a force of nature.


Guy Fox Releases New EP - Paper Roads

Paper Roads, the fourth release by Bay Area locals Guy Fox, streets on July 15th. The EP follows the group’s debut full-length release Night Owl (2015) and maintains core elements of the band’s signature sound while taking on a new trajectory. While the band spent the better part of two years in and out of the recording studio crafting Night Owl—a heavily atmospheric recording—Paper Roads embraces, and more closely mirrors, the energetic live set for which the group has become known.

“Paper roads are roads that were approved by a town at some point in history, but have never been built--they just exist on paper,” explains songwriter Nate Witherbee. “We liked the idea as it hints of aspirations, ideas or dreams that haven’t become reality.”

This melancholy-tinged sentiment contrasts with the upbeat grooves and horn arrangements that are at the core of any Guy Fox record. “Let’s Move to Canada”, the EP’s penultimate track, perhaps best encapsulates the group’s ability to combine carefree, tongue-in-cheek lyrics that hint at deeper questions, while opening track “What Ya Say” demonstrates the group’s newfound ability to utilize space and broken down instrumentation.

Recorded at the new Tiny Telephone Oakland studio with long-time producer James Riotto (John Vanderslice, Merrill Garbus, Geographer), Paper Roads offers the most raw and genuine work produced by the group thus far.

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