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May 2016
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Philly rock ‘n’ rollers Justin Pittney, Mike Cammarata, and Kyle Garvey (a.k.a. Residuels) revamp essential garage cuts on their latest release Love Songs. Available now via Suicide Bong Tapes, the three-piece’s cassette kick-starts with a full-throttle rendition of Rich Berry’s “Have Love, Will Travel.” The power trio’s frenetic take on the song that put bands like Thee Headcoatees and Paul Revere & the Raiders on the map is far from derivative. From the very first lick of guitar, Pittney and his bandmates tap into the original fury at the center of “Have Love Will Travel,” using crashing riffs and uninhibited vocals reminiscent of The Gories.
 
Residuels’ take on The Damned’s debut single “New Rose” is similarly inventive, giving listeners an unadulterated taste of the original song’s rhythm and fuzz. Pittney channels Dave Vanian with ease, mimicking the legendary Londoner’s punk-as-fuck diction as if he wrote the track himself. Clocking in at a few seconds shy of three minutes, the second track on Love Songs is arguably one of the best renditions of the ‘76 single.
 
The same could be said for “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” Opening with a guttural scream, the group’s tribute to psych-rock icons The 13th Floor Elevators is perfectly executed, with each chord and clash of cymbal adding to the instrumented intensity of the already well-loved garage classic. “You’re Gonna Miss Me” feels like a stubborn tantrum, the sonic manifestation of the sort of longing that is borne of desperation and pure desire that is mirrored in the album’s closer “It Girl.” Residuels’ jangly styling of one the most lovelorn (and heart-wrenching) tracks on The Brian Jonestown Massacre's fifth LP is equally captivating, despite being one of Love Song’s quietest tracks, leaving listeners smitten. For die-hard fans of garage rock and newcomers alike, Love Songs doesn’t just pay homage to the genre’s past; it celebrates its vibrant present. - Dianca London

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Smiles and Kiss Cam Support Strange Wilds at Hemlock Tavern - 4/12

San Francisco based indie pop band, Smiles will be performing at Hemlock Tavern on April 12th. If you like Brian Jonestown Massacre and Jesus and Mary Chain, you'll really enjoy checking this band out. Sub Pop Records artists, Strange Wilds will be traveling through from the northwest to headline the show with an oh so noisy and grungy set while Kiss Cam will perform their punky surf sounds!

Sometimes you have to keep it a little noisy and very underground to get your local music fix. Head down to Hemlock Tavern on April 12th to fulfill your independent rock addictions!

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Balms Night Shapes No Body Sea Knight Play Hemlock Tavern - 4/18

Hemlock Tavern is hosting a solid (mostly) local line up on April 18th. San Francisco based shoegaze band, Balms will headline the bill. East bay kraught rock band, Night Shapes and Olympia, Washington based no wave band, No Body will perform to round out the line up. Show up early to catch the SF based dreampop rock group, Sea Knight open the show.

This is simply going to be an awesome event that flows perfectly. Each band's sound blends well with one another. This is a well curated show that you should definitely experience!

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Hot Flash Heat Wave Supports Daydream Machine and HINDS at Rickshaw Stop - 3/23

Kymberli's Music Box Presents a stellar line up at Rickshaw Stop on March 23rd. San Francisco based garage surf rock band, Hot Flash Heat Wave will be supporting a national/international bill starting with Portland's Daydream Machine. Daydream Machine is an awesome shoegaze band that has consisted of members of Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Warlocks. Headlining the event will be HINDS (formally known as Deers). The mellow, all female surf rock band from Madrid, Spain will tear down the house amidst their SXSW tour.

If we said it once, we've said it one million times: be a little voyeuristic and take a chance on seeing a unique line up that won't ever be duplicated. The fun of living in the Bay Area is checking out local bands who move and shake and mix and match with bands from all over the world. On top of that, Kymberli of Kymberli's Music Box is celebrating her 10th anniversary of putting on amazing psych and shoegaze shows. Head out and celebrate! Check out HINDS, Daydream Machine and Hot Flash Heat Wave at Rickshaw Stop on March 23rd!


Trans Van Santos Celebrates Album Release at Amnesia - 3/28

Trans Van Santos (bka Mark Matos) will always and forever be a fixture of the San Francisco music scene. Throughout this transient season of his artistic career, he has managed to compose a score for a new James Franco documentary called I Think You're Totally Wrong, signed a record deal with Royal Oakie Records and released a full album entitled, Moon Mirage. Not half bad for an artist who had to jump in a van and roam away from the Bay Area for a couple of years to truly find his way back.

Matos' album release show will take place on March 28th at Amnesia Music Hall in the Mission District of San Francisco. We suspect he'll be playing a long and heady set with his revolving door of west coast/Bay Area musicians. This time, the band will feature a very special guest, longtime Patti Smith guitarist Oliver Ray. Trans Van Santos will be in full celebration and performing the entire night...at least we don't see a supporting act on the bill, which is a-okay with us.

It's never smart to miss a Mark Matos show, but this one is a pretty triumphant event. Head down to show and enjoy the psych-folk vibes and cozy atmosphere of Amnesia. -je

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Video Premiere: Hidden in the Sun - San Francisco Blues

The San Francisco based folk band, Hidden in the Sun has recently experienced a jolt of success. Reeling from their widespread exposure from NPR Music, the band has recorded and released a music video for their single, San Francisco Blues from their full length debut album, Seven Seasons. The video was locally shot at the cozy, underground acoustic music venue Viracocha and gives you a chance to watch this ensemble of musicians give a great performance on the night of their album release show.

The blending of beautiful vocals, the song's smooth blues folk instrumental vibe and the excitement of the audience makes you feel like you're in the room while watching this video. Get a taste of this stellar live performance and keep your eyes on this local musical outfit for their future endeavors.

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