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January 2015
The Goodbye Party
"Silver Blues
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The Goodbye Party, a.k.a. Michael Cantor (formerly of The Ambulars), has released a new record Silver Blues via Salinas Records. The album finds Cantor largely in control using a vast arsenal of instruments, while also enlisting Joey Doubek (of Pinkwash) for percussive duties on a series of tracks.
 
“Heavenly Blues” nudges the entrance open to the cathedral of sound. Cantor’s smooth trustworthy vocals deliver a suggestive message amid a chamber of sonic layers, “…you have halos, you have lights, you have ghosts that sing into the night.” There is a well-produced divide, between that enlightening tone fortified by a residual hum, the soft drops and tapping tambourine, and bowed guitar that provides a more ominous dimension.
 
“Crossed Out” shoves that door further open with its optimistic jangly guitar/rolling percussion and bass, illuminating the scenery - “holes in the windows, where the wind slips through…” There’s a balancing point between the coldness of the lyrics and the resounding warmth of Cantor’s delivery and instrumental accompaniment. Taking foreboding tones of thumping percussion and the stirring rings of guitar, “I’m Not Going to Your Heaven” silver-lines them as the ringing morphs into a pleasant cry while the song winds down with a scratchy conclusion.
 
In a flash of joy, “Personal Heavens” is jumpstarted with a groove yet despite this, the lyrics reveal a grey point of view - “Homesick for personal heavens and homes you’ll never see again.” Slipping you back into the cathedral in “27 Times,” the finessed layering of backing vocals wrapping around Cantor’s lead shields it from the cold.
           
“New Decay” has a jaded push behind it, as guitars twist into knots and drums smash a path for Cantor to admit, “I keep breaking what I’ve already fixed/I keep fixing what I’ve already fixed.” Silver Blues closes with the bone chilling solemn string-oriented “White on White” - “the world/burns in the dark/echoed songs, resonations, every night.”
 
The record sweeps through ones mind in what seems like a moment. However, its melding of darkness and light leaves poignant, beautiful moments that makes Silver Blues worth revisiting frequently. - Michael Colavita

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Exhausted Pipes and Everyone is Dirty Performs at Hotel Utah - 3/28

For those who love free events and live local music, this event just may be the thing for you. For this installment of The City: SF Sounds, presented by Jack Daniels and NBC Bay Area, bands Exhausted Pipes and Everyone is Dirty will be performing for FREE at Hotel Utah in San Francisco on March 28th.

Exhausted Pipes is an East Bay band that seeks to combine elements of folk, indie, blues and post-punk in their music. Their downhome uptempo cowboy-western style will make you twist and shout on the dance floor! Everyone is Dirty is an Oakland-based band that has a unique art-rock sound. Combining an impossible pairing of grunge music and contemporary classical music, the band makes them both work together flawlessly. Be on the lookout for their debut album on Breakup Records in May.

Make sure you make it out on Saturday to Hotel Utah to support local bands! -Erin Dage

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Clumsy Concentration JAM Talk of Shamans and The Electric Magpie Play SUB/Mission TONIGHT

Did you ever find yourself pondering why there weren't enough psych bands in San Francisco? Of course you didn't, because the Bay Area is home to many psych bands, such as The Electric Magpie, who will be playing a show tonight. Playing at SUB/Mission, they will be bringing along fellow Bay Area bands, Talk of Shamans, JAM and Clumsy Concentration.

Playing first is Clumsy Concentration, a self-proclaimed "bedroom psych" project from Oakland. As what seems to be an acoustic act, they play hazy-sounding psych rock. JAM picks up the pace a bit. This San francisco-based psych band, composes instrumentals reminiscent of James Brown, and vocals that are pure, unadulterated psych rock. Performing after is Talk of Shamans, a San Francisco band hellbent on combining popgaze, psych and indie. Be sure to check out their track "Starecase", an up-tempo diddy with intricate guitar riffs that border on math rock.

And closing the night is Bay Area based band, The Electric Magpie. This band offers a blend of '60s psych rock and mod. Be sure to keep an eye out for their debut LP, Begins which will be released on Lollipop Records on April 15th. In the meantime, you can listen to a single they debuted last month called "Mourning Gloria." -Erin Dage


Coo Coo Birds Down Dirty Shake Electric Shepherd and Major Powers and The Lo Fi Symphony Play Slim's - 3/26

Come out to Slim’s this Wednesday for a night of excellent local garage rock with the Coo Coo Birds, Down Dirty Shake, Electric Shepherd and Major Powers and The Lo Fi Symphony!

Headliners, Coo Coo Birds are a group of psychedelic garage rockers and self-proclaimed “natural enemies of human mothers and boyfriends.” The band’s sunburnt vocal melodies and seasick guitar tones make them one of the most sonically exciting garage acts in the Bay Area. Down Dirty Shake will bring their own '60s influenced rock and roll to the party, sounding like Glen Danzing fronting The Kinks. Electric Shepherd’s garage-prog sound combines revivalist tones with expansive arrangements and instrumentation. Rounding out the line-up is Major Powers and The Lo Fi Symphony, who might best be described as a talented and demented version of Queen.

Make sure you make it to Slim’s on March 26th to experience an amazing live local line up. - Ethan Varian


Future Twin Luke Sweeney Daydream Machine and Johnny Holleran Play Brick and Mortar TONIGHT

Kymberli's Music Box Presents a stellar line up tonight at San Francisco's Brick and Mortar Music Hall. Influential local bands, Future Twin and Luke Sweeney will share the stage with Portland based dreamgaze rock band, Daydream Machine and Johnny Holleran of the band Without George, who will be opening the show with a solo acoustic set.

Future Twin is a sweet sounding punkabilly, soulful garage rock band that will bring a strong live performance. Janis Joplin-esqe vocals are evenly woven throughout twangy power chord riffs, making for a unique and untraditional punk soul sound. Luke Sweeney's gazey and romance-centric ballads are a post modern reflection of '50s pop love songs. If you like The Black Lips' tamer ballads, you'll enjoy Luke Sweeney. Daydream Machine creates lush walls of sound with their music. Doused with seamless harmonies and a slightly complex shoegaze compositional style that never overwhelms, this band puts on a pristine live show, and George Holleran will open the show with an acoustic set that will set the mood for a night of eclectic music.

Make sure you make it out to Brick and Mortar Music Hall tonight. -je


Joel Gion & the Primary Colours Play Two Bay Area Shows - 3/21 & 3/29

A month after playing their first show in San Jose, Joel Gion & the Primary Colours will be playing their first San Francisco gig on March 21st at Elbo Room along with newly minted SF-residents, the garage psych purveyors, Asteroid #4 and Portland's space rock outfit, Daydream Machine.

If one stacked lineup isn't enough, The Primary Colours will be playing a second show on March 29th at The Uptown in Oakland. This time around, San Francisco's garage rock heroes, Cool Ghouls will sub in for the Daydream Machine, joining the Colours and Asteroid #4 for another anticipated evening of revival rock and roll.

As an ambassador of the city's psychedelic underground of the 1990s, Joel Gion rose to recognition as the Brian Jonestown Massacre's erratic and endearing tambourine player. After shifting gears and challenging himself to be a songwriter for the first time, he formed The Primary Colours. So far, Joel has dropped small bits of material like his single, Yes, that features members of BJM and Asteroid #4, and drops hints that he has woven his own textured sonic tapestry. Joel Gion & the Primary Colours has yet to release any news about the emergence of their debut album, but check them out at one of their upcoming Bay Area shows to see what kind of trouble they've got in store for you and the scene. -Lauren Espina


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