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January 2015
Bonsai
"self titled EP
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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.
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Premiere: Growwler - Song of Songs pt ii (got to be-good)

San Francisco based art rock band, Growwler will be performing live at their album release show at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on March 12th. The impressive psych/experimental line up will include: Cellar Doors, Golden Void and JJAAXXNN.

We're premiering a new song from Growwler's upcoming full length album, Even Tenor called Song of Songs pt ii (got to be-good). This song is free to stream, but if you pre-order the album on either “sunburst” colored vinyl, CD or digital format, you'll get an instant download of this track! Sounds like a good deal!

Listen to Growwler's awesome new single, Song of Songs pt ii (got to be-good) and enjoy the sludgy underground rock sound that will blare from your speakers!

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Tidelands Release New EP - Old Mill Park

The organic folk duo, Tidelands has just released a new EP entitled, Old Mill Park. This San Francisco based musical outfit incorporates acoustic folk and bluegrass with a down to earth indie rock sound. Out on Redgummy Records TODAY, this new album is breathing new life into traditional folk music. You can check out their single, Dog Named Bart below.

You can also check out their album release show at Underwood Café in Oakland on March 7th!

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Cool Ghouls O and Sugar Candy Mountain Perform at The Chapel - 3/4

San Francisco based Beatles-esqe indie rock band, Cool Ghouls are playing their last show in San Francisco before they embark on an extensive month long national tour. After last year's release of their current LP, A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye this crowd favorite of a band will be gracing The Chapel with their presence on March 4th along with San Francisco's folktastic rock band, Sugar Candy Mountain and O, the band formally know as Black Cobra Vipers.

You may not be able to see Cool Ghouls play another local show for a while, so don't sleep on this opportunity to see them perform!

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Hibbity Dibbity Celebrate Their Album Release at The Chapel - 3/5

San Francisco based self proclaimed "swamp funk" band, Hibbity Dibbity is gearing up to release their sophomore full length album, Tinctures, Potions & Elixirs! This popular band will be performing live at The Chapel in San Francisco on March 5th with the talented alt swing band, Royal Jelly Jive. As always, we encourage you to support local bands, particularly when they release albums. Help Bay Area music continue to thrive!

This show is going to be an energetic and super fun soiree. Don't miss the excitement!

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