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New Spell bring their dark indie pop to Bottom Of The Hill 09.24

New Spell have an upcoming show in the Bay Area at Bottom Of The Hill this September 24th. The SF band's most recent EP is a darkwave project with heavy synth and dream pop sounds overtaken by haunting atmospheres, giving it a dreery presence throughout. Check out "Rain" off of Of Time: Part 1 below. - Pearse Devlin

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Sore Thumb brings sunny, surfy rock to Feral on 9.22

To call the Bay Area’s Sore Thumb surf rock would be a restrictive oversimplification. While the beginning half of their debut LP An Album By… is straight-up, 60s inspired, reverb-drenched rock, the record moves on from that pretty quickly. A few of the middle tracks, like “No Right, No Wrong” and “Meltdown,” explore darker undertones and move deeper into the territory of alternative rock. However, like a rubber band snapping back into shape, the sunny, surfy rock that Southern California has grown to love returns in “That’s Why” (streaming below) and remains throughout the end of the track list. This LP is also accompanied by a visual album that is streaming on the band’s YouTube. Currently, the LP is available for free download for anyone who attends a show or connects with the band on Facebook. Catch their next live show at Feral in Oakland on September 22nd. - Lilly Milman 





Primitive Heats bring punk romance to SF Scene

Not only do Primitive Hearts have the best band name of the whole SF scene, but they may be the next, great rockabilly power-pop group. Their latest LP, High & Tight, speaks to eternal teen angst but it's done with an air of nostalgic, bad-boy cool. If it was possible to take take your 50's greaser teen-crush and turn him into a sound, you may just get Primitive Hearts. And for all of you buzzkills that somehow get tired of the 12 endlessly fun songs on the album, listen to their split with other punk locals, Pookie & the Poodles. -Allie Miller

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Miranda Lee Richards performing in UK, Norway, and Sweden 08.19 - 09.02

SF Bay Area songwriter Miranda Lee Richards is one week into their European tour, with upcoming shows in Scotland, Manchester, Norway, and Sweden from August 25th to September 2nd. The artist released an LP this past June, EXISTENTIAL BEAST, with dreamy and intense folk rock vibes and chamber aesthetics partly reminiscent of Nico's solo work. The band will also make a stop at New York's very own Pianos on September 13th! - Pearse Devlin





The Brankas to play El Rio August 24th

You might not expect a band from SF to self-identity as math-rock (kinda nerdy for this city, no?), but The Brankas went ahead and did just that. On their bandcamp page, along with chill-wave digital tunes, they produced something uniquely complex in their latest LP, starting from the title: "My Parkour Body is the Paint And The World Is My Canvas. I Don't See Obstacles, I See Opportunities." If that doesn't scare you off, you are in for a ride. All ten tracks are dedicated to sometimes electronic, sometimes just electric, and sometimes... borderline disturbing methods of experimentation. These two are here to surprise you, see them at El Rio on August 24th. -Allie Miller

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