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Whether you're a born and raised local or a lost Bay Area transplant looking to find the best tunes in the city, we've picked out this week's best live shows in our home town of San Francisco for you to check out.


Foxing + Gates + Happy Diving + Unconditional Arms @ SUBmission (Monday)

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Time to dive in to the deep dark punk rock underbelly of the Mission. Ok, there's no cryptic password or fight-clubbing but this is a great chance to check out the DIY art space where you'll get the best live music deal possible. 4 bands for $10, c'mon. East Bay instrumental post-rock outfit Unconditional Arms set the tone and lead in to fellow locals Happy Diving who just unleashed their debut sludgefest on Father/Daughter. Foxing and Gates have the main event and have been on the road together performing their amalgamation of post-hardcore, experimental, and indie rock that you'll quickly wish was taking place in a vast concert hall.


Kitten + Lovelife @ Rickshaw Stop (Wednesday)

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Get your Popscene fix a day early and dance off a pound or two before your feast the next day. UK pop foursome Lovelife have described themselves as Electronic Gospel and after previewing a track like "I'm No More" or "Tonight (We're Taking Our Own Lives)," it becomes easy to agree. Dark synths paired with a commanding frontman comparable to their countrymen in Bastille. Kitten has been regularly pumping out music over the last few years, including this years new album filled with 80's inspired dance rock. 


The Brothers Comatose + T Sisters @ The Chapel (Wednesday)

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Get your locally grown, all-organic Americana on with the last hometown show of the year for these acts. The three real life sisters have been playing roots music together as early as they could. The folk music they create flows freely, dipping into streams of gospel harmonies and classic country. The Brothers Comatose, though not as literal as the T Sisters, also expand past their Americana roots, often finding themselves in bluegrass territory. This is well familiar for a 5-piece string band that has been on the road nonstop for some time, supporting acts such as Yonder Mountain String Band and Devil Makes Three.


Alvvays + Absolutely Free + Talk in Tongues @ Rickshaw Stop (Saturday)

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Full disclosure: the mid-year debut of Toronto's Alvvays has without any doubt become my most listened to album of 2014. The gods of twee have graced us with a collection of songs fit for the Bay Area Peter Pan syndrome-inflicted twenty something in all of us. With indie kingpins from Colin Meloy to Ben Gibbard literally singing praises, it would be a disservice to not have the call of vocalist Molly Rankin stuck in your head come Saturday. Suggested listening includes: "Archie, Marry Me," "Party Police," and each of the remaining seven songs. If you enjoy your prog-rock on the pop side of the spectrum, then tour-mates Absolutely Free have you covered.


Mansions on the Moon + Lincoln Jesser + Eagle Snake Wolf @ Bottom of the Hill (Saturday)

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Mansions on the Moon is the exciting breed of band that is able to keep their recorded music and live show different enough so that their fans simply can't decide which they enjoy more. Their space age dream-pop translates to a form of electronic jam band on stage, leaving their 3-4min songs happily extended with band members often adding more percussive elements or a cat and mouse call and response between players. Their 2012 visit to Bottom of the Hill created an instant dance surge even without the two years of new music they have been accumulating. Get there early to witness a new local act, Eagle Wolf Snake, featuring former Nova Albion and Music For Animals members.


About Mike: Habitual Bay Area show-hopper and new music junkie. Currently Artist Relations at DeliRadio and occasional DJ at KALX. Follow the music based ramblings on Twitter.

Music from this week that channels your feelings and speakers from 0-100 like the famous words from your boy, Drake.


"Black Bottles" - Migos ft. Rick Ross

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This black and white visual collaboration with Migos and Rick Ross for “Black Bottles” is a celebration of its own, sponsored by Belaire. The boys show off their gold chains while rapping about a night of turn up following Rick Ross’ daring words of “you’re going hard or you’re going home” with bottles on bottles on bottles of champagne.


"Try Me" (Nick Catchdubs Jersey Gardens Mix) - Dej Loaf

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Brooklyn Fool’s Gold’s finest Nick Catchdubs casted an enchanting Jersey Club spell on a current Top 40 radio hit “Try Me” from Detroit rapper Dej Loaf. Seconds into his "Jersey Gardens Mix," his scratches take you on a heavenly ascension to an exclusive turn up with angels as Loaf’s sampled R&B taunts are on loop over and over again.



"Panther" - Made In Heights

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Returning this winter, LA pop duo Made In Heights just announced a new album is on its way early 2015 with “Panther” as the first single. Gentle keys quietly begin “Panther” as Kelsey Bulkin’s sophisticated airy cadence tells us about her yearnings and the need of him in her arms and everywhere else.


"Love Yuh Bad" (Prod. by Dre Skull) - Popcaan 

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From making plantains, playing board games, braiding your man’s hair to night swimming outside of Kingston, the music video of Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan’s “Love Yuh Bad” presents the most ideal relationship for the love song off his debut album Where We Come From. Check the visuals below, Buzzfeed warns “winter FOMO” but it’s really relationship FOMO.



About the author: Briana Cheng has a lot of feelings that she sometimes writes about but mostly she takes twitter screenshots of online dating apps, follow her @banacrisp.

From the underground to the inescapable, our roundup of new music that must be heard…


Album: Content Nausea - Parkay Quarts

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Brooklyn’s Parkay Quarts (formerly known as Breuckelen’s Parquet Courts) have made their bones articulating haute-bohemian ennui at warp speed, the band’s breakneck pace barely keeping time with frontman and songwriter Andrew Savage’s breathless, beat-style ravings. New record Content Nausea has the band slowing to a more comprehensible speed, though the sound and lyrical content are as dense as ever with Savage training his monotone ire on the alienating effects of city life’s hyper-convenience and informational overkill. In the wrong hands, this kind of stuff could veer into pretension or paranoia, but Savage, a Texan by birth, proves to be a humble and immensely relatable polemic grounding his fears in everyday particularities more in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm than OK Computer. The record peaks in its slowest and final track, the epic “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth,” in which Savage’s delivery relaxes into a David Berman-like drawl. Clocking in at over six minutes, it’s the finest and most moving song this band has recorded. With any luck, Parquet Courts will keep giving themselves as much time as they need. 



Track: “Otitis” - Mourn

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Barcelona foursome Mourn have abruptly emerged from their country’s bumper crop of lo-fi '90s kids. It’s amazing, given the tender ages of everyone involved, how earnest the despair of new single “Otitis” sounds. Chan Marshall, Patti Smith, Kurt Cobain -- these are major-league bummer-rockers to channel on a first album, especially when each had a harrowing early-adulthood from which to summon all manner of hurt to the studio. But Mourn, though lacking in downtown squalor or salt-sprayed Seattle gloom, break free of their influences on the strength of vocalists Carla Perez Vas and Jazz Rodriguez Bueno (both 18) whose expertly harmonized voices push to the front of this muscular, propulsive track.



Album: The Hum Hookworms

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England’s Hookworms, who dress like off-duty record store clerks and go by their respective initials in all official press items, conceal the confidence and ambition of a more seasoned band beneath their meeker-than-thou trappings. With new record The Hum, the Leeds fivesome have rescued psych-rock from the Bay Area’s armies of assorted John Dwyer wannabes and supplied it with a depth of emotion conspicuously lacking in the vacant, hypnotic riffage of lesser bands.





Album: Avonmore - Bryan Ferry

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Bryan Ferry holds serve on Avonmore, the 15th record of his remarkably tasteful and -- a few ill-timed divorces and public political commentaries aside --dignified post-Roxy Music career. Clarity and elegance define Ferry’s production, which thrums with secondary synth and guitar flourishes while never sounding busy, but it’s the inimitable crackling in his voice on track “Soldier of Fortune” that recalls the more harrowing glamor of his earlier days. Stream it now on Spotify.



About the author: Spencer Shawcross is a freelance writer in San Francisco. He hearts the TL and its many music venues. 

Meet our new friends, The Soft White Sixties! Hailing from our hometown of San Francisco, The Soft White Sixties' unique blend of soul, psych-rock, and R&B is making a big splash in the Bay Area. In the past year, they played to a sold out Independent for an album release show, saw their biggest audience when performing on the main stage at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, and finally realized their dream of playing the Fillmore. Band members Octavio Genera (vocals), Aaron Eisenberg (guitar/keys), Ryan Noble (bass), and Joey Bustos (drums) seamlessly combine soulful grooves and fuzzed-out rock with a hint of blues to form a completely distinct sound. 

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Today we're happy to premiere the official music video for their new song 'Don't Lie To Me' off of their debut album Get Right. Directed by their very own guitarist Aaron Eisenberg, the video was shot between tour dates and edited on the road. Here's some background on it from the Sixties:

"We've been on the road so much this year that we've hardly had time for anything else. Somehow we managed to squeeze in a video shoot while we were home for a few days in July between tours. With some help from our good friends at Repertoire Productions, we were able to knock out the shooting in a day and then Aaron edited it all together from a laptop on the road over the next month. We're stoked to premiere this video via our friends at Sol Republic because they are based in San Francisco just like us and they make some of the best sounding, comfortable headphones we have had the chance to use.”

Without further ado, we present the official video for 'Don't Lie To Me':


Snag a copy of their debut album Get Right on iTunes and make sure to follow The Soft White Sixties on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

Whether you're a born and raised local or a lost Bay Area transplant looking to find the best tunes in the city, we've picked out this week's best live shows in our home town of San Francisco for you to check out.


Deerhoof + Crystal Skulls + Go Dark @ Great American Music Hall (Tuesday)

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The fall release tours are at their peak and have led the Deerhoof trio to traverse the country in support of La Isla Bonita. The new set of tunes has added to over two decades of frenzied rock & roll. Want to become completely lost in a game of musical chairs between dizzying guitar riffs, deep bass grooves, and sugar-coated pop vocals? Want to prove you can still dance at a rock show for more than one song without passing out? Buy a ticket. Watch the latest video for "Exit Only" featuring a deadly duel between Michael Shannon and Michael Shannon.


GrizfolkX AmbassadorsDoe Eye @ The Independent (Wednesday)

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We've given the fine folks of Grizfolk a shout out before so if you've missed your chance last time, the LA quintet are kind enough to bring their folk influenced pop north once again. There's no need to show up fashionably late either thanks to local talent Doe Eye. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Maryam Qudus released her first full length TELEVISION earlier this year, making an evolutionary leap in her dark dream pop since 2011's Run Run Run. There's bolder percussion, grunge level distortion, all with the continued haunting vocals.


FKA Twigs + Boots @ The Warfield (Thursday)

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The volume at which people have been talking about this English songstress throughout the year keeps growing. There also have yet to be any signs of slowing since releasing her debut album, LP1, and entrancing the US with her appearance on Jimmy Fallon last month. Given her packed house at the Great American Music Hall during her first appearance in the city back in August, a jump to The Warfield is well warranted. With a mix of trip-hop and pop, Twigs is all entertainer on stage, oh, and those dance moves...


Gardens & Villa @ Rickshaw Stop (Friday) + @ The Independent (Saturday) 

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This may lead to a very strategic decision or simply end in two nights of music. Gardens & Villa have a two night stint spanning two venues with two separate groups of support acts. 2011's inaugural release could draw comparisons to MGMT, Passion Pit, or Animal Collective with a heavy focus on the falsetto vocal styling. After repeatedly winning over Bay Area crowds from small clubs to Outside Lands the new addition to their catalog has a new layer of the late 80's while keeping all their old tricks. For a local comparison, place them somewhere between Guy Fox and Painted Palms.


Radiation City + Wild Ones + Be Calm Honcho @ Rickshaw Stop (Sunday)

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A tag team of Portland indie revelers are heading our way along with locals Be Calm Honcho. Wild Ones' last trip to the Bay was filled with a healthy dose of new music which will again be expected, coupled with the full spectrum of their breakout LP Keep It Safe. Danielle Sullivan has continued to command the mic while the band eagerly feeds off each others energy. Also with a 2013 release in tow, Radiation City has continued to create pop music that will conjure up your fondest summer memories and help with the onset of winter.


About Mike: Habitual Bay Area show-hopper and new music junkie. Currently Artist Relations at DeliRadio and occasional DJ at KALX. Follow the music based ramblings on Twitter.

This month we're bringing you an awesome mix of songs curated by Savior of Sound record label Trouble & Bass as part of the SOL REPUBLIC Mix Series. 

For those of you looking for a sound laced in bass, Trouble & Bass artists Doctor Jeep and Tony Quattro are dishing out the best tracks for bass lovers in this episode of the Mix Series. Start the week right by cranking up the volume to this: 




Tracklist:

Die & Mensah - Firing Line [Gutterfunk]

Doctor Jeep - Pitch Black [Forthcoming Trouble & Bass]

Doctor Jeep - Violinz [Forthcoming Trouble & Bass]

South Rakkas Crew - Mad Again (Fake Blood Remix) (TQ LOOP)

Stanton Warriors - World Needs Bad Men [Unreleased]

Masta Ace - Jeep Ass Gutter (Aaron La Crate & Debonair Samir Remix) [Delicious Vinyl]

Lobster Boy - Planet X [Lobster Boy]

DJ Tameil - Rude Boy Giddy Up [Moveltraxx]

Mak & Pasteman x Mella Dee - Mad City [Monki & Friends]

Sweet Leech – Yons [MK387]

Tony Quattro & Doctor Jeep - Torpedo [Forthcoming Trouble & Bass]

The Wizard - Like A Pro (Dubbel Dutch Remix) [Self-Released]

Zahara - Lengoma (Renato Xtrova Avacalho Mix) [Self-Released]

Joe Goddard & Kidnap Kid ft. Moko - Let Me Go [Monki & Friends]

Mala Noche e Comrade – Gangasterinha [Funk na Caixa]

JSTJR - Piedra Fina [Self-Released]

Ckrono & Slesh - Os Amigo [Funk na Caixa]

Buraka Som Sistema - Zouk Flute [Self-Released]

Rudeboy & El Lvis - El Passa Passa [Unreleased]

Harmonic 313 - Bazooka Riddim [Soul Jazz]

Tony Quattro - Apocalypto Riddim [Unreleased]


Make sure to follow Savior of Sound Trouble & Bass on Facebook and Twitter for updates and everything bass related!


About Trouble & Bass: Trouble & Bass is the sound of staying up all night and getting wild in the streets, sweat dripping off the walls and speakers pounding in your face. For the last 7 years, these rowdy ravers have brought raw energy back to the world’s dance floors by effortlessly flipping bass-focused dance music in all its forms.

Trouble & Bass was born in the dirty streets of New York City, arising out of Luca Venezia's vision of a futuristic mob of DJ/producers playing hard-hitting warehouse beats with no rules. T&B built that vision into a reality with genre-bending DJ sets and monthly parties featuring the most cutting-edge talent from the US, UK and Europe. Along the way, T&B put Brooklyn on the global bass map while creating an aesthetic that’s now recognizable around the world.