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Watch The Drought Cult’s Darkly Awesome “Animals” Music Video

Jun 22, 2017 | No Comments

Fuzzed-out psych rock doesn’t get much better than Sonoma County trio the Drought Cult, who recently unveiled a dark, stylized music video for their single “Animals,” off the 2016 EP Moon Lust. The Drought Cult has been making waves since that debut last year, and this new video offers a glimpse into their experimental sound and vision.

Drenched in fog and reverb, the band’s uncompromising music is perfectly captured in the video’s bleak tones by production team Headlong Into Harm, from a concept by Drought Cult bassist Jef Overn. Watch the video and see the Drought Cult perform on July 13 at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol with fellow North Bay heavies eNegative.

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Calexico Duo Swings into Sweetwater Music Hall This Week

Jun 21, 2017 | No Comments

For over two decades, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical borders with their band Calexico. This indie rock outfit is praised by critics and loved by fans for their blend of dusty desert grooves, Latin-inspired melodies and post-rock atmosphere.

Calexico is often a full band affair, rollicking onstage with up to seven players. Yet, this weekend will see Burns and Convertino stripping away the sounds and performing as a duo for a special one-night-only concert engagement at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley.

Hear the hits and latest from the two veteran players and see Northern California bandleader Marty O’Reilly, of Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, also in a spirited solo set on Saturday, June 24. For details and tickets, click here.

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Sound Summit 2017 Announces Grateful Dead-Heavy Lineup

Jun 19, 2017 | No Comments

The upcoming third annual Sound Summit is the largest concert on Marin’s Mount Tamalpais, and this year’s installment joins in the region’s ongoing 50th anniversary of both 1967’s “Summer of Love” and Mt Tam’s Magic Mountain Festival with a lineup featuring Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Bob Weir topping the bill together.

Other performers include Jim James of My Morning Jacket performing a rare solo set, indie singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, New Orleans’ seminal Preservation Hall Jazz Band and San Francisco folk-rock staple Vetiver. Hosted by nonprofit Roots & Branches Conservancy and staged at the historic Mountain Theater, the annual benefit concert will appeal to rock fans of all ages and support Mount Tamalpais State Park when it happens on Saturday, Sept 9. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, June 21, at 10am PST. 

Manzanita Falls Takes the Long Way in New Music Video

Jun 16, 2017 | No Comments

Santa Rosa indie rock outfit Manzanita Falls is just about ready to drop their highly anticipated sophomore album, Abilene, on the world this year. Leading up to that, the band has a new melodic and visually expansive music video for the record’s first single, “Between The Stories.”

Made by new North Bay video production team DogFilm, the video is an emotionally acute exploration of the greater North Bay, following actress Elyse Jurbina as she herself follows a thread from her home to the band in a barefoot trek.

Like most of Manzanita Falls’ music, this new single is a mesmerizing affair, with gently rolling reverb and subtle pulsing drums making for a cathartic gem of rock. Watch the video now and see the band debut the single when they play on Saturday, Jun 17, at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol. For details on the show, click here.

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Download Antiphony’s New “Guerneville” EP For Free

Jun 15, 2017 | No Comments

West Sonoma County experimental band Antiphony’s multifaceted musical journey is marked by sonically brazen and emotionally crushing works that range from hardcore rap to post-punk noise. Fronted by songwriter Anthony Jimenez, the outfit recently released it’s latest EP, “Guerneville,” as a free download, and you can still get it at their website. 

The second installment of Antiphony’s ambitious “West County Tetralogy,” (following 2015’s “Monte Rio”) this new collection features three epic songs that take the group’s emotional explorations in a new direction. Jimenez wrote about “Guerneville” on the band’s Facebook page, saying:

These 3 songs deal with the joy of truly choosing to be in life, the reunion of parts of myself that went astray, and the journey from being a victim in relationships, to reclaiming my personal responsibility in my creations, and coming to the place of being done with battling myself.

‘Guerneville’ is my favorite album that I have ever released, and I am proud to share it with you now.

Get a preview of the new EP by clicking on the video below, and download “Guerneville” for free by clicking here. 

What We Saw at BottleRock 2017

May 31, 2017 | No Comments

We spent three sun-soaked days in Napa for the fifth annual BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival with 120,000 of our closest friends. With tons of bands and lots of libations propelling the fun, our photographer snapped a couple shots of what we saw and who we rocked out to. All shots are by Pollen Heath.

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Kingsborough Lights a Fire in New Music Video

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

If I ever make a music video, I’m going to do it the same way that the North Bay’s hardest hitting blues-rock outfit Kingsborough did it on the video for their new song “Something Strange.” Step one: Throw a party. Step two: Get a bunch of pallets of wood piled high. Step Three: set that pile on fire!

Director Tanner Beree perfectly captures a care-free evening of friends and flames in this video, which also perfectly matches the sonic tone of “Something Strange,” the hard-charging, pulse-pounding first single off the band’s forthcoming album, “1544,” set to be released in July. Watch the group and a good-looking gaggle of friends dance amongst the bonfire. Just remember, safety first, guys!

This summer, Kingsborough rocks the Redwood Empire Fair in Ukiah on June 3, then hits Pioneer Park in Calistoga on June 15 and the Healdsburg Plaza on Jun 27 before playing an album release show for “1544” at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol on July 8. For more info, visit the band’s website.

North Bay Cabaret Channels David Lynch in ‘Sin Peaks’

May 18, 2017 | No Comments

 

It is happening again. Just as director David Lynch’s wonderfully weird television series “Twin Peaks” is set to return after 25 years, fans in the North Bay are being treated to a damn fine evening of entertainment from the also wonderfully weird North Bay Cabaret, when Sin Peaks, goes down tomorrow, Friday May 19 in Santa Rosa.

Sin Peaks promises burlesque, drag, comedy, circus, games, DJs, puppets, and more in it’s offering this week, with special guests like Wonder Dave and Mary Vice taking on some of David Lynch’s most bizarre characters in their acts. After the stellar line-up, a DJ dance party keeps the action moving. This event also includes a raffle full of fabulous prizes with 100% of the proceeds benefitting YES ON C: Fair and Affordable Santa Rosa.

Sin Peaks happens May 19 at Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Rd. Santa Rosa. $15. 21 and over.

Volunteer to Be a Part of Railroad Square Music Festival

May 10, 2017 | No Comments

Returning this year for a third annual installment of great music in the heart of Santa Rosa, the Railroad Square Music Festival is looking for a few good volunteers.

The community event, run by the fine folks at the North Bay Hootenanny and supported by groups like Second Octave Entertainment, is going to be bigger than ever when it takes over the Railroad Square district on June 11, and you can lend a hand (or a couple of bucks) to ensure the show goes smoothly for the expected 5,000 people who will be attending.

Watch the video above to learn how you can volunteer. And then watch the video below to get more information on the festival’s Go Fund Me campaign. This event is going to be a blast, don’t miss out on the fun!

 

Next Level Conference Connects Local Talent & Industry Insiders

May 8, 2017 | No Comments

This past weekend, Creative Sonoma hosted its second annual Next Level Music Conference at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, engaging local musicians with keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops. As with last year, the conference flew in music industry professionals and highlighted local luminaries on Sunday, May 7. This year’s offering also included a pre-conference day on Saturday, May 6, of additional workshops with Los Angeles-based songwriter and producer Sam Hollander and recording engineer and producer Glenn Lorbecki, who each worked one-on-one with a select number of musicians at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati.

The Bohemian was on hand for Sunday’s event as a resource roundtable participant. The day started with a welcome from Sonoma County supervisor Shirlee Zane, who shared her roots in the creative community as an oil painter, and praised Creative Sonoma’s innovative approach to promoting the arts on a county-wide scale.

Then, unfortunately, Lagunitas Brewing Company founder Tony Magee experienced car trouble and couldn’t make his scheduled opening keynote. In his place, Lagunitas’ director of national sponsorships and events Jim Jacobs stepped in to speak on behalf of the company’s community service and generous donations to nonprofits.

In addition to the conference, Next Level offers a grant program that last year gave $2,500 to five Sonoma County artists. Those artists shared the stage on Sunday to talk about their year in music and the varied creative and business projects that the grant funded.

Creative Sonoma’s director Kristen Madsen helps Shaun Hunter Wagner show off the records his grant funded.

Americana duo The Easy Leaves used their money for the specific purpose of marketing themselves at last year’s Americana Music Conference in Nashville, and have seen spots at midwestern festivals and increased radio play coming from the effort. Petaluma songwriter Avery Hellman, under the name Ismay, is utilizing her money for an adventure along the Klamath River, where she will record a documentary about writing music in and inspired by nature. Shaun Hunter Wagner divided his grant money into releasing several cassettes and vinyl records on his Goth Horse record label and funding a tour to Europe with his own band the Acharis. Black Sheep Brass Band shot a “Tiny Desk” video for the annual NPR contest, and Bootleg Honey crafted a new promo package. Members from both of those bands noted that the grant money, and the consultations that came with it, motivated them to focus on new goals and new objectives.

After lunch, Hollander and Lorbecki took the stage to share their experiences from the previous day’s workshops. Hollander shared two songs in particular with dynamic before-and-after presentations. Lorbecki showed off his work with local songwriter Jimmy Cramer, where he recorded Cramer’s pop demo and helped transform it into a fully-realized work that got the crowd cheering. The conference rounded down the day with breakout sessions that focused on specifics related to booking venues and social media tactics and concluded with casual roundtables. At its core, Next Level Conference excelled as a networking opportunity for musicians and music lovers, and a motivating day of shared passions and enthusiasm.

Sheila Groves-Tracey shares tips from a lifetime of booking music and managing performers in the North Bay.

Next Level is offering another grant program this year, and any music artists interested in applying should attend the information session on June 6 at Creative Sonoma’s office in Santa Rosa. Get more information by clicking here.