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Prairie Sun Recordings Releases “Out Of The Fire” Compilation Album

Posted by: on Jul 5, 2018 | Comments (0)

On Sunday, July 8, Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati is hosting a benefit party celebrating the release of a new compilation album, “Out Of The Fire,” featuring 11 songs performed by local musicians that aims to raise money for people who lost their instruments or audio gear in the devastating October 2017 Sonoma County wildfires.

The new CD features mostly original songs, with a few carefully selected covers, by artists like Sarah Baker, Volker Strifler, Levi Lloyd, Danny Sorentino, Johnny Campbell, Doug Jayne, Willy Jordan, Eki Shola and Steve Kimock.

Produced by Baker, Mark “Mooka” Rennick and Allan Sudduth, and recorded and mixed at the renowned Prairie Sun Recording Studios, the richly compelling collection will be available at the release party, with many of the participating musicians on hand. The show is free, but an RSVP is required. For more info on the album and the concert, click here.

NPR Tiny Desk Contest Coming to Sonoma County

Posted by: on Feb 21, 2018 | Comments (0)

Calling all North Bay musicians, NPR’s massively popular Tiny Desk Contest is on for 2018.  Now in its fourth year, the nationwide contest for unsigned bands and artists is an opportunity like no other. Simply make a video of yourself performing an original tune while sitting at a desk in the style of NPR’s longrunning Tiny Desk Concert series, upload it to YouTube and submit it as an entry. Winners will have the chance to tour the country, and this year, the tour stops in Sonoma County for the first time with a performance at Lagunitas Tap Room in Petaluma.

Now, maybe it’s just me, a humble North Bay native; but how cool would it be for a local band to be on that stage when NPR comes to town? Tiny Desk contest winners in past years have gone on to perform for sold-out crowds around the world, and Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito even picked up a Grammy Award after winning the contest in 2015.

If you don’t win the grand prize, submitting artists have still been featured on NPR Music’s All Songs Considered blog as well as Tiny Desk supercut videos and the like. If you’re a band that has submitted in past years, you can do it again, just pick a new song. Also, creativity is encouraged, so the concept of a “desk” to perform at can be stretched in any number of ways.

Unsigned bands and musicians can submit videos now through Sunday, March 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET at NPR.org/tinydeskcontest. Please see website for official rules.

Lungs and Limbs Cut Through the Static in New Music Video

Posted by: on Aug 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

Electro-pop stars and North Bay natives Lungs and Limbs have made their name with ’80s-inspired synthwave and alternative guitar rock mashups that hook the listener with addictive riffs and memorable melodies. The band is at it again with their latest single, “Lightspeed,” off the band’s 6-song album Big Bang.

Now there’s a music video to accompany the patiently poppy track, and it features the band taking to the airwaves with mysterious masks and vintage aesthetics. Check out the video and get the chorus firmly embedded in your memory for the rest of the week.

Five Sonoma County Bands Receive Next Level Grants

Posted by: on Aug 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

This past Spring, Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board, hosted the second annual Next Level Conference for local musicians and those in the business. With that daylong event of keynote talks and panel discussions with industry professionals also came the opportunity for Sonoma County bands and musicians to apply for a Next Level Grant worth $2,5000. All told, Creative Sonoma awarded grant money to five bands, and they recently announced the recipients.

In no particular order, the 2017 Next Level Grantees are world music makers DyaTribal Band, indie rockers Manzanita Falls, funk act Marhsall House Project, eclectic folk outfit Oddjob Ensemble and jazz artist and instructor Alan Hall. Funds will be used for projects ranging from new recordings, touring, video projects and album promotion. These grants will also be paired with ten hours of one-on-one consulting with music experts to help each recipient make the most of their funds.

This program is made possible with grant funds from the William J. and Flora Hewlett Foundation with additional support from Lagunitas Brewing Company. For more information on the Next Level conference and grant program, watch the video below.

Help Oddjob Ensemble Record Their Debut LP

Posted by: on Jul 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

If you need a musical job done in the North Bay, Kalei Yamanoha is the man to do it. The multi-instrumentalist is a seasoned touring and recording musician who plays hundreds of shows a year, often on the accordion, with acts like the Crux, Sharkmouth and many, many others.

In addition to that musical resume, Yamanoha is also the founder and frontman of avant-garde, Vaudevillian-inspired folk troupe Oddjob Ensemble, who are embarking on a massive mission to record, produce and tour with their forthcoming debut full-length album, “The Silver Sea.” Described as “12 songs that tell a story of a distant land,” the ambitious project is not without its costs, and Oddjob Ensemble is reaching out to the community for support with an Indie GoGo campaign aimed at raising $7500 for the endeavor.

The band is offering several gift packages for backers of the project, ranging from downloads of the album to private concerts and even an option to have them write a song just for you. The group plans to use the funds to record at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati with several guest musicians and vocalists. After producing the album, the band hopes to take the album on the road for a six-week national tour. Lend a hand if you can, and get in on the shenanigans.

Manzanita Falls Takes the Long Way in New Music Video

Posted by: on Jun 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

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.

Watch the Music Video for The Down House’s “Parker Posey”

Posted by: on May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sonoma County post-rock outfit The Down House recently released one of the year’s best albums, “Our Mess,” available as a cassette on Broke Hatre Records. With a darkly laidback vibe and catchy guitars, the band’s first single off the record is the excellent drone-pop tune “Parker Posey,” and now the song gets a sweeping single-take music video directed, filmed and edited by Jim Agius and Timmy Lodhi.

Taking over the grocery aisles of Petaluma Market, the music video looks at what happens after hours, as a walkman-equipped employee dances throughout the store. Seemingly unseen, The Down House occupies the corners of the store and congregates in the produce section for the grand finale. Watch the music video now.

North Bay Cabaret Gets Strange This Weekend

Posted by: on Apr 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sonoma County’s boldest monthly variety show, North Bay Cabaret takes over the Whiskey Tip in Santa Rosa once again on Friday, April 21, with burlesque, drag, circus, fire, comedy, poetry, hip-hop and more. And in the spirit of the show’s rotating theme, this month’s “Stranger Cabaret” is a science-fiction and horror inspired performance that draws from the strangest source material new and old.

Stranger Cabaret will feature Master of Ceremonies Jake Ward doing his best impression of the Eggo waffle-loving telekinetic experiment “Eleven” from last year’s smash hit series “Stranger Things.” Ward will be presenting a lineup of diverse acts, including Portland drag performance artist Pepper Pepper, Sacramento makeup artist and burlesque dancer Mone’t Ha-Sidi, San Francisco comedian Ash Fisher and many others. Local DJs, hip-hop outfit Antiphony and improv comedy troupe the Gentlemen Bastards will help round out the bill.

In observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, all of the raffle proceeds from the event will be donated to Verity, Sonoma County’s only rape crisis, trauma, and healing center – serving the community through prevention, intervention, and counseling.

Stranger Cabaret gets weird on Friday, April 21, at Whiskey Tip, 1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $15. 21 and over.

 

North Bay Bands Represent at San Francisco Benefit Show

Posted by: on Mar 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, Mar 21, San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern is hosting a benefit for Access, a women’s health justice organization that helping California women achieve reproductive justice. The show is packed with several Bay Area rock bands, including several with North Bay ties.

Headliners Mare Island officially call Oakland home, though the band features Sonoma County musician and the Velvet Teen and the New Trust member Josh Staples. Mare Island formed late last year, and is already on the rise locally for their mix of light and dark rock elements.

Also on the bill is hardcore post-rock band Red Wood, whose members are split between Santa Rosa and San Francisco, and Brown Bags, a staple of the Santa Rosa punk scene since 2013. All told, this lineup is spoiled rotten with talent, and the good cause is icing on this cake. Get down to the city tomorrow, Mar 21, at Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St, San Francisco. 8pm. $15. For more info, click here. And check out Brown Bags’ awesome self-titled 7-inch to get in the mood.

Buy Some Music on Bandcamp Today

Posted by: on Feb 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

Bandcamp, the online music store and platform for independent bands and musicians, is donating its share of proceeds from any purchase made today, Friday, Feb 3, to the ACLU in a show of solidarity with refugees and immigrants affected by the White House’s recent travel ban.

In addition to this pledge, over 400 artists and record labels have also committed to donating their portion of the proceeds to the ACLU and other organizations working to help immigrants and refugees.

In a statement on Bandcamp’s site, CEO and founder Ethan Diamond explained his decision.

Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants… we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.

For the last 10 years, Bandcamp has been the place to find and buy music from independent artists, and the list of artists committing to donating today includes Rohnert Park hardcore band Ceremony, who just put their entire catalogue on the site. The full list of labels and bands who are joining the movement is staggering, you can find it here.

Chances are that your favorite indie, punk, rock, jazz, funk, reggae, hip-hop, folk, country, Americana or world music artist has a bandcamp page, today just seems like a great day to support them and this country’s civil liberties.