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Tom Waits Appears on New Folk Ballad

Posted by: on Jul 31, 2019 | Comments (0)

It’s been two years since fans heard any new music from Tom Waits, whose been busy acting in films for the Coen Brothers and Jim Jarmusch lately. Now, the longtime North Bay resident has returned to the airwaves as a featured vocalist on guitarist Marc Ribot’s newly released track, “Bella Ciao,” from Ribot’s forthcoming record Songs of Resistance 1948 – 2018, out September 14.

The song is an old Italian folk ballad that is best known as an anthem for Italian resistance fighters during World War II. In a statement, Ribot says, “I played Tom a bunch of the tunes and he immediately bonded with that one. Of course, he brings a certain gravitas to everything he does—my Italian friends say he sounds exactly like an old ‘partigiano’ (resistance fighter)!”

Watch the video below to hear Waits’ take on “Bella Ciao.” (Via Pitchfork)

David Luning Gets Devilish with “In Hell I Am” Single

Posted by: on Jun 7, 2019 | Comments (0)

Sonoma County-grown singer-songwriter David Luning has his hands full this summer. In two weeks, he joins the legendary John Hiatt on tour for seven dates of solo acoustic performances, in which he’ll perform his new single “In Hell I Am,” which just received featured placement in the Netflix hit series, Lucifer.

Luning also produced an animated and inventively original Official Lyric Video for “In Hell I Am” as a way to introduce new viewers to the song. In a statement, Luning says, “Because I am insane, I spent over 80 feverish hours drawing and creating hundreds and hundreds of individual frames to make this animated lyric video. I have never done animation like this before, but I wanted to do something completely different for this video, and I’m pretty stoked on how it turned out.”

Before embarking on the tour with Hiatt, Luning and his full band headline a night of music with special guest Jade Jackson, herself a rising Americana star, on Friday, Jun 14, at Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma. 8:30pm. $18. 707.775.6048.

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.

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.

Kingsborough Lights a Fire in New Music Video

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

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.

Watch the Music Video for Go By Ocean’s New Single

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

San Francisco indie rock band Go By Ocean has released a visually metaphorical music video for their new single, “Ring Around the Sun.” The song is from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, Sun Machine, due out in April.

“Ring Around the Sun” boasts a brightly upbeat sound that is a welcomed sign from the band and frontman Ryan McCaffrey, who reportedly went through an extended period of difficulty and darkness in the last few years. The new video’s visuals tell the story of his recent struggles, seen as inky black clouds that follow the characters in otherwise sunny settings.

The band celebrates the single’s release with a show on Thursday, February 23, at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. Click here for more info.

Listen to Trebuchet’s New Single, “A Confession”

Posted by: on Dec 9, 2016 | Comments (0)

Petaluma folk-rock quartet Trebuchet are finally out of the studio and ready to start unveiling their new sophomore album, Volte-Face, due out early next year. First up, Trebuchet premieres the album’s lead single, “A Confession,” which finds vocalist and songwriter Eliott Whitehurst delving deep into family memories and bringing back with him a questioning spirit.

Bolstered by harmonies from drummer Paul Haile, keyboardist Lauren Haile and bassist Navid Manoochehri, Whitehurst’s newfound lyrical longing is brought to life with slow-building acoustics expanding into a mellifluous choir. If “A Confession” is any indicator, Volte-Face looks to be a mature and introspective reckoning of an album.

Listen to the new single below, and see Trebuchet play a release show on Sunday, Dec 11, at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. That show also features new Bay Area band Mare Island, featuring members of Loma Prieta and The New Trust, and all proceeds will go to a benefit fundraiser for the victims of the recent Oakland warehouse fire. Next week, on Dec 18, Trebuchet plays their annual “A Very Trebuchet Christmas” concert in Petaluma, featuring them and several other North Bay acts performing Christmas covers and more.

Listen to Sheer Mag’s “Can’t Stop Fighting”

Posted by: on Feb 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

Philadelphia punk rockers Sheer Mag today released their new single “Can’t Stop Fighting,” the first taste of their forthcoming 7″ release, due out next month on Static Shock Records.

Also next month, the group takes their crunchy riffs and exuberant energy on the road for a massive tour that brings them to Santa Rosa on April 24 in the first show put on by new Sonoma County concert booking venture Shock City, USA. Sounds like a perfect pairing. For more details on the upcoming show, click here.

Stream Ty Segall’s “Emotional Mugger”

Posted by: on Jan 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

Prolific rock and roller Ty Segall just can’t stop. In addition to playing in excellent garage rock outfits like FUZZ and Sic Alps, Segall’s massive solo output has been a wide array of experimental hard rock.

This month, Segall releases his tenth solo record, Emotional Mugger, on Drag City. It’s a super fuzzed out and darkly glammed collection of awesome weirdness. And you can hear it now, before it’s Jan 22 release date, by clicking on the link below, via NPR.

Ty Segall will be in the North Bay next week as well, blowing the roof off the Arlene Francis Center on Sunday, Jan 24, with his new full band the Muggers. Details on that show, which marks the final concert hosted by Sonoma County’s Pizza Punx,  are here.

Get a Sneak Peek at Royal Jelly Jive’s New Album

Posted by: on Dec 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

San Francisco soul swingers Royal Jelly Jive just crossed the finishing line in their ongoing fundraiser for their upcoming sophomore album, “Dear Mr. Waits,” which means not only will we get a new collection of the group’s groovy gypsy rock soon, but the band will be able to take the show on the road for a 2016 tour.

That’s great news, obviously. Today, the jiving jellies share a sneak peek at the upcoming album with a live studio recording of their first single, “Story,” featuring special guest Marty O’Reilly, of Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra. 

Recorded at the always excellent Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, the single, “Story,” is a slow burning and sultry dirge, featuring harmonizing vocals from Royal Jelly singer Lauren Bjelde and O’Reilly set against dusty vintage guitars and jazz rhythms. Click on the link below to watch the studio recording. Royal Jelly Jive perform on New Year’s Eve at the Big Easy in Petaluma. Details for that show are here.



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