San Francisco based indie blues rock trio Fritz Montana formed in early 2013. Their second EP, Scaredy Cat, is slated for a late July 2014 release and it’s debut single, “Let You Down,” premiered on Purevolume and has achieved radio play on Live 105’s Soundcheck program for consecutive weeks.
An intoxicating mixed drink of soul-jive and gypsy-blues, Royal Jelly dives deep head-first into the old school throwback sounds of the 1940′s with a groovy new twist. Rapturous horns, sleek bass, elegant keys and swingin’ cymbals are all fronted by the sultry and soulful vocals of Lauren Bjelde.
The Tropics are a San Francisco band made up of bay area transplants. After forming if late 2012, The Tropics have crafted their sound and live presence incorporating big guitars, bouncy keys, and soaring vocals. They recently finished recording their debut EP at Different Studios and are planning a release for later this year. After releasing their first single ‘Sleepless’ in May, The Tropics are looking forward to playing across the west coast and turning new fans on to their unique sound.
With members from England, Sweden, Colorado and the Bay Area, they pool their diverse influences to build songs around a surging shoegaze groove that leans into the exploratory post-punk and psychedelic rock of latter-day Talk Talk and early day Verve. It’s been said that they have “…an otherworldly sound, like, a slow-motion mosh in a room filled with red strobe lights.”
Ege Tülek is a musician from Ankara, Turkey. He is currently living in San Francisco and likes to play video games. He enjoys low-paced boring festival movies and defines his musical genre as boring-weird acoustic tunes.
Kendra McKinley is a troubadour for the new millennium. Combining the sophistication of Tin Pan Alley melodies, harmonic sensibilities of 1960s chamber pop, and the seductive calm of Bossa Nova, McKinley creates intoxicating compositions that can bring even the rowdiest crowd to a standstill.
Using “Constraints are inspiration” as his mantra, Doctor Popular creates electronic pop music with old video game systems, circuit bent casios, and smartphones. His most recent album, Beeps and Smudges, was created with a Game Boy Advance and a music writing cartridge called Nanoloop. His music is nerdy, catchy, and earnest.
Bill Baird was named the 2013 Best New Musician in the East Bay Express.
He loves music and will never quit, not even if when his neighbors ask him nicely.
Taxes’ vital forthcoming seven-song collection, is a compelling, emotionally wrought, and luminous indie rock anthem. Engineered by Ryan Williams (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Alkaline Trio) and mixed by Danny Seim of Menomena, it features some of the most satisfying production you’re bound to hear in 2014.San Francisco native Robby Cronholm is the songwriter and lead singer of Taxes. His past efforts include singing/songwriting in seminal 90s indie rock band crumb and a brief career in advertising.
Rin Tin Tiger is a high energy alternative folk rock trio from San Francisco, CA with lot’s of lyrics and lot’s of groove. The sound is often described as a blend between early Bob Dylan, Violent Femmes, and Tupac. They have shared the stage with Blues Traveler, The Lumineers, Minus the Bear, Young the Giant and Manchester Orchestra. Their music has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle and Bay Guardian. They regularly tour the west coast and performed at both BFD and Outside Lands 2013.
Guy Fox is an Oakland-based band that effuses dancy highlife vibes, carefree indie vocals and hints of old soul. Combine the energy of alternative rock with big band arrangements and funk breakbeats and you have the rare and impassioned music of Guy Fox. Turning clubs into living-room-style dance parties since 2012.
Rich Girls is a garage rock band from San Francisco. Started initially as the solo project of Luisa Black (The Blacks) with an EP release on Tricycle Records in late 2013, the live band debuted at Noise Pop and was tapped as a 2014 Band to Watch by The Bay Bridged. Sounds like: garage rock torch songs from the dark end of the street.
LEMME ADAMS is a HEAVY surf rock band from the wild jungles of San Francisco. Throwing psych-rock and deep pop into a blender is beneficial for your health and that’s why do it. Twisting horns lines, fuzzy bass, pounding drums, and wet guitars make up the sounds that LEMME sings along with…. and we wouldn’t want to have it any other way. Come get wild and lost in the raw surfed-out glory that is LEMME ADAMS!
Odd Owl’s progressive pop takes the comfort of old friends down rhythmic roads and off-beaten paths. “Centered around Carmen Caruso’s pristine female-fronting and cushioned by keyboard coos, funk hooks and buoyant drumming” [Justine Fields, SF Deli], Odd Owl has created a sound that is genuine, bright and uniquely San Franciscan.
In late 2013, Alex Haager and Sierra Frost quit their jobs and escaped their lives in San Francisco and headed north to Portland, Oregon to start Breakup Records. Although they spend nearly every waking hour working with some of their favorite bands, they still found time to create a new project for themselves.
Electric Strawberry is an Oakland-based eclectic, kinetic rock band formed in late 2012. Combining electric energy, dramatic swells and lulls, and intense, dynamic vocals with a passionate stage performance makes this band a must-see on any indie list.