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‘Hoping You Get Dancing Feet’: Islands’ Heady ‘Vapours’

The brass blares, the bass percolates with merry abandon, and Nick Diamonds bubbles and bounces as if he’s in an indie-pop dance-party wonderland -- so goes the title track of Islands’ new Vapours (Anti-), out today and already establishing a major beachhead on my player. “It’s the bass line in your mind,” drawls Diamonds sweetly. “It’s a sexy way to cry / You know I had my share of doubts / Until I saw the vapours in your eyes.”

The Inbox: Geographer + K. Flay

Each week our good friends over at The Owl Mag share all the goodies they get in their inbox (think free MP3s, new videos and the general low-down on Bay Area artists) in an effort to spread the local music gospel.  Now you're about to get it here with our new weekly feature, The Inbox. Here's what we've got this week:

Project One: Coming Up From Right Under Our Noses

Right around the corner in the formerly abandoned warehouse district that we’ve ignored for so long, a 3,200 square-foot lounge is coming up in the world, and it’s right under our nose. Meet Project One. Project One is an art-focused music lounge with an impressive lineup of celebrity guest DJs (especially for being so new), and an even more impressive clientele in Potrero Hill. Mostly showcasing up-and-coming art collector’s pieces and serving to Bay Area’s version of celebrity (i.e. Apple designers, InCase executives and software heads etc.) and hip 30-somethings looking for an intelligent night out.

Zep, Booze, And The Drones: The Down-Under Combo Rumbles Into Cafe Du Nord

O what sweet, fierce music the Drones make -- children of the night, dark denizens of the valley. The Australian group fielded much acclaim for its 2006 album, Gala Mill, and now the band, led by vocalist and guitarist Gareth Liddiard and partner and bassist Fiona Kitschin, are back by the Bay. In hand is a new fourth Drones full-length, Havilah (ATP Recordings) -- a disc spilling over with spaghetti western guitar, moody musical textures, loping and stumbling rhythms and a distinctly Oz-based stark poetry. I caught up with the droll Liddiard via email this week, on the brink of the Drones’ Friday, Sept.

Fresh Out the Inbox: Girls + Or, The Whale

Each week our good friends over at The Owl Mag share all the goodies they get in their inbox (think free MP3s, new videos and the general low-down on Bay Area artists) in an effort to spread the local music gospel.  Now you're about to get it here with our new weekly feature, The Inbox. Here's what we've got this week:

On Land Festival Offers A Peek Into The Bay's More Adventurous Sounds at Cafe Du Nord

“Damn it! Why the hell do I live on the East Coast?? And why is this in September??” was one comment on the SF experimental-music label Root Strata’s blog, trumpeting the humble On Land Festival (Sept. 19-20 at Cafe du Nord) hailing from the outside edges of a sprawling Left Coast noise and experimental music scene.

Shaq is a Fan of The Lovemakers?

How Shaq came to know the Oakland band The Lovemakers is a mystery to us. Nonetheless the 7'1 new addition to the Cleveland Cavaliers (and prolific twitterer) gave a shout out to the sexy group in a recent tweet:

"The group Lovemakes there first single Love is Dead u. It just dropped people need to ck it out" -The Real Shaq

While a stamp of approval from Shaq isn't like being in Oprah's Book Club, it certainly makes us want to hear more from the band's new album Let's Be Friends.

Check out the video for "Love Is Dead" or download the single for FREE this week on iTunes:

 

 

Passion Pit, Pop Levi and Esser Get Their Fingers Dusty at Local SF Record Stores

Leave it to a group of San Francisco music fanatics to compile an impressive list of artists together for engaging, well-produced videos and a booming original series called "Dusty Fingers." Enter our latest music blog obsession, Yours Truly. It's what we like to call a perfect combination of self-produced material and breaking news of up-and-coming musicians.

Girls: SF Locals Gaining Speed

Girls, a local SF lo-fi garage group consisting of a rotating repertoire of 14 or more artists, have been dominating the underground hazy grunge scene for a while with their laid-back style and California demeanor. Call it the new home-grown Beach Boys era, if you will.

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