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The Morning Benders Release Video for "All Day Day Light"

Local favorites The Morning Benders, whose critically acclaimed 2010 release, Big Echo, has been on a solid rotation in our offices, debuted their music video for "All Day Day Light" today. The video's perfectly timed to the schizophrenic weather we've been having this summer. It's also karaoke-ready, if you're into that.

The band's about to embark on a European tour, and will touch back stateside in October, playing Austin City Limits and then headlining (!) the Fillmore on October 16.

Check out the video below. It's a great one to carry you into your Labor Day festivities.

The Week in Local Music News

Stockton gem Craft Spells signs with Captured Tracks [via Craft Spell's Blog]

San Francisco indie favorites Geographer re-release Animal Shapes, complete with remixes from local's Wallpaper and The Limousines [via 7x7]

The Week in Local Music News

Pitchfork headed blog collective Altered Zones praises locals Skeletal System, Rangers and more in their inaugural posts [via Altered Zones]

Hipsters beware -- San Francisco just got a legit "straight-up, Middle-America-friendly" country music festival [via SF Weekly]

New Single From Morning Benders: Download It!

Head over to The Morning Benders web HQ right now and download the single "Promises". It's FREE! If this song is any indication of what is to come from their new album Big Echo (via Rough Trade 3/9/2010), then we're looking at an early nom to every best of 2010 list.

The Morning Benders Sign to Rough Trade Records

Rumors about where The Morning Benders would sign have been circulating for months. Well, Rough Trade Records has emerged as the lucky label to bag our Berkeley beloveds. The boys will release their sophomore effort, Big Echo on March 9th, then embark on a two-month cross-country head-lining tour. The album was produced by lead singer Christopher Chu and Grizzly Bear's bass player Chris Taylor.

Outside Lands: The Best Local Acts

Through the foggy haze of talented musicianship at Outside Lands, there are a few standout highlights that just happen to be from our wonderful Bay Area. We’re not saying that the local talent here is the only thing worth seeing, but we are saying it’s a damn good reason to go. We have an excess of artists in these parts, and we’re thankful for each and every one of them. Here are our picks for the best local bands at Outside Lands.

Outside Lands: Best Of Sunday

Quite a bit toned down from the extreme energy pulsating on Saturday’s stages, Sunday features a lot more nostalgic favorites than up-and-comers. Nonetheless, there are still plenty of choices in terms of genre options and less time conflicts than the previous days. Just remember to savor your last day of tunes in SF’s gorgeous Golden Gate Park and choose wisely! Here are Sunday’s top picks in hierarchical order.

The Morning Benders Glad To Be Home

The entire lineup of last night’s Noise Pop show at Slim’s was perfectly billed. From Rademacher and The Mumlers to co-headliners, The Submarines and Bay Area sweethearts, The Morning Benders, everything flowed pretty smoothly for the bouncy, indie pop show. The vibe was light and fun and every band carried their weight. The Submarines even played their infamous iPhone commercial song, “You, Me & the Bourgeoisie,” much to the crowd’s pleasure and cheers.

The Morning Benders on Stonehenge, Love Songs and the Best of Noise Pop

These Berkeley-based California natives have been making splashes in the indie pool since “the very beginning,” which, according to them, is "somewhere around 2006, 2007."  (With a band named "Morning Benders," memory lapses are acceptable).   They've toured with the likes of Ra Ra Riot, Yo La Tengo, Death Cab For Cutie, The Kooks, MGMT, Two Gallants and We Are Scientists, and now are one of the most anticipated Noise Pop performances - playing this Friday at Slim's.  Despite all the fame and fortune, The Morning Benders took some time out with us to answer some very important questions:

The Best Tracks of 2008 (Bay Area Edition)

'Tis the season for "best of" music lists around the web. We've got one of our own to add to the mix - our roundup of what we think are the seven best songs to come out of the Bay Area this year. So listen up, and then go out and support these bands immediately. (Read: catch them before they're playing mega tours and you're paying stupid ticket prices to support things like light shows, pyrotechnics and RVs).

Here's the list.

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