Posts tagged ‘Bay Area’
Annie Clark is another insanely creative female indie pop artist that has really changed the game over the last few years like tUnE-yArDs‘ Merrill Garbus. She goes by the stage name St. Vincent, and her virtuosic guitar playing is matched by her commanding vocals and brilliant knack for catchy songwriting, poetic lyrics and quirky melodies. The 29 year old Texas native, and Berklee dropout, is a former member of Alt. Rock stalwarts, The Polyphonic Spree. That’s quite the pedigree. Watch the lead single, “Surgeon”, off her third album Strange Mercy, which was released this past September on 4AD Records and see if she lives up to the hype. I think so.
Also, for those of you lucky enough to live in the Southwest or the Bay Area, you can catch Annie and Merrill together as they co-headline 4 shows, aside from both being at each weekend of this year’s Coachella festival. Tour dates can be seen here.
Here is a theatrical, extended version of the Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros sing a long “40 Day Dream”. Though this band hails from Los Angeles, not NorCal or the Bay Area like the others this week, they still contain the essence of psych-folk that is present in their California contemporaries. The main difference here is that the songs are more overtly structured in the pop format. As catchy as they sound, they are certainly anything but mainstream, having nothing in common with what you will find on Top 40 radio these days.
The Mother Hips are a Bay Area band that has been creating their brand of freewheeling, alternative Roots Rock for more than 20 years. Tapping in to the same sentiments and experiences as Howlin’ Rain and Blitzen Trapper from my earlier posts this week, The Mother Hips may actually be the origin of this California revival style, which is significantly indebted to the great Neil Young. The band has been a coalescing point for other like minded acts, including Jackie Greene and the recent mainstream breakthrough from L.A., Dawes. They have some really interesting fans, including Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, and Rick Rubin who produced their major label debut, Part-Timer Goes Full back in 1995. Rubin also produced the new Howlin’ Rain album, The Russian Wilds, which was released yesterday (2/14/12). “Time-Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear” was the lead single of their critically acclaimed 2007 release, Kiss the Crystal Flake. Watch the video of the band recording it in the studio below.