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Brave Town Releases EP

Since they won our Band of the Month title last year, we've been keeping tabs on indie/alt rockers Brave Town. Yesterday the guys dropped an EP, and we're already singing along.

Brimming with melodic guitar riffs, smooth, youthful vocals and tasteful percussion,  the 4-song release shows the sunny side of alternative rock. With this EP, Brave Town achieve the delicate balance between deliberate and organic, and find a natural middle ground among the quartet's range of influences. The opening track "Denim" is vibrant and danceable, while "Is It Worth It" takes the acoustic route to highlight encouraging and uplifting lyrics.

The Brave Town EP is the perfect thing to listen to if you're feeling down. Or happy. Or getting ready to conquer the day. Or really any time at all.

Give it a listen here, and don't miss Brave Town's release show at The High Watt this Friday with Corey Kilgannon and Fleurie. -Caroline Bowman

 

 

 

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Fun Fact @ The Cameron House

Fun Fact is what it is, and that is, in fact, some serious groove and lots of fun. Smashing together a super tight funk with some catchy pop melodies and blues-rock chops. Sprinkle some jazz over top, and this three piece really rips out some great high energy party tunage. With their collection of songs under the moniker “mmm...”, they turn up the bass on 5 tracks of jam and really have fun with it. Showing their prowess for time changes on Mayor Rob Ford, while the fuzzed out guitars all ring and chime in time with the bouncing bass and nearly out-of-control drumming. Morning High introduces some mellow saxophone, and really lays it out smooth, a beautiful song that would fit on anyone’s summertime playlist. More Than This, brings a raw guitar lick, and fills every nook and cranny with something to keep your attention; tight fills, slow builds or some smooth jazz chords. Mary Jane has a ska-vibe to it, with attitude to spare. Melodious Vibes drives the whole thing down, and ties it together with a nice little bow, and more technical musicians flexing, just to remind you these guys can really play. All in all, Fun Fact threw together a solid funk-rock record, with some real good musical talent. Check them out at Cameron House, 09/24. - Cody Wright

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Album Premiere: Nelsen & Farney - One For Many Roads

Nelsen & Farney consists of San Francisco based singer/songwriters, Devin Farney and Mark Nelsen. You may know Mark from the heavy psych rock band, Electric Shepherd and Devin as the keyboardist of the 60s revivalist band, The Love Dimension.

We're always excited to share new music and Nelsen & Farney have given us the honor of premiering their latest musical effort entitled, One For Many Roads. If you like Simon and Garfunkel-esque folk music, you'll be into this record.

"We're a songwriting project and live acoustic band that began in 2013, peripherally to our respective solo work. We have since played a handful of local shows while working on our debut LP, "One for Many Roads" - produced by Devin at his home studio. This collection of songs contains melodically rich vocal harmonies and heavy Americana/folk + British/indie-psych-pop influence. Some key inspirations for Nelsen & Farney include CSNY, Lennon/McCartney, Simon & Garfunkel, Dirty Projectors, Everly Brothers, and Kings of Convenience. The songs on "One for Many Roads" were individually written by me and Devin, but shaped together as a band." - Mark Nelsen

"… It's good to have finally found a home for these songs, some of which have been lying around dormant for the better part of a decade. It took a while to finish, but it happened very organically, which is how it had to be." - Devin Farney

Take a listen to the album in its entirety and don't miss the duo's album release show at The Lost Church in San Francisco on September 30th!





Portland's Landlines working on new album

 The latest track from the Portland power-pop outfit Landlines is called "Crystal Healing Vibes" (streaming below) and it is the first single from their upcoming full-length debut. Rife with jangly guitars, catchy melodies, and an air of collegiate casualness, the music of Landlines makes a comparison to indie-rock legends Pavement inevitable. The songs on their previous releases, such as last year's "Log Out, Tune Up, Drop Dead," are bursting with an infectious energy and are more-or-less starightforward, not relying much on effects but rather on simple and memorable guitars, driving bass lines, and choruses that demand to be sung along to. But don't take this to mean that Landlines are a Pavement copycat. There is enough of their own personal touches to set them apart while simultaneously delivering everything that fans of lo-fi garage pop are looking for. If you're not careful, you might just find yourself jamming along to the music any chance that you get. While you're waiting for their upcoming release you can catch Landlines here in Portland on September 28th at Mississippi Studios. Don't miss out! - Patrick Wolff 

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Debut Festival: Bay Area Vibez

The inaugural Bay Area Vibez music festival officially announces its 3-stage, 2-day music, arts and urban lifestyle festival being held at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, California on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th, with more than 25 artists to represent the line-up. The festival was created in celebration of music, art, diversity and the rich culture that mirrors the Bay Area and its unique characteristics.

The first round of artists to be released are Grammy©winning artist, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Nas, who has a #1 album on American Billboard top 200, eight time Grammy© winning artist/producer, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Grammy© nominated Meshell Ndegeocello, #1 Billboard reggae performer Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Jo Mersa; son of Stephen Marley, Fiji, Fishbone, Krooked Treez, Richie Spice, I-Wayne, Queen Omega, Ghetto Youths, The Courtney John Project, Black Am-I and the Oakland based fan-favorite band, Forrest Day, along with a few big surprises!

"...The eclectic mix is what constitutes the urban festival and represents the very nature of the Bay Area," says festival coordinator, Yurel Hassan Cooke. "The location is impeccable for an annual festival. With other surrounding fest locations as California Roots, Outside Lands, Reggae on the River and Treasure Island, the Bay Area Vibez seemed to fill a void on the map, and blending the genres for the Bay Area just felt right."

The water-lined breathtaking views of the city of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge have made Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland the perfect backdrop for this urban lifestyle festival. 

"Keeping the music alive for the next generations is key. Collectively, we need to support the creative flow of our children and open their eyes to a new world filled with creativity and a universal appreciation for diversity," says festival co-founders, an Oakland native; Tressa Wells, along with tour manager to Damian Marley, Albert "Pretty" Cooke.

General Admission are set at $85 for 1-day passes, $160 for 2-day passes and $225 1-day VIP, or $400 2-day VIP passes, which include early entrance to grounds, special VIP viewing and lounge area, VIP beer and wine garden and select organic foods and snacks. Shuttle services will be available for convenient entrance to the festival. Parking passes are $29 per day. Festival hours go from 11am to 10pm daily. For more information, or to secure tickets, visit www.BayAreaVibez.com.

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