Indie Rock

New Pocket EP Available for Streaming & Download

Emo trio Pocket unleashes close-up revelations in its new EP 1616. With a polished, melodic, steady instrumental/vocal balance, the band generates power via tight ebb and flow instrumentation and defined lyrical description. While a record release show is set to occur in June courtesy of Broken World Media, Pocket will be performing next in Philly on April 17 at The Fire with Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), Warren Franklin, and Jet Set Sail.

   

Way Out takes on Great Scott on 4.14

Do you ever miss your days of teen angst, where every slight was a deep wound that only music could heal? No? Well, listen to Way Out and you will just get it. There is something nostalgic and analog in Way Out’s music, the way Knox belts out the vocals, the deep reverb of the bass pulsing slowly in the background as the guitar speeds jaggedly through the track. It’s reminiscent of early 80’s post punk goth scene – a little bit of The Cure’s brooding atmosphere with a pinch of The Smiths’ despondence, perfect for your gloomy days. Or happy days. Or completely average days. Sometimes you just need a little dark and gloomy in your playlist amidst all the bubbling pop of today and Way Out has that for you. Catch them at Great Scott on April 14 and take a listen below!

   

Blood Sound Opening for Humans at Underground Arts April 7

A grey cloud hovers ahead, ominously blanketing the day. However, it may represent a precursor to tonight’s activities in the cozy warehouse space of Underground Arts. Blood Sound delivers haunting synth-sheathed, danceable grooves that roll in front of you. Acknowledging the perplexing thoughts that linger in one’s headspace, while providing an invigorating sense of active movement, the band galvanizes intimacy into action, breaking the personal confusion out of its private cell, diffusing the nightmare and transforming that nightmarish energy into smooth motion. Tonight, Blood Sound is sandwiched between the psych-dance excursions of Risky Disko and the pulsating electro-pop of Vancouver duo and JUNO Awards nominee, Humans. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita

   

Terry Malts Cruel Summer and Blades of Joy Play El Rio - 4/9

Come to El Rio on Saturday, April 9th at 9pm to enjoy a vibey night of psychy, shoegazey, post-punk sounds from some essential San Francisco bands. Members of Dissolve and Swanox are coming together to perform their first show ever as Blades of Joy. The internet has literally nada on the project, so get there on time to watch (and listen to) the mystery unravel.

Cruel Summer will be playing as the middle band to the nights ensemble, swooping you up into their time capsule and transporting you along a stream of fuzzy dreamy pop vibrations and happy chord progressions to what might seam like the 80s but is actually the side room to a dive bar in Bernal, with a backyard where smoking is still welcome.Cruel Summer only recently stepped out from a brief hiatus to show face at this years noise pop festival, but they're back at it again this weekend performing as a crucial leg to a killer lineup.

Bay Area OG's Terry Malts will be closing out the night down there by the river, with some beloved pop-punk hits. These dudes have been busy releasing LPs, establishing a label, and writing an album since their last full length release, but it’s been three years since they delivered “Nobody Realizes This is Nowhere” and their fans are greedy. We. Want. More. The upcoming, untitled album is due sometime this year, and is rumored to be the album where the Malts get out of their funk, exactly what we think we want to hear from the boys, but what is it?! Who knows, another mystery that cannot be solved until after the sun sets this Saturday, April 9th at El Rio. -Julia deAnda

 

   

Aüva brings their dreaminess to O'Brien's Pub on 4.11

Listening to Aüva is like losing yourself in a photograph whose colors have faded under the sun. The brilliance is still there but it’s like walking through a hazy dream. From the sugary sweetness of the three piece harmonies and gum drop plops of the guitar in “Into Place” to the prithy drumming and twangy melancholy of the rhythm section in “Nothing Else,” Aüvas Light Years is an aural technicolor reverie dripped in nostalgic beauty. Losing ourselves in this sunburnt masterpiece was a breeze, and easing out of it left us longing it a little more. Prepare for cool summer nights with Light Years and catch Aüra perform at O’Brien’s Pub on Aprill 11. - Adriana S Ballester