Painted Palms – “Disintegrate”

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This new track from painted Palms is all about taking a moment to reflect on your past and then turning around and punching it in the damn face before continuing on with your bright future. There is enough grit and steam for the punching and enough synthy groove for the swaggeriffic walk away. Nice.  Read more

8th Grader – “All We Can Do” (Produced by Carousel)

8th Grader - ALL WE CAN DO (prod by Carousel)

Music for… lovers, dancers, huggers, and even those of us with that little shuffle step we only do when nobody is looking. You know its a party when two of my favorite sex-groove maestro’s, 8th Grader and Carousel, team up on a jam designed to “keep the fire burning” if you know what I mean.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Future: With both bands living in SF these days I’m hoping for more like this. Then a tour! Yeah, lets do it.

[MP3] Rio Rio – “Gorilla Gorilla”

Sounds Like… Two Door Cinema Club if they grew up in the midwest. Big spazzy hooks but with an undeniable American grit, Rio Rio are here to rock.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Future: You downloading the whole EP free here. Then coming to Bootleg TONIGHT! Rio Rio is coming down from SF for a killer show with TBE faves Magic BronsonWoodysproduce, Leland, and Black Gatsby (a.k.a. D’Angelo Lacy).



[PREMIERE] 8th Grader – “Tiger”

Sounds Like… George Michael and Blood Orange collaborating on an entry for a “sexiest song contest”. 8th Grader makes music much more mature than his name suggests. This is no Animal Planet special… “Tiger” is a jam for activities that normal 8th graders only dream about.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Future: 8th Grader heads out on a mini tour through SF, LA and Las Vegas soon. Catch him here in LA at Blind Date on June 25th!


Slaptop – “Sunrise”

Sounds Like… Friday got started already! If you aren’t already half checked out for the weekend then this jam will finish the job. Elements of an 8-bit dance battle whiz and zing around the sparkling production. Then when you think things couldn’yt get any more rad, the horns come in. Cue out-of-office auto-reply!

Location: San Francisco, CA

Future: On my stereo all weekend. Then “Sunrise” is out 6/17.

The Family Crest – “Love Don’t Go”

“Love Don’t Go” is an undeniably catchy and uplifting alt-folk jammer in the vein of The Lumineers & the Mumfords but when you combine it with this 1-shot video on the streets of San Francisco the whole thing takes on a pretty magical vibe. A lot of excellence going on in one place here. Get on it.

Cathedrals – “Unbound”

Cathedrals - Unbound

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San Francisco’s Cathedrals have this one little song on their “Soundcloud” but it’s sure making a big splash. “Unbound” is a beautiful swirl of dueling boy/girl vocals and steamy tension. Perfectly spare guitar notes and big “oooh ahhhh” sing alongs send this jams straight to the top of the “repeat” list. More please!

[MP3 / VIDEO] Wildlife Control – “Analog or Digital”

Wildlife Control -  Analog or Digital

i could never could never get a job with a paid vacation ’cause the records i play are my only education

♫ Wildlife Control – Analog or Digital

  • Who: Two brothers
  • What: Big indie rock, like Capital Cities, The Henry Clay People, PK
  • Where: San Francisco & Brooklyn + Facebook
  • When: Buy their debut self-titled LP now.
  • Why: Rowdy indie rock jams don’t get any bigger or radio friendly than this. And I mean that in the best way. “Analog or Digital” is the kind of song that stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it. Guitar and drums whipping by so fast it seems like the whole thing is one wrong step from coming coming off the tracks. I think its the bass that keeps it all together. Time to get the rest of the album! But first dig into this beautifully frenetic stop motion jam of a video.