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San Francisco Great Society: Summer of Love, 8/31

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 26, 2019 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Big Brother & the Holding CompanyAmoeba joins San Francisco Great Society for Summer of Love, a night showcasing the best in Bay Area psychedelic music, on Saturday, August 31st at Public Works. Headlining Summer of Love is one of the most legendary blues rock bands from the first psych wave of San Francisco, Big Brother & the Holding Company, along with current underground bands Rose, Psychic Mind, and Bolero, plus psychedelic visuals by Donovan Drummond and a dance party till 3am!

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The Acid Test New Year's Eve Freak Out in San Francisco

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 10, 2017 06:28pm | Post a Comment
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The Acid Test with Silver Apples. Photo by Tyler Loring.

Experience the last trip of the year! A psychedelic happening featuring far-out lights and sounds! Amoeba The Acid Test New Years Eveis proud to sponsor The Acid Test's New Year's Eve Freak Out party on Sunday, December 31st at the Elbo Room with live sets from LA's psych phenom The Creation Factory and local loves The Pop Club Group. The night's DJs include The Acid Test's Steve and Noemi, San Fran's Jodie Artichoke, and Los Angeles DJs Maicol (Heavy Jelly Club) and Peri Alexandra Levin. Visuals to be provided by The Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show.

Following in the tradition of San Francisco's 1960s psychedelic underground, The Acid Test throws mind-expanding freak-out parties featuring incredible live music, DJs spinning obscure psychedelic sounds, and groovy live liquid light show performances. This New Years Eve party is destined to be a happening of epic proportions.

The Creation Factory channels the sounds of 1960s psychedelic beats. The LA-based five-piece isn't just making music they're "capturing the sort of sounds that people don’t hear anymore," says front man Shane Stots. They are creating an experience. "We're bringing sounds back from the grave, maybe better than they were before," Stots, who's also a member of L.A. rock group the Mystic Braves, says. The group uses authentic 1960s gear (and an era-appropriate look) to create blues-inflected rock designed to get a crowd's feet moving. The Creation Factory was formed in 2014 when Stots pieced together a style-infused gang of psychedelic bandits, including band members Iggy Gonzalez (also of the Mystic Braves) on drums, Neil Soiland and Gabriel Pacheco on guitar, and Peter Maffei (of The Electric Magpie) on keyboards. Stots himself provides bass and lead vocals.

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Psych-Rockers Heron Oblivion Chat Before Amoeba SF Performance March 4

Posted by Billy Gil, March 1, 2016 06:14pm | Post a Comment

You may not have heard of Heron Oblivion yet, but that’ll soon change.The psych-rock band recently signed to the venerable Sub Pop label, despite only having publicly played live just a few times prior, and have now toured with stoner-rock troubadour Kurt Vile. Part of that has to do with the band’s pedigree — guitarists Ethan Miller and Noel Von Harmonson played in brain-fryers Comets on Fire, with Von Harmonson also playing in Sic Alps and Six Organs of Admittance and Miller in Howlin’ Rain and Feral Ohms; Charlie Saufley played in the similarly minded Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound; and singer/drummer Meg Baird has played in psych-folk band Espers as well as solo.

The rest has solely to do with the sheer power of their debut, self-titled album. Over seven songs, the bands’ axes clash like fighting wolves, tangling like the brambles and branches that adorn the album cover. Keeping all this Crazy Horse-style madness reined in is a grounded rhythm section and the heart-stopping vocals of Baird. Her voice can simmer low and quavering like a classic British folk singer and then rise to seemingly unattainable heights on songs like the climactic "Your Hollows."

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Cool Ghouls to Play The Smell on June 8th

Posted by Billy Gil, June 4, 2013 04:16pm | Post a Comment

With the glut of great garage rock bands in San Francisco, Cool Ghouls have their work cut out for them. Luckily for us, the young lads have tunes and energy for days, pouring out of their recently released self-titled debut in the form of country-rock licks, hippie harmonies and an infectious, sunny attitude. These aren’t poseurs trying to seem laid-back; songs like “Ballin’” are packed with little whiskey-soaked riffs and suddenly harmonic choruses, while “Natural Life” features subtle horns that give its summertime vibes added depth. Recorded by The Fresh & Onlys’ Tim Cohen, it’s a more-than-worthy entry into the S.F. psych-rock/garage rock canon. The band comes to L.A.’s The Smell Saturday June 8, with L.A. faves Dirt Dress, Santoros and Them Howling Bones. Additionally, they'll be at Phono Del Sol in S.F. July 13 and San Francisco Psych Fest Aug. 3. I quickly caught up with the band, made up of Pat Thomas (bass), Ryan Wong (guitar), Pat McDonald (singer/guitar) and Alex Fleshman (drums), all between the ages of 21 and 24, as they gathered around the phone in their Oakland home.

PST: Let’s start with the name. Was it a joke, is there a specific meaning?

McDonald: We got the name from a live DVD of Parliament Funkadelic playing sometime in the '70s. That’s how George Clinton addressed the crowd.

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