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February 2015
The Harmaleighs
""Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush"
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College pals  Haley Grant and  Kaylee Jasperson bonded over shared musical tastes as students at Belmont University, . They were both also familiar with the hardships possessing the voices of angels; it was inevitable that a musical project would come of the union. The Harmaleighs formed in 2013, and the two proceeded to develop their sound, learning how to filter their shared experiences through an Americana sieve, until every heartbreak and setback sounded as though it occurred decades ago somewhere in the Appalachians.

 

The Harmaleigh's debut album, "Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush" will be released February 3rd. It covers the gauntlet of relationships that a young adult can encounter: partners, friends, hometowns. It also showcases the pair as the crackerjack musicians that they are. The same razor-sharp tightness that makes bluegrass so satisfying to hear is present in the entire album. Everything rings out as clear as a bell, and nothing is overdone or unnecessary. The girls have a healthy respect for the traditional, and can whip out a down-home rhythm as easily as a teenaged missive on heartbreak.  

 

Speaking of teenaged missives, a delicate balance is at work here. There are moments that the pair hit Watson Twin-levels of harmonies (like the ghostly intro of opening track "Hesitate") and there are times they turn right around with something more juvenille like "Got fired for dropping a glass of wine/ screw it I'm running out of time," in their recent single, "I Keep Ticking On." There's alot that can go wrong: their music acoustic guitar driven, with some lap steel and banjo thrown in, and they have a propensity to break into foot-stomping jags that recall the receding arena-folk wave. But it doesn’t matter. They’re so good, by grace of their conviction and clarity, that I’d probably be sucking this album down and singing along even if I were a 50-year-old truck driver.

 

That's the appeal of "Pretty Picture..." The album concentrates being young and new into something potent and delivers it with a little bit of sass; that's a combination capable of crossing quite a few boundaries. It's the emotional equivalent of four seasons of summer camp, thirty friendship bracelets, or ten viewings of "Milo and Otis." This album is bound to strike a chord within the most jaded of bastards. Keep up with The Harmaleighs at their website www.theharmaleighs.com


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The Electric Magpie Robbed on the Road to SXSW

The mod revivalist band, The Electric Magpie recently lost most of their gear and personal items in San Antonio, TX. They've put together an Indiegogo campaign to recoup the financial loss they experienced on their SXSW tour. A list of what they lost is posted below. If you see anything in San Antonio give them a shout at theelectricmagpie@gmail.com.

-Fender Mustang (white with red pickguard)
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-Old silver memory man, (2 prong cord attached, scratched up with a high pitch hum)
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-Electro Harmonix cathedral
-Fuzz Factory
-Boss tuning pedal
-Spaun snare drum (black and gold)
-Peter's suitcase full of dozens of fantastic floral shirts and such

You can contribute to the band's Indiegogo campaign HERE. Please pay it forward and help The Electric Magpie!

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Smiles and Kiss Cam Support Strange Wilds at Hemlock Tavern - 4/12

San Francisco based indie pop band, Smiles will be performing at Hemlock Tavern on April 12th. If you like Brian Jonestown Massacre and Jesus and Mary Chain, you'll really enjoy checking this band out. Sub Pop Records artists, Strange Wilds will be traveling through from the northwest to headline the show with an oh so noisy and grungy set while Kiss Cam will perform their punky surf sounds!

Sometimes you have to keep it a little noisy and very underground to get your local music fix. Head down to Hemlock Tavern on April 12th to fulfill your independent rock addictions!

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Balms Night Shapes No Body Sea Knight Play Hemlock Tavern - 4/18

Hemlock Tavern is hosting a solid (mostly) local line up on April 18th. San Francisco based shoegaze band, Balms will headline the bill. East bay kraught rock band, Night Shapes and Olympia, Washington based no wave band, No Body will perform to round out the line up. Show up early to catch the SF based dreampop rock group, Sea Knight open the show.

This is simply going to be an awesome event that flows perfectly. Each band's sound blends well with one another. This is a well curated show that you should definitely experience!

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Hot Flash Heat Wave Supports Daydream Machine and HINDS at Rickshaw Stop - 3/23

Kymberli's Music Box Presents a stellar line up at Rickshaw Stop on March 23rd. San Francisco based garage surf rock band, Hot Flash Heat Wave will be supporting a national/international bill starting with Portland's Daydream Machine. Daydream Machine is an awesome shoegaze band that has consisted of members of Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Warlocks. Headlining the event will be HINDS (formally known as Deers). The mellow, all female surf rock band from Madrid, Spain will tear down the house amidst their SXSW tour.

If we said it once, we've said it one million times: be a little voyeuristic and take a chance on seeing a unique line up that won't ever be duplicated. The fun of living in the Bay Area is checking out local bands who move and shake and mix and match with bands from all over the world. On top of that, Kymberli of Kymberli's Music Box is celebrating her 10th anniversary of putting on amazing psych and shoegaze shows. Head out and celebrate! Check out HINDS, Daydream Machine and Hot Flash Heat Wave at Rickshaw Stop on March 23rd!


Trans Van Santos Celebrates Album Release at Amnesia - 3/28

Trans Van Santos (bka Mark Matos) will always and forever be a fixture of the San Francisco music scene. Throughout this transient season of his artistic career, he has managed to compose a score for a new James Franco documentary called I Think You're Totally Wrong, signed a record deal with Royal Oakie Records and released a full album entitled, Moon Mirage. Not half bad for an artist who had to jump in a van and roam away from the Bay Area for a couple of years to truly find his way back.

Matos' album release show will take place on March 28th at Amnesia Music Hall in the Mission District of San Francisco. We suspect he'll be playing a long and heady set with his revolving door of west coast/Bay Area musicians. This time, the band will feature a very special guest, longtime Patti Smith guitarist Oliver Ray. Trans Van Santos will be in full celebration and performing the entire night...at least we don't see a supporting act on the bill, which is a-okay with us.

It's never smart to miss a Mark Matos show, but this one is a pretty triumphant event. Head down to show and enjoy the psych-folk vibes and cozy atmosphere of Amnesia. -je

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