First City Festival This Weekend August 23rd & 24th In Monterey, CA.

Monterey, CA is a sleepy beach town known for a bit of golf, an amazing aquarium, one of the best entertainment Mayors ever, and some beautiful coastal landscapes. This weekend it'll get a tad louder with The First City Festival this weekend August 23-24.

Headlining acts such as Beck, The National, Phantogram, The Naken & The Famous, Dawes, Best Coast, and many many others including local and SF bay Area acts such as Sleepy Sun (featured on our show) , Doe Eyes, & The Family Crest.


We're going down to take some rockstar pictures and will tweet & share out some groovy, social, & square pictures at @transmissionsSF. So, follow us on the twitter for this fun weekend of music.

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Sights & Sounds: AMERICAN HI-FI's New Video For ‘GOLDEN STATE’

Platinum selling pop rockers American Hi-Fi are back and will release 'Blood & Lemonade’, their first album in 5 years, on September 9 via Rude Records.

Today the band revealed a brand new video for the LP's second single, ’Golden State’, which is premiering worldwide, exclusively on VEVO.

The clip was shot in LA by director Ryan Valdez. Enjoy!

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Small Stone Records Destroyed By Floods; Fundraiser Launched

Last week, debilitating storms dumped flood water throughout the Detroit area, including the offices of Small Stone Records, label home of Sasquatch, Wo Fat, Greenleaf, Lord Fowl, Dixie Witch, Roadsaw and so many others. Gear and product were both destroyed and insurance is only going to go so far, so we're coming together to help Scott Hamilton from Small Stone with some of the massive expense of cleaning up from this flood. Hamilton's support for heavy music in the near two-decades that he's run Small Stone has never wavered and this is a chance to help somebody who's helped us by enriching our lives with great bands and great riffs.


A recent post by The Obelisk details, "It was painful last week to see the pictures of the Small Stone Records offices, flooded out from powerful storms that tore through the Detroit area. Still sealed label product floating through dirty water, files and CDs, the fruit of countless hours of work on the part of label owner Scott Hamilton, simply ruined. In one of the pictures, however, you can also see a floating vacuum cleaner, and that's also important, because it reminds us that more even than being where kickass riffs come from, this is somebody's home.

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PHOTOS: Foxy Shazam Live @ Slim's in San Francisco

Went to a rock-n-roll show and took some pictures. A great show with Foxy Shazam Live at Slim's in San Francisco. Check out their new album Gonzo, Which is available streaming free on their site.

The New & The Heavy: "King Woman: Dove / Fond Affections"

Kristina Esfandiari is King Woman. Following her debut EP as Miserable, Kristina returns to her original solo-moniker for the Dove / Fond Affectionscassingle/ digital single – her second release as King Woman. Be sure to check this project out June 23rd – San Francisco – Elbo Room

The 2 song single is available today via The Native Sound, or Bandcamp,iTunes or Amazon.

The cassette tape is pressed on three variants (White, Clear, and Purple), each limited to just 50 copies, fit with a three-panel J-card. The cassingle also includes a bonus track – B. Wild’s remix of “Dove”.

Stream Dove / Fond Affections in its entirety on Nothing But Hope and Passion.

“Fond Affections”, a cover of the classic Rema-Rema song, is a powerful and poignant take on the 4AD standard made popular by This Mortal Coil.

"Dove" builds on the haunting folk of King Woman's 2013 Degrida / Sick Bedsingle. “A slow-burning, muscular, and above all, monstrous song clocking in at over 15 minutes. It is by far the most emotive of Kristina’s recent compositions.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

June 19th – Santa Cruz – The Witch House

June 20th – Oakland – LCM

June 21st – Sacramento – The Wich Room

June 22nd – Chico – TBA

June 23rd – San Francisco – Elbo Room

June 24th – La Puente – Bridgetown DIY

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The New And The Heavy: DRCARLSONALBION: Solo LP By Founding Earth Guitarist Dylan Carlson

DRCARLSONALBION: Solo LP By Founding Earth Guitarist Dylan Carlson

Gold, the first soundtrack work under the moniker DRCARLSONALBION by Earth's founding guitarist, DYLAN CARLSON, will officially see independent release tomorrow, June 17th.

You can purchase "Gold" on Amazon or iTunes.

CARLSON began performing under the name DRCARLSONALBION in 2011, primarily as an outlet to explore in greater depth elements he only touched upon with the Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light series through his unique, meditative and personal search for the purity of the riff; an expressive, improvisational approach that serves as a counterbalance to the repetitive force of Earth. Composed for a foreign language western of the same name, Gold instrumentally helps tell the story of German pioneers traversing the Canadian West, CARLSON's score revolving around key guitar motifs and their dialog with drone, repetition and loose improvisation, through twenty-four tracks meant to be played as a whole. It is an inversion of the work of Earth; stripping away where they would layer. It's an immersive experience. For the first time CARLSON's guitar is presented, bare, alone, with only minimal percussion, fore-fronting his evocative, lyrical control of the instrument in a language that transcends tired "cinematic" adjectives and places you directly into the landscape.

Gold will see independent digital and LP release on June 17th, 2014 -- the deluxe vinyl limited to 1000 copies -- while Daymare Records out of Japan will handle the CD pressing worldwide.
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Additionally, Earth is currently on tour, building up to the release of their upcoming LP late this Summer. Having just completed a run through Japan and New Zealand, the troupe has just entered Australia for a five-city tour beginning in Brisbane tomorrow, June 17th. European Festival dates are planned for July and August. Much more on the upcoming LP and further Earth tour plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

EARTH Tour Dates:
6/17/2014 Crowbar - Brisbane, Australia
6/18/2014 Rosemount Hotel - Perth, Australia
6/19/2014 Manning Bar - Sydney, Australia
6/20/2014 Dark Mofo Festival - Hobart, Australia
6/21/2014 Hi-Fi - Melbourne, Australia
7/31/2014 Off Festival - Katowicw, Poland
8/01/2014 UT Connewitz - Leipzig, Germany
8/02/2014 Lido - Berlin, Germany
8/04/2014 Super Uho Festival - Sibenik, Hungary
8/05/2014 Arena - Vienna, Austria
8/07/2014 Schlacthof - Wiesbaden, Germany
8/08/2014 Bogen F - Zurich, Switzerland
8/09/2014 Point Ephemere - Paris, France
8/10/2014 Zuiderpershuis - Antwerp, Belgium
8/11/2014 Tivoli - Utrecht, Netherlands
8/13/2014 Whelans - Dublin, Ireland
8/14/2014 CCA - Glasgow, UK
8/15/2014 Gorilla - Manchester, UK
8/16/2014 Jabberwocky Festival - London, UK

The New And The Heavy: DREADLORDS

Some creepy stuff shows up in one's inbox--in a good way. By way of Baltimore, Maryland, check out the dark evil blues of Dreadlords.

DREADLORDS: Iniquitous Blues Sect Confirms Release Of Debut LP Via Not Just Religious Music

A cult deeply founded in the darker realms of blues rock, the darkness of humanity, and the occult,DREADLORDS, will unveil their ominous debut LP later this year on Not Just Religious Music.

Containing members of Panther Modern and T.O.M.B., and hailing from different areas in the Pennsylvania and Maryland area, the members of DREADLORDS boast a cruel, snarling brew of organic traditional blues and crushingly dark Americana. Banjos, chimes, percussive elements and amplified acoustic instrumentation, intermittently infused with the slight presence of psychedelic black metal and noise experimentation, with a permeating and harrowing low-end vocal crooning congregate in an organic, brutally raw, intoxicating demonic delivery.

Following their cult demo release last year and waves of live performances throughout the eastern half of the US, including an East Coast tour with King Dude, the members of DREADLORDS culminated on the final day of 2013, entering Satan's Palace in rainy Cherry Hill, New Jersey in order to concoct a new musical ritual to take your soul. The band will release the LP this Harvest Season via Not Religious Music, the label forged nearly one year ago by occult rock purveyor, King Dude and home to several releases by King Dude including a split with Chelsea Wolfe.

Further details on this maiden full-length will be proclaimed in the sweltering Summer ahead as it is finalized for public intake. Stay tuned for further propaganda in the dim days ahead. In the meantime, several new live rituals have been confirmed, with more undoubtedly to follow in the coming weeks.

The history of American guitar music is tied to the history of the devil. In the South, it used to be customary to assume that if you played blues on guitar, then you had sold your soul to the devil. The origin of such a myth is hard to determine. It could be coming to us from voodoo dances in Louisiana or haunting ring shout rituals on plantations, but most likely it comes from the fame of one Robert Johnson. Legend has it he sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads in order to learn how to play guitar. He even died young. But the truth of the matter is that he learned to play guitar at night in cemeteries with a friend. He intentionally cultivated a dark persona using pact with the devil myths that other blues artists in his area were already spreading. And it worked. His story lived on to inspire and obsess people like Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, and many others. One could go so far as to say that there would be no metal without him. Anyway, the history lesson ends here.

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The point is that there is something demonic about the music of the blues and this is something that DREADLORDS wishes to explore. All of the songs were written and practiced in graveyards at night. All of the songs have lyrics about murder and insanity. All of the songs were made by individuals involved in or related to the practice of magic. All of the songs were recorded using a banjo with a pickup. All of the songs feature elements against popular culture by using black metal and noise. All of the songs were conceived during periods of extreme personal turmoil, existential angst, and sadness, i.e., the blues.


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UFOMAMMUT Announces Fifteen-Year DVD And Requests Participation From Diehard Fans

[dropcap size=small]C[/dropcap]elebrating their fifteenth year permeating the planet with their otherworldly, distinctive brew of beautifully destructive doom metal, Italian trio UFOMAMMUT is finalizing months of work on a massive DVD release documenting these years. But more than simply a document to the band's works and accomplishments over the past decade and a half, this special video release is meant to directly reach out to the band's diehard fanbase, as the members of UFOMAMMUT want their widespread worldwide family involved in the celebration.

The band posted this announcement on their website this week, stating: "We're working at a DVD for our 15 years as a band. Since the beginning we've been strongly grateful to all of you for following and supporting us during these years in our sonic adventure. So, we'd be totally honored if you could send us a short video clip (ten seconds maximum) about 'You and UFOMAMMUT.' You can do whatever you want, say whatever you want; just tell us why you're doing it, what you think/feel aboutUFOMAMMUT in the way you prefer." [view full post HERE]

The top fifteen submissions chosen will receive a free copy of the DVD as soon as they're manufactured.

Deadline for submissions is next Friday, June 20th.
Go here for see how you can enter

Send all submissions to: booking[at] using a file sharing platform (Wetransfer, etc.) - be sure to include your email and contact info.

Stand by for more on UFOMAMMUT updates as they confirm new international performances, complete work on the DVD and much more over the coming weeks.

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Go see a show June 2-8 #go2aShowSF

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A bunch of fun shows this week. June 2nd 8th



Parish Group & DeliRadio Present: Trumer Series
Major Powers and the Lo Fi Symphony, Grit and Gold
The New Parish
This is a Free Show!


The Damned, Koffin Kats, Stellar Corpses & DJ Tone-Arm

FRIDAY: 6/06


Marcus Cohen & The Congress
The Great American Music Hall


The Detroit Cobras
Bottom of the Hill


The Blank Club (San Jose)


(plus: *SOL TEVEL* + *TARIMBA*)
BooM BooM RooM



Thee Parkside
Featuring: Strange Vine, Annie Girl and The Flight, Ash Reiter, Cellar Doors & More

Tune-Yards & The Sehen
The Fillmore (Sold Out)


Nashville Pussy, catl, The Yawpers

Thee Parkside

Got a show you'd like to let us know about? Reach out on our comments or Twitter @transmissionsSF

Minus Head Records Sign Bay Area Trio BLACK MAP

Minus Head Records Sign Bay Area Trio, BLACK MAP

Minus Head Records, home of Death Valley High and Incite, have signed Bay Area trio Black Map.

Black Map, who the San Francisco Bay Guardian described as "epic, guitar-driven, smart-art-rock-meets-anthemic-metal," features guitar player Mark Engles (Dredg), singer/bass player Ben Flanagan (The Trophy Fire) and drummer Chris Robyn (Far/Crosses).

"We are really excited to be working with Black Map," said Brad Hardie, Minus Head Records' label owner. "These vets bring an aggressive edge to their new material."

Black Map is currently at Hellam Sound in Oakland, Calif. recording their full-length debut with producer Aaron Hellam. The album is slated for a fall release. Black Map self-released Driver, a four-song EP, earlier this year. "I'm Just The Driver," a song featured on both the EP and forthcoming full-length, is streaming via YouTube:

Black Map tour dates:

June 15     San Francisco, CA  Slim's (w/Pelican & Tombs)

July 10     Raleigh, NC     Oak City 7 (w/Kings X)

July 11     Philadelphia, PA     The Fire

July 13     Brooklyn, NY     The Knitting Factory

August 16     San Diego, CA     The Casbah (w/Ilya)

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