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Video Premiere: The New Up - Future is Now

We're always pleased to share new Bay Area music with you! The New Up's dreamy new music video and single, Future is Now is moody, sensual and a bit psychedelic. Take a listen! You can catch them playing live TONIGHT at Bottom of the Hill. The show starts at 9 pm. Make sure you don't miss their performance!

"This song is about how humans always think that whatever they come up with is better than what they had before. It reflects the lack of forethought that goes into a lot of decisions about our existence. In turn, if we continue going in that direction it will eventually lead to our destruction. It contains a silver lining of hope that it’s possible to wake up and turn that around." - Emily of The New Up

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SLAPTOP Releases New Single: "I TRY" Feat. Olivia Florentino

Last month, San Francisco-based producer Slaptop, returned with a brand new single "Passenger." With an esteemed co-sign from The Magician and his label Potion Records, "Passenger" proved to be another critically acclaimed jewel for Slaptop's growing discography. Before 2016 comes to a close, Slaptop is dropping another brand new single titled "I Try." A future bass crossover single, "I Try" enlists the enigmatic vocals of Olivia Florentino for a rich and multi-layer ear-full of sound. Aside from being Slaptop's newest single, this also represents the debut release on his own label- Sunsquad Records.

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East Bay Featured: Oakland, an Arts Space Bounces Back From a Shooting

Naming Gallery in Oakland, California, is a multi-purpose arts space where people congregate on Saturday nights. This 360 documentary explores the how the arts center has become a staple for young artists to congregate, despite the fact that it exists in a historically beleaguered neighborhood. In August 2016, a fatal shooting occurred outside the gallery where hundreds of people were celebrating. “If we let this destroy us as people, we won’t be able to gather, we won’t be able to share art with each other,” says Imari, a musician who is part of the Naming Gallery community. “To stay open is the only thing I can do right now.” It was directed by the Oakland-based Variable Labs.

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Sunhaze Releases New Music: Wishful Thinking

Sunhaze has released their debut album entitled, Wishful Thinking. Sunhaze originated from the vision of Danae Labraña, a San Francisco transplant hailing from the shores of Santa Barbara. Fellow San Francisco State alumni Priscilla del Rosario with Erin Walter then added their native Bay Area-influenced elements to a handful of Labraña's singer-songwriter works. The last two additions Brandon Iljas and Aaron Chin completed the lineup soon after and as a group, they began molding their sound.

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Jacob Montague Shares New Music Project - Tsutro

San Francisco-based artist/producer Jacob Montague has announced a new project called Tsutro, and will be releasing a self-titled debut LP February 10, 2017. The new Tsutro album—mastered by Dale Becker (Beyonce & Ryan Lewis) and drawing from a diverse collection of sounds including pop, worldbeat, future garage, ambient & downtempo—sounds at first like one band backing a new guest vocalist on each of its 10 songs. But in reality, Montague hasn't even met most of the singers, let alone recorded with them.

"With most of the tracks," he explains, "I took a phrase or two from an existing song, then built all new music around it."

Despite the collage-like approach, Montague is hesitant to call any of the songs remixes—which makes perfect sense considering Tsutro's unified arrangements. As much as the album relies on minimalist electronic textures, there's an unquestionably organic connection between the instrumentation and the carefully curated vocal stems.

 

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