On The Verge
San Francisco, Calif.
Jefferson Airplane Meets Eddie Vedder and Björk
Sleepy Sun snuck onto the San Francisco psych scene last fall with the release of its debut Embrace. The band has been blowing heads since, stealing club and indie rock fest crowds with a big, yet sparse sound: heavy grooves dug by deep bass and rattlesnake drums, woven through with two lead guitars’ sinewy wailing—and lit afire by the intense dual vocal interplay between emotive howler Bret Constantino and impish yowler Rachel Williams. Think Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin and Grace Slick—if they were Eddie Vedder and Björk. The band’s core—Constantino, guitarists Matt Holliman and Evan Reiss, bassist Jack Allen, and drummer Brian Tice—first coalesced as the UC Santa Cruz band, Mania. Williams, a solo artist and L.A. transplant, dismissed the group at first as a mere bar blues band. “A year or two went by and we both played the same local music festival, and their sound had—not completely changed, but become mystical,” she says. “It was amazing. And I remember turning to everyone around me like, what the fuck? Is this Mania?” Constantino adds, “That was our first show [as] Sleepy Sun.” And Williams continues, “‘Yeah,’ [I thought] ‘I just gotta be in this band somehow.’”
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
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