Folk/Country

Ghost Town Jenny Supports Tor Miller & Smoke Screen at Swedish American Music Hall - 6/17

The Oakland based folk band, Ghost Town Jenny will be supporting a couple of great out-of-town acts at the Swedish American Music Hall in San Francisco on June 17th. Ghost Town Jenny (led by singer/songwriter, Kym Kylland) is one of the rare local acts you can confidently and definitively call, "folk". Kylland's music is super pretty, simplistic and a joy to listen to.

Smoke Screen is a soulful electro pop duo that's going to create a nice crescendo as they'll follow GTJ on the bill. They've got a flashy Hollywood pop style, but their sound embodies more of Los Angeles' local music scene than a homogenized Hollywood version of a style they originally crafted. They're talented, polished and will be cool to experience live as well.

Brooklyn's Tor Miller sounds kind of like the Billy Joel of 2025....or Elton John if he grew up in Williamsburg in 1997. That's pretty cool. Miller's piano based ballads are haunting but still pop oriented. It's possible that he's going to put on a thorough and emotive show that's going to make you remember his performance for a long time. Don't miss this line up at Swedish American Music Hall on June 17th!

   

Frankie and Jimmy @ This Ain't Hollywood

This 2 piece plays stripped down bluesy folk tunes that come straight from the garage. They released their album "Scream the Blues" in 2013 and it's nothing but fun to listen to. The first tune "Beautiful City" is a dirty blues song mainly utilizing a just kick drum and harmonica. It's quick and to the point. It sets the tone for what's to come. That's when they fire into "Let It Rock" which is a fast paced guitar rocker that's basically a 2 piece Johnny B. Goode. I have heard and seen the name Frankie & Jimmy around town but I had no idea their tunes were this cool. They remind me a lot of King Khan & BBQ Show which is a 2-piece garage oldies type band as well. Frankie & Jimmy hit up This Aint Hollywood on Friday. -Kris"Big City"Gies

   

New Track: "Colors Radiate" - Camera Shy

Below is the latest track from bedroom pop project Camera Shy called "Colors Radiate," which is from the band's upcoming self-titled album. The bicoastal (Philly/San Francisco) duo is comprised of Nick Bassett (Nothing, Whirr) and Alexandre Morte (ex-Whirr). Their first full-length is schedule for release on June 14 via Run For Cover Records.

   

Collin Ludlow-Mattson & the Folks June Tuesday Residency at Amnesia

Lately, Collin Ludlow-Mattson & the Folks have been stretching out their songs—exploring their material from many angles through improvisation. They’ve evolved into something of a post-punk jam band. This new improvisatory approach results in interpretations of songs that are highly situation-specific. What is played is not just a reflection of the song as written; the playing also very much reflects the atmosphere in which the song is currently being played and the evolving relationship of the musicians (Collin, Indianna Hale, Sean Olmstead, and Sterling Schlegel), who are housemates and friends. The kind of music Collin Ludlow-Mattson & the Folks are making now grows best when it is exposed frequently to an audience—people who respond to the music and cause the musicians to respond to their responses. It is perfect then that in June CLM & the Folks have a Tuesday-night residency at San Francisco’s Amnesia—placing them in contact with an audience weekly. Amnesia, which is the hub of a blossoming Bay Area music scene, will be hosting a number of very exciting lineups during the CLM & the Folks residency. The lineups for all five shows are full of local bands who have very compelling catalogs of songs and unique sonic approaches for realizing their songs in a live setting. This is a not-to-be-missed June event, one that will perfectly compliment other notable musical events taking place in Northern California in June—like Hickey Fest and the Grateful Dead reunion concerts.

6/9: Soft Shells
Pat Hull (beautiful tunes from Chico)

6/16: Mark E. Deutsch (super album release!!!!)
Dead Recipe

6/23: TV Mike and the Scarecrowes (playing songs of the Grateful Dead)
Sea Dramas

6/30: Jeff Grimes
1 more band TBD!

   

Jonny Debt- Waiting "Love"

Canadiana with a tinge of party-pop, Jonny Debt’s Waiting “Love” is begging you to break out the flip flops and mixed drinks, and play some hooky away from work. Really channeling his inner John Butler, his electric banjo strumming and country-jam band bring a good-times, slacker-rock meander into a fun pop song. The video, one-half party and one-half love-yearning soul search, is a fun venture split between the band jamming with some Jonny Debt-merch sporting co-eds, and a seemingly time and space traversing quest for a mythical long lost love. Wardrobe had a fun time on this shoot. If you’re looking to check this act out, they’re playing at the Midem festival in Cannes, France, and then embarking on a bar-hopping tour of southern Florida!-Cody Wright