Fri, Jan 31, 2014 -- 10:00 AM

Bands to Watch in 2014

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We explore 2014's most noteworthy musicians coming out of the Bay Area and across the nation, from hardcore to hip-hop to alternative. Our local music reviewers share their favorite up-and-coming artists and the music trends for this year.

Host: Rachael Myrow


  • Andrew Gilbert, freelance writer who also reviews jazz for The California Report
  • Anthony Bedard, local musician and booking manager for the Hemlock Tavern
  • Dawson Ludwig, general manager of the Noise Pop Festival and co-host of the Noise Pop podcast
  • Ian S. Port, music editor for the SF Weekly

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Guests' Recommendations

Anthony Bedard's Picks

Top Local Bands


Violent Change

Hot Lunch

Top Local Albums

Scraper - Scraper

CCR Headcleaner - Lace the Earth with Arms Wide Open

Tony Molina -Dissed and Dismissed

Best Bay Area Venues

Hemlock Tavern (self-interest alert!)

Great American Music Hall

Andrew Gilbert's Picks

Top Local Bands

Nathan Clevenger Group

Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Top Local Albums

Noel Jewkes - "Chasin' The Pres"

Calvin Keys - "Electric Keys"

Kelvin Coelho - "Turn It Up"

Best Bay Area Venues

Duende in Oakland


Freight & Salvage

The Sound Room

Red Poppy Art House

Dawson Ludwig's Picks

Top Local Bands


Social Studies


Top Local Albums

White Fence - Live in San Francisco

Dan Casey - Empty City

Mikal Cronin - MCII

Best Bay Area Venues

The Independent

The Chapel

St. Cyprian's Church in Noe Valley

Ian Port's List

Top Local Bands


Mikal Cronin


Top Local Albums

Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin

Cass McCombs - Big Wheel and Others

Sonny and the Sunsets - Antenna to the Afterworld

Best Venues in the Bay Area

Great American Music Hall

Hemlock Tavern

The Independent

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