Historically speaking, not many Bay Area artists have signed major label deals. But what the region lacks in mainstream exposure, we make up for with ingenuity. Enter Bay Area Record Fest, or BARF for short, a live music showcase and vinyl sale at Eli's Mile High Club on Nov. 3 that provides an opportunity to get to know some of the Bay's most prolific indie labels.
BARF stars San Francisco rock'n'roll revivalists Cool Ghouls, a quartet repping the City's Empty Cellar Records. New Circle, from the rock label Smoking Room, round out the bill with Oakland post-punk.
Oakland's Spellling, a sorceress on the keyboard and loop pedal, promises to spellbind audiences on behalf of Ratskin Records, the Town's foremost experimental electronic label. And Same Girls, a San Francisco trio, brings shoegaze and garage rock to the stage on behalf of Text Me Records, the Mission District-based songwriting powerhouse.