Bay Area Record Fest Spotlights Local Indie Labels and Musicians

Spellling performs at Wine & Bowties' Feels 6 announcement party at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive on Apr. 10, 2018. (Nastia Voynovskaya)

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.

BARF is free and its raffle benefits Can'd Aid Foundation, which provides musical instruments to public schools. Details here.

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