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.

Guests' Recommendations

Anthony Bedard's Picks

Top Local Bands


Violent Change

Hot Lunch

Top Local Albums

Scraper - Scraper


Ian S. Port, music editor for the SF Weekly

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

Andrew Gilbert, freelance writer who also reviews jazz for The California Report


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