Bart Davenport and Sugar & Gold invade Sled Island!

Hooray for Canada!

This week, Calgary is home to the Sled Island Festival, a 4 day exposition of film, art, and non-stop bands spread out over almost 20 venues.  This year, notable acts such as Dinosaur Jr, Ted Leo, Built To Spill, Deerhoof, and Girl Talk join AF artists Sugar & Gold and Bart Davenport as they each play several gigs during the fest.

But that’s not all. Sugar & Gold plays the Winnipeg Jazz Fest tonight, on their way out to Calgary. Canada, you have been warned!

Sugar & Gold Schedule:

Winnipeg Jazz Fest:

29-Jun @ Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg — 18+

Sled Island Festival:

01-Jul @ Tubby Dog — 11pm — All Ages

02-Jul @ Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 (Upstairs) — 11pm — 18+

03-Jul @ Local 522 — 11:30pm — 18+

Bart Davenport Schedule:

01-Jul @ The Marquee Room — 9pm — 18+

02-Jul @ Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 (Upstairs) — 12am — 18+

03-Jul @ Arrata Opera Center — 9:30 — All Ages

Ye Olde Record Label Faire / Sunday Brunch This Weekend!

You can file this one under “Why Haven’t We Done This Before???”

The Bay Area is full of some great record labels. Some of our favorite titles of all time have originated from SF or Oakland labels over the past number of years, wouldn’t it be great if a bunch of them got together for a fun event where they lined up and sold their great releases at great discounts, and consumers got to meet some of the folks behind the records they love?

Well, this Sunday, June 27th, stellar Oakland label Absolutely Kosher is hosting a record fair, and they’ve invited some of our favorite Bay Area labels to be a part of the action….including, of course, Antenna Farm.

From 11 until 1 at the Absolutely Kosher offices in Emeryville, you are invited to come down and peruse cds, vinyls, 7″s, and just about any other kind of stuff available from a ton of local labels at great discounts. Coffee and Bagels are part of the action, and there’s even a pool table!

And with a great, diverse lineup of labels represented, there’s sure to be some great stuff for everyone on your list, at great prices. And yes, this is your chance to come out and meet the often-surly-but-totally-nice-this Sunday-we-promise staff of Antenna Farm!

It all happens at the AK offices: 1501 Powell Street, Suite H, Emeryville, this Sunday, from 11 to 1. And yes, it’s FREE!

Check out some of the other labels participating, and you won’t want to miss this event. For directions and more info, click here. There is even a facebook page for it, here.

Participating Labels Include:

1-2-3-4 Go!
Absolutely Kosher
Alternative Tentacles

American Dust

Antenna Farm
Broken Rekids
Chocolate Covered
Gold Robot

Porto Franco

Ralph America
Seismic Wave
Three Ring

Sugar & Gold Release Video for Sneek Freq!

Sugar & Gold are taking a couple of weeks off before they head north to Canada to play the Winnipeg Jazz fest and the Calgary Sled Island Festivals, but they are keeping busy with another video release.

Specifically, they have just released the video for Sneek Freq, off of their new album Get Wet! A total throwback vid, complete with all kinds of 80s tropes and graphics, this clip reminds us of early 80s trips to relatives’ houses in the suburbs who had cable and afternoons spent in the basement glued to MTV. Good times.

sneek freq from jerome steegmans on Vimeo.

Sugar & Gold wrap up Spring Tour with Oakland Blowout!


Sugar & Gold are wrapping up their spring tour with a couple more shows on the road: to wit, they hit Tucson and the legendary Club Congress tonight (Thurs, 6/10), and an early show at San Diego’s also legendary Che Cafe for an all-ages show Friday night (6/11).

For an idea of what the shows have been like, check this shot to the right, from the Houston Free Press/Summerfest last weekend. I guess it’s officially summer!

But now it’s time for S&G to bring it all home, back to the Yay Area for an off the hinges dance party at The Uptown in downtown Oakland.  This Saturday, June 12th, join Sugar & Gold with friends Sir Lord Von Raven, Planet Booty, and DJ Hotthobo for an all night jam, and a proper welcome home for the band.

For more info, click HERE.

Social Studies on NME and RCRD.LBL!

Social Studies just wrapped up a couple of weeks of touring and are gearing up for the release of their debut album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, at the end of July.

But it looks like we’re not the only ones excited about their upcoming album…..a couple of tracks have leaked to one of our fave music sites, RCRD.LBL. This, in turn, led to bloggers at picking up the story. Ain’t the internet great?!?

So what are you waiting for? Get an early listen to the WUWH tracks Holler Boys and Time Bandit on RCRD.LBL HERE.

Bart Davenport & Winfred E. Eye at the Hemlock this Saturday

Winfred E. EyeSocial Studies and Sugar & Gold may be on tour, but San Francisco fret not. Saturday night at the venerable Hemlock Tavern, AF artists Bart Davenport and Winfred E. Eye join forces for a night of serious songwriter chops.

Both bands are boasting new members; Bart is welcoming new vibraphonist Mark Clifford into the fold, and old fans are in for a treat, BD songs seem to be made for the vibes, and he has been running through his back catalog of late, pulling out old favorites and re-working them for new arrangements. Not to be missed.

Meanwhile, Winfred E. Eye has added a new bassist, bringing their guitar total to 3. More power. We Is Shore Dedicated open the show, it will be a good one. For venue info and ticketing, click here.

Social Studies Head East!

Social Studies SF Popfest1Wow. We caught an amazing show Thursday night, as Social Studies pretty much killed it, opening for Tune-Yards at the Rickshaw Stop, part of this year’s SF Popfest. This band just gets better and better, and their new guitarist Tom has definitely bumped the chemistry level up to ‘imminent explosion’.

They are mid-way through a string of tour dates, and are headed east to Chicago, their first show on this leg is tonight, at Kilby Court in Salt Lake City. Mormons, Mile-High types, and Mid-westerners, you’ve been warned! More photos from Thursday night’s show and tour dates below. Excelsior!

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all photos by Jill Karjian

Social Studies Tour Dates

May 29       Kilby Court | Salt Lake City, UT
May 30       The Hi-Dive | Denver, CO
May 31        The Replay Lounge | Lawrence, KS
June 1          Floating Laboratories | St. Louis, MO
June 2         Vaudeville Mews | Des Moines, IA
June 3         Subterranean | Chicago, IL

Sugar & Gold Tour Pt. 2, New Video!

Sugar & Gold head out on the second half of their spring tour this Sunday, through the Rockies, Texas, and the Southwest. Full Itinerary Below.

Meanwhile, the band took some of their downtime over the last couple of weeks to create a new video for website The New Gay. It’s an excellent acoustic take on Salty Seraphim from their new album, Get Wet! Kind of like a Meddle-era Pink Floyd take on the song, TNG remarks that “this is what a gay acid trip is like”. Watch and learn, kids.

salty seraphim (new gay acoustic) from jerome steegmans on Vimeo.

Tour Dates

5/31 Salt Lake City | The Urban Lounge
6/1 Denver, CO | The High Dive
6/2 Kansas City, MO | Record Bar
6/3 Norman, OK | Opolis
6/4 Denton, TX | Dan’s Silverleaf
6/5 Houston, TX | Free Press Fest
6/6 Austin, TX | The Mohawk
6/8 Albequerque, NM | The Launch Pad
6/9 Phoenix, AZ | The Rhythm Room
6/10 Tucson, AZ | Club Congress
6/11 San Diego, AZ | Che Cafe
6/29 Winnipeg, CAN | Winnipeg Jazz Fest
7/1-3 Calgary, CAN | Sled Island Fest

Social Studies and Still Flyin’ play SF Popfest this week!

Hey Bay Area peoples! Catch a couple of Antenna Farm bands playing this week as part of the SF Popfest!

Thursday night, Antenna Farm’s newest act, Social Studies, return to SF after a couple of weeks of west coast touring, to support the excellent tUnE-yArDs. The great Eux Autres are also on the bill, it should be a great night. For more info, click here.

Then, on Saturday night, Still Flyin’ opens for a reunion of the All Girl Summer Fun Band. Still Flyin’ has been burning up the UK and just played the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival; they have a couple of new singles that are great, and this is going to be a killer show. More info here.

Both shows are at the wonderful Rickshaw Stop in SF, and both may well sell out, advance tickets strongly advised!

25% Off Sale on all AF titles this week through Nail/Allegro

Hey Friends, take advantage of some hot sale pricing from our main physical distributor this week!

That’s right, all AF titles are 25% off through the Nail/Allegro site this week. Now’s your chance to stock up on some of those back catalog titles as well as all your necessary new music in One Fell Swoop!

Get on it. Head on over to the Nail/Allegro store!

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