Bands on the Rise 2013

Teen surf pop, glam garage, Mission hip-hop, Brazilian shoegaze ... say hello to the vibrant new class of movers and shakers in the Bay Area's diverse music scene


MUSIC Ask 10 artists the same question, get back a dozen answers. The replies to my very brief questionnaires this year — it's our second annual On the Rise issue — were revealing, like peeling back the skin of a tender orange, or rather fragrant onion.

Some juicy responses filled me with pride for our fair city and sisters across the bay, some inspired me to dig deeper, some just stunk. Jokes — they were all much appreciated, thank you. As the surveys came floating back in, I got excited by personal sonic descriptions such as "club bangers and sultry club grind jams," "morbid classics," and "Brazilian shoegaze."

Another question that garnered a flurry of diverse answers from the acts: what's the best part of life as a Bay Area artist? Turns out, the artists like that the crowds here mosh and smile, that making music locally isn't intimidating like it can be in LA or NY, that new groups pop up whenever you think you're clued in to it all, that they're able to see live music every night of the week, the monthly showcases like Sick Sad World, the tight knit community of elder area rappers, and "the widespread non-commercial ethos of groove."

And like last year's list, this On the Rise bunch is rather varied, dealing in electronic arts, post-metal, hip-hop hype, '70s glam, radio-friendly soul pop, and beyond — truly creating unique sounds across the board. One common thread I did find was the location; more than half of those picked for the 2013 list happen to be based in the East Bay, meaning at least six of the 10 are usually spotted across the bridges and BART stations. What that says about our local music scene, I haven't quite dissected, though I often hear rumblings from artists in the area about rising SF rents and lack of rehearsal space. These are concerns to discuss amongst ourselves.

For On the Rise 2013, this much I know: these are the acts that I'd like to see get more attention this year and beyond. These are the bands, singers, musicians, and rappers that have been creating exciting output for less than a year, or some, for nearly a decade. They're the ones to keep your eye on, to stay involved with, to hand over your hard-earned cash to see live. They're keeping the Bay interesting — and weird — and for that, I'm grateful. Here are their stories.












What about MAD Noise!? They are rockin!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 14, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

Wow! These are terrible. Only 1 of the 10 was worth the time to listen, the rest were purely disappointing. So sad to see that this is what the bay area thinks are bands on the rise.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 14, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

Not as sad as a criticizing troll with nothing constructive to say. "think" isn't in the title, these bands "are" on the rise, even if they don't get your incredibly important seal of approval. Different strokes for different folks son.

Posted by Stop the hate on Feb. 14, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

Good for these bands to get some recognition.
Would be nice to see some bands who have been doing it for years in the Bay Area get some love. Never heard of a single one of these listed, despite going out in the rock scene for years. For example: www.reverbnation/Psychokitty, whose
EP dropped on iTunes last week. Or the ladies from The Meat Sluts. Or the Yes Go's. or Bite. Just to name a few.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 14, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

love the meat sluts as well and all-female melodic rock the galloping sea is great too.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 15, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

I agree about Mad Noise, especially since this mags readers picked them #1 two years in a row! Also what about Hot Tub?

Posted by Guest on Feb. 17, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

slashdotbookmarks 2013 Music is a very good language arts: because listen to music, the brain is not empty, there will be all kinds of changeable image showing in my mind, sometimes with the music, make people Wan were

present at the scene, with the sound of music, in the heart with all the passions of a way to feelings of pan.

Posted by dssgs on Jun. 08, 2013 @ 12:17 am

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