1. DFR recently played their first gig with new singer Gavin Morgan. While previous vocalist Taija Liscinsky's half-sung, half-ranted delivery gave the band more of a post-punk feel, Gavin Morgan seems to be a more Matt Barber-ish growler. They also debuted some new songs, in which their old teenage negativity remains but the poison is not too bitter to swirl around your taste buds.
2. Seize the Sound guitarist/keyboardist Tano Brock recently posted a preview of his side-project, The Telephone Line. It seems like a sort of dark synthpop/electro project, not unlike Yello.
3. The Battle of the Bands at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, May 8, was won by indie-folk supergroup Milo Grey, with lo-fi heroines the SHE's as runner-ups. East Bay blues-rockers Rikoche left angry and surprised, bouncing back with a show at Alameda CBGB equivalent Rooster's Roadhouse.
4. Despite heavy competition from the CJM Battle of the Bands, the coinciding Guyana Rock 1, the first show by musician (and writer of this blog) Daniel Bromfield's Greyhound Productions, drew a decent crowd of about fifty to tiny Woodside Int'l School to see bands like Madders, Fever Charm, Seize the Sound, and the Piers.
5. Picture Atlantic recently released a new EP, Dulce Et Decorum Est. Review coming soon.