Local musician Kaia Mazza is back in action and playing under the name BRYDES. Although Mazza made a name for herself in the folk music community here, her new project is just about as poppy as it gets. Packed with synthesizers and beats, Maze's definitely going for a new sound and the night should be a great opportunity to catch an earful of her clean, bright and very danceable direction. The record was recorded and produced at downtown's St. Cecilia Studios with Robbie Williamson and Joe Novelli adding production and instrumentation to Maze's music.

The five-song EP titled "Turquoise" will be available at the album release show at Club Congress, located at 311 E. Congress St. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20 with other local acts Head Over Heart and Steff Koeppen of Steff & The Articles opening the show. The free concert is a 21 and over event.


You know that grungy, psychedelic sound that invaded 2007's "Grindhouse" double feature? Well, if Moon Duo had been performing back then, we have a feeling songs like "Motorcycle, I Love You" would have been a shoe-in for the soundtrack. Since the San Francisco band formed in 2009, that wasn't quite possible, but it would have been a perfect pairing. Although Moon Duo is actually a trio when performing live, you'll still be surprised at the layering and full sound the band pulls off in their live shows.

Moon Duo will be playing The Flycatcher on Saturday, March 21 in support of their brand new album "Shadow of the Sun." Local psych rock outfit The Myrrors will be opening the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online in advance for $12 via or at the door, located at 340 E. Sixth St., the day of the show for $12.


On Tuesday, March 24, local DIY venue Thinktank will be hosting a seriously great line-up of touring bands from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Oakland's Meat Market, L.A.'s The Memories, Portland's Guantanamo Baywatch, Philiadephia's Sheer Mag and locals Lenguas Largas will pack the space located at 1301 S. Sixth Ave., Suite 133.

In particular, you'll want to catch Guantanamo Baywatch whose sometimes skuzzy and sometimes frenetic jams have created quite a buzz in the past year or so. Their forthcoming "Darling ... It's Too Late" is a goofy, odd foray into surf rock with tweeting birds, revving motorcycles and dolphin whistles in the background.

The event is asking only donations to help the touring bands on the road, so, you know, bring a couple bucks and don't be a jerk.

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