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The Electric Magpie

Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah Triptides The Electric Magpie and Father Howl Play Brick and Mortar Music Hall - 4/22

San Francisco based psych gospel rock band, Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah have a show coming up tomorrow night at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. They'll be performing live with psych band, Triptides, mod revivalist band, The Electric Magpie and surf metal band, Father Howl! This is guaranteed to be a mind melting rock experience presented by psychedelic visual artist and promoter Mad Alchemy. Make sure you support local music and build up as much psych rock enthusiasm your mind, body and soul can muster!!

Down and Outlaws The Electric Magpie Kirpatrick Thomas and Super 78 Play The Night Light in Oakland - 4/22

Tomorrow night, Kymberli's Music Box Presents and The Night Light in Oakland will be hosting a killer neo psych lineup. With performances by up and coming local musical outfits, Down and Outlaws with their heavy psych rock aesthetic and energetic live show and the melodious mod rock group, The Electric Magpie, whose reminiscent, 60s revivalist sound seems to be filtered directly through a time machine, this show is not to be missed. 

Salt Lake City based sextet, Super 78 will also be playing the show. Their mashed-up qualities results the creation of a New Order-gone-Gang of Four musical vibe. The lo-fi group will share the bill with the one and only, Kirpatrick Thomas of Cowboy-badboys Spindrift. He'll be lending his killer baritone voice to his own solo acoustic psych-cowboy songs. It will be an amazing performance to experience.

Come out and celebrate Earth Day with a few beers and some killer music. - Kat Collins

Clumsy Concentration JAM Talk of Shamans and The Electric Magpie Play SUB/Mission TONIGHT

Did you ever find yourself pondering why there weren't enough psych bands in San Francisco? Of course you didn't, because the Bay Area is home to many psych bands, such as The Electric Magpie, who will be playing a show tonight. Playing at SUB/Mission, they will be bringing along fellow Bay Area bands, Talk of Shamans, JAM and Clumsy Concentration.

Playing first is Clumsy Concentration, a self-proclaimed "bedroom psych" project from Oakland. As what seems to be an acoustic act, they play hazy-sounding psych rock. JAM picks up the pace a bit. This San francisco-based psych band, composes instrumentals reminiscent of James Brown, and vocals that are pure, unadulterated psych rock. Performing after is Talk of Shamans, a San Francisco band hellbent on combining popgaze, psych and indie. Be sure to check out their track "Starecase", an up-tempo diddy with intricate guitar riffs that border on math rock.

And closing the night is Bay Area based band, The Electric Magpie. This band offers a blend of '60s psych rock and mod. Be sure to keep an eye out for their debut LP, Begins which will be released on Lollipop Records on April 15th. In the meantime, you can listen to a single they debuted last month called "Mourning Gloria." -Erin Dage

Album Review: The Electric Magpie - Begins

Along with a revolving cast of live musicians, San Francisco-based artists, Peter Maffei and Hunter Stroope have carved out their own rock and roll sound under the moniker, The Electric Magpie. Sharing lead vocal duties and harmonizing like it's their natural, intrinsic ability, they invented their own sound that sits between the realms of modern psychedelic folk and classic rock. After self-releasing their debut single, She Said No (To My Love) in 2012, The Magpie was snatched up by Los Angeles based label, Lolipop Records, who introduced the band to a broader Californian audience by releasing their second single, What's For Tea? in early 2013. A year later, they're finally ready to drop their debut full length album, Begins. We got our hands on The Electric Magpie's upcoming release and thought it be privy for us to share a bit about the nooks and crannies of the album.

Opening with the album's debut single, Mourning Gloria, the record immediately offers a sonic snapshot of what lies ahead within the LP. The first track seduces your ears with a driving organ, acoustic and electric guitar interplay, gorgeous feedback and the tight, effortless harmonies of Maffei and Stroope. Listen to this track with headphones, if only to hear the melodic repetitions of the lyrics, "She's always there", revolving through your headspace.

The Electric Magpie's proclaimed anthem, What's For Tea? is comfortably placed as track two. What's For Tea? is constructed with tireless riffs made to last a life-time, while being laced with warm vocals. The song reads familiar and friendly. During the heavy, distorted riffs of the next track, Airport Blues the album slightly shifts as the song is dominated by the tense dissonance of volatile guitars, but it is continuously uplifted by breezy vocals.

One of the most charming moments of Begins comes in the form of Birds in the Trees. Anchored by steady acoustic guitars, the song is powered by conversational lead vocals that are accompanied by subtle, playful and echoing backup vocals. A handful of masterful moments transform this song about birds fucking up your morning coffee into an elegant affair. After the hungry Hold On (Hannah) and the cerebral interlude that is DEAN, the record progresses onto an acoustic lullaby that is appropriately titled, Springtime Ease. Minimal percussion allows the track to float along buoyantly, withstanding the brief but erratic psychedelic meandering that sneaks into the ending.

What's For Tea? (Reprise) offers the same infectious riffs, but this time is projected through a hazy filter that sets the stage for the finale of the album. Soaring string instruments breath life into the track as an organ rings quietly while Maffai proclaims, "So long, farewell, what a time it's been. Day Is Done but our love never ends." And you believe it. Day's Done is the proper conclusion to this masterful record. It is an amalgam of rock and roll's finest moments from the initial pop-educated British invasion, to the psychedelic underground of the 1960s, 1990s and the present day.

For their first full-length offering, The Electric Magpie proves not only that they are well-versed in vintage and modern rock music, but that they have mastered a rounded, patient and distinctive sound. Begins resonates as a cohesive, collective whole. It offers a sonic experience that is much more important than a mere collection of rocking songs, and it does so without delving into sinister realms or indulging in any rock and roll truisms.

The album's official release is April 15th on Lolipop Records. - Lauren Espina


The Electric Magpie Plays Milk Bar with Cigarette Bums Sad Tires Criminal Hygiene TONIGHT

San Francisco band, The Electric Magpie is headlining tonight at Milk Bar. They'll be serving up a blend of ‘60s psych rock and mod, while Los Angeles-based, the Cigarette Bums deliver a blend of blues-infused budget rock with a slight surf influence. Also keeping it slightly bluesy is Sad Tires. Listing themselves as blues punk, their talent lies within their artfully crafted guitar riffs. And opening all the festivities is LA based garage rock band Criminal Hygiene. With an ever-so-slight The Replacements-esque influence is awesome. They recently released an EP called “Withdrawn” on Cultist Records earlier this month.

Be sure to see “Friday Night Fuzz Disco” at Milk Bar in San Francisco tonight! - Erin Dage


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