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Sometimes we think of synth and electronic music as coming primarily from NYC, LA, various parts of Europe. But if you’re here in San Francisco, you’ve heard lush and beautiful electronic soundscapes coming from studios big and small throughout the Bay Area. Here are my absolute favorites from 2020.
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In Mission:Music's 16th episode, Stefan and Jason talk to Containher about her upcoming show with Jason's band Great Highway. The three get into the inevitable closure of music venues and if time sharing a venue could work now more than ever. We also get to hear a few singles from Containher and if Stefan will...
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Balanced Breakfast's podcast Mission:Music is back and broadcasting via ZOOM! In our first online show, and twelfth episode overall, we talk to Bay Area band Alvie & The Breakfast Pigs about the pandemic and what it's like to be a musician during this mess. Highlights include what it's like taking a dump in green rooms...
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Adam's done what few musicians can do well, transitioning from band to solo artist while simultaneously radically shifting genres. "Piece of Mind" is exquisite electronic pop, expertly arranged as though he's been working in this style all along.
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StarCrash explodes onto the scene as new concert series hosted by local sparkly vocalist, pop songwriter, synth player, and sometimes-promoter Remi Barrett. This brand-new event happens every third Thursday at DNA Lounge.
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Lime is an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink track - not surprising, from a band that likes to throw twists and turns into its music and build fat full layers along the way. At last headcount, there are 6 full-time members of the band, but it sounds more like 60 by the end of the song.
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If you're hooked like I am, check out Nick's newest single "This Is Gonna Happen," to released today, Friday, November 1st. Face-melting chorusing bass synths, space-y extragalactic lead lines, and Nick's now-patented driving, relentless octave'd lead vocals, joined by lush dreamy harmonies from musical partner Katrina Bushnell...this is Nick's best work yet. It's the ultimate...
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Balanced Breakfast Presents The Cancer Benefit show with Panic is Perfect, Great Highway, and The Minnesota Child. This show is in partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and each musician will be donating 100% of their portion of ticket sales to raise money for cancer awareness, research, and funding for patients. We’ll dance, we’ll...
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In the third episode of MISSION:MUSIC, Balanced BreakFEST veteran, Fellow Vessel, is the guest. Talks range from figuring out the difference between major and minor to Fellow Vessel's bromance with another band! 
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In the second episode of MISSION:MUSIC, Jason switches places and becomes a guest on our show with his band, Great Highway. Guest hosting in his place is Kristina Islas.
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In episode one of BB's new podcast MISSION:MUSIC on Mutiny Radio we interviewed San Francisco singer-songwriter, Sam Johnson. His band is headlining on Thursday, September 19th at the second annual Balanced BreakFEST at Amnesia in the Mission.
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This is an album worth listening to multiple times. I honestly did not like it at all on first listen. What are they after? But like most works that seek to break down our sense of artistic boundaries and genres, we often are shocked before we are awed.
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