Mike G. is a writer and musician who lives in San Francisco. He began his career with BTR many, many years ago and still hosts the Bay Area Live show to this day, featuring the most killer live music the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. Prior to that, he was the founder of WireTapMusic, a local Bay Area music blog and monthly video profile series. He has also written for The Bay Bridged and New Noise Magazine, covering everything from punk and metal to rap and hip hop and folk and indie rock.
A committed metalhead all through junior high and high school, Mike's eyes were opened when he discovered Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and Sleater-Kinney's Dig Me Out at a party while attending the University of Texas in Austin. Now there are no limits to his musical taste -- he even listens to country. Tune in to Bay Area Live every month and discover new music with him.
Well folks, it’s been a fun ride. For nearly the past decade, I’ve been bringing you the best of the San Francisco Bay Area’s live music scene every month here on Bay Area Live. I’m sad to announce this is the final installment of this illustrious, groundbreaking program. Who better to send us off than the one and only Al Lover, master of psych drone and trippy ass beats? We’ll also hear a few tunes from LA-based Americana band Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light. It’s been fun, BTR fans. Cheers!
Bay Area Live goes on the road for a second month! Well, not really, because I’m back in San Francisco now. But I still have some killer music to play from when I was out on the road with my band Face Tat in October. This month, I’m stoked to play a set by Vinyl Williams from Neurolux in Boise, Idaho recorded October 25.
Bay Area Live goes on the road! I’m on tour with my band Face Tat, and while I was traveling through the Pacific Northwest, I recorded some of the killer bands I was playing with. I caught up with Kid In The Attic, a Brooklyn band, in Portland, Oregon. Gazelles played their hometown of Eugene, OR and I was lucky enough to catch that too. All that and more on this edition of Bay Area Live!
It’s been a great summer. Bay Area Live got rocked by Parae and Soft Lions and got loud and sweaty with metal bands like Walken, With Our Arms To The Sun, and Giant Squid. Check it all out right here, right now.
Up-and-comers Soft Lions hail from San Diego, but they recently made the trek up to San Francisco — and I was there with my trust recorder in hand. Also captured a set from local post-punk outfit Parae. Enjoy!
NYC band Activity is a supergroup of sorts, with Travis Johnson, Steve Levine, Zoë Browne, and Jess Rees coming from the excellent bands Grooms, Field Mouse, and Russian Baths. This particular… | watch
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