New releases from bands that call the Bay home
Local boy makes good...moves to LA. Despite the Bay Area's reigning king of effortless psych-garage-pop melody having recently abandoned the fog for sunnier (cheaper) pastures, we're going to claim him as our own for at least the next decade — especially since this record, with its '70s glam-rock, space-age guitar and lush T-Rex-esque vocals, is probably Segall's best, most three-dimensional record yet. If we have to take a brief road trip to see him more often, so be it (sniff).
ENSEMBLE MIK NAWOOJ
Ensemble Mik Nawooj: A Hip-Hop Orchestra
That album title might seem to say it all, but you really can't understand what it's like to hear Wu-Tang songs reimagined by a classical orchestra until, well, you've heard 'em. JooWan Kim, a Taoist Bay Area composer born in Korea and educated at Berklee, didn't start listening to hip-hop until he was in his 20s, and the result is fresh, funky, disorienting, and interesting from start to finish. The orchestra will celebrate its debut album with a free release party at Intersection for the Arts on Sept. 6.