With the incredible economic boom that has overtaken Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area and the meager wages that the average band are paid in the U.S. these days, I get the question all the time “are there any good bands left in San Francisco?” Well, in addition to our band, which still somehow hails from the city by the Bay (and is about to release a brand new 12 song album), there is still a wealth of musical talent that resides in cities around the Bay.

Although I do love them, I have refrained from including some of the darlings that have arisen in the last few years, such as @Wooden Shjips (@woodenshjips), Thao and the Get Down Stay Down (@thaogetstaydown), and Thee Oh Sees (@theeohsees) to this list. Nevertheless, there is actually an amazingly deep well of talent still brewing in and around the city, although the scene has admittedly been somewhat decimated compared to what it was before the cost of living skyrocketed above what musicians are typically able to scrape up.

I’m sure many of you will have bands to add to this list, which is very much encouraged here. Please note that this is not a “Top 10 Bay Area Bands You’ve Never Heard Of” blog, but rather just a list of 10 Bay Area bands you likely have not yet come across that, if you like The New Up’s music, you are likely to enjoy listening to. So don’t fret if you don’t see a band you like on the list; rather add it to this list by commenting with the name of the band.

  1. 20 Minute Loop
  2. Pebble Theory (@pebbletheory)
  3. Eagle Wolf Snake (@eaglewolfsnake)
  4. Beautiful Machines (@machinemusic)
  5. Soft White Sixties (@thesoftwhite60s)
  6. Pamela Parker (@pamelaparker)
  7. Taxes (@taxesband)
  8. Yassou (@yassouband)
  9. Brokedown Valentine
  10. Seeking Empire (@seekingempire)

I’m looking forward to reading what SF Bay Area bands you have to add to this list!

Cheers, and enjoy!

The New Up