As far as San Francisco/Bay Area music goes, there is a lot to choose from. The musical styles range from garage acts like Ty Segall & Thee Oh Sees, post-punk bands like Weekend, the psychedelic sounds of Wooden Shjips (and Moon Duo) to pop bands like Girls & Morning Benders (Berkeley) and this list doesn't even begin to scratch the surface. But for me one of the best bands I have come across and have had the pleasure of listening to whether it be on vinyl, cassette or live is the Fresh & Onlys. They are a true Rock & Roll band who craft such amazing songs and perform them superbly during their live sets.
Tim Cohen is an amazing singer/songwriter and is backed up by three of the San Francisco's finest. 2009 was a very busy year for the young band with two full length releases, a couple compilations (In A Cloud from Secret Seven & Welcome Home: Diggin' The Universe from Woodsist) and a never ending series of 7'' releases (not to mention Tim Cohen's two and soon the be three solo albums) that one would think the musical creativity would need some rest. Thus the magic has been easy to call upon once again as the couple songs released from the soon to be released album Play It Strange sound just as strong and just as good as anything else the band has put out. The album has an October 12th release date from In The Red.