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Music, All Shook Down POP ETC's 'Live It Up': Watch the Morning Benders Try to Remake Themselves Into Smooth R&B

POP ETC's 'Live It Up': Watch the Morning Benders Try to Remake Themselves Into Smooth R&B

"Hmm... on what level of irony should I operate for the next minute?" See also: * Pop Etc: Could the Morning Benders Have Chosen a Worse New Name? Auto-tune? Yes'm. Funky R&B beat bathed in warm synths? Indeed. Lyric about…
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Music, All Shook Down Pop Etc: Could the Morning Benders Have Chosen a Worse New Name?

Pop Etc: Could the Morning Benders Have Chosen a Worse New Name?

Our sympathies to the members of the Morning Benders, who recently chose -- but were basically forced -- to change their band name. In a note posted to their old website over the weekend, the members explained that since…
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Music, Hear This Chris Taylor: Show Preview

Chris Taylor: Show Preview

There appears to be very little that Chris Taylor can't do. He's the face of Grizzly Bear, a Brooklyn-based quartet that makes folk music so delicately catchy that even Jay-Z is a purported fan. In his downtime, Taylor stays busy…
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Music, All Shook Down Fresh Times for Mission Recording Studio Different Fur, the Mountain Goats, and More

Fresh Times for Mission Recording Studio Different Fur, the Mountain Goats, and More

From SF Weekly's latest music section: Different Fur: Late in 2009, the Mission recording studio Different Fur played host to a night of local musical magic. Upstart Berkeley band the Morning Benders was recording a video with the then-scarcely-heard-of S.F.…
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Music, Fresh Times for Mission Recording Studio Different Fur

Fresh Times for Mission Recording Studio Different Fur

Late in 2009, the Mission recording studio Different Fur played host to a night of local musical magic. Upstart Berkeley band the Morning Benders was recording a video with the then-scarcely-heard-of S.F. music video outfit Yours Truly. It was a…
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Music, All Shook Down Hear the Morning Benders' "Oh Annie," an Unreleased New Song

Hear the Morning Benders' "Oh Annie," an Unreleased New Song

For some, the Morning Benders' Big Echo just wasn't enough. Not enough songs, that is. The Berkeley quartet's second album was a lush, dream-pop breakthrough, but it only contained 10 songs. (Not that there's anything wrong with 10-song albums!)For those…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: A Bunch of Kids (And a Full Orchestra) Cover the Morning Benders' 'Excuses'

Watch: A Bunch of Kids (And a Full Orchestra) Cover the Morning Benders' 'Excuses'

Well, this is almost as cute as that story today about the 17 German puppies: What appears to be a high school band -- orchestra and rock group -- plus one darling singer and her ukulele, covering "Excuses" as the…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Howabout Those Morning Benders?

Saturday Night: Howabout Those Morning Benders?

The Morning Benders October 16, 2010 @ The Fillmore I went into this concert expecting some typical indie rock, and came out rather impressed by a distinct mixture of The Dirty Projectors and Grizzly Bear. The guitar interplay of The Morning Benders…
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Music, All Shook Down Over the Weekend: Broken Bells and The Morning Benders at The Regency  Ballroom

Over the Weekend: Broken Bells and The Morning Benders at The Regency Ballroom

Broken Bells The Morning Benders @The Regency Ballroom May 21, 2010 (Not) Better than: Listening to The Shins' Oh, Inverted World for the 343rd time. Do not bring your date to just any concert. Choose one by an artist who…
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Video of the Day: "Promises" by The Morning Benders

Morning Benders "Promises" from Focus Creeps on Vimeo. Bay Area-bred band The Morning Benders' song "Promises" off Big Echo is a charmed and bittersweet 50s-esque ballad that tells the tale of an uncertain relationship. The video features a tween Bonnie…
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Video of the Day: New Morning Benders, "Promises"

"Promises"the morning benders | MySpace Music Videos The latest clip from the Morning Benders Big Echo camp is for "Promises," a gorgeous song that wistfully admits "I can't help thinking we grew up too fast. And I know this won't…
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Music, All Shook Down Green Day, Rogue Wave, The Dodos, Morning Benders to Play Lollapalooza

Green Day, Rogue Wave, The Dodos, Morning Benders to Play Lollapalooza

While it isn't exactly a Bay Area takeover of the Chicago festival, local indie acts are making a strong showing in the 2010 Lollapalooza lineup, which was just announced last night. Rogue Wave, The Dodos, and the Morning Benders all made…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: The Morning Benders, Miniature Tigers, The Mumlers at the Independent

Last Night: The Morning Benders, Miniature Tigers, The Mumlers at the Independent

​The Morning Benders, Miniature Tigers, The Mumlers Tuesday, March 30, 2010 The Independent Better than: Overindulgent rock shows.The Morning Benders are in a new musical phase. And if you couldn't tell from the words printed on guitarist Jonathan Chu's t-shirt…
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Music, The Morning Benders head east and pair with a Grizzly Bear

The Morning Benders head east and pair with a Grizzly Bear

Is it possible to make California pop while living in New York? The Morning Benders, whose breezy melodies have received comparisons to California dreamers the Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas, recently tossed their knapsacks over their shoulders,…
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Music, All Shook Down SXSW Roundup Thursday PM Pt. 2: Surf City NZ

SXSW Roundup Thursday PM Pt. 2: Surf City NZ

Levi's took over the east side of Austin for all of SXSW, creating a semi-private world of tight pants and tall beers, a denim labyrinth where the 45-minute line to grab a wristband was made slightly more entertaining by a…
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Music, All Shook Down Bay Area Music Links: Ukulele Hendrix, Springtime Death Metal, Bad Dad's Laments

Bay Area Music Links: Ukulele Hendrix, Springtime Death Metal, Bad Dad's Laments

Video: Mark Growden plays bike handlebars like a flute -- and it sounds good!…
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Music, SXSW 2010 Showgoers' Guide to Bay Area Acts

SXSW 2010 Showgoers' Guide to Bay Area Acts

Between March 17 and March 20, thousands of musicians, some signed and many more hoping to be signed, will descend upon Austin for the annual South by Southwest music conference. Nearly three dozen of these acts call the Bay Area…
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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop Preview: Q&A w/ A B & The Sea

Noise Pop Preview: Q&A w/ A B & The Sea

Guitarists Joe Spargur and Koley O'Brien of the new indie-pop quintet A B & The Sea moved out to San Francisco from Winneconne, Wisconsin at the end of 2008. They came at the suggestion of the Morning Benders to take…
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The Morning Benders Get All Phil Spector w/ Vanderslice, Girls, & More

Yours Truly Presents: The Morning Benders "Excuses" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.The Morning Benders are a different class of pop band now that they've recorded Big Echo. The stunning new album, out March 9, was co-produced with Chris Taylor of…
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Music, All Shook Down New MP3 from 2010's Big Pop Contenders The Morning Benders

New MP3 from 2010's Big Pop Contenders The Morning Benders

I got a sneak listen to Big Echo, the new album due out in March from the Morning Benders. And I know it's early, but I already think this record could end up on my best of 2010 list. The…
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