Best East Bay Band on the Rise

Trails and Ways

Way back in 2011, when the Express first profiled Trails and Ways, the band was tentative, largely unknown, and admittedly more comfortable recording in a bedroom than playing onstage. What a difference three years makes: The East Bay indie-pop foursome has now officially gone from locally famous to blog famous to famous famous based on the strength of its lush, light, world-inflected sound ("bossanova dream-pop" according to the band; "sleepily beautiful," according to TIME.com). As you read this, the band is crisscrossing the country for an already well-attended and well-received national tour; in August, it'll play Outside Lands. Suffice it to say these four appear to have gotten over the stage fright.

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