Grandaddy helped put the Modesto music scene on the map, but there’s plenty going on in the Central Valley independent music community. A new compilation of mostly Modesto songwriters called Portraits, released by Off the Air Productions, captures some of that region’s talent, plus some outsiders (include Mike Sempert of locals Birds & Batteries). Artists include All Smiles (Jim Fairchild of Grandaddy), Shelley Short (Portland), Built Like Alaska (Oakdale), A Movable West (Stockton), Kid Mud (SF), and many others. We’re digging the track “Wanted Posters” by Garrett Pierce (SF/Davis). You can stream the whole album here. Release shows will be held in Modesto, Sacramento, and locally in San Francisco on Saturday, July 10, at City Art (828 Valencia St., San Francisco). 7-10 p.m., free. More info.

Garrett Pierce
  • Garrett Pierce