Review + Photos: Hellman Summer Stomp at the Sweetwater Music Hall

Hellman Summer Stomp (photo: Carolyn McCoy) Words by Carolyn McCoy If ever there were a family tree that has grown strong and has deep roots in the musical community of the SF Bay Area, I’d say that it was all the branches of the Hellman family. The Hellman's may not be a household name, so you may be unfamiliar with their legacy. It began as a seed with philanthropist, musician, and family patriarch Warren Hellman, who created Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in 2001. The Hellman family, not surprisingly, is a very talented bunch of humans, many of them are singers and musicians [...]

Review + Photos: Royal Jelly Jive at Sweetwater Music Hall

Royal Jelly Jive (photo: Carolyn McCoy) Words by Carolyn McCoy It’s my first time experiencing the Sonoma County jazzy-cabaret, soul-filled band Royal Jelly Jive. I have heard good things about them over the years but I was unfamiliar with their vibe, music, and sound until now. My initial thoughts on the first five minutes of their Sweetwater Music Hall gig are as follows: “Holy shit, they are so fun!” and “Horns! I love it when a band has horns!” and “What? Who is this badass singer? WTF?” The singer is Lauren Bjelde, founding member and co-songwriter for Royal Jelly Jive. My [...]

‘Once’ review and Q&A with cast member Rob Ready

Photo courtesy of 42nd Street Moon Words by Tiffany Lew Once follows a Czech woman and Irishman in Dublin, Ireland. The setting is a key feature of both the 2007 film and the Tony award winning play based on it. But when I watched the Bay Area regional premiere of the play at the Gateway Theatre, I was constantly struck by how the story of struggling musicians and immigrants trying to make it in a bustling city could easily take place in San Francisco today. Devastating heartbreak and all. The lead male character “Guy” (played by Corbin Mayer) is a [...]

By |June 28, 2019|Tags: , |

Photos: The third annual Clusterfest returns to the city

Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious (photo: SarahJayn Kemp) The festival that combines comedy, music, and art known as Clusterfest returned to San Francisco once again to supply the city with a weekend of all different types of entertainment. Be it traiditonal stand-up, alternative comedy, live music, or podcasts (of all types!), it's hard to find something that one wasn't aware of in some way at the third annual version of the festival. We were very lucky to have our photographer SarahJayn Kemp in attendance at all days of the festival to capture the galleries below of all 3 days of [...]

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Photos: Tacocat at the Chapel

Tacocat (photo: Kristin Cofer) Seattle punk band Tacocat gave a very passionate show at the Chapel this week in support of their latest release, This Mess is a Place. Opening for them was The Paranoyds, and we had our photographer Kristin Cofer at the show to cover it. You can check out the gallery below.

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Review: Clusterfest 2019 stumbles through Civic Center

Drunk History (photo: SarahJayn Kemp) Words by Tim Draut and Dariush Azmoudeh Last weekend, Clusterfest took over Civic Center Plaza for three days in its third annual year. Although I was focusing on the musical end of things, I didn’t miss out on the laughs. With the main stage inside Bill Graham Civic Auditorium mainly dedicated to stand-up comics or podcast stars, and the outdoor Colossal Stage primarily devoted to music, there was still plenty of crossover in between. From bands and DJs feeling obligated to tell more jokes than usual to comedians showcasing their impressive (or impressively bad) skills [...]

By |June 27, 2019|Tags: |

Photos: Charly Bliss at the New Parish

Charly Bliss (photo: Norm deVeyra) Charly Bliss may sound like the work of a solo project, but the New York four-piece are actually quite a connected rock band that perform with the style and flair of a new and exciting band, yet perform like experts already. They gave a rousing show at the New Parish this week and you can check out the gallery below by Norm deVeyra.

By |June 27, 2019|

Photos: Phono del Sol returns to San Francisco

Porches (photo: Ian Young) This past Saturday, Potrero del Sol Park in San Francisco hosted the return of the Phono del Sol Music Festival. It was a day filled with great food, great friends, and even greater performances from Porches, Chastity Belt, Sol Development, Queens D.Light, and more, bringing together Bay Area music-lovers scene for the afternoon for free music in the park. Enjoy the gallery below of all of the bands from the day, the fans and attendees, and all the joy from one of our favorite events that we get to be a part of.     [...]

By |June 18, 2019|Tags: |

Phono del Sol: Queens D.Light’s not-so-quiet revolution

Photos by Salihah Saadiq Words by Jody Amable "I feel like in the Bay it’s OK to be weird." Perched on a blue sofa in Qulture Collective, a queer and POC-focused coffee shop and arts hub in Oakland, Queens D.Light has been talking about her influences, her upbringing, and life leading up to the moment she's in now. As a full-time artist in the Bay Area — co-founder of creative agency House of Malico, filmmaker, and rapper — she feels a little bit lucky to have grown up in, and still live in, in an area that embraces the weird. [...]

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