About Ben Einstein

Ben plays keyboards in Oakland Swing Punk band Van Goat, makes music as singer/songwriter Neeto, and is a big fan of polka dots. http://neeto.net

Premiere: Seth Lael’s “Everybody’s (got somebody)”

Take a dive into the strange and delightful world of Seth Lael. Equal parts Talking Heads, Beck, and Mac DeMarco — Seth Lael's "Everybody's (got somebody)" is a peculiar [...]

By |November 12, 2019|5 Comments

Blanket the Homeless releases new record at the Independent

In these turbulent times of friction and fire, it’s nice to see truly good work being done on a large scale in the Bay Area. Blanket The Homeless, a [...]

By |November 1, 2019|0 Comments

Great Highway, Panic Is Perfect to host cancer benefit show

Great music, a great cause, and a Great Highway. What could be better? How about a great venue, a great lineup, great food and drinks? That's seven greats folks [...]

By |October 23, 2019|0 Comments

Speakeasē serve up a smoky snack on “Nourish Me”

Released just under a year after their debut album Deer Lion, Bay Area neo-soul collective Speakeasē return with "Nourish Me." Both a new single and a live video, this [...]

By |October 14, 2019|Comments Off on Speakeasē serve up a smoky snack on “Nourish Me”

Premiere: Tino Drima, “Do The Damn Thing”

Tino Drima's Gregory DiMartino

We're excited to premiere "Do The Damn Thing," the third single off of Tino Drima's new EP Suitin' Up. Opening with an arpeggiated synthesizer and a [...]

By |October 7, 2019|Comments Off on Premiere: Tino Drima, “Do The Damn Thing”

Review: Bon Iver is lost in the woods no more

(photos: Graham Tolbert)

“Imagine talking to this many people. It just feels ridiculous...or stupid," Justin Vernon said to applause and laughter, just after his band had gotten through a forceful [...]

By |October 3, 2019|Comments Off on Review: Bon Iver is lost in the woods no more

Balanced BreakFEST grand slams into Amnesia

Calling all early birds — this weekend only at Amnesia in San Francisco, breakfast will be served all day. But don't expect a slice of cantaloupe and toast; instead, [...]

By |September 17, 2019|3 Comments
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    Pop-Up Magazine makes a great ‘Escape’ to the Bay Area and beyond

Pop-Up Magazine makes a great ‘Escape’ to the Bay Area and beyond

What is Pop-Up Magazine? Well...for starters, it's not a magazine, not really anyway. But if you took the contents of a good magazine — narrative explorations on art, music, [...]

By |September 17, 2019|Comments Off on Pop-Up Magazine makes a great ‘Escape’ to the Bay Area and beyond

Bon Iver bring “i,i” to the Chase Center

(photo: Eric Timothy Carlson & Graham Tolbert)

Now that Metallica has christened the new Chase Center, show after show is pouring through the new arena. A surprising mood/character/personality to [...]

By |September 9, 2019|Comments Off on Bon Iver bring “i,i” to the Chase Center

The Brankas prove to be master codebreakers on ‘Safes’

It never hurts to begin any piece of writing with a famous and profound quote, so here's one for you:

"Change is the only constant in life."
- Heraclitus (Greek philosopher [...]

By |September 2, 2019|Comments Off on The Brankas prove to be master codebreakers on ‘Safes’

Vetiver’s exquisite journey “To Who Knows Where”

(photo: Alissa Anderson)

Vetiver released "To Who Knows Where," the first single from new album Up On High, out November 1, 2019. The song is deeply rooted in the acoustic [...]

By |August 30, 2019|Comments Off on Vetiver’s exquisite journey “To Who Knows Where”

ICYMI: The Octopus Literary Salon is closing

(photos courtesy of The Octopus Literary Salon)

The Bay Area community of artists lets out a sorrowful sigh as The Octopus Literary Salon announces the closing of its doors at [...]

By |August 21, 2019|Comments Off on ICYMI: The Octopus Literary Salon is closing
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