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

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|0 Comments
  • Permalink Gallery

    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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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

The futurist geometry of Salami Rose Joe Louis

(artwork: Cinque Mubarak)

Salami Rose Joe Louis signing to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint has been one of the most exciting Bay Area musical success stories of 2019. Since she started [...]

By |July 19, 2019|Comments Off on The futurist geometry of Salami Rose Joe Louis
  • The Wizard and the Witch
    Permalink The Wizard and the WitchGallery

    Premiere: The Witch and the Wizard dive right in on “Headfirst (For Better Or Worse)”

Premiere: The Witch and the Wizard dive right in on “Headfirst (For Better Or Worse)”

(photo: Deb Leal)

Picture a cauldron. Add eye of newt, maybe lizard's tail, the ashes of a dying star. Oh — and the voices of Allison Kane and AJ McKinley, [...]

By |July 17, 2019|Comments Off on Premiere: The Witch and the Wizard dive right in on “Headfirst (For Better Or Worse)”
  • Permalink Gallery

    Premiere: Rubber Tramp says “So Long,” once again, on ‘Desert Tramp’

Premiere: Rubber Tramp says “So Long,” once again, on ‘Desert Tramp’

(photo: Ben Einstein)

Oakland's Rubber Tramp return with their second EP — a genuine rock and roll affair called Desert Tramp, and a record release party this Friday at Bottom [...]

By |July 10, 2019|Comments Off on Premiere: Rubber Tramp says “So Long,” once again, on ‘Desert Tramp’
  • Permalink Gallery

    Bobbing charts frenetic, delightful waters on ‘Thank You For Singing To Me’

Bobbing charts frenetic, delightful waters on ‘Thank You For Singing To Me’

(photo: Maddie Deutsch)

Bobbing's Robert Luisi Ross sits on the Thank You For Singing To Me album cover in cartoon form, surrounded by both lush greenery and guitar pedals. This [...]

By |July 2, 2019|Comments Off on Bobbing charts frenetic, delightful waters on ‘Thank You For Singing To Me’

Photos: The Felice Brothers + Johnathan Rice at the Chapel

(photos: Ben Einstein)

Johnathan Rice and the Felice Brothers charmed fans both new and old at the Chapel last Wednesday night.

The evening began with hushed set by Johnathan Rice, [...]

By |June 24, 2019|Comments Off on Photos: The Felice Brothers + Johnathan Rice at the Chapel
  • Permalink Gallery

    Makeunder come roaring back with “In Between My Dead-End Jobs”

Makeunder come roaring back with “In Between My Dead-End Jobs”

(photo: Ginger Fierstein)

Dear reader, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you could really use a makeunder. Not a makeover — you look great, smell [...]

By |June 12, 2019|Comments Off on Makeunder come roaring back with “In Between My Dead-End Jobs”
Page 1 of 212