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Cruel Diagonals preps debut LP of experimental compositions

Oakland's Megan Mitchell wears many musical hats, as a field recorder and audio archivist, as the publisher of the Many Many Women index of women/trans/non-binary composers, as a DJ, [...]

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    With “Heartbreaker,” Ah Mer Ah Su delivers summer-ready electronic pop

With “Heartbreaker,” Ah Mer Ah Su delivers summer-ready electronic pop

Last year, Ah Mer Ah Su — the musical identity of Oakland's Star Amerasu — released one of the year's best EPs, Rebecca, featuring the heartbreaking "Klonopin." Her newest [...]

Get excited for ‘Explorer’ with new music from Con Brio

After releasing a stellar, soulful cover of "Heart-Shaped Box" last month, Bay Area favorite Con Brio has dropped a couple more singles from their upcoming sophomore album, Explorer.

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    ‘bathed water moon’ collects new dream pop from There’s Talk

‘bathed water moon’ collects new dream pop from There’s Talk

bathed water moon is a new 7"/EP from Oakland dream-pop trio There's Talk that comes out February 23. If you like lush, expansive, synth-driven music, you'll really enjoy the [...]

By |January 29, 2018|Comments Off on ‘bathed water moon’ collects new dream pop from There’s Talk

Ezra Furman returns with ‘Transangelic Exodus’

The great Berkeley musician Ezra Furman returns in February with the follow-up to 2015's beloved Perpetual Motion People. Judging from the two videos below, Transangelic Exodus (out 2/9 on [...]

By |January 29, 2018|Comments Off on Ezra Furman returns with ‘Transangelic Exodus’
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    Video: Monophonics deliver soulful cover of “My Heart Cries”

Video: Monophonics deliver soulful cover of “My Heart Cries”

Local psychedelic soul titan Monophonics has a new EP, Mirrors, coming February 15. The six-song set of covers finds the band digging into and reinterpreting a number of their [...]

By |January 29, 2018|Comments Off on Video: Monophonics deliver soulful cover of “My Heart Cries”

New ‘Pirouette’ 7″ coming soon from Jay Som

Jay Som's Everybody Works was one of last year's best Bay Area releases, so we're really excited about the announcement of the Pirouette 7" (out this month on Polyvinyl [...]

By |January 18, 2018|Comments Off on New ‘Pirouette’ 7″ coming soon from Jay Som
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    Video: Sonny Smith and Angel Olsen team up for “Burnin’ Love”

Video: Sonny Smith and Angel Olsen team up for “Burnin’ Love”

The great Sonny Smith, leader of SF's Sonny & the Sunsets, has a new album, his tenth studio LP, arriving this March. Rod For Your Love was produced by [...]

By |January 18, 2018|Comments Off on Video: Sonny Smith and Angel Olsen team up for “Burnin’ Love”

Push The Feeling turns six with Jex Opolis

Congrats to the local monthly Push The Feeling, celebrating its sixth anniversary on Saturday, January 20th at Underground SF. Over the past five years, the party has showcased a [...]

By |January 17, 2018|1 Comment
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    What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Sept 22 – 24

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Sept 22 – 24

Friday, September 22
Tino Drima, Cool Ghouls, Spooky Mansion, Killer Whale @ Verdi Club
A record release wedding full of great local bands! I'm pretty sure the wedding angle is a [...]

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    Thee Oh Sees now called Oh Sees, still amazing and headlining Phono del Sol

Thee Oh Sees now called Oh Sees, still amazing and headlining Phono del Sol

The recent announcement that Phono del Sol 2017 headliner Thee Oh Sees will now be known as Oh Sees likely generated, at most, acknowledging nods from most music fans, [...]

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    Icky Boyfriends celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie!’

Icky Boyfriends celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie!’

During their early 1990s run, San Francisco trio Icky Boyfriends perplexed local audiences with a singular and often unnerving take on primitive garage-punk. More recently, the band, and its [...]

By |November 17, 2016|Comments Off on Icky Boyfriends celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie!’
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