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Collin Ludlow-Mattson and the Folks – “Fare Thee”/”Seventeenth Aspect of My Soul”

Fare Thee by Collin Ludlow-Mattson and the Folks

The freewheeling folk-rock of Collin Ludlow-Mattson and the Folks was recorded in a shack in West Oakland. According to Jessie from [...]

By |July 7, 2011|Comments Off on Collin Ludlow-Mattson and the Folks – “Fare Thee”/”Seventeenth Aspect of My Soul”

The Moanin Dove releases ‘Broken Light Parade’

Broken Light Parade by The Moanin Dove

The Moanin Dove, an SF trio comprised of James Riotto (who is also an engineer at Tiny Telephone), Josh Korr, and Rob Shelton, [...]

By |July 6, 2011|Comments Off on The Moanin Dove releases ‘Broken Light Parade’

Video: ChuCha Santamaria Y Usted – “Fanta Fabuloso”

Oakland's ChuCha Santamaria Y Usted recently released the duo's first -- and highly recommended -- "mini-LP" of electronic pop, out now on Young Cubs. "Fanta Fabuloso" is the [...]

By |July 5, 2011|Comments Off on Video: ChuCha Santamaria Y Usted – “Fanta Fabuloso”

SF’s Part Time releases ‘What Would You Say?’ on Mexican Summer

Part Time – “I Wanna Take You Out"

Part Time – “In This Filthy City”

SF's David Speck records hazy synth-pop as Part Time, and his debut LP, What Would You [...]

By |July 5, 2011|Comments Off on SF’s Part Time releases ‘What Would You Say?’ on Mexican Summer

Dominique Leone covers Stravinsky’s ‘Les Noces (The Wedding)’

Les Noces by Dominique Leone

We wouldn't normally be writing about Stravinsky ballets, so consider our interest a testament to the creativity of local experimental pop artist Dominique Leone. [...]

By |July 1, 2011|Comments Off on Dominique Leone covers Stravinsky’s ‘Les Noces (The Wedding)’

Video: Hottub – “Shoot the Lights Out”

New video from Oakland's Hottub, who promise a new LP this fall.

By |June 30, 2011|Comments Off on Video: Hottub – “Shoot the Lights Out”

Free tonight in Oakland: Terry Malts, Kids on a Crime Spree, The Tet Holiday, Manatee

It's Slumberland Records night at The Uptown tonight, with Terry Malts, Kids On A Crime Spree, The Tet Holiday, and Manatee playing a FREE show. Seriously, check this [...]

By |June 29, 2011|Comments Off on Free tonight in Oakland: Terry Malts, Kids on a Crime Spree, The Tet Holiday, Manatee

Iceage is coming to the Elbo Room and Amoeba in July

Iceage - "White Rune"

Iceage - "Broken Bone"

The buzz around Iceage is of the sort that immediately puts my bullshit-sensors on heightened alert. They're teenagers! From Denmark! [...]

By |June 28, 2011|Comments Off on Iceage is coming to the Elbo Room and Amoeba in July

il gato releases ‘All those Slippery Things’ EP

il gato presents "Contemplation Blues" from il gato on Vimeo.

Local indie-baroque-folk band il gato has released its new EP, All those Slippery Things, a companion to last year's very [...]

Listen to Forest Floor’s ‘Mother of Muses’

Mother of Muses by Forest Floor / Pragmatism

Oakland's Forest Floor made a strong impression with his Mapzzz EP earlier this year, and Geoff Saba has now released his LP, [...]

By |June 27, 2011|Comments Off on Listen to Forest Floor’s ‘Mother of Muses’

Video: Cowboy and Indian – “Troubled Tracks”

If Cowboy and Indian's last video was pretty goofy, the clip for "Troubled Tracks" is a more serious affair, a visually appealing compliment to the song's spare beauty. [...]

By |June 27, 2011|Comments Off on Video: Cowboy and Indian – “Troubled Tracks”
  • Ty Segall @ GAMH 2/9/11
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    Recommended, 6/27-7/4: El Rio Fourth of July, Neko Case/Dodos, Ty Segall, Sonny and the Sunsets/Calvin Johnson, Lumerians

Recommended, 6/27-7/4: El Rio Fourth of July, Neko Case/Dodos, Ty Segall, Sonny and the Sunsets/Calvin Johnson, Lumerians

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the [...]