About Bobby Martinez

Record enthusiast. Empty barroom DJ. Misanthropic man-about-town.
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    Terry Malts play ‘Killing Time’ at the Bottom of the Hill next week

Terry Malts play ‘Killing Time’ at the Bottom of the Hill next week

Five years ago, Slumberland Records released Killing Time, the debut album from San Francisco's Terry Malts. Almost instantaneously, the group became the buzz band of the season. Fourteen fuzzed-out blasts [...]

By |February 17, 2017|Comments Off on Terry Malts play ‘Killing Time’ at the Bottom of the Hill next week
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    The Lookouting: A Celebration of Lookout! Records runs through next weekend at 924 Gilman

The Lookouting: A Celebration of Lookout! Records runs through next weekend at 924 Gilman

Nineteen-year-old Alex Botkin wasn't around for any of Lookout!'s heyday.

"I've been going to Gilman since 2011," he says of the legendary East Bay collective that went hand-in-hand with Berkeley [...]

By |January 3, 2017|Comments Off on The Lookouting: A Celebration of Lookout! Records runs through next weekend at 924 Gilman
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    The Mr. T Experience: Celebrating 30 years with a new album, new novel, and a new start

The Mr. T Experience: Celebrating 30 years with a new album, new novel, and a new start

(photo: Wilson Photoworks)

Thirty years ago, the Mr. T Experience released their first album, Everybody’s Entitled to Their Own Opinion, a rudimentary blast of bubblegum disguised as a punk album. From [...]

By |October 3, 2016|Comments Off on The Mr. T Experience: Celebrating 30 years with a new album, new novel, and a new start
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    Ash celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘1977’ at The Independent

Ash celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘1977’ at The Independent

In 1996 Irish alt-rockers Ash released their first full-length album, 1977. Named in honor of the birth year of two out of the three members, the year punk broke [...]

By |September 21, 2016|Comments Off on Ash celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘1977’ at The Independent
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    FM Knives reunite one more time for Hemlock Tavern show this weekend

FM Knives reunite one more time for Hemlock Tavern show this weekend

In the early '00s, punk rock and power-pop had began to revisit the past as bands like The Briefs and Exploding Hearts burst on to the scene. Decked in [...]

By |September 15, 2016|Comments Off on FM Knives reunite one more time for Hemlock Tavern show this weekend
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    Mall Walk announce debut album ‘Funny Papers,’ stream album track

Mall Walk announce debut album ‘Funny Papers,’ stream album track

(photo: Julie Juarez)

Mall Walk are set to release their long-awaited debut album, "Funny Papers" this October on Mt. St. Mtn. records. The Oakland based three-piece issued their first 7" [...]

By |September 7, 2016|Comments Off on Mall Walk announce debut album ‘Funny Papers,’ stream album track
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    Razz celebrate the release of their debut 7″ this Friday at the Hemlock

Razz celebrate the release of their debut 7″ this Friday at the Hemlock

"Power-pop" may have become a dirty word ever since the genre became saturated with hair bands poorly attempting to recreate the magic of Greg Shaw's original Bomp Records roster, [...]

By |August 2, 2016|Comments Off on Razz celebrate the release of their debut 7″ this Friday at the Hemlock
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    King Rocker presents a double record-release show for Apache and BTs

King Rocker presents a double record-release show for Apache and BTs

The Mission used to be seedy. You could buy drugs and a switchblade and get into a lot of trouble without having to try very hard, and there was [...]

By |July 29, 2016|Comments Off on King Rocker presents a double record-release show for Apache and BTs

Southpaw Turns 7: A conversation with Southpaw Records

In an era of streaming sites and fickle music trends, Baltimore exiles Rob Fales and Amanda Niesslein have been releasing records and tapes as Southpaw Records since 2009.

Releasing early [...]

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    Patsy’s Rats make California appearance at Eli’s in Oakland

Patsy’s Rats make California appearance at Eli’s in Oakland

Portland power-poppers Patsy's Rats are gearing up to play the newly reopened Eli's Mile High Club on Sunday, July 3.

Patsy's Rats, featuring vocalist/ guitarist Patsy Glob and guitarist/vocalist Christian [...]

By |June 29, 2016|Comments Off on Patsy’s Rats make California appearance at Eli’s in Oakland
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    Review + Photos: Burger Boogaloo brings generations of rock and rollers together

Review + Photos: Burger Boogaloo brings generations of rock and rollers together

King Khan and the Shrines (photo: Jon Ching)

In the beginning there was Budget Rock. For ten years, Budget Rock was a three-day summer weekend event that brought out the loudest, cruddiest [...]