About Carla Bova

Viva la musica.

Tech firms break from online to sing onstage at Techapella

(Twitter's Songbirds. photo: Carla Bova)

It began like any other concert: The house lights dimmed. A hush came over the audience before it erupted into excited applause. A foggy haze [...]

By |December 13, 2016|Comments Off on Tech firms break from online to sing onstage at Techapella
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    Peter Murphy will weave Bauhaus and solo songs in Bay Area performances

Peter Murphy will weave Bauhaus and solo songs in Bay Area performances

It has been nearly 40 years since Peter Murphy, with his sonorous sound and ominous vocals, first sang “the bats have left the bell tower” in the Bauhaus 1979 [...]

By |November 30, 2016|Comments Off on Peter Murphy will weave Bauhaus and solo songs in Bay Area performances
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    Review + Photos: The Spinners turn out R&B classics and charm in Oakland

Review + Photos: The Spinners turn out R&B classics and charm in Oakland

Photos and words by Carla Bova

“So much rhythm, grace and debonair...”

They were singing about "The Rubberband Man," but legendary R&B artists The Spinners may as well have been referring to [...]

By |November 28, 2016|3 Comments
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    decker. writhes across the desert to San Francisco with ‘Snake River Blues’

decker. writhes across the desert to San Francisco with ‘Snake River Blues’

Arizona singer-songwriter Brandon Decker says making his latest EP Snake River Blues was a matter of urgency. What’s the rush for a musician who has been at it steadily [...]

By |November 15, 2016|Comments Off on decker. writhes across the desert to San Francisco with ‘Snake River Blues’
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    Jay Arner shows wit through synths on ‘Jay II,’ plays Oakland Friday

Jay Arner shows wit through synths on ‘Jay II,’ plays Oakland Friday

You don’t expect to hear curse words in the lyrics of a Canadian singer-songwriter, especially when they're sung in soft, whispery vocals and accompanied by sweet synth pop melodies. [...]

By |November 8, 2016|Comments Off on Jay Arner shows wit through synths on ‘Jay II,’ plays Oakland Friday
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    Purling Hiss to unleash guitar jams with a sweet touch of pop in San Francisco

Purling Hiss to unleash guitar jams with a sweet touch of pop in San Francisco

The journey from solo to trio did not come quietly for Purling Hiss.
But nothing does for the loud as heck, guitar blazing, noise rock band.

Mike Polizze released his first [...]

By |November 4, 2016|Comments Off on Purling Hiss to unleash guitar jams with a sweet touch of pop in San Francisco
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    Johnnyswim to sing of love and legacy at Great American next week

Johnnyswim to sing of love and legacy at Great American next week

The husband-wife folk duo Johnnyswim met more than 10 years ago and began writing songs while their personal relationship blossomed.

As their journey together took shape, Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez [...]

By |October 14, 2016|Comments Off on Johnnyswim to sing of love and legacy at Great American next week

Planet Booty is ready to shake it at The Independent

Funky. Fun. Feel-good. That’s Planet Booty.

And plenty fans and backers agree. The electro-funk-R&B band out of Oakland surpassed its recent $22,000 Kickstarter goal — reaching $25,403 — no sweat. [...]

By |October 4, 2016|Comments Off on Planet Booty is ready to shake it at The Independent
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    Review + Photos: Conchords take Flight with new comedic bits & musical riffs at the Shoreline

Review + Photos: Conchords take Flight with new comedic bits & musical riffs at the Shoreline

Flight of the Conchords (photo: Jon Bauer)

It has been about seven years since New Zealand’s musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords released new material, and three years since the band’s [...]

By |June 29, 2016|1 Comment

Review + Photos: Flawless Joe Jackson at the UC Theatre

Joe Jackson (photo: Jon Bauer)

With his keyboards positioned modestly off to the side of stage and set under a soft spotlight, Joe Jackson walked quietly from darkness and took a seat. It was [...]

By |June 23, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Flawless Joe Jackson at the UC Theatre
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