About Derek Nielsen

C.R.E.A.M. (Coffee rules everything around me.)

Warbly Jets swing through Bottom of the Hill

If you have played the new Spider-Man video game for PS4, then you'll probably recognize the game's intro song "Alive", written and performed by Warbly Jets. (I have not played [...]

By |January 9, 2019|0 Comments

No one told the New Trust to stop, so they didn’t

The New Trust. L-R: Sara Sanger, Josh Staples, Julia Lancer, Michael K. Richardson.

When North Bay indie darlings the New Trust started back in 2003, it was assumed that they [...]

By |December 12, 2018|2 Comments

American Steel re-emerge, play Albany next week

Since 1995, Bay Area punk rock quartet American Steel has been smelting hardcore, British punk, Irish folk, Motown, and everything in between into what is now simply referred to as [...]

By |November 30, 2018|1 Comment

Cash Pony cover Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo”

(photo: Josh A Katz)

Ever since their 2011 formation, Oakland instrumental rockers Cash Pony have been throwing metal, prog, and Eastern musical elements into a giant brick oven until they've melted [...]

By |September 18, 2018|Comments Off on Cash Pony cover Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo”

Video Premiere: John Courage, “The Valley”

This Saturday night is going to be a big one for Sonoma County singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer John Palmer. In addition to the 15th anniversary of his stage moniker John Courage AND [...]

By |August 30, 2018|1 Comment

A short Q&A with “SFO to the bone” Stephan Jenkins

It's been 20 years since Third Eye Blind's eternal summer anthem "Semi-Charmed Life" put MTV and radio in a full nelson, thrusting the San Francisco rock band into the [...]

By |August 20, 2018|1 Comment
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    Effable release first edition of new zine at Atlas Coffee this Friday

Effable release first edition of new zine at Atlas Coffee this Friday

Longtime besties Chloé Chonnaughton and Haley Vivenzi are mom-friends in the Sonoma County art scene. Both artists themselves, they know that, even in their little North Bay nook, it [...]

By |August 14, 2018|Comments Off on Effable release first edition of new zine at Atlas Coffee this Friday

Video: The Velvet Teen, “Parallel Universes”

The Velvet Teen's musical output has been somewhat sporadic over the last few years, but that doesn't mean they haven't been busy. The Petaluma veterans dropped their first single [...]

By |August 6, 2018|Comments Off on Video: The Velvet Teen, “Parallel Universes”

Anthony Anzaldo wants you to stop being boring

Small talk is weird. We all have this silently agreed upon conversational shorthand to pin our daily interactions on because even as adults, let's face it — we are [...]

By |July 10, 2018|Comments Off on Anthony Anzaldo wants you to stop being boring

Tsunami Bomb + the Phenomenauts invade the Phoenix Theater

Some might be tempted to call the show on Friday at the Phoenix Theater a ....blast from the past...

Get it? Because the recently-reunited Tsunami Bomb is headlining, with support [...]

By |April 17, 2018|Comments Off on Tsunami Bomb + the Phenomenauts invade the Phoenix Theater

Review + Photos: Brian Fallon at the Independent

Brian Fallon (photo: Derek Nielsen)

Brian Fallon's fans should know by now that the former Gaslight Anthem frontman likes to talk. A lot. I've only seen him perform outside of [...]

By |April 11, 2018|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Brian Fallon at the Independent

Video Premiere: Sloth & Turtle, “Toys”

Goldeneye 64: it's basically the millennial's version of chess.

Instrumental quartet Sloth & Turtle have tapped (literally) into some crazy musical terrain during the last few years. Seamlessly blending math-rock, [...]

By |March 23, 2018|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Sloth & Turtle, “Toys”
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