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

John Courage goes unplugged for “Afraid to Fall”

Songwriter John Courage returns to his roots as an acoustic troubadour with his first acoustic-centric release in almost 10 years. All sounds were recorded and performed by the towering Santa Rosa [...]

By |September 5, 2019|Comments Off on John Courage goes unplugged for “Afraid to Fall”
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    Album Premiere: Slugger head for home on ‘Let The Good Times Rot’

Album Premiere: Slugger head for home on ‘Let The Good Times Rot’

Slugger from left to right: Robert McLean, Hezekiah Donaghy, Alex Vargas, Josiah Donaghy

It’s a muggy late-summer evening in south Santa Rosa. As the four members of Slugger dutifully distribute [...]

By |August 21, 2019|Comments Off on Album Premiere: Slugger head for home on ‘Let The Good Times Rot’

Last call with Nothington at Bottom of the Hill

Walking his new puppy through Alamo Square on a clear SF morning, Chris Matulich seems content with the prospect of taking his foot off the gas for awhile. "When [...]

By |June 7, 2019|Comments Off on Last call with Nothington at Bottom of the Hill

Video Premiere: The Drought Cult, “No Beliefs”

The Drought Cult from left to right: Echo, Ford, Overn

Things start getting spooky the deeper you get into the North Bay Area. As you exit 101 and make your way [...]

By |March 1, 2019|Comments Off on Video Premiere: The Drought Cult, “No Beliefs”

BRONCHO at Slim’s

(photo: Pooneh Ghana)
If you need something to take the edge off of your post-Valentine's Day comedown, we recommend seeing BRONCHO perform at Slim's this Friday. The Oklahoma indie act is [...]

By |February 13, 2019|Comments Off on BRONCHO at Slim’s

Happy Birthday, ‘Dookie’

On this day, a quarter century ago, Bay Area punk trio Green Day dropped their major-label debut Dookie on an unsuspecting generation like it wasn't even a thing.

They didn't [...]

By |February 1, 2019|Comments Off on Happy Birthday, ‘Dookie’

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|Comments Off on Warbly Jets swing through Bottom of the Hill

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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