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

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”

Photos+ Review: Ty Segall at Refuge Christian Fellowship

Ty Segall (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)

Unless you were one of those kids, you probably hated going to church as much as I did. It was impossible for my over-stimulated brain to [...]

By |February 16, 2018|Comments Off on Photos+ Review: Ty Segall at Refuge Christian Fellowship

Photos + Review: LP at the Independent

LP (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)

So LP (short for Laura Pergolizzi) is a badass, just to re-establish a well-known fact. It’s cool when you see an artist walk on stage with a confident [...]

By |February 16, 2018|Comments Off on Photos + Review: LP at the Independent

Video: Dead to Me, “Fear is the New Bliss”

The unpredictable and ever-evolving SF punk band Dead To Me are gearing up to release their long-awaited LP American Son of Cholo this year.

With original singer and guitarist Jack Dalrymple [...]

By |January 31, 2018|Comments Off on Video: Dead to Me, “Fear is the New Bliss”
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