About Derek Nielsen

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

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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    Slow Bloom drop ‘Hex Hex Hex’ on a mad mad mad mad world

Slow Bloom drop ‘Hex Hex Hex’ on a mad mad mad mad world

Slow Bloom, from left to right: Jared Wallace, Timmy Lodhi, Jonny Andrew, Michael Weldon (photo: Eric Molyneaux)

It's 2018. And let's face it — things are weird. Every day it [...]

By |January 26, 2018|Comments Off on Slow Bloom drop ‘Hex Hex Hex’ on a mad mad mad mad world

Head north for Home Sick Fest 2018

Ceremony has a deep-rooted love for the North Bay Area. Well, most of it. The band's seminal LP Rohnert Park, named after their hometown, doesn't exactly resonate with fond [...]

By |January 11, 2018|Comments Off on Head north for Home Sick Fest 2018

Spiritual Cramp: “We’re Right Here.”

(photo: Garret Van Brunt)

Michael Bingham’s eyes drift restlessly, his attention half-focused on finding our waitress. This particular taqueria is generous with complimentary chips and salsa. The lead vocalist of [...]

By |December 21, 2017|Comments Off on Spiritual Cramp: “We’re Right Here.”
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    Review + Photos: Joyce Manor, WAVVES, Culture Abuse at the UC Theatre

Review + Photos: Joyce Manor, WAVVES, Culture Abuse at the UC Theatre

Joyce Manor (photos: Estefany Gonzalez)

Going out and partying the night before Thanksgiving has become a tradition in itself, making Wednesday night a satisfying bookend for Joyce Manor, Wavves, and Culture Abuse's [...]

By |November 29, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Joyce Manor, WAVVES, Culture Abuse at the UC Theatre

Propagandhi take ‘Victory Lap’ through Bay Area

It's pretty hard to be on the fence about Canadian punks Propagandhi. They have been staunchly unapologetic in delivering their anti-capitalist, antifa, vegan, and pro-equality ideals for the last [...]

By |November 13, 2017|Comments Off on Propagandhi take ‘Victory Lap’ through Bay Area
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    Halloween cover shows: A who’s-who of Bay Area bands for 2017

Halloween cover shows: A who’s-who of Bay Area bands for 2017

Jonny Ross Andrew and Jared Wallace performing as AC/DC for Halloween 2016 (photo: Eric Molyneaux)

Halloween was rad as a kid because it was the one day a year that [...]

By |October 27, 2017|Comments Off on Halloween cover shows: A who’s-who of Bay Area bands for 2017

Sciatic Nerve: From Santa Rosa, with love

Full disclosure: I am writing this while simultaneously checking my phone for updates on the merciless firestorm that is laying waste to my hometown of Santa Rosa, California. I [...]

By |October 13, 2017|1 Comment

Giveaway: Pup at Starline Social Club

So you're at your desk looking for a nice break in your work day. Or you're maybe in bed, but you're just not ready to put that phone down [...]

By |September 8, 2017|Comments Off on Giveaway: Pup at Starline Social Club

Get To Know: Hose Rips

(photo: Collin Morrow)

Any musician who's been in bands for a while will tell you why they're still in the game: It's really just an excuse to hang out with [...]

By |September 1, 2017|1 Comment

No Age swing through Santa Rosa this weekend

Weirdo Rippers came out 10 years ago. Man, that is crazy. To put that in perspective, the Los Angeles punk duo No Age released their debut album the same [...]

By |August 24, 2017|Comments Off on No Age swing through Santa Rosa this weekend
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