About Jess Luoma

Seeking out the human story behind great music. California native and fellow musician.
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    Exclusive Premiere: Before the Brave release LP, ‘Better Country’

Exclusive Premiere: Before the Brave release LP, ‘Better Country’

Photo: Tyler Hansen Photography

After the release of their EP, Great Spirit, three marriages, five moves, and a whole lot of life lived, Before the Brave is back on the scene [...]

By |October 20, 2016|1 Comment
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    Behind the Music: How local musicians are paying the bills (part five)

Behind the Music: How local musicians are paying the bills (part five)

The road may be narrow, but with purpose-driven passion, discomfort in mediocrity, and honing in on what makes you you, it is possible to discover. The road I speak [...]

By |April 20, 2016|Comments Off on Behind the Music: How local musicians are paying the bills (part five)
  • YMusic at the Fox Theater, by Jess Luoma
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    Review and photos: José González and yMusic The Fox Theatre

Review and photos: José González and yMusic The Fox Theatre

José González with yMusic (photo: Jess Luoma)
As concert goers took their seats (yes, seats) at the Fox Theatre last Sunday, there was a growing sense of anticipation for the rare collaborative [...]

By |March 17, 2016|Comments Off on Review and photos: José González and yMusic The Fox Theatre
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    Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills (Part Four)

Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills (Part Four)

As I continue to morph into a fly upon the wall of the various workplaces of local musicians for this ongoing series, a surprising observation has surfaced — passion has [...]

By |March 16, 2016|1 Comment
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    Foxtails Brigade releases dynamic single, “Nun But The Lost”

Foxtails Brigade releases dynamic single, “Nun But The Lost”

Ever since my happenstance encounter with Oakland's Foxtails Brigade at Awaken Café a few months ago, I have been a big fan. Today the unconventional indie-pop band releases their second [...]

By |March 10, 2016|Comments Off on Foxtails Brigade releases dynamic single, “Nun But The Lost”

Noise Pop: Cave Singers at the Chapel

Cave Singers (photo: Ian Young)

Dead car. Forced converse regarding new lazy foodie apps. Ambulance called for a biker's wheel caught in the trolley tracks. Lyft driver proclaiming Ed Lee's money-sucking toad-nature and [...]

By |March 1, 2016|Comments Off on Noise Pop: Cave Singers at the Chapel
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    Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills (Part Three)

Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills (Part Three)

As this series continues, I have found that though they're ascending post late night performance and punching the clock on the daily, your favorite local artists actually love their day [...]

By |January 30, 2016|Comments Off on Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills (Part Three)

Preview: Quintessence–Combining the Arts

When music hits us, it affects virtually every part of our brain-- stimulating the frontal lobe all the way back to the cerebellum and everything in between. Our brains [...]

By |January 20, 2016|Comments Off on Preview: Quintessence–Combining the Arts

Becoming Osage

I became intrigued with the San Francisco indie-not-quite-pop band, Osage, after quirky frontwoman Chelsea Bryan ran on stage at the Balanced Breakfast residency in 2014 shamelessly introducing herself as the new [...]

By |January 14, 2016|Comments Off on Becoming Osage
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    Album Premiere: listen to Eight Belles’ new self-titled LP

Album Premiere: listen to Eight Belles’ new self-titled LP

Three years after the release of its debut album, Girls Underground, Oakland indie folk duo Eight Belles returns with a self-titled follow-up on Saint Rose Records, and we are beyond stoked [...]

By |December 8, 2015|Comments Off on Album Premiere: listen to Eight Belles’ new self-titled LP
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    Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills [Part Two]

Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills [Part Two]

In this round of interviews with your favorite local musicians, I talked to two musicians who are equally passionate about what they do on and off the stage.

They also share the [...]

By |December 3, 2015|Comments Off on Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills [Part Two]

Behind the Music: How local musicians are paying the bills

You see them late into the night. They're sweaty with passion. They revel in the glory of the bright lights. They move to the beat of their own drum. And [...]

By |November 2, 2015|6 Comments
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