About Jordan Martich

Jordan Martich is a writer and musician living in Oakland. He drinks too much coffee and doesn't go to the beach enough.

Blues Lawyer luck into ‘Something Different’

Following the release of their 2018 debut album Guess Work, wonderfully anxious pop outfit Blues Lawyer was forced to reconsider their original plan for the project, which was to stop.

See, [...]

By |August 30, 2019|Comments Off on Blues Lawyer luck into ‘Something Different’

Tracking the story of Andrew Oswald and Secret Bathroom

Andrew Oswald at Santo Recording (all photos: Jon Bauer)

At the moment, Andrew Oswald operates out of a cozy room at Santo Recording Studio, located in West Oakland.

The graffiti-covered [...]

By |May 21, 2019|Comments Off on Tracking the story of Andrew Oswald and Secret Bathroom

Video Premiere: Half Stack clock out in “Quitting Time”

Twang-seeking Oakland rockers Half Stack took their time to channel the rugged spirit of classic country music into a crooning album titled Quitting Time, released by label Processional Cross last [...]

By |March 15, 2019|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Half Stack clock out in “Quitting Time”

Noise Pop Preview: Daughters’ furious return

Noise-obsessed band from Rhode Island, Daughters, might seem like a part of the recent series of half-hearted reunion shows or the string of overwrought 'ten-year-anniversary-of-our-seminal-album' tours that we bore [...]

By |February 22, 2019|Comments Off on Noise Pop Preview: Daughters’ furious return

Noise Pop Preview: Club Night recalibrate

Oakland's weirdo-pop group Club Night is no stranger to practicing patience, especially for their debut record, What Life, set to be released on Tiny Engines.

The release of it was [...]

By |February 20, 2019|Comments Off on Noise Pop Preview: Club Night recalibrate

Rays premiere enchanting video for “To The Fire”

For years now, Oakland darlings Rays have produced artful rock that fascinates and provides solace to the weirdo-rock enthusiasts of the Bay. It's jangly and fun, and builds from [...]

By |January 25, 2019|1 Comment

Black Marble’s gloomy bedroom ‘dance’ record

As Chris Stewart finishes the latest record for his somber synth-pop project Black Marble, he's reflecting on how he came to be interested in crafting his own music.

With his [...]

By |January 22, 2019|Comments Off on Black Marble’s gloomy bedroom ‘dance’ record

Home Sick 2 strives for post-punk variety in Petaluma

You'd be hard-pressed to find a band more comfortable with change than Santa Rosa's Ceremony, now 15 years into a career of stagediving and a raucous exploration of post-punk's [...]

By |January 16, 2019|Comments Off on Home Sick 2 strives for post-punk variety in Petaluma
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    Best Of 2018: Jordan’s 10 best releases to help navigate the current dystopia

Best Of 2018: Jordan’s 10 best releases to help navigate the current dystopia

Whether it's the environment, the country, or society in general, this year we've reached peak points in dystopian fear and despair. It seems that moments of peace, clarity and [...]

By |December 19, 2018|Comments Off on Best Of 2018: Jordan’s 10 best releases to help navigate the current dystopia

Getting louder and weirder with Praying

(photo: Tony Teixeira)

Expansive Oakland doom-gaze duo Praying eliminate the possibility of being a passive listener from the get-go. Live, a wall of amplifiers and speakers threaten gorgeous wrath as [...]

By |April 19, 2018|Comments Off on Getting louder and weirder with Praying
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    Half Stack just want to play music they really, truly like a lot

Half Stack just want to play music they really, truly like a lot

(photo: Julie Juarez)

Country-fried Oakland rockers Half Stack have have been busy, opening a sold-out Noise Pop show in February, playing all over the Bay and, most recently, touring to [...]

By |April 4, 2018|Comments Off on Half Stack just want to play music they really, truly like a lot

Noise Pop: Blissed-out ad nauseam with Melkbelly

(photo: Lenny Gilmore)

From now until the start of Noise Pop, we'll be profiling some of our favorite artists playing the festival this year.

In this installment, Meet Melkbelly, the Chicago [...]

By |February 9, 2018|Comments Off on Noise Pop: Blissed-out ad nauseam with Melkbelly
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