About Kaiya Gordon

Kaiya Gordon is a writer and poet from the SF peninsula. Kaiya believes that impact is more important than intent, and is not interested in listening to your normcore noise band. Follow them on twitter @ayobaio

Reparations Rock: FUPU brings joy and power to punk

“You can’t like FUPU if you aren’t physically doing something to make the world a place of access and equality for Black humans; femme humans; LGTBTQ humans; poor humans,” [...]

By |August 9, 2017|Comments Off on Reparations Rock: FUPU brings joy and power to punk

Review + Photos: Green Day at the Oakland Coliseum

Green Day (photo: SarahJayn Kemp)

Two years ago, I injured my knee screaming “Basket Case” at a karaoke party. The lingering injury is just one of countless ways Green Day has [...]

By |August 7, 2017|1 Comment
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    NRVS LVRS talk ‘Electric Dread,’ play Bottom of the Hill tonight

NRVS LVRS talk ‘Electric Dread,’ play Bottom of the Hill tonight

(photo: Peter Prato)

San Francisco's NRVS LVRS have been a Bay Area fixture 2014. On their latest album, Electric Dread, the duo skillfully plays with intersections between hard rock, haunting vocals, [...]

By |June 30, 2017|Comments Off on NRVS LVRS talk ‘Electric Dread,’ play Bottom of the Hill tonight
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    On ‘Silver Haze,’ Aye Nako opens a window into their world

On ‘Silver Haze,’ Aye Nako opens a window into their world

(photo: Chris Sikich)

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After I ask Mars Dixon and Jade Payne of Aye Nako to confirm the pronouns used by each member of the band, they ask me about my [...]

By |May 5, 2017|Comments Off on On ‘Silver Haze,’ Aye Nako opens a window into their world
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    Gobbinjr’s Double Debut: Two Bay Area shows planned for the weekend

Gobbinjr’s Double Debut: Two Bay Area shows planned for the weekend

"Have you ever felt that someone was mysterious and strange?" Emma Witmer of Gobbinjr sings on the title track of Vom Nite, the band's latest EP. "When you get too [...]

By |May 4, 2017|Comments Off on Gobbinjr’s Double Debut: Two Bay Area shows planned for the weekend
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    Xiomara on ‘the essence of hip-hop’ and internal revolution

Xiomara on ‘the essence of hip-hop’ and internal revolution

“I’m just trying to encourage other people to be their best selves,” Xiomara tells me, as we chat over the phone. She’s babysitting for a friend, and throughout our [...]

By |April 28, 2017|Comments Off on Xiomara on ‘the essence of hip-hop’ and internal revolution

Review + Photos: Mitski and Steady Holiday at the Fillmore

Mitski (photo: Robert Alleyne)

The first time I saw Mitski belt straight into her guitar strings was two years ago, during a shattering Audiotree Live Session I devoured through my computer screen. [...]

By |April 20, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Mitski and Steady Holiday at the Fillmore

Review + Photos: Sigur Rós at the Fox Theater

Sigur Rós (photo: Jon Bauer)

Sigur Rós are consistently billed as a post-rock band — but while listening to them in a contemporary context, their music reminds me less of [...]

By |April 13, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Sigur Rós at the Fox Theater
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    Hazel Reading Series brings living room readings to San Francisco

Hazel Reading Series brings living room readings to San Francisco

(Hazel Reading Series banner, designed by Diana To.)

“We have no prescribed identities,” Sara Marinelli of San Francisco's Hazel Reading Series says to me over the phone. For us, [womanhood] is [...]

By |April 5, 2017|Comments Off on Hazel Reading Series brings living room readings to San Francisco
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    Interview: Lady Lamb strives for courage, emotional vulnerability on new EP

Interview: Lady Lamb strives for courage, emotional vulnerability on new EP

“Be present / be patient / be transparent” Aly Spaltro writes at the end of her Tender Warriors Club manifesto. Originally written as a personal reminder to refrain from [...]

By |March 17, 2017|Comments Off on Interview: Lady Lamb strives for courage, emotional vulnerability on new EP

Giveaway: Xiu Xiu at The Chapel

They're weird, they're local, and they're coming to The Chapel: Xiu Xiu is slated for a memorable performance on March 19th in San Francisco.

Presented by (((folkYEAH!))), Sunday's performance will be [...]

By |March 16, 2017|Comments Off on Giveaway: Xiu Xiu at The Chapel

Giveaway: Thao Nguyen at The Chapel

Thao Nguyen, I often like to say, is the best reason to stay in San Francisco. Nguyen has been playing music in the city since 2009, and her onstage [...]

By |March 14, 2017|Comments Off on Giveaway: Thao Nguyen at The Chapel
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