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

Review + Photos: Magik*Magik at Swedish American Hall

Magik*Magik (photo: Ian Young)

“It’s a miracle when you get to play with the same people for a long time, especially in San Francisco,” said Magik*Magik’s Minna Choi, onstage at [...]

By |December 7, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Magik*Magik at Swedish American Hall

Haley Bonar’s emotional examination

(photo: Graham Tolbert)

“You can be whatever you like,” sings Haley Bonar at the end of her latest album, Impossible Dream, but it’s clear that, to Bonar, being ‘whatever’ they [...]

By |December 6, 2016|Comments Off on Haley Bonar’s emotional examination

Review: Natasha Kmeto at Swedish American Hall

Natasha Kmeto (photo: Kaiya Gordon)

When Natasha Kmeto burst into a soaring cover of “Gimme All Your Love” during her San Francisco show last Wednesday night, I felt like crying. The [...]

By |November 29, 2016|Comments Off on Review: Natasha Kmeto at Swedish American Hall

Review + Photos: Jay Som at Brick + Mortar Music Hall

Jay Som (photo: Robert Alleyne)

“It’s very weird and strange to be here,” said Jay Som’s Melina Duterte, at her band’s vinyl debut show in San Francisco on November 18. Turn Into, [...]

By |November 23, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Jay Som at Brick + Mortar Music Hall

Photos + Review: PWR BTTM at the Rickshaw Stop

PWR BTTM (photos: Karissa Tom)

PWR BTTM is an underrated band. Even as they continue to gain publicity for their commitment to gender-neutral bathrooms at shows, safer-space crowds, and thoughtful commentary [...]

By |November 14, 2016|Comments Off on Photos + Review: PWR BTTM at the Rickshaw Stop

Review + Photos: Hazel English at The Chapel

Hazel English (photo: Kaiya Gordon)

When Hazel English took the stage at The Chapel on Sunday night, it was clear that she was a Bay Area favorite. The Oakland-based singer and her band drew [...]

By |November 8, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: Hazel English at The Chapel
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    Bellows’ Oliver Kalb on songwriting and emotional insecurity

Bellows’ Oliver Kalb on songwriting and emotional insecurity

It’s hard to say anything about Bellows’ Fist & Palm that hasn’t already been said.The band's second album has attracted a large following in the six weeks it has [...]

By |November 8, 2016|Comments Off on Bellows’ Oliver Kalb on songwriting and emotional insecurity

Bells Atlas to provide ‘Snap Judgment’ with beats

Oakland-based storytelling program Snap Judgment promises stories with a beat. And now, those beats will be provided by another local force: Bells Atlas.

After Bells Atlas provided live music [...]

By |November 7, 2016|Comments Off on Bells Atlas to provide ‘Snap Judgment’ with beats
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    Springtime Carnivore plays with poetry and privacy on spectral new album

Springtime Carnivore plays with poetry and privacy on spectral new album

Born out of a dream, Springtime Carnivore’s second album, Midnight Room, offers a surrealistic view of pop musi — a world where people collect comets in their hair, and [...]

By |November 3, 2016|Comments Off on Springtime Carnivore plays with poetry and privacy on spectral new album

Brand New’s old work promises Halloween fun

Ten years ago, Brand New’s third studio album, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, solidified the bands preeminence in emo-punk lore. Now, Brand New is back: Touring [...]

By |October 28, 2016|Comments Off on Brand New’s old work promises Halloween fun

Chasms: Engineering the edge of synth pop

When I caught up with Madden and Labrador from Chasms before their album release show at The Knockout last week, I asked them both what pronouns they used. They [...]

By |October 19, 2016|Comments Off on Chasms: Engineering the edge of synth pop
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