About Lauren Espina

Lauren is a rock and roll enthusiast and writer from the San Fernando Valley. She moved to San Francisco in 2008, and coincidentally, a year later, Christopher Owens of Girls named a song after her.

Interview: Taylor Lissandrello drops debut as Wicked Winds

Taylor Lissandrello is hardly a new face in the San Francisco music community. On any given night, he can be found operating lights at The Chapel, manning the drums [...]

By |October 13, 2015|Comments Off on Interview: Taylor Lissandrello drops debut as Wicked Winds

Annie Girl & The Flight play Slim’s with Against Me!

It's been a pivotal summer for San Francisco's Annie Girl & The Flight. After releasing their latest EP Bodies, the band spent the better portion of June and July [...]

By |September 22, 2015|Comments Off on Annie Girl & The Flight play Slim’s with Against Me!

Mad Alchemy psychedelic dance party with Oakland favorites

It seems Mad Alchemy, aka Lance Gordon and team, have their light-bending hands in all the psychedelic meanderings on the West Coast, and it’s not hard to see why. [...]

By |September 9, 2015|1 Comment

The Sandwitches and Carletta Sue Kay move The Chapel

The Sandwitches are of a beloved generation of San Francisco musicians, a class of songwriters who inspired a truly devoted local following during the mid-2000s and many of whom [...]

By |August 24, 2015|Comments Off on The Sandwitches and Carletta Sue Kay move The Chapel

Interview: Strange Vine climbs to new heights

It's not always easy to recognize when a band is on the edge of something great. Sometimes a single hit song is all it takes to catapult a band [...]

By |June 19, 2015|Comments Off on Interview: Strange Vine climbs to new heights

We All Together Presents the third annual Hickey Fest

Spring is about to give way to summer, and that means it's time for California's music communities to head north to Leggett, CA for the third annual Hickey Fest. Held [...]

By |June 16, 2015|Comments Off on We All Together Presents the third annual Hickey Fest
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    Seasons of the Witch: The Tubes are “Proud To Be an American”, aren’t you?

Seasons of the Witch: The Tubes are “Proud To Be an American”, aren’t you?

Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns

The performing artists, cultural critics and punk rockers that make up The Tubes came together in 1972. Like many artists then and now, they uprooted from [...]

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    Seasons of the Witch: Blue Cheer & the so-called San Francisco Sound

Seasons of the Witch: Blue Cheer & the so-called San Francisco Sound

San Francisco is always weathering a Season of the Witch, oscillating somewhere between liberal idealism and cold reality. Whether that reality is in the form of sadistic violence or [...]

Giveaway: Jacco Gardner at The Chapel

Baroque pop composer Jacco Gardner is headed to The Chapel on Wednesday, March 25, and we have a killer giveaway for this gig. On top of a pair of tickets, the winner [...]

By |March 24, 2015|Comments Off on Giveaway: Jacco Gardner at The Chapel
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    Seasons of the Witch: Flipper, the misfits among the misfits

Seasons of the Witch: Flipper, the misfits among the misfits

San Francisco is always weathering a Season of the Witch, oscillating somewhere between liberal idealism and cold reality. Whether that reality is in the form of sadistic violence or [...]

By |March 17, 2015|4 Comments
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    Noise Pop 2015: The Black Ryder, masters of the hard/soft dichotomy

Noise Pop 2015: The Black Ryder, masters of the hard/soft dichotomy

Photos by Jon Ching

Last night at Rickshaw Stop, The Black Ryder proved themselves to be masters of the hard/soft dichotomy. In celebration of their new LP, The Door Behind the [...]

By |February 26, 2015|1 Comment

The Black Ryder to release sophomore LP at Noise Pop

Australian-born and LA-based outfit The Black Ryder is coming to San Francisco to release its sophomore LP, The Door Behind the Door, at this year's Noise Pop festival. The band rose [...]

By |February 20, 2015|Comments Off on The Black Ryder to release sophomore LP at Noise Pop
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