About Margaret Allen

Margaret is a writer living in Oakland. In her free time, she enjoys meeting cool dogs and eating candy.

Lightning Bolt in the Bay Area for two (sold out) shows

Ok, so you see that Lightning Bolt is coming to the Bay Area to tour behind their first album in five years, Fantasy Empire. You see that they are [...]

By |May 1, 2015|Comments Off on Lightning Bolt in the Bay Area for two (sold out) shows
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    Review: Lust For Youth plays to a problematic crowd at Elbo Room

Review: Lust For Youth plays to a problematic crowd at Elbo Room

Last weekend, Copenhagen’s Lust For Youth headlined EBM/New Beat dance night Bodyshock’s 2 year anniversary at Elbo Room, along with Marshstepper, Varg, and resident DJs Crackwhore, Blk Rainbow, and [...]

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    Local print shop All Gold in final days of Indiegogo campaign

Local print shop All Gold in final days of Indiegogo campaign

Katrina Herman, the artist behind Oakland-based print shop All Gold, is in the final days of her Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to open a community space to house workshops, printing, and exhibitions for [...]

By |March 24, 2015|Comments Off on Local print shop All Gold in final days of Indiegogo campaign
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    Clan of Xymox to perform in SF for the first time in over a decade

Clan of Xymox to perform in SF for the first time in over a decade

I had heard of darkwave pioneers Clan of Xymox before in passing, but regrettably never took much time to delve into their large body of work that so often gets passed over [...]

By |March 12, 2015|Comments Off on Clan of Xymox to perform in SF for the first time in over a decade

Noise Pop 2015: Holly Herndon monitors The Lab

For all involved, Holly Herndon’s prodigious set at The Lab on Sunday night for Noise Pop was an exercise in the limitations of sound, vision, social agitation, supervision, and [...]

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    Noise Pop 2015: New Pornographers headline an evening of pop at the Fox Theatre

Noise Pop 2015: New Pornographers headline an evening of pop at the Fox Theatre

Photos by Paige Parsons

During last night's near-perfectly curated Noise Pop show at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, surrounded by lots of eager New Pornographers fans, I couldn't stop thinking about [...]

By |March 2, 2015|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2015: New Pornographers headline an evening of pop at the Fox Theatre
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    Noise Pop 2015: Giraffage offers carefree evening at The Independent

Noise Pop 2015: Giraffage offers carefree evening at The Independent

Photos by Joey Pangilinan

When covering a show, I stick to a routine. I open a new Note on my iPhone and jot down set lists, ideas about the crowd, the [...]

By |February 28, 2015|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2015: Giraffage offers carefree evening at The Independent

Noise Pop 2015: Screaming Females at the Hemlock

As I watched Screaming Females casually blow the minds of the 100 or so fans gathered in the very hot, very smelly, and very dark back room of the Hemlock [...]

By |February 23, 2015|Comments Off on Noise Pop 2015: Screaming Females at the Hemlock
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    Prince Rama play CULT Gallery’s first birthday this Saturday

Prince Rama play CULT Gallery’s first birthday this Saturday

According to their Instagram, Brooklyn-based post-apocalyptic pop duo Prince Rama has been hanging out in California for a few days now, and we can only imagine what kind of [...]

By |January 23, 2015|Comments Off on Prince Rama play CULT Gallery’s first birthday this Saturday

120 Minutes brings Sasha Go Hard to Elbo Room

Tomorrow night, 120 Minutes -- the now legendary and very foggy dance night held every month at Elbo Room -- brings Chicago rapper Sasha Go Hard to the Bay to perform alongside [...]

By |January 22, 2015|Comments Off on 120 Minutes brings Sasha Go Hard to Elbo Room