About Mark Spero

Mark Spero is a freelance writer living in the Bay Area, which mostly means going to concerts and reading. He works a bunch of different places, learning the horrors of the gig economy. If for some reason you want to talk to him about music and stuff, I'm sure he is free.

Turtlenecked: New album, July shows in SF and Oakland

Turtlenecked, Harrison Smith, already has a Stereogum premiere under his belt, and a blistering, self recorded alt rock album, Pure Plush Bone Cage. He just put out an album, [...]

By |June 20, 2017|0 Comments

INVSN head to Bottom of the Hill in September

INVSN (photo: Selma Grönlund)

The Scandinavian band INVSN has released their new album, The Beautiful Stories, in the United States on Dine Alone Records. They have also announced a North [...]

By |June 16, 2017|0 Comments
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    Great Grandpa Share ‘Expert Eraser,’ play Bottom of the Hill in July

Great Grandpa Share ‘Expert Eraser,’ play Bottom of the Hill in July

Great Grandpa (photo: Buggo Vigor)

Since 2014, the Seattle rock band Great Grandpa have been slowly gaining a wide a loyal following. After releasing their well-received EP Can Opener, they [...]

By |June 15, 2017|0 Comments

Listen to Meklit’s new track, “Supernova”

Meklit is a brilliant artist, who already has a TED Talk and a highly acclaimed album under her belt. She has worked with Andrew Bird and the Preservation Hall [...]

By |June 9, 2017|0 Comments

Oliver Tree makes his debut with two singles

New project Oliver Tree seems to have so many influences, yet he somehow seamlessly combines them all on his debut tracks, "Welcome to LA" and "All I Got." [...]

By |June 9, 2017|0 Comments
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    Preview: Saint Pé, Midnight Snaxxx, Valley Boy at Brick + Mortar

Preview: Saint Pé, Midnight Snaxxx, Valley Boy at Brick + Mortar

Next week, Saint Pé (aka Ian Saint Pé) brings his particular brand of southern rock to Brick & Mortar Music Hall.

Saint Pé played for years with Atlanta's Black Lips [...]

By |June 8, 2017|0 Comments

Premiere: “All Szn” by Lord Morgan ft. EyyELL

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The Bay Area's rich history of hip-hop and R&B continues to thrive through people like Kehlani and Iamsu!. Two other local artists headed for stardom are Lord Morgan [...]

By |June 2, 2017|0 Comments

Songhoy Blues bring Malian blues to Bimbo’s this fall

Songhoy Blues (photo: Transgressive Records)

Two years ago, Songhoy Blues burst on to the Western music scene with their debut album Music in Exile. They were forced into exile [...]

By |May 30, 2017|0 Comments

High Sunn releases ‘Hopeless Romantic’ EP

Local musician High Sunn, Justin Cheromiah, is only 17, but he's played around the Bay Area, opening for touring acts like Nick Hakim, while putting our over 30 singles, [...]

By |May 30, 2017|0 Comments

Sleepy Sun release dreamy music video, “Seaquest”

Sleepy Sun (photo: Amy Harrity)

Local rock band Sleepy Sun have released a video for their single "Seaquest." The dream-like video jumps between the band performing, sailing, and swimming, [...]

By |May 24, 2017|Comments Off on Sleepy Sun release dreamy music video, “Seaquest”

Frak releases “Draymond” music video

Frak is a Bay Area MC whose style weaves between humorous and reflective. His mixtape Bagels was named one of SF Weekly's top local hip-hop albums, getting over 150,000 plays online. He [...]

By |May 23, 2017|Comments Off on Frak releases “Draymond” music video