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.

Downtown Boys hit Bottom of the Hill, Starline on new tour

Downtown Boys

With two albums, countless accolades, and a legendary live show, Downtown Boys are a growing force against the white-washed rock and roll.

They have been working their way [...]

By |June 30, 2017|Comments Off on Downtown Boys hit Bottom of the Hill, Starline on new tour

Waxahatchee heads to the Fillmore in July

Waxahatchee has showed herself to be a true rock and roll star with the two singles from her upcoming album, Out In The Storm.

"Never Been Wrong" and "Silver" both [...]

By |June 29, 2017|Comments Off on Waxahatchee heads to the Fillmore in July

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|Comments Off on Turtlenecked: New album, July shows in SF and Oakland

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|Comments Off on INVSN head to Bottom of the Hill in September
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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|Comments Off on Great Grandpa Share ‘Expert Eraser,’ play Bottom of the Hill in July

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|Comments Off on Listen to Meklit’s new track, “Supernova”

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|Comments Off on Oliver Tree makes his debut with two singles
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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|Comments Off on Preview: Saint Pé, Midnight Snaxxx, Valley Boy at Brick + Mortar

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|Comments Off on Premiere: “All Szn” by Lord Morgan ft. EyyELL

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|Comments Off on Songhoy Blues bring Malian blues to Bimbo’s this fall

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|Comments Off on High Sunn releases ‘Hopeless Romantic’ EP

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”
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