About Matt St. John

Matt St. John is a writer and journalist living in San Francisco. His work has appeared in Vice, El Pais, and the East Bay Express. For more of his musings on pop music and the occasional political rant, follow him on Twitter @mattystjohn.
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    The Joy of Silence: Why it’s good to take out your earbuds once in a while

The Joy of Silence: Why it’s good to take out your earbuds once in a while

(illustration: Matt St. John)

There are plenty of reasons not to wear headphones while traversing San Francisco. Maybe it's the fear of getting smacked by an electric skateboard or robbed [...]

By |July 11, 2018|1 Comment
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    ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ comes to DVD

‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ comes to DVD

If you didn't get a chance to catch Turn It Around in theaters, fret not. The exhaustive documentary on the East Bay punk scene will be released soon by [...]

By |June 14, 2018|Comments Off on ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ comes to DVD
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    Bay Area Archives: The Ace of Cups — an all-female, Summer of Love-era group that almost went unheard

Bay Area Archives: The Ace of Cups — an all-female, Summer of Love-era group that almost went unheard

(photo: www.aceofcupsofficial.com)

While San Francisco locals may seem a bit jaded about the city's hippie history, the Summer of Love still has a place in our hearts. Sure, we might [...]

By |June 11, 2018|Comments Off on Bay Area Archives: The Ace of Cups — an all-female, Summer of Love-era group that almost went unheard

Bobbi Rohs drops “itsjusttheletterb”

While there are plenty of new releases to reckon with on the national front, make sure you save headspace for all the great local projects coming out.

Take San Francisco [...]

By |June 8, 2018|Comments Off on Bobbi Rohs drops “itsjusttheletterb”
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    Tanukichan’s noisy-pop is the “Perfect” way to start your summer

Tanukichan’s noisy-pop is the “Perfect” way to start your summer

Tanukichan, the project of Oakland-based musician Hannah Van Loon (formerly of Trails and Ways), recently released a single from her upcoming debut album Sundays. The song is called “Perfect,” [...]

By |June 8, 2018|Comments Off on Tanukichan’s noisy-pop is the “Perfect” way to start your summer
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    Boofrmda4’s “Fake Love” is vibrant and fun East Bay R&B

Boofrmda4’s “Fake Love” is vibrant and fun East Bay R&B

Oakland R&B singer Boofrmda4 recently released a new track called "Fake Love." The song features a relaxed chorus by Oakland rapper Tree Thomas and a frantic beat by Armani [...]

By |May 3, 2018|Comments Off on Boofrmda4’s “Fake Love” is vibrant and fun East Bay R&B
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    Nyanni’s new track “Over Night” explores the consequences of mixing love and Hennessy

Nyanni’s new track “Over Night” explores the consequences of mixing love and Hennessy

Nyanni (photo: Edgar Daniel)

Late last year, I met Nyanni on the platform of West Oakland BART, while working on a story about Oakland's BART dancing scene. The 22-year-old [...]

By |May 2, 2018|Comments Off on Nyanni’s new track “Over Night” explores the consequences of mixing love and Hennessy

Jawbreaker working on new music

Jawbreaker got aging emo/punk kids on Reddit forums super stoked last year by reuniting for Riot Fest in Chicago, and a couple shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New [...]

By |April 9, 2018|1 Comment

Jane Handcock gets vulnerable with her new video

Watch Oakland R&B singer Jane Handcock cruise around the East Bay in a vintage convertible in her new video “My N***a.” The song is a refreshingly vulnerable and long [...]

By |April 5, 2018|Comments Off on Jane Handcock gets vulnerable with her new video
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    East Bay rapper Zion I releases ‘Tonite Show’ with DJ Fresh

East Bay rapper Zion I releases ‘Tonite Show’ with DJ Fresh

East Bay rapper Baba Zumbi — also known as Zion I — recently released a new record with Los Angeles producer DJ Fresh. The duo recorded the 10-track [...]

By |April 3, 2018|Comments Off on East Bay rapper Zion I releases ‘Tonite Show’ with DJ Fresh