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Santa Rosa’s Fussy debut jagged, groove-filled demo

Fussy's In Your Head tape art

Despite their brief existence, Indiana's Coneheads have inspired young punks in distant suburbs. At the end of last year, San Francisco's Outer Sunset gave [...]

By |April 25, 2016|Comments Off on Santa Rosa’s Fussy debut jagged, groove-filled demo

UNITY announce summer release of debut LP

(Unity LP variant by Jeff Cheung)

With demos sneaking online as far back as November 2013, Unity began as a songwriting outlet for Oakland-based artist and musician Jeff Cheung, known [...]

By |April 22, 2016|Comments Off on UNITY announce summer release of debut LP

Dick Stusso partners with Billions

Dick Stusso (photo: by Matt Sorenson)

The universe of Dick Stusso is expanding, and its big bang echoed throughout music industry inboxes and across excited friends' Facebook pages last month — the [...]

By |April 4, 2016|Comments Off on Dick Stusso partners with Billions

Noise Pop: Ringo Deathstarr satisfy shoegaze needs

Ringo Deathstarr (photo: Kristin Cofer)

Not being too familiar with the Texas outfit's blend of psychedelia and heavy shoegaze, it wasn't Ringo Deathstarr that drew me to this particular Noise [...]

By |February 26, 2016|1 Comment
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    Preview: Longings (of Orchid + Ampere), Nopes, Toyota, Spit Tips

Preview: Longings (of Orchid + Ampere), Nopes, Toyota, Spit Tips

Western Massachusetts' prolific guitarist and recording engineer Will Killingsworth (Orchid, Ampere) is bringing his post-punk venture to the Bay at the end of the month. Longings play a dense, cerebral [...]

By |January 27, 2016|Comments Off on Preview: Longings (of Orchid + Ampere), Nopes, Toyota, Spit Tips

Opinion: The Bay’s best new band + best new release

2015 saw a lot of great things happening for Bay Area music; new spaces and accommodating houses have popped up across downtown and West Oakland, a slew of new [...]

By |December 29, 2015|Comments Off on Opinion: The Bay’s best new band + best new release
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    Melina Duterte is Jay Som, San Francisco’s dream pop secret

Melina Duterte is Jay Som, San Francisco’s dream pop secret

"Have you heard Jay Som?"

"Did you check out the new Jay Som??"

"You need to listen to this."

Reminding me so much of that way Alex G songs got passed around [...]

By |December 7, 2015|1 Comment
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    Premiere: Acid Fast’s “Blackout Curtains” off nostalgic, hook filled sophomore LP

Premiere: Acid Fast’s “Blackout Curtains” off nostalgic, hook filled sophomore LP

Acid Fast have been around the block. The group is comprised of seasoned rockers who cut their chops in bands like Big Kids and currently still perform in Nervous, [...]

By |November 18, 2015|Comments Off on Premiere: Acid Fast’s “Blackout Curtains” off nostalgic, hook filled sophomore LP
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    Layin’ Waste: New Bay Area hardcore label kicks off with 1234 Go! showcase

Layin’ Waste: New Bay Area hardcore label kicks off with 1234 Go! showcase

Over the last couple years the Bay's hardcore scene has experienced some turmoil — staple venues have shuttered, bands have come and gone, and mainstay acts have left the genre. The [...]

By |November 16, 2015|Comments Off on Layin’ Waste: New Bay Area hardcore label kicks off with 1234 Go! showcase

Mansion celebrate release of ‘Early Life’

(record release flier by Sam Lefebvre)

After months of inactivity, Oakland's Mansion returned with news of an LP and promptly set off on a tour that took them to New [...]

By |November 16, 2015|2 Comments
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    Premiere: Jazz punks La Bella record debut LP at the Bay Area’s Atomic Garden

Premiere: Jazz punks La Bella record debut LP at the Bay Area’s Atomic Garden

(La Bella and Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden, photo by Daniel Torres)

After three years of radio silence, politically charged, jazz-infused groove punks La Bella are preparing for their [...]

By |October 13, 2015|1 Comment
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    Santa Rosa’s The Down House release shoegaze duet ‘I say I So Much’

Santa Rosa’s The Down House release shoegaze duet ‘I say I So Much’

(The Down House)

Santa Rosa's known, at least to me, for its often removed, quirky underground scene that's seen a revival in energy thanks in no small part to the Pizza [...]

By |October 1, 2015|Comments Off on Santa Rosa’s The Down House release shoegaze duet ‘I say I So Much’
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