About Pranav Trewn

Pranav splits his time between recording homemade Run the Jewels covers with his best friend and striving to become a regular at his local sandwich shop. He will defend his position that The Haunted Mansion is the peak of late-era Eddie Murphy (barring Shrek) until he passes out from getting too worked up.

Rexx Life Raj owes it all to Berkeley

...and hard work, and strong collaborators...but also the burrito bowls at Berkeley Bowl.

Rexx Life Raj is committed to repping Berkeley. It’s one of the first things you come to [...]

By |October 18, 2016|Comments Off on Rexx Life Raj owes it all to Berkeley
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    East Oakland rapper Stunna June releases debut project ‘OTR 930’

East Oakland rapper Stunna June releases debut project ‘OTR 930’

Stunna June, the melodiously rugged Tongan vocalist from the East Bay, released his debut full-length OTR 930 this past Friday. The record offers a tropical take on ‘90s-inspired hip-hop, [...]

By |October 6, 2016|Comments Off on East Oakland rapper Stunna June releases debut project ‘OTR 930’
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    Cymbals Eat Guitars deliver a perfect set at Swedish American Hall

Cymbals Eat Guitars deliver a perfect set at Swedish American Hall

Cymbals Eat Guitars is the Platonic ideal for a rock band. The New Jersey quartet’s performance at Swedish American Hall this past Saturday was everything that rock and roll [...]

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    Holding on for dear life: Cymbals Eat Guitars performing next weekend at Swedish American Hall

Holding on for dear life: Cymbals Eat Guitars performing next weekend at Swedish American Hall

Sometimes you can’t help but lose. It’s not the result of bad fortune, nor does it come from a lack of effort. You aren’t directly at fault, or maybe [...]

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    Wilco needed a shot in the arm Tuesday night at their Fillmore residency opener

Wilco needed a shot in the arm Tuesday night at their Fillmore residency opener

Wilco (photo: Patric Carver)

“You still love rock and roll?”

That’s the central question at the heart of “Misunderstood,” Wilco’s emphatically dismissive opener to 1996’s roots-rock classic Being There. If that query [...]

By |September 8, 2016|6 Comments

Beyond the Bay and back: An interview with Caleborate

Caleborate, also known by the alias TBKTR (That Black Kid That Raps), is a Berkeley-based artist about to slam through an infamous regional glass ceiling — one that’s held [...]

By |August 23, 2016|Comments Off on Beyond the Bay and back: An interview with Caleborate

The highs and (very few) lows of Outside Lands 2016

Radiohead (all photos: Daniel Kielman)

Everything was not in its right place when the gates opened at this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival. The box office lines were stalled to a [...]

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Outside Lands: Following along to Kevin Morby’s parade

(photo: Dusdin Condren)

In one of the best scenes from Bojack Horseman, the excellent Netflix comedy that a few weeks ago released its tremendous third season, the titular character lies [...]

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    Outside Lands: Whitney made the perfect winter record for the summer

Outside Lands: Whitney made the perfect winter record for the summer

Light Upon The Lake is the kind of album that inspires mythology. It’s an immaculate debut crafted by a duo of songwriters in the midst of heartbreak and in [...]

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    Your guide to Outside Lands 2016’s many schedule conflicts

Your guide to Outside Lands 2016’s many schedule conflicts

Concerts are increasingly the dominant source of income for artists in the music industry. Record sales continue to fall as "ownership" becomes an outdated ideology in the era of [...]

By |July 25, 2016|3 Comments
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    Japanese Breakfast performing with Mitski and Jay Som for upcoming Bay Area shows

Japanese Breakfast performing with Mitski and Jay Som for upcoming Bay Area shows

It’s the great irony of tragedy that it imparts a desire to be isolated from the outside world in tandem with hoping to escape your own thoughts. You don’t [...]

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First impressions of this year’s Treasure Island lineup

Before we dive in, can we take a moment to just admire how remarkable it is that Treasure Island has even made it to 10 years? While press releases [...]

By |June 17, 2016|Comments Off on First impressions of this year’s Treasure Island lineup
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