About Roman Gokhman

Roman Gokhman has been covering the music scene in the Bay Area since 2006; first with the Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times and the San Jose Mercury News, and since 2011, as a staff feature writer with The Bay Bridged. Follow him at Twitter.com/RomiTheWriter and RomiTheWriter.Tumblr.com, where he posts Q&A outtakes from most of his artist interviews.

Review + Photos: M83 brew ‘Junk’ stew in Oakland

M83 (Photo: by Daniel Kielman)

Following his breakthrough sixth album, 2011’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, which reached No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart and briefly made him a household name, [...]

By |April 18, 2016|Comments Off on Review + Photos: M83 brew ‘Junk’ stew in Oakland

The Saint Johns and Aubrie Sellers bring twang to SF

Something new is happening in country music and its official home base in Nashville. While the glitz remains, and girls, guns, and broken hearts still take up much of [...]

By |April 15, 2016|Comments Off on The Saint Johns and Aubrie Sellers bring twang to SF

Review: Carrie Underwood bids farewell to Idol in Oakland

Carrie Underwood has outlived American Idol. While the television show has produced a handful of success stories, none tower higher than the Season 4 winner, who has sold 65 [...]

By |April 11, 2016|Comments Off on Review: Carrie Underwood bids farewell to Idol in Oakland
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    Outside Lands 2016: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie to headline

Outside Lands 2016: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie to headline

Nine years after Radiohead became the first music act to play at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park after dark at the first Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, the [...]

By |April 5, 2016|Comments Off on Outside Lands 2016: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie to headline

Chairlift approach the fire with ‘Moth’

Brooklyn synthpop-cum-R&B duo Chairlift are barreling full steam ahead, firing on all cylinders. In the last three years, Caroline Polachek (vocals, synths, drum machines, arrangements) and Patrick Wimberly (drums, [...]

By |March 18, 2016|Comments Off on Chairlift approach the fire with ‘Moth’

Bruce Springsteen reflects on ‘The River’ in Oakland

Bruce Springsteen (photo: Jon Bauer)

Bruce Springsteen’s 20-song opus The River means many things to people, but The Boss himself gave two explanations for the meaning of his fifth album [...]

By |March 14, 2016|4 Comments

Stranded in the rain with Grace Mitchell

Grace Mitchell (photo: Robert Alleyne)

It’s 6:30pm on Sunday and Grace Mitchell is, through no fault of her own, late to her soundcheck at The Independent. Mitchell is in town for a [...]

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A conversation with St. Lucia’s Jean-Philip Grobler

Jean-Philip Grobler has been playing in rock bands since he was 10 years old, though that may not be clearly evident considering he's best known as the mastermind of [...]

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Noise Pop Q&A: Success buys pink suits, new bed for Joywave

There are four things fans of Joywave should know in order to understand the motivations of the Rochester, N.Y. indie rock quintet.

First is that Rochester is the home base [...]

By |February 25, 2016|Comments Off on Noise Pop Q&A: Success buys pink suits, new bed for Joywave

The Thermals reappear to face ‘the end’ on new album

For Hutch Harris, the frontman of longstanding Portland indie rock trio The Thermals, it happened a little over a year ago. Standing onstage, looking into the curious crowd, he [...]

By |February 18, 2016|Comments Off on The Thermals reappear to face ‘the end’ on new album
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    Metric’s ‘last vestige of caring’ prompts ‘Pagans’

Metric’s ‘last vestige of caring’ prompts ‘Pagans’

Pros, cons, and hindsight — Toronto synthpop quartet Metric have never shied away from direction-shaping changes. In 2007, the band ditched a traditional label to start their own distribution [...]

By |February 16, 2016|Comments Off on Metric’s ‘last vestige of caring’ prompts ‘Pagans’
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    Bay pays tribute to Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ at 924 Gilman benefit

Bay pays tribute to Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ at 924 Gilman benefit

Since 1989, Jesse Townley has played in numerous East Bay punk bands, such as Blatz, The Gr'ups, The Criminals, and The Frisk. The first time that Townley — known [...]

By |February 11, 2016|Comments Off on Bay pays tribute to Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ at 924 Gilman benefit
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