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: Coldplay @ HP Pavilion, 4/27/12

There is nothing subtle about Coldplay. Every move is exaggerated. From frontman Chris Martin’s strut and “someone take a picture while I’m in mid-air” jumps, to Will Champion’s animistic [...]

By |April 30, 2012|Comments Off on Review: Coldplay @ HP Pavilion, 4/27/12
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    Interview: Edward Sharpe's Nora Kirkpatrick discusses 'Here,' touring, and the album after the new one

Interview: Edward Sharpe's Nora Kirkpatrick discusses 'Here,' touring, and the album after the new one

A 1,500-foot-long vintage streamlined 1948 California Zephyr train. Two weeks. Three bands with their own unique sounds, riding the rails. Jamming, recording, playing a concert here and there.

That was [...]

By |April 27, 2012|1 Comment

Photos & Review: M83 @ The Fillmore, 4/22/12

Breaking the traditional rules of setlist arrangement, M83’s Anthony Gonzalez didn’t save his big hit for the end of the show at the Fillmore Sunday night. “Midnight City,” the [...]

By |April 23, 2012|Comments Off on Photos & Review: M83 @ The Fillmore, 4/22/12
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    Review: Better Than Ezra @ Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 4/21/12

Review: Better Than Ezra @ Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 4/21/12

It is impossible to review Better Than Ezra’s show in Vacaville Saturday without acknowledging that halfway through their set, the ‘90s buzz band performed a medley of Chris Isaak’s [...]

By |April 23, 2012|2 Comments
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    Interview: Rupa and the April Fishes prepare for bicycle concert tour around the Bay Area

Interview: Rupa and the April Fishes prepare for bicycle concert tour around the Bay Area

It’s the afternoon before her San Francisco band’s namesake holiday, April Fool’s Day, and Rupa Marya is taking a lunch break from preparations for Rupa and the April Fishes’ [...]

By |April 17, 2012|Comments Off on Interview: Rupa and the April Fishes prepare for bicycle concert tour around the Bay Area
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    Interview: SF native Hanni El Khatib returns home on the Highway Man Tour

Interview: SF native Hanni El Khatib returns home on the Highway Man Tour

The electricity goes out in the home of new Angelino Hanni El Khatib just as he answers his telephone. “Can you call me back in five minutes?” he asks. [...]

By |April 2, 2012|1 Comment
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    The Joy Formidable: "It’s not just volume, but dynamic and passion."

The Joy Formidable: "It’s not just volume, but dynamic and passion."

The Joy Formidable – "Whirring"

When Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable resolved to record the follow-up to last year’s critically praised debut, The Big Roar, the band did not [...]

By |March 9, 2012|Comments Off on The Joy Formidable: "It’s not just volume, but dynamic and passion."
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    Experiencing the hits and misses of the Grammys, live from the Staples Center

Experiencing the hits and misses of the Grammys, live from the Staples Center

The Beach Boys performing at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

[Ed. Note: While most Grammy nominees aren't typically our cup of tea around here, there's something undeniably alluring about the [...]

By |February 15, 2012|Comments Off on Experiencing the hits and misses of the Grammys, live from the Staples Center
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    Young the Giant's Jacob Tilley discusses the band's breakout 2011 and plans for new album

Young the Giant's Jacob Tilley discusses the band's breakout 2011 and plans for new album

Young the Giant - "Strings"

Three minutes on stage may have made the difference between emerging success and national attention, or a career as another relatively unknown alt-rock band for [...]

By |February 2, 2012|1 Comment
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    Vicky Cryer: Louis XIV's Jason Hill gathers talented friends for new band's first SF show

Vicky Cryer: Louis XIV's Jason Hill gathers talented friends for new band's first SF show

Expensive Love by Vicky Cryer

There are two foremost things you need to know about Vicky Cryer. The first is that the Los Angeles [...]

By |January 20, 2012|Comments Off on Vicky Cryer: Louis XIV's Jason Hill gathers talented friends for new band's first SF show
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