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: Metallica delivers message at pre-Super Bowl show

Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 had all the glitz and glam, the biggest celebrities in the world, and a halftime show that pandered heavily to Top 40 music lovers with [...]

By |February 8, 2016|1 Comment
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    At Opening Night, Super Bowl 50 players, fans prefer Beyonce to Coldplay

At Opening Night, Super Bowl 50 players, fans prefer Beyonce to Coldplay

Super Bowl 50 Media Day (photo: Jon Bauer)

Super Bowl Media Day, this year known as "Opening Night," can best be described as organized cacophony. At the center of attention are [...]

By |February 3, 2016|Comments Off on At Opening Night, Super Bowl 50 players, fans prefer Beyonce to Coldplay
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    SF label Tompkins Square Records marks decade of crate-digging for lost masterpieces

SF label Tompkins Square Records marks decade of crate-digging for lost masterpieces

Robert Johnson is well-known as a seminal bluesman now, but the musician, who lived from 1911 to 1938, was just another forgotten master until Columbia Records reissued a compilation [...]

By |January 13, 2016|Comments Off on SF label Tompkins Square Records marks decade of crate-digging for lost masterpieces

Roman Gokhman’s favorite concerts of 2015

Welcome to my annual countdown of the most entertaining music experiences of the year. I only went to 41 concerts. Life commitments and a family took a higher priority. [...]

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Muse bolster reputation as arena powerhouse in Oakland

While English trio Muse was making terrific prog-rock records in the early 2000s, Americans largely ignored them. The Bay Area and other large metropolises notwithstanding, Muse didn’t break out [...]

By |December 16, 2015|Comments Off on Muse bolster reputation as arena powerhouse in Oakland

PAPA returns with a middle finger salute to alt-radio

Los Angeles duo PAPA is exasperated with the current state of alternative rock radio.

“It sounds like it’s written by a producer and heavily sampled,” frontman/drummer Darren Weiss says from [...]

By |November 25, 2015|Comments Off on PAPA returns with a middle finger salute to alt-radio

Interview: BØRNS is chemically dependent on love

When he was 10 and growing up alongside the dunes of the east Lake Michigan coastline, in Grand Haven, Michigan, Garrett Borns already had his sights on the arts [...]

By |November 19, 2015|Comments Off on Interview: BØRNS is chemically dependent on love

Q&A: Hibou casts a solo spell

Peter Michel used to drum with San Francisco-Seattle shoegaze pop outfit Craft Spells, but two years ago got the itch to write his own songs and call his own [...]

By |November 12, 2015|Comments Off on Q&A: Hibou casts a solo spell

Giveaway: Finish Ticket moving to the national stage

A few years ago, Finish Ticket were one of many up-and-coming Bay Area bands trying to break through to the national stage. Following a a tour opening for Twenty [...]

By |October 27, 2015|1 Comment
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    Interview: Marina and the Diamonds brings ‘FROOT’ to Oakland

Interview: Marina and the Diamonds brings ‘FROOT’ to Oakland

Marina Diamandis has had a busy summer on the festival circuit. Each weekend brought the Welsh-Greek singer-songwriter (aka Marina and the Diamonds) to a new locale, with little time [...]

By |October 16, 2015|Comments Off on Interview: Marina and the Diamonds brings ‘FROOT’ to Oakland
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    Giveaway: The Family Crest to preview new material at the Independent

Giveaway: The Family Crest to preview new material at the Independent

San Francisco's favorite symphonic pop septet, The Family Crest, is about to enter the dark hibernation cave known as the record-making process. Before they do, however, they have one [...]

By |October 15, 2015|Comments Off on Giveaway: The Family Crest to preview new material at the Independent

MisterWives out to prove love possible

If MisterWives had arrived in San Francisco for Outside Lands as just another pop band, the New York quintet left as something else. Sitting in the grass behind the [...]

By |October 14, 2015|Comments Off on MisterWives out to prove love possible
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