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.
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    Q&A: Clean Bandit had a different ‘Rather Be’ before Jess Glynne

Q&A: Clean Bandit had a different ‘Rather Be’ before Jess Glynne

Electronic music fans have likely had English quartet Clean Bandit on their radar for some time. Everyone else followed suit last year, when "Rather Be," a collaboration with Jess [...]

By |September 29, 2015|Comments Off on Q&A: Clean Bandit had a different ‘Rather Be’ before Jess Glynne

Review: AC/DC shakes San Francisco all night long

AC/DC (photo: Jon Bauer)

On the one hand, there’s the clichéd image of Butthead in his constant AC/DC shirt. On the other, it’s a wonder to think how many classics guitarist [...]

By |September 28, 2015|2 Comments
  • Ellie Goulding at Justin Herman Plaza, by Jon Bauer
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    Concert at Justin Herman Plaza with Train & Ellie Goulding kicks off NFL season

Concert at Justin Herman Plaza with Train & Ellie Goulding kicks off NFL season

Train at Justin Herman Plaza (photo: Jon Bauer)

An English diva and a San Francisco stalwart band helped the NFL kick off its season Thursday afternoon from Justin Herman Plaza [...]

By |September 11, 2015|Comments Off on Concert at Justin Herman Plaza with Train & Ellie Goulding kicks off NFL season

Eliot Sumner makes a name for herself with her old name

When she was 10, Eliot Sumner visited San Francisco with her dad, and the two Brits went to Chinatown, where he bought her a set of nunchucks. Not even [...]

By |August 25, 2015|Comments Off on Eliot Sumner makes a name for herself with her old name
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    Review: Taylor Swift draws diverse crowd at Levi’s Stadium

Review: Taylor Swift draws diverse crowd at Levi’s Stadium

Taylor Swift has hits for miles. Nearly every one of the 18 songs she performed Friday, at the first of two sold-out shows at Levi’s Stadium (to more than [...]

By |August 17, 2015|Comments Off on Review: Taylor Swift draws diverse crowd at Levi’s Stadium

Highlights from the 2015 Outside Lands Music Festival

The Black Keys (photo: Paige K. Parsons)

If you attended this year’s installment of the Outside Lands Music Festival, you likely have already a list of your top favorite moments. But if [...]

By |August 12, 2015|2 Comments
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    Fantastic Negrito, wristbands and the Outside Lands resale market

Fantastic Negrito, wristbands and the Outside Lands resale market

The organizers of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival wanted to cut down on counterfeit tickets at last weekend's festival. That's one of the big reasons they switched [...]

By |August 11, 2015|Comments Off on Fantastic Negrito, wristbands and the Outside Lands resale market

Outside Lands: Shakey Graves in three acts

You know that fight you have with your parents? The one where they want you to go to school and study to be a doctor or a lawyer, but [...]

By |August 6, 2015|Comments Off on Outside Lands: Shakey Graves in three acts

Outside Lands: Benjamin Booker’s diary for the masses

Most musicians look forward to the time when they can share their hard work with the masses. The stage and the audience are often driving factors to flipping open [...]

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Giveaway: The Vaccines at Slim’s

The last time the Vaccines performed in San Francisco, it was to a packed house at the Fillmore. Their sophomore album, The Vaccines Come of Age, went on to [...]

By |July 30, 2015|Comments Off on Giveaway: The Vaccines at Slim’s
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    Review: Charli XCX, Bleachers share top billing, but not enthusiasm

Review: Charli XCX, Bleachers share top billing, but not enthusiasm

Perhaps the point Charlotte Aitchison was trying to make at the Fox Theater in Oakland Thursday evening was one of irony–-combining grrl power anthems with faux pole dancing and [...]

By |July 27, 2015|Comments Off on Review: Charli XCX, Bleachers share top billing, but not enthusiasm

Eight years in, Outside Lands cements a lasting legacy

Deep in the vegetation of Golden Gate Park, among the tens of thousands of attendees at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in 2012, beside the fairytale-like “houses” [...]

By |July 22, 2015|Comments Off on Eight years in, Outside Lands cements a lasting legacy
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