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    Cocktails perform at Rickshaw ahead of EU tour and vinyl release

Cocktails perform at Rickshaw ahead of EU tour and vinyl release

Some of our favorite local pop-rockers, Cocktails, have laid pretty low since the release of their second full-length, Hypocondriac, but not for much longer. Tonight, Cocktails opens for NE-HI [...]

Actual Wolf prepares new album, shows

Actual Wolf is the project of Minnesota native and current Oakland resident Eric Pollard, who has had a brief stint in Nashville since leaving Minnesota and winding up in [...]

By |April 17, 2017|1 Comment

Premiere: Killer Whale’s ‘Casual Crush’ LP

Photo: Tyrone Bartoli

Killer Whale's unique sound has been on my radar for quite some time, so I'm pleased as punch to give you all your first listen at his [...]

By |March 29, 2017|1 Comment

Premiere: Gentle Spirit, “We Finish Where We Start”

Since it's first release with Tino Drima last year, Gaylord's Party Music has built a wonderful roster of Bay Area artists that are always just a little left of [...]

By |March 23, 2017|Comments Off on Premiere: Gentle Spirit, “We Finish Where We Start”

Premiere: Spooky Mansion’s latest EP

Photo: Kristin Cofer

On Spooky Mansion's latest, they've taken a step away from the sunny surf rock sounds for their latest EP, I'm the Moon, You're the Wave (so [...]

By |March 9, 2017|Comments Off on Premiere: Spooky Mansion’s latest EP
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    Burger Boogaloo adds Redd Kross (and more) to lineup, announces night shows!

Burger Boogaloo adds Redd Kross (and more) to lineup, announces night shows!

Fresh off their announcement of the stellar initial lineup of the annual Burger Boogaloo, our friends from Total Trash Productions are back with more great additions to the [...]

By |March 8, 2017|Comments Off on Burger Boogaloo adds Redd Kross (and more) to lineup, announces night shows!
  • Clipping at the Starline Social Club for Noise Pop 2017, by Jon Bauer
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    Noise Pop: Clipping.’s sold out shows at Starline and Brick and Mortar

Noise Pop: Clipping.’s sold out shows at Starline and Brick and Mortar

Clipping. at the Starline Social Club (photo: Jon Bauer)

Note: This review is for the Clipping. show February 25 - all photos are from their show at the Starline Social Club [...]

By |February 27, 2017|Comments Off on Noise Pop: Clipping.’s sold out shows at Starline and Brick and Mortar
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    Meanest Man Contest covers Thee More Shallows “Night at the Knight School”

Meanest Man Contest covers Thee More Shallows “Night at the Knight School”

Meanest Man Contest, an off-the-wall hip-hop/R&B/soft rock duo, released their debut album way back in 2003, and somehow they're still making great music today. Their most recent release is [...]

By |February 7, 2017|Comments Off on Meanest Man Contest covers Thee More Shallows “Night at the Knight School”

Get to Know: Vantana Row

Vantana Row is a married couple (Volly Rocket and Jamey Blaze), who live in a van in Alameda and make what I guess could be called hip-hop influenced chiptune [...]

By |February 3, 2017|1 Comment
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    Premiere: John McBain – “First Earth Battalion,” new album on Vacant Stare Feb. 24

Premiere: John McBain – “First Earth Battalion,” new album on Vacant Stare Feb. 24

San Francisco resident John McBain has been on the fringe of rock-and-roll royalty for much of his career. He was a founding member of Monster Magnet, collaborated with Pearl [...]

By |January 25, 2017|Comments Off on Premiere: John McBain – “First Earth Battalion,” new album on Vacant Stare Feb. 24
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    Video Premiere: Find a dance partner in Meernaa’s “Redwood”

Video Premiere: Find a dance partner in Meernaa’s “Redwood”

Oakland genre-less band Meernaa has been busy in the studio recording a host of singles to be released in 2017, and we're pleased to share their first release of [...]

By |January 10, 2017|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Find a dance partner in Meernaa’s “Redwood”
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    Best of 2016: Russell Jelinek’s favorite local lyrical moments

Best of 2016: Russell Jelinek’s favorite local lyrical moments

I've never been one to sit down and follow along to the lyrics when I listen to an album, but there were a few lyrical moments from local artists [...]

By |December 29, 2016|Comments Off on Best of 2016: Russell Jelinek’s favorite local lyrical moments
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