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Landline is today’s hottest long-distance collaboration

Landline, the duo of Oakland's Matt Ferrara (Toyota) and LA's Zoe Zag (Shirley Mistaken), just released their debut full length on Discontinuous Innovation. The two met in Chico in [...]

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    Tarnation’s ‘What Is and Was’ is a year old. Now’s a good time to listen.

Tarnation’s ‘What Is and Was’ is a year old. Now’s a good time to listen.

All too often in this age of music journalism centering on the newest and hottest, gems sometimes slip through the cracks and unfortunately miss that magic window of coverage [...]

Bill Baird releases ANOTHER album

Oakland's Bill Baird released Nightly Never Ending last week, and by my count, it's his SEVENTH album since 2016.

Bill, quite simply, has an ear for mellow pop music, and [...]

By |June 26, 2018|Comments Off on Bill Baird releases ANOTHER album

Hickey Fest is this weekend!

If you don't yet have weekend plans, I suggest you head north to Hickey Fest, one of the coolest little festivals around. Curated by former Oaklander Ash Reiter (Sugar [...]

By |June 12, 2018|Comments Off on Hickey Fest is this weekend!

Cougar on a Meth Binge preps dreamy show

Oakland's Cougar on a Meth Binge has never sounded like their name might lead you to believe, and now they're hoping to lead you about as far from their [...]

By |June 5, 2018|Comments Off on Cougar on a Meth Binge preps dreamy show
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    Jacob Aranda releases ‘Great Highway,’ plays Lost Church tomorrow night

Jacob Aranda releases ‘Great Highway,’ plays Lost Church tomorrow night

(photo: Collin McClain)

Earlier this year, Jacob Aranda released his debut album Great Highway. Aranda, whom you may recognize from his guitar and pedal steel work in China and Paula [...]

Video Premiere: Dance through the Sunset with Sunset Super

Sunset Super is a new duo formed by a couple of longtime pals, Tim Tyson and Alex Swain. Swain and Tyson grew up together in Southern California and have [...]

By |May 16, 2018|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Dance through the Sunset with Sunset Super

Mall Walk releases final single, plays final show tonight!

After several years, an EP, an LP, and a pair of singles, Oakland's Mall Walk is calling it quits. On their way out, the post punk trio is releasing [...]

Loco Tranquilo drop “Wind Song,” tease upcoming EP

San Francisco's Loco Tranquilo, fresh off their inclusion on our "Highlights in Bay Area Latin Music" mixtape have released "Wind Song," the first single from an EP set for [...]

By |May 8, 2018|Comments Off on Loco Tranquilo drop “Wind Song,” tease upcoming EP

Blues Lawyer shares track from debut LP

Blues Lawyer, the East Bay's premier supergroup if there ever was one, just announced their debut LP, Guess Work, set for a May release on Emotional Response and Vacant [...]

By |April 4, 2018|Comments Off on Blues Lawyer shares track from debut LP

Video Premiere: Swiftumz, “Game Six”

Swiftumz released a 7" single "Game Six" on Fruits and Flowers late last year, and today we're pleased to share the accompanying visuals for "Game Six," shot and directed [...]

By |March 30, 2018|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Swiftumz, “Game Six”

Spooky Mansion share “Torture” from forthcoming LP

(photo: Kristin Cofer)

San Francisco's Spooky Mansion are back with a brand-new track "Torture" off their forthcoming LP Alright. As usual, the track is dominated by Grayson Converse's impassioned wails [...]

By |March 20, 2018|Comments Off on Spooky Mansion share “Torture” from forthcoming LP
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