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Get to Know: Kid Trails

Oakland's Kid Trails is the brainchild of Oakland's Patrick Jeffords, who writes and performs all instruments for Kid Trails, with the exception of drums, which are handled by Andy [...]

By |September 4, 2014|1 Comment

Lee Bob Watson is back

Hey, remember Lee Bob Watson? If not, what the hell is wrong with you? If you do remember, you've probably been wondering why you haven't heard from him, and [...]

By |September 3, 2014|Comments Off on Lee Bob Watson is back

Celebrate Hiero Day September 1 in Oakland

Returning for its third installment, Hiero Day is this Monday, September 1. Celebrating not only the legendary Hieroglyphics Crew, but also Oakland's hip-hop culture, with over 30 artists scheduled [...]

By |August 28, 2014|Comments Off on Celebrate Hiero Day September 1 in Oakland

Playlist: Get a musical history lesson from Adam Widener

San Francisco's Adam Widener has released some excellent rock and roll over the last few years, most recently his LP Vesuvio Nights. Later next month Widner will tour the [...]

By |August 28, 2014|Comments Off on Playlist: Get a musical history lesson from Adam Widener

Video Premiere: Eric + Erica – “Side Pony”

Photo: Rivkah Beth Medow

Although dreamy pop duo Eric + Erica have left the Bay Area for the lower rents and hotter summers of North Carolina, they remain strongly connected [...]

By |August 26, 2014|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Eric + Erica – “Side Pony”
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    Playlist: ‘Hard Hits for Weak People’ from Pat Clos of Cocktails

Playlist: ‘Hard Hits for Weak People’ from Pat Clos of Cocktails

Photo: Jenn Dorn Heard

Cocktails' Adult Life is one of my favorite releases of the year, and in my recent interview with frontman Patrick Clos, he mentioned some interesting [...]

By |August 21, 2014|Comments Off on Playlist: ‘Hard Hits for Weak People’ from Pat Clos of Cocktails

Get to Know: Talkies

Photo: Jeff Harland

Talkies are a brand-spankin' new four-piece that will take you back to the glamorous days of slick guitar-driven power pop. Frontman Ray Seraphin (whom you may know [...]

By |August 21, 2014|Comments Off on Get to Know: Talkies

Get to Know: A Carnival of Hours

A Carnival of Hours is a fairly new band out of Oakland with formed by three guys who are no stranger to the local scene – the band is [...]

By |August 19, 2014|Comments Off on Get to Know: A Carnival of Hours
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    We Became Owls release ‘there are other animals at the zoo’

We Became Owls release ‘there are other animals at the zoo’

Photo: Don Albonico

Last month, Oakland Americana outfit We Became Owls released their second EP, there are other animals at the zoo. While their debut self-titled EP was an [...]

By |August 15, 2014|Comments Off on We Became Owls release ‘there are other animals at the zoo’

Get to Know: Shaggy Sample

Oakland's Shaggy Sample, fronted by David Jaberi and his Wurlitzer, just released their debut album of throwback pop entitled My Other Car Is. Shaggy Samples' members previously played with [...]

By |August 14, 2014|Comments Off on Get to Know: Shaggy Sample

Astronauts, etc. shares “Fuss”, announces EP

After spending time playing keys in Toro y Moi's touring band, Berkeley's multi-talented Anthony Ferraro has shared a new track as Astronauts, etc., "Fuss". "Fuss" will appear on Astronauts, [...]

By |August 11, 2014|Comments Off on Astronauts, etc. shares “Fuss”, announces EP

Get to know: The Vale

The Vale, the duo of Marissa Deitz and Chace Wall, recently moved to Oakland from Chicago to study music composition at Mills. Not only is it wonderful to hear [...]

By |August 8, 2014|Comments Off on Get to know: The Vale
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