Hercules Records: A new vinyl shop in Berkeley

In early 2016 AD it was to be decided there can only be one hip block for the entire length of Alcatraz, the major thoroughfare separating Berkeley and Oakland. [...]

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    With music and art, Inclusive Lands welcomes you with open arms this Outside Lands weekend

With music and art, Inclusive Lands welcomes you with open arms this Outside Lands weekend

Design by Swasti Mittal

It's no secret that Outside Lands is extremely difficult to get in, especially this year. In its ninth iteration, tickets for this year's Golden Gate Park [...]

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    Oakland’s O.C.D. put a smile-inducing spin on shoegaze with debut EP

Oakland’s O.C.D. put a smile-inducing spin on shoegaze with debut EP

News of Oakland's O.C.D. and their debut EP came onto our plate fairly recently, but boy, it was a tasty bite of musical goodness. Growth is the five-piece's first [...]

By |July 28, 2016|Comments Off on Oakland’s O.C.D. put a smile-inducing spin on shoegaze with debut EP

Social Work releases bass-heavy pop adventure “Onda”

Art by Derek Barber

Heads up: The "other Will Butler," as he's known around here, just put out bass-happy track that will likely get you happy (and dancing) too. He [...]

By |July 22, 2016|Comments Off on Social Work releases bass-heavy pop adventure “Onda”
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    DIY art and music space LoBot Gallery to throw garage sale before imminent displacement

DIY art and music space LoBot Gallery to throw garage sale before imminent displacement

Bow your heads and let's say goodbye to yet another DIY arts space being displaced out of their building. Hosting and cultivating a community of artists for 13 years, [...]

By |July 21, 2016|Comments Off on DIY art and music space LoBot Gallery to throw garage sale before imminent displacement
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    Lagunitas Beer Circus serves up beer, charity in fall extravaganza

Lagunitas Beer Circus serves up beer, charity in fall extravaganza

It's the best of both worlds, if your worlds revolve around drinking hoppy beverages and enjoying spectacular acrobatics with fellow adults. Yes, the Lagunitas Beer Circus is back for [...]

By |July 20, 2016|Comments Off on Lagunitas Beer Circus serves up beer, charity in fall extravaganza

Crush share new music video, play Rickshaw Stop tomorrow

"I lowkey have a crush on Crush (from Oakland) because they crush it," is something I and many other people have said while in the crowd of a Crush show. Because [...]

By |July 18, 2016|Comments Off on Crush share new music video, play Rickshaw Stop tomorrow

San Francisco’s Pardoner release new, collaborative EP

 

Several groups of artists are putting San Francisco's Outer Sunset on the map in a big way. One group of affiliates congregate under the tape label Discontinuous Innovation and include names [...]

By |July 18, 2016|Comments Off on San Francisco’s Pardoner release new, collaborative EP
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    Tim Presley (White Fence) announces solo LP; hear jaunty single “Clue”

Tim Presley (White Fence) announces solo LP; hear jaunty single “Clue”

Tim Presley is somewhat of an enigma on the scene, the kind of musician where musical mastermind transcends persona. Bouncing between San Francisco and L.A., he's also bounced between [...]

By |July 15, 2016|Comments Off on Tim Presley (White Fence) announces solo LP; hear jaunty single “Clue”
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    Premiere: Listen to the somber pop of Guy Fox’s ‘Paper Roads’ EP

Premiere: Listen to the somber pop of Guy Fox’s ‘Paper Roads’ EP

Guy Fox is one of those bands that somehow never disappoints. Over the course of their careers here in the Bay, the band has cultivated a distinctive, accessible sound [...]

By |July 14, 2016|Comments Off on Premiere: Listen to the somber pop of Guy Fox’s ‘Paper Roads’ EP
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    Perhapsy, with full band, anchors strong Western U.S.-spanning lineup at Neck of the Woods

Perhapsy, with full band, anchors strong Western U.S.-spanning lineup at Neck of the Woods

It's a wonderful thing when down-home, neighborhood-friendly venues put together bills that highlight not only the local but also bands that are evolving in parallel scenes around the U.S. [...]

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Video Premiere: Walk through Bernal Heights with China

One of my personal favorite country/Americana/folk/whatever bands (both locally and beyond) is China. Their songwriting is brutally honest, and they're likely one of the most talented bands you'll ever [...]

By |July 13, 2016|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Walk through Bernal Heights with China