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    Members of the Silhouette Era organize RGB Music and Arts Festival

Members of the Silhouette Era organize RGB Music and Arts Festival

Words by Juli Fraga

As musicians in a local band, the Silhouette Era, San Francisco State students Sean Thompson and Carlos González have already recorded an EP and toured together. [...]

Not of the Zeitgeist: Hectorine’s debut folk album

(photo: Emily Dulla)

Words by Michelle Kicherer

I’ve had lots of conversations over the years in the anguished I-was-born-in-the-wrong-decade vein. We’ve sat there daydreaming about what it must have felt like [...]

Meet Your Local Metal Band: Water Into Blood

Become the Disease album art

Words by Adam Hudson

Some people say that rock music is dead, but it’s still being kept alive in underground circles in the Bay Area. One [...]

SXSW 2019: A massive gallery of (almost) everything we saw

On this segment of news you already know: SXSW is massive.

It’s a beast of a festival-conference-party-networking-a-thon where over 2,000 artists vie for the attention of press, publicists, labels, industry [...]

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Noise Pop Preview: Daughters’ furious return

Noise-obsessed band from Rhode Island, Daughters, might seem like a part of the recent series of half-hearted reunion shows or the string of overwrought 'ten-year-anniversary-of-our-seminal-album' tours that we bore [...]

By |February 22, 2019|Comments Off on Noise Pop Preview: Daughters’ furious return

Noise Pop Preview: The magical connections of Zelma Stone

(photo: Nikki Pratchios)

Words by Michelle Kicherer

We are all such tiny, programmed machines
Stuffing more and more stones up our sleeves

Zelma Stone released their first LP Layla with Honey [...]

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Noise Pop Preview: Caroline Rose’s sardonic synth-pop

(photo: Matt Hogan)

Words by Erin Lyndal Martin

Caroline Rose copes through the magic of dark humor, and there’s a lot of coping on her 2018 album LONER. On it, she [...]

By |February 21, 2019|Comments Off on Noise Pop Preview: Caroline Rose’s sardonic synth-pop
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    Noise Pop Preview: H.C. McEntire aligns progressive values with Southern pride

Noise Pop Preview: H.C. McEntire aligns progressive values with Southern pride

Words by Erin Lyndal Martin

On her solo debut Lionheart, H.C. McEntire blends the country music and hymns of her youth to create a winsome album full of the queer [...]

By |February 21, 2019|Comments Off on Noise Pop Preview: H.C. McEntire aligns progressive values with Southern pride

Dinner with Wander

(photo: Christian Dao)

Christian Francisco, the guitarist and de-facto manager for Wander, and I arranged to meet at the Shooting Star Cafe in downtown Oakland. In our emails, Christian had [...]

By |February 12, 2019|Comments Off on Dinner with Wander
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    Jay Stone and Queens D.Light are figuring it all out, together

Jay Stone and Queens D.Light are figuring it all out, together

Jay Stone could be cut from a cloth of the “last real MCs,” except his swatch would be some thrifted, metallic, purple-and-gold synthetic hemp (despite being born and raised [...]

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    Le Butcherettes’ new album is imbued with the spirit of the Bay

Le Butcherettes’ new album is imbued with the spirit of the Bay

(photo: Lindsey Byrnes)

Words by Erin Lyndal Martin

Listening to Le Butcherettes’ albums is not the same as being in the crowd when Teri Gender Bender pulls out a pig’s head [...]

By |February 5, 2019|Comments Off on Le Butcherettes’ new album is imbued with the spirit of the Bay

Safia Mafia is making self-love R&B on her own terms

Safia Mafia is a vibe. Her latest project, Love Kills is a kaleidoscope dream of R&B hinged upon the early influences of Motown soul, '80s synth pop, electronica, and [...]

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