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    The procrastinators: Seminal act The Sonics return with new album after 50 years away

The procrastinators: Seminal act The Sonics return with new album after 50 years away

The band often credited for creating garage rock, influencing punk and inducing grunge has spent the better part of the last five decades as an insurance adjuster, a schoolteacher, […]

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    Getting played: the false promise of music opportunity sites

Getting played: the false promise of music opportunity sites

It kinda sucks being a musician today.  Actually, let’s not start waxing nostalgic for a past we never experienced – it always kinda sucked to be a musician.  Whether […]

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    Interview: Lila Rose on the passion that inspired her new LP ‘We Animals’

Interview: Lila Rose on the passion that inspired her new LP ‘We Animals’

Before meeting Lila Rose at a cozy coffee shop in Oakland I was, admittedly, feeling a bit apprehensive. I was expecting a particularly intimidating persona based on her haunting, […]

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    Interview: Royal Blood blends wire and wood for desired effect

Interview: Royal Blood blends wire and wood for desired effect

What makes a “guitar band,” anyway? Much has been made of U.K. rockers Royal Blood consisting of nothing more than a rhythm section. There’s drummer Ben Thatcher and bassist-vocalist […]

The tourist: George Ezra’s career picks up steam

George Ezra is a sightseer. If Ezra’s radio hit “Budapest” doesn’t give that away on its own, his debut album, Wanted On Voyage, also has a tune called “Barcelona.” […]

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    Seasons of the Witch: Blue Cheer & the so-called San Francisco Sound

Seasons of the Witch: Blue Cheer & the so-called San Francisco Sound

San Francisco is always weathering a Season of the Witch, oscillating somewhere between liberal idealism and cold reality. Whether that reality is in the form of sadistic violence or […]

Magic Man sows crops, reaps music career

There must be something artistically inspirational in the water of rural France. Lifelong friends Sam Vanderhoop Lee and Alex Caplow spent a summer working on farms in exchange for […]

By |March 24, 2015|4 Comments
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    Fresh off Grammy win, Pentatonix kick off tour in Oakland, look ahead

Fresh off Grammy win, Pentatonix kick off tour in Oakland, look ahead

Winning a reality television competition doesn’t guarantee career success. Just ask the majority of celebrated American Idol victors. It’s even more incredible for success to a group of five […]

By |February 26, 2015|3 Comments
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    Premiere & Interview: Listen to Tidelands’ new track “Dog Named Bart” off forthcoming Old Mill Park EP

Premiere & Interview: Listen to Tidelands’ new track “Dog Named Bart” off forthcoming Old Mill Park EP

 
Bay Area duo Tidelands is set to release a new EP, Old Mill Park, on March 3. The new record – the band’s first since their 2012 sophomore full-length […]

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    Interview: Geographer, philosophy, and Ghost Modern (plus a ticket giveaway!)

Interview: Geographer, philosophy, and Ghost Modern (plus a ticket giveaway!)

With a unique reconciliation between live instrumentation and electronic innovation, Mike Deni of Geographer has forged a name for himself in the Bay Area, becoming one of its most […]

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    Lizzie McGuire or As Told By Ginger? Getting real with Los Angeles’ Slutever

Lizzie McGuire or As Told By Ginger? Getting real with Los Angeles’ Slutever

Los Angeles’ Slutever are Nicole Snyder and Rachel Gagliardi, a two piece that started off as best friends but have evolved into something much more. They are creators of the most honest […]

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Interview: Discovering the many sides of Vela Eyes

“What’s the difference between a savings bond and a musician?” Andrew Burmester, bassist for Vela Eyes asks me, turning the interview around for a moment. I don’t know this […]

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