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    Living through mythology: What it means to lose a musical legend

Living through mythology: What it means to lose a musical legend

The death of a musical icon affects some individuals more deeply than the passing of any other public figure. Music is a society’s heartbeat, and the loss of one [...]

By |April 29, 2016|1 Comment
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    Uncomfortable: the harassment claims that divided San Jose’s music scene

Uncomfortable: the harassment claims that divided San Jose’s music scene

Illustrations by Cassidy Miller

Allegations of sexual harassment and assault against a San Jose music promoter have fractured the South Bay’s music scene. How do bands, venues, and the victims [...]

By |April 28, 2016|5 Comments

Death Grips and the art of the con

MC Ride of Death Grips.
A fan reflects on the Sacramento band's history of trolling their audience, and ponders why that audience keeps coming back for more.

I knew the instant [...]

By |April 22, 2016|8 Comments
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    Behind the Music: How local musicians are paying the bills (part five)

Behind the Music: How local musicians are paying the bills (part five)

The road may be narrow, but with purpose-driven passion, discomfort in mediocrity, and honing in on what makes you you, it is possible to discover. The road I speak [...]

By |April 20, 2016|Comments Off on Behind the Music: How local musicians are paying the bills (part five)
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    Interview: King Woman on creating, mental illness, and feminism

Interview: King Woman on creating, mental illness, and feminism

I was having a slight panic attack while waiting, in a fancy cafe that I’ve previously ignored, for Kristina Esfandiari of King Woman and Miserable.

The night before had been [...]

By |April 19, 2016|1 Comment
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    An interview with Hudson Bell and first listen of his new album, ‘Yerba Buena’

An interview with Hudson Bell and first listen of his new album, ‘Yerba Buena’

Hudson Bell has been a musician for longer than I have been alive, starting out like any of us: in his bedroom. Hudson Bell may be also the name [...]

By |April 18, 2016|Comments Off on An interview with Hudson Bell and first listen of his new album, ‘Yerba Buena’

The Saint Johns and Aubrie Sellers bring twang to SF

Something new is happening in country music and its official home base in Nashville. While the glitz remains, and girls, guns, and broken hearts still take up much of [...]

By |April 15, 2016|Comments Off on The Saint Johns and Aubrie Sellers bring twang to SF

Interview: Doodling with Plush

Lately I've been having the problem where whenever I actually want to go to a show, there's too many bands I want to see everyone playing on that one [...]

By |April 15, 2016|1 Comment

Is the San Francisco music scene dead? We search for clues.

I recently heard the music scene in San Francisco was dead, and being a writer for a website dedicated to covering the music scene in San Francisco, I was [...]

Thank You, Sonny Smith: A letter from our editor, Russell

A couple days ago, someone asked my why I was into music, and for whatever reason, I hadn't really thought about it before and gave kind of a bland [...]

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    Cullen Omori, former frontman for Smith Westerns, making most of second chance

Cullen Omori, former frontman for Smith Westerns, making most of second chance

Cullen Omori - Photo by Alexa Lopez

Editors Note: Cullen Omori's show at the Independent on April 5th has been cancelled.

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Left For Dead.

That ominous three-word phase is the opening [...]

By |April 1, 2016|Comments Off on Cullen Omori, former frontman for Smith Westerns, making most of second chance
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    ‘Live From the Banana Stand’ Video Premiere: Social Studies, “Terracur” (Part 4 of 4)

‘Live From the Banana Stand’ Video Premiere: Social Studies, “Terracur” (Part 4 of 4)

We can't believe it's finally here: We're in the last week of our Social Studies video release project! For those of you who are just catching this series, we'll give you a [...]

By |March 21, 2016|Comments Off on ‘Live From the Banana Stand’ Video Premiere: Social Studies, “Terracur” (Part 4 of 4)