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    Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills (Part Four)

Behind the Music: How Local Musicians are Paying the Bills (Part Four)

As I continue to morph into a fly upon the wall of the various workplaces of local musicians for this ongoing series, a surprising observation has surfaced — passion has [...]

By |March 16, 2016|1 Comment
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    ‘Live From the Banana Stand’ Video Premiere: Social Studies, “Moment is Dead” (Part 3 of 4)

‘Live From the Banana Stand’ Video Premiere: Social Studies, “Moment is Dead” (Part 3 of 4)

We're in week three of our Social Studies video release project! For those of you who are just catching this series, we'll give you a little context: We're working on a [...]

By |March 14, 2016|Comments Off on ‘Live From the Banana Stand’ Video Premiere: Social Studies, “Moment is Dead” (Part 3 of 4)

Stranded in the rain with Grace Mitchell

Grace Mitchell (photo: Robert Alleyne)

It’s 6:30pm on Sunday and Grace Mitchell is, through no fault of her own, late to her soundcheck at The Independent. Mitchell is in town for a [...]

By |March 11, 2016|Comments Off on Stranded in the rain with Grace Mitchell
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    Interview: 1-2-3-4 Go! Records expands and opens their own San Francisco store

Interview: 1-2-3-4 Go! Records expands and opens their own San Francisco store

Roll out the punk equivalent of the glitzy red carpet: 1-2-3-4 Go! Records has expanded and opened their very own San Francisco store. The original shop — located in Oakland [...]

By |March 4, 2016|Comments Off on Interview: 1-2-3-4 Go! Records expands and opens their own San Francisco store

A conversation with St. Lucia’s Jean-Philip Grobler

Jean-Philip Grobler has been playing in rock bands since he was 10 years old, though that may not be clearly evident considering he's best known as the mastermind of [...]

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ESTA: Tying in the sound of tomorrow with the songs of past

I first stumbled upon ESTA's music while trying to venture out of my usual genres of interest and into a different sound.

It all seemed to fall together in a [...]

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    ‘Live From the Banana Stand’ video premiere: Social Studies, “Territories” (Part 1 of 4)

‘Live From the Banana Stand’ video premiere: Social Studies, “Territories” (Part 1 of 4)

We are very excited to announce a fun series that we're working on with Portland's Banana Stand Media. BSM is a live music outfit that hosts and records live [...]

By |February 29, 2016|Comments Off on ‘Live From the Banana Stand’ video premiere: Social Studies, “Territories” (Part 1 of 4)

Noise Pop Q&A: Success buys pink suits, new bed for Joywave

There are four things fans of Joywave should know in order to understand the motivations of the Rochester, N.Y. indie rock quintet.

First is that Rochester is the home base [...]

By |February 25, 2016|Comments Off on Noise Pop Q&A: Success buys pink suits, new bed for Joywave

Into The Pit: Tvsk

Into the Pit is a new series dedicated to showcasing the Bay Area metal scene in its many forms, spanning artists, genres, venues, and locations. This week features stoner [...]

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    This Week In PR: English accents, an underdressed knight, lots of dogs

This Week In PR: English accents, an underdressed knight, lots of dogs

This Week In PR is a column curated by Victor Valle and Jody Amable, celebrating the press releases that caught our eye but we couldn't use. Here are some [...]

By |February 19, 2016|Comments Off on This Week In PR: English accents, an underdressed knight, lots of dogs

The Thermals reappear to face ‘the end’ on new album

For Hutch Harris, the frontman of longstanding Portland indie rock trio The Thermals, it happened a little over a year ago. Standing onstage, looking into the curious crowd, he [...]

By |February 18, 2016|Comments Off on The Thermals reappear to face ‘the end’ on new album
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    The Noise Populist: Carly Rae Jepsen’s underground universalism

The Noise Populist: Carly Rae Jepsen’s underground universalism

What do you call pop music that doesn’t reach the mainstream? As today’s Top 40 continues to be gentrified by esoteric personalities squeezing out populist idealism, chart success seems [...]

By |February 17, 2016|Comments Off on The Noise Populist: Carly Rae Jepsen’s underground universalism