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    Talking heritage and honesty with Lyrics Born and Ruby Ibarra

Talking heritage and honesty with Lyrics Born and Ruby Ibarra

Celebrating heritage is the combatant of such turbulent times — when the authorities are called on an ordinary, everyday barbecue, the community comes together. The world today, in this [...]

By |May 16, 2018|Comments Off on Talking heritage and honesty with Lyrics Born and Ruby Ibarra

Bands In Portrait: Miachalah

“Too many things have been holding me hostage,” sings Miachalah on her single “Breathe Again.” The 24-year-old R&B musician wrote “Breathe Again” when she was facing a moment of [...]

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    Southside Festival adds Jay Stone, Ellah to next weekend’s lineup

Southside Festival adds Jay Stone, Ellah to next weekend’s lineup

Adding to an already pretty stacked lineup (if we do say so ourselves), next weekend's Southside Festival recently added even more great local acts: Jay Stone and Ellah.

Jay Stone [...]

By |May 9, 2018|Comments Off on Southside Festival adds Jay Stone, Ellah to next weekend’s lineup

High Sunn is trying to balance rock stardom and senior year

High Sunn (left) with his guitarist, Freddy (right)

At the age of 14, most kids pass the time by hanging out with friends, watching TV, or egging houses. At age [...]

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Behind The Scenes: Con Brio

Con Brio (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)

If you've ever listened to Con Brio, you know the band's mission is to bring its audience to a world full of musical bliss.

The official invitation [...]

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Music and Mortality: King Willow, “Settled”

It's not a coincidence that King Willow's "Settled" sounds like a drinking song. The central theme of the song is not having your shit together. Everyone feels like they're [...]

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They can’t take the spirit from Van William’s heart

Singer-songwriter Van Pierszalowski has started three bands in the past decade: Port O'Brien, an indie-folk favorite of the Bay Area in the late aughts; the power-pop group WATERS, technically [...]

By |May 1, 2018|Comments Off on They can’t take the spirit from Van William’s heart
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    Hip-Hop Harmony: The surprising connection between the Bay and Detroit

Hip-Hop Harmony: The surprising connection between the Bay and Detroit

(illustration: Rob Goodman)

Words by Jecqucory M. Davis

“If you’ve rode in Detroit a lot, or if you’ve rode in Oakland a lot, you hear this recurring phrase: In Detroit, it’s [...]

By |April 24, 2018|Comments Off on Hip-Hop Harmony: The surprising connection between the Bay and Detroit

Getting louder and weirder with Praying

(photo: Tony Teixeira)

Expansive Oakland doom-gaze duo Praying eliminate the possibility of being a passive listener from the get-go. Live, a wall of amplifiers and speakers threaten gorgeous wrath as [...]

By |April 19, 2018|Comments Off on Getting louder and weirder with Praying

Behind The Scenes: courtship.

courtship. (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)

I quickly got to learn three facts when I met up with courtship. on the duo's last stop in San Francisco: Pinball Machines should really take debit [...]

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Bands In Portrait: Enon Gaines

Enon Gaines, frontman of Bay Area indie-punk-hip-hop band Unlikely Heroes, is an enigma. At one moment he is exuberant, then the next shy and vulnerable. At another point he [...]

By |April 19, 2018|1 Comment
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    Some important news about Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival

Some important news about Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival

Dear Friends,

For 7 years, we’ve been extremely proud to bring you the Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival, our annual summer festival showcasing great local and touring bands [...]

By |April 18, 2018|Comments Off on Some important news about Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival