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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Black Marble’s gloomy bedroom ‘dance’ record

As Chris Stewart finishes the latest record for his somber synth-pop project Black Marble, he's reflecting on how he came to be interested in crafting his own music.

With his [...]

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Get emotional with the Feelings Parade

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Scott Ferreter and Morgan Bolender are in the middle of a good old-fashioned Bay Area eviction.

Right now, they live in a house in the Oakland hills that [...]

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Idle Joy: What you see is what you get

Words by Sarah Leighton

Idle Joy isn’t trying to change the music industry, they’re just trying to have fun in the musical space they’ve created.

“The seed was sown with us [...]

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    Best Of 2018: Jordan’s 10 best releases to help navigate the current dystopia

Best Of 2018: Jordan’s 10 best releases to help navigate the current dystopia

Whether it's the environment, the country, or society in general, this year we've reached peak points in dystopian fear and despair. It seems that moments of peace, clarity and [...]

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No one told the New Trust to stop, so they didn’t

The New Trust. L-R: Sara Sanger, Josh Staples, Julia Lancer, Michael K. Richardson.

When North Bay indie darlings the New Trust started back in 2003, it was assumed that they [...]

By |December 12, 2018|2 Comments

Behind The Scenes: Death Valley Girls at Rickshaw Stop

Death Valley Girls (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)

Despite the title of Death Valley Girls' latest album Darkness Rains, the band's energetic live show was a beacon of light before Thanksgiving weekend. From [...]

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    Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus are the women of boygenius who outsmarted them all

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus are the women of boygenius who outsmarted them all

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Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus booked a tour together before they formed the new indie rock band boygenius.

It’s not the typical order of events, but [...]

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    The Frail Ophelias revive ‘Macbeth’ for the 21st century

The Frail Ophelias revive ‘Macbeth’ for the 21st century

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Isn’t it obvious why Karl Digerness chose to start the Frail Ophelias with Macbeth?

“With like, murderous despots,” he says, a half-stifled scoff interrupting him, “it feels very [...]

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Bands In Portrait: Elizabeth Moen

For four years I had two homes. I lived day-to-day in San Francisco, yet always referred to London, England as my home whenever anyone asked. When I visited London, [...]

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LoFi Satellites: Self-made in San Francisco

LoFi Satellites rehearsing at their practice space. L-R: Matthew Nance, Federico Pardo Sagueir, Jim Nunes and Marc Belluomini.

Meet Marc Belluomini, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the Bay Area [...]

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Springsteen plus Speedwagon equals Cigarettes After Sex

Words by Erin Lyndal Martin

Let’s face it, YouTube is full of pet raccoons and makeup tutorials. It’s not the sort of landscape where you’d expect a band steeped in [...]

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