Doodling with Jay Som: Rocking out with our socks out

We got lost in Golden Gate Park looking for the Fairy Door.

It's fairly easy to do, since that park is larger than anyone could really imagine. It's like stepping [...]

By |June 1, 2016|Comments Off on Doodling with Jay Som: Rocking out with our socks out
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    Premiere: Young Moon finds personal renewal, growth on new album ‘Colt’

Premiere: Young Moon finds personal renewal, growth on new album ‘Colt’

You don't need to know the backstory behind Young Moon's Colt to feel the themes of self-discovery and redemption that guide the album, which arrives this Friday, June 3, [...]

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Premiere: Cocktails announce new record, share title track

It's been two years since Cocktails ' last major release, but that doesn't mean that they just disappeared from the Bay Area music scene all together. Oh no: Not [...]

By |May 24, 2016|Comments Off on Premiere: Cocktails announce new record, share title track
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    Still wonderfully weird, Anton Newcombe and the Brian Jonestown Massacre come home

Still wonderfully weird, Anton Newcombe and the Brian Jonestown Massacre come home

Anton Newcombe is probably still most famous for his star-making turn in Dig!, a music documentary that captured the evolution and growth of his band, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, [...]

By |May 23, 2016|1 Comment

10 Sacramento bands to keep your eyes on

The Sacramento indie music scene is really vibrant right now. Most Bay Area folks are familiar with some of the bigger names: Death Grips, Sea of Bees, Chrch, Dog [...]

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    The Redlight District of Santa Cruz: Redefined and ready to rock

The Redlight District of Santa Cruz: Redefined and ready to rock

Psychedelic rock and roll has never really gone away since the sounds of the late 1960s introduced rhythmic melodies with unconventional sonic properties into the mainstream.

Bands like Cream and [...]

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    Interview + Giveaway: Lily & Madeleine @ the Swedish American Hall

Interview + Giveaway: Lily & Madeleine @ the Swedish American Hall

Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz are two sisters from Indianapolis who have already put out three records. Between 2013 and now, they've made it their goal to put out a [...]

By |May 4, 2016|Comments Off on Interview + Giveaway: Lily & Madeleine @ the Swedish American Hall
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    Phono del Sol 2016: Chairlift, Alvvays to headline our summer music and food festival!

Phono del Sol 2016: Chairlift, Alvvays to headline our summer music and food festival!

GREAT NEWS! Today, we're excited to announce the lineup of amazing bands performing at our sixth-annual Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival! To celebrate the lineup, check out [...]

By |May 4, 2016|Comments Off on Phono del Sol 2016: Chairlift, Alvvays to headline our summer music and food festival!
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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

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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)