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

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