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    Project AMPLIFI: San Francisco nonprofit brings musicians and causes together

Project AMPLIFI: San Francisco nonprofit brings musicians and causes together

Environmental attorney Leila Monroe was tired of the concept of benefit concerts. Hiring a music act to sell tickets and support the singular vision of one organization wasn’t enough [...]

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    Video Premiere: Unconditional Arms – “The Family Tree”

Video Premiere: Unconditional Arms – “The Family Tree”

"The Family Tree" is a track off of Oakland post-rock outfit Unconditional Arms' debut album, Kinship, which was released last year. But the song just got the video treatment, [...]

By |November 26, 2014|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Unconditional Arms – “The Family Tree”

Jordannah Elizabeth revs up for new album, A Rush

It was a nice, brisk San Francisco morning when I met up with Jordannah Elizabeth in West Portal, a shop and restaurant-filled neighborhood that was beaming with people walking [...]

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Finding new stages: What can Oakland learn from Baltimore?

Dan Deacon at Current (Photo: Josh Sisk)

If I had half a shot of watered-down Manischewitz for every time someone insisted that Oakland is the new Brooklyn, I’d still be [...]

By |November 24, 2014|1 Comment

Interview: Smallpools dive from the high board

Los Angeles synthpop quartet Smallpools may have just formed last year and made a dent in music world in 2014, but singer Sean Scanlon is already planning ahead.

“I have [...]

By |November 17, 2014|1 Comment
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    Interview: Twin Peaks and Meatbodies dish the dirt ahead of Bottom of the Hill show

Interview: Twin Peaks and Meatbodies dish the dirt ahead of Bottom of the Hill show

Twin Peaks and Meatbodies are both newcomers on the crowded scene of fuzzed-out retro/garage/psych rock bands, yet they've both managed to distinguish themselves, and you can see why this [...]

By |November 13, 2014|Comments Off on Interview: Twin Peaks and Meatbodies dish the dirt ahead of Bottom of the Hill show
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    Interview: Nils Frahm talks synthesizers, asshole celebrities, and the humor in serious experimental music

Interview: Nils Frahm talks synthesizers, asshole celebrities, and the humor in serious experimental music

Berlin-based experimental composer Nils Frahm will make a two-day stop in San Francisco on his latest tour at the Great American Music Hall on November 11-12. I spoke to Frahm [...]

By |November 7, 2014|1 Comment

Swedish duo First Aid Kit reaching peak after peak in 2014

With a sound bathed in country, dipped in Americana, and topped with ‘70s AM pop, a casual listener would expect that First Aid Kit had traveled from American coast [...]

By |November 6, 2014|2 Comments
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    Interview: Sunhaze dig into the sound of their just-released EP ‘Last Summer’

Interview: Sunhaze dig into the sound of their just-released EP ‘Last Summer’

It’s extremely difficult trying to stay focused during an interview when the Giants are a run away from heading to the World Series. Especially for a guy like me [...]

By |October 21, 2014|Comments Off on Interview: Sunhaze dig into the sound of their just-released EP ‘Last Summer’
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    Interview: Kimbra breaks from Gotye’s shadow with ‘The Golden Echo’

Interview: Kimbra breaks from Gotye’s shadow with ‘The Golden Echo’

Kimbra still sees concertgoers with puzzled looks on their faces at her shows. People who’d heard her sing on one song, bought tickets, and were surprised to hear something [...]

By |October 16, 2014|Comments Off on Interview: Kimbra breaks from Gotye’s shadow with ‘The Golden Echo’
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    Interview: The Growlers bring ‘Chinese Fountain’ to Treasure Island

Interview: The Growlers bring ‘Chinese Fountain’ to Treasure Island

In The Growlers’ song “Going Gets Tough,” off of their fifth and newest album, Chinese Fountain, lead vocalist Brooks Nielson sings: “Placebo for pain / And there's no one for [...]

By |October 14, 2014|1 Comment

Interview: Perfume Genius likes being more in-your-face

Perfume Genius was just as charming during our phone interview as I had hoped. The solo project of Seattle-native Mike Hadreas, Perfume Genius is having a moment. The release [...]

By |October 13, 2014|1 Comment
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