Interview: Bells Atlas release new EP, Hyperlust

There are, and will be, bands whose sole purpose seems to push and pull genre in new directions. But I don't think Bells Atlas is really one of those [...]

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    Evolving Tanlines excited to headline Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival

Evolving Tanlines excited to headline Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival

(photo: Autumn DeWilde)

Scan the discographies of the many promising bands that failed to meet their potentials and you’ll see a landscape littered with disappointing sophomore albums.

Debuts are easy. They’re [...]

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BottleRock Napa: Echosmith feels the love

Childhood, for many siblings, is a very competitive time. Sisters and brothers try to out-do each other, which leads to fighting, and eventually, many can’t stand being in a [...]

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    In third year, BottleRock Napa Valley attempts to move into the black

In third year, BottleRock Napa Valley attempts to move into the black

The test runs are over. With a full year to plan, this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley is finally expected to reach the level producers – both current and original [...]

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    Interview: Emily Whitehurst on the dark pop of Survival Guide

Interview: Emily Whitehurst on the dark pop of Survival Guide

“See the world through apathetic eyes / love is useless when I die,” Emily Whitehurst of Survival Guide sings on “January Shock,” the lead single off her debut LP, [...]

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Interview: Wolf Alice lets the songs write themselves

How does a band known for its grungy riffs get its start as a folk duo? In the case of London quartet Wolf Alice, it’s out of necessity.

In 2010, [...]

By |May 12, 2015|Comments Off on Interview: Wolf Alice lets the songs write themselves
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    Interview: Thriving on change with the eccentric sound of Growwler

Interview: Thriving on change with the eccentric sound of Growwler

I expected more than three people when Growwler took the stage at the Night Light in Oakland a few Sundays ago. Their new LP Even Tenor, after all, sounds [...]

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Interview: Anthony D’Amato jumps with no safety net

There are those who wait for their big break, and those who put themselves right in its crosshairs. Singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato was not content to keep making music in [...]

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    Live This Month: May 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts

Live This Month: May 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts


Download: Live This Month: May 2015 (Podcast #362)

In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San [...]

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    The procrastinators: Seminal act The Sonics return with new album after 50 years away

The procrastinators: Seminal act The Sonics return with new album after 50 years away

The band often credited for creating garage rock, influencing punk and inducing grunge has spent the better part of the last five decades as an insurance adjuster, a schoolteacher, [...]

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    Getting played: the false promise of music opportunity sites

Getting played: the false promise of music opportunity sites

It kinda sucks being a musician today.  Actually, let’s not start waxing nostalgic for a past we never experienced – it always kinda sucked to be a musician.  Whether [...]

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    Interview: Lila Rose on the passion that inspired her new LP ‘We Animals’

Interview: Lila Rose on the passion that inspired her new LP ‘We Animals’

Before meeting Lila Rose at a cozy coffee shop in Oakland I was, admittedly, feeling a bit apprehensive. I was expecting a particularly intimidating persona based on her haunting, [...]

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