Best of 2016: Pranav Trewn’s Bay Area Rap Hall of Fame

You’ll probably hear that 2016 hip-hop belonged to Atlanta.

This is the year the region’s most prominent ambassadors cemented their status as national icons. Young Thug released three increasingly excellent [...]

By |December 20, 2016|Comments Off on Best of 2016: Pranav Trewn’s Bay Area Rap Hall of Fame

Front Country bids the Bay farewell to settle in Nashville

Melody Walker, the lead vocalist of the San Francisco Bay Area's rising star in bluegrass known as Front Country, has been totally shaped by the San Francisco Bay Area [...]

By |December 15, 2016|4 Comments

Barrett Clark: Too Rare To Die

The following has been contributed by Tyler Green, Lynn Schwarz, Greg Tietz, Cassidy Garcia, and Gabriel Armstrong in memory of Barrett Clark, a victim of the recent Oakland fire. [...]

By |December 12, 2016|6 Comments

Walking down memory lane with The Matches

The Matches (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)

Live, loud and local: those words describe each time The Matches performed in the Bay Area. Those words were later shortened to, and stood for L3 — [...]

By |November 18, 2016|Comments Off on Walking down memory lane with The Matches
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    Springtime Carnivore plays with poetry and privacy on spectral new album

Springtime Carnivore plays with poetry and privacy on spectral new album

Born out of a dream, Springtime Carnivore’s second album, Midnight Room, offers a surrealistic view of pop musi — a world where people collect comets in their hair, and [...]

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    Music For The End Of The World: At home with William Ryan Fritch

Music For The End Of The World: At home with William Ryan Fritch

(photos: Estefany Gonzalez)

William Ryan Fritch wants to talk about his daughter.

“I promise this is the only Dad video I’m going to show you,” he says one long afternoon at [...]

By |October 20, 2016|2 Comments
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    Exclusive Premiere: Before the Brave release LP, ‘Better Country’

Exclusive Premiere: Before the Brave release LP, ‘Better Country’

Photo: Tyler Hansen Photography

After the release of their EP, Great Spirit, three marriages, five moves, and a whole lot of life lived, Before the Brave is back on the scene [...]

By |October 20, 2016|1 Comment

Chasms: Engineering the edge of synth pop

When I caught up with Madden and Labrador from Chasms before their album release show at The Knockout last week, I asked them both what pronouns they used. They [...]

By |October 19, 2016|Comments Off on Chasms: Engineering the edge of synth pop

Rexx Life Raj owes it all to Berkeley

...and hard work, and strong collaborators...but also the burrito bowls at Berkeley Bowl.

Rexx Life Raj is committed to repping Berkeley. It’s one of the first things you come to [...]

By |October 18, 2016|Comments Off on Rexx Life Raj owes it all to Berkeley
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    Photos: Music, fans and rain at the 2016 Treasure Island Music Festival

Photos: Music, fans and rain at the 2016 Treasure Island Music Festival

Sigur Rós (photo: Jon Ching)

There may have been a change of location on the island, more rain than expected, and stage delays, but none of that took away from [...]

By |October 18, 2016|1 Comment

Treasure Island gets drenched in final year on the island

Deafheaven (photo: Jon Ching)

Some people feel the rain, others just get wet. Treasure Island Music Festival celebrated its 10th and final stand on the namesake island between San Francisco and [...]

By |October 17, 2016|Comments Off on Treasure Island gets drenched in final year on the island
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    Interview: Lisa Prank is everything you needed in middle school

Interview: Lisa Prank is everything you needed in middle school

(photos: Laura Cohen)

Growing up, I was like any other weirdo kid in the fact that I loved emo because I was very emotional, and I loved bright colors because [...]

By |October 13, 2016|Comments Off on Interview: Lisa Prank is everything you needed in middle school