They can’t take the spirit from Van William’s heart

Singer-songwriter Van Pierszalowski has started three bands in the past decade: Port O'Brien, an indie-folk favorite of the Bay Area in the late aughts; the power-pop group WATERS, technically [...]

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    Hip-Hop Harmony: The surprising connection between the Bay and Detroit

Hip-Hop Harmony: The surprising connection between the Bay and Detroit

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Words by Jecqucory M. Davis

“If you’ve rode in Detroit a lot, or if you’ve rode in Oakland a lot, you hear this recurring phrase: In Detroit, it’s [...]

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Behind The Scenes: courtship.

courtship. (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)

I quickly got to learn three facts when I met up with courtship. on the duo's last stop in San Francisco: Pinball Machines should really take debit [...]

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Getting louder and weirder with Praying

(photo: Tony Teixeira)

Expansive Oakland doom-gaze duo Praying eliminate the possibility of being a passive listener from the get-go. Live, a wall of amplifiers and speakers threaten gorgeous wrath as [...]

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Bands In Portrait: Enon Gaines

Enon Gaines, frontman of Bay Area indie-punk-hip-hop band Unlikely Heroes, is an enigma. At one moment he is exuberant, then the next shy and vulnerable. At another point he [...]

By |April 19, 2018|1 Comment
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    Some important news about Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival

Some important news about Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival

Dear Friends,

For 7 years, we’ve been extremely proud to bring you the Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival, our annual summer festival showcasing great local and touring bands [...]

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    Music and Mortality: Arturo Rodriguez and Awesöme Orchestra, “Kyrie”

Music and Mortality: Arturo Rodriguez and Awesöme Orchestra, “Kyrie”

Like most of us, composer Arturo Rodriguez didn't know how to best express the magnitude of his sorrow when he first heard about the Ghost Ship fire in late [...]

By |April 16, 2018|Comments Off on Music and Mortality: Arturo Rodriguez and Awesöme Orchestra, “Kyrie”

Bands In Portrait: Random Door

“I think doing DIY shows is a political statement,” says Katya Bitar; one half of the promotion duo Random Door. “It's sort of like taking artistic endeavors into your [...]

By |April 12, 2018|1 Comment

Pete Frauenfelder on trading the Bay for New Mexico

The Bay Area music veteran explains why he broke up with SF and its surroundings for the Southwest.

My new home of Mesilla, New Mexico is 47 miles west of [...]

By |April 11, 2018|1 Comment
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    With ‘Mother,’ Aish releases personal collection of avant-garde pop

With ‘Mother,’ Aish releases personal collection of avant-garde pop

Humid heat drapes over the Indian city of New Delhi every day as people hustle throughout the busy metropolis. From one side of town to the other, there's barely [...]

By |April 5, 2018|Comments Off on With ‘Mother,’ Aish releases personal collection of avant-garde pop

Catching up with Soccer Mommy, between South By and SF

(photo: Shervin Lainez)

“I love when gas stations have pumpkin seeds,” Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison tells me over the phone, recuperating at home in Nashville after a successful first SXSW. [...]

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    Airbnb adds intimate concerts at unique venues to its range of experiences

Airbnb adds intimate concerts at unique venues to its range of experiences

Sol Development performs Airbnb Concert hosted by Zoo Labs of Oakland

Since its inception 10 years ago, Airbnb has changed the face of lodging, offering  4.5 million listings for short-term rent [...]

By |March 27, 2018|Comments Off on Airbnb adds intimate concerts at unique venues to its range of experiences