Noise Pop Preview: Daughters’ furious return

Noise-obsessed band from Rhode Island, Daughters, might seem like a part of the recent series of half-hearted reunion shows or the string of overwrought 'ten-year-anniversary-of-our-seminal-album' tours that we bore [...]

By |February 22, 2019|Comments Off on Noise Pop Preview: Daughters’ furious return

Noise Pop Preview: The magical connections of Zelma Stone

(photo: Nikki Pratchios)

Words by Michelle Kicherer

We are all such tiny, programmed machines
Stuffing more and more stones up our sleeves

Zelma Stone released their first LP Layla with Honey [...]

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Noise Pop Preview: Caroline Rose’s sardonic synth-pop

(photo: Matt Hogan)

Words by Erin Lyndal Martin

Caroline Rose copes through the magic of dark humor, and there’s a lot of coping on her 2018 album LONER. On it, she [...]

By |February 21, 2019|Comments Off on Noise Pop Preview: Caroline Rose’s sardonic synth-pop
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    Noise Pop Preview: H.C. McEntire aligns progressive values with Southern pride

Noise Pop Preview: H.C. McEntire aligns progressive values with Southern pride

Words by Erin Lyndal Martin

On her solo debut Lionheart, H.C. McEntire blends the country music and hymns of her youth to create a winsome album full of the queer [...]

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Dinner with Wander

(photo: Christian Dao)

Christian Francisco, the guitarist and de-facto manager for Wander, and I arranged to meet at the Shooting Star Cafe in downtown Oakland. In our emails, Christian had [...]

By |February 12, 2019|Comments Off on Dinner with Wander
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    Jay Stone and Queens D.Light are figuring it all out, together

Jay Stone and Queens D.Light are figuring it all out, together

Jay Stone could be cut from a cloth of the “last real MCs,” except his swatch would be some thrifted, metallic, purple-and-gold synthetic hemp (despite being born and raised [...]

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    Le Butcherettes’ new album is imbued with the spirit of the Bay

Le Butcherettes’ new album is imbued with the spirit of the Bay

(photo: Lindsey Byrnes)

Words by Erin Lyndal Martin

Listening to Le Butcherettes’ albums is not the same as being in the crowd when Teri Gender Bender pulls out a pig’s head [...]

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Safia Mafia is making self-love R&B on her own terms

Safia Mafia is a vibe. Her latest project, Love Kills is a kaleidoscope dream of R&B hinged upon the early influences of Motown soul, '80s synth pop, electronica, and [...]

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Black Marble’s gloomy bedroom ‘dance’ record

As Chris Stewart finishes the latest record for his somber synth-pop project Black Marble, he's reflecting on how he came to be interested in crafting his own music.

With his [...]

By |January 22, 2019|Comments Off on Black Marble’s gloomy bedroom ‘dance’ record

Get emotional with the Feelings Parade

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Scott Ferreter and Morgan Bolender are in the middle of a good old-fashioned Bay Area eviction.

Right now, they live in a house in the Oakland hills that [...]

By |January 15, 2019|Comments Off on Get emotional with the Feelings Parade

Idle Joy: What you see is what you get

Words by Sarah Leighton

Idle Joy isn’t trying to change the music industry, they’re just trying to have fun in the musical space they’ve created.

“The seed was sown with us [...]

By |January 10, 2019|Comments Off on Idle Joy: What you see is what you get
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    Best Of 2018: Jordan’s 10 best releases to help navigate the current dystopia

Best Of 2018: Jordan’s 10 best releases to help navigate the current dystopia

Whether it's the environment, the country, or society in general, this year we've reached peak points in dystopian fear and despair. It seems that moments of peace, clarity and [...]

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