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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    Interview: Ex Hex’s Mary Timony talks ‘Rips’, growing up, and ’80s power pop

Interview: Ex Hex’s Mary Timony talks ‘Rips’, growing up, and ’80s power pop

Ex Hex (Photo by Jonah Takagi)

“Before Ex Hex started, I had never really thought about making a song that was under two minutes long,” Mary Timony remembers.

Considering her sprawling [...]

By |October 10, 2014|Comments Off on Interview: Ex Hex’s Mary Timony talks ‘Rips’, growing up, and ’80s power pop

Interview: M. Lockwood Porter premieres “Restless”

M. Lockwood Porter is not eager to join the 27 Club. After releasing a well-received tribute to Chris Bell—Big Star frontman and notable member of said club—in March, he's [...]

By |October 8, 2014|Comments Off on Interview: M. Lockwood Porter premieres “Restless”
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    Interview: Irish singer Imelda May out to win over America (Win tickets!)

Interview: Irish singer Imelda May out to win over America (Win tickets!)

Irish singer Imelda May is OK with playing in front of smaller audiences, or opening for others, in the U.S.

The 40-year-old with a shock of blonde in her black [...]

By |October 6, 2014|Comments Off on Interview: Irish singer Imelda May out to win over America (Win tickets!)
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    Interview: Zola Jesus embraces operatic past, escapes from L.A.

Interview: Zola Jesus embraces operatic past, escapes from L.A.

Nika Roza Danilova, better known as singer-songwriter Zola Jesus, was raised singing opera on a hundred acres of forest in Wisconsin. She studied under an instructor for several years [...]

By |October 2, 2014|Comments Off on Interview: Zola Jesus embraces operatic past, escapes from L.A.
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    Interview: Sondre Lerche treads a new path with ‘Please’

Interview: Sondre Lerche treads a new path with ‘Please’

Recently, I had the chance to talk with Sondre Lerche, the Norwegian singer, songwriter, and all around talented musician who is best known for his song "Modern Nature" and his [...]

By |October 2, 2014|1 Comment

Culture Collide invades SF, announces full schedule

Culture Collide, the self-described "international, multicultural melting pot of music, culinary, and the art of travel," is now in the fifth year of its flagship LA festival, and it [...]

By |September 30, 2014|Comments Off on Culture Collide invades SF, announces full schedule
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    Interview: Christopher Owens presents a new, familiar testament

Interview: Christopher Owens presents a new, familiar testament

Those who know Christopher Owens’ story know it well. From his vagabond childhood in The Children of God to his street punk phase in Texas, his decisive move to San Francisco and his drug-fueled [...]

By |September 30, 2014|Comments Off on Interview: Christopher Owens presents a new, familiar testament
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