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    Oakland’s Meernaa announces new EP, playing Bottom of the Hill

Oakland’s Meernaa announces new EP, playing Bottom of the Hill

On April 14, the mysterious project coming out of Oakland known as Meernaa will be headlining Bottom of the Hill along with Outer Embassy and Luke Temple. Meernaa also [...]

By |April 13, 2018|0 Comments
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    Fantastic Negrito announces new album ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’

Fantastic Negrito announces new album ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’

Grammy-winning blues artist Fantastic Negrito has announced his latest album, Please Don't Be Dead, out June 15. The Oakland-based musician's newest album comes at a time when discussions of [...]

By |April 10, 2018|0 Comments
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    Up-and-coming R&B artist Berel drops new single, “Simple”

Up-and-coming R&B artist Berel drops new single, “Simple”

In 2014, a young Berel Alexander was coming back home from New Orleans when he decided to record himself playing guitar at the airport. He'd brought his guitar to [...]

By |April 10, 2018|1 Comment
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    Bay Area newcomer Odie comes of age with debut album, ‘Analogue’

Bay Area newcomer Odie comes of age with debut album, ‘Analogue’

2018 is Odie's time. The multitalented Toronto-by-way-of-Tracy artist has been cooking his debut "Analogue" for the past three years and it's finally simmered long enough for its big reveal. [...]

By |April 9, 2018|0 Comments
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    Jesse Ray Smith releases single “Easy on Me” off debut solo album

Jesse Ray Smith releases single “Easy on Me” off debut solo album

For Jesse Ray Smith, music has always been a catharsis from the heaviness of life. Far from creating escapist bubblegum, however, Smith leans into meaning with a full and [...]

By |April 5, 2018|0 Comments

Premiere: “The Mighty Echo” by the Family Crest

Of the thousands of new songs that have come across my desk in the past few months, few have been so surprisingly grand as The Family Crest's newest track, [...]

By |April 4, 2018|0 Comments
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    East Bay rapper Zion I releases ‘Tonite Show’ with DJ Fresh

East Bay rapper Zion I releases ‘Tonite Show’ with DJ Fresh

East Bay rapper Baba Zumbi — also known as Zion I — recently released a new record with Los Angeles producer DJ Fresh. The duo recorded the 10-track [...]

Premiere: Brian Belknap is “Bearing Witness”

If you've ever taken public transit in San Francisco, you've almost certainly seen one-man band Brian Belknap doing his "broke-down folk, junk-country blues, and gut-bucket gospel" thing. He's taken [...]

By |April 3, 2018|2 Comments

Video Premiere: Swiftumz, “Game Six”

Swiftumz released a 7" single "Game Six" on Fruits and Flowers late last year, and today we're pleased to share the accompanying visuals for "Game Six," shot and directed [...]

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    Dive into rare Icelandic grooves on DJ Platurn’s “Breaking the Ice”

Dive into rare Icelandic grooves on DJ Platurn’s “Breaking the Ice”

As a DJ for more than 20 years, Oakland's Platurn has a way of transporting his audiences to multiple corners of the globe and various eras through his deep [...]

By |March 23, 2018|0 Comments

The Pendletons are wishing they can “Funk Forever”

Together, E Da Boss (of Myron and E on Stone's Throw) and Trailer Limon make up the Pendletons — a boogie-funk and modern soul project. Two years ago, they [...]

By |March 22, 2018|Comments Off on The Pendletons are wishing they can “Funk Forever”
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    Kat Robichaud’s “Song for David Bowie” is a tear-jerking tribute

Kat Robichaud’s “Song for David Bowie” is a tear-jerking tribute

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For anyone who loved Major Tom, this song rings about as true as it gets. From the first feeling of being radically accepted by David Bowie's music, [...]

By |March 22, 2018|Comments Off on Kat Robichaud’s “Song for David Bowie” is a tear-jerking tribute
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