Blood Sister releases debut 7-inch on Grabbing Clouds

San Francisco’s Blood Sister is giving us the goosebumps with the recent release of its debut vinyl offering. The Dysphoria 7-inch is now available from Grabbing Clouds Records and […]

By |April 27, 2015|0 Comments

Premiere: Mammoth Life – “Lights Out”

Over the past few years, SF via Kansas duo Mammoth Life has released a host of indie pop anthems, with breezy, sweeping choruses and jangly guitars. Their sound is […]

Kiddo – “Sometimes”

Santa Rosa’s Kiddo is part of a small but mighty North Bay scene that deserves our attention. Since appearing on our “Best Indie Bands of the North Bay” podcast, […]

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    Oakland’s Long Knives to play record release show at Thee Parkside with Prawn and Frameworks

Oakland’s Long Knives to play record release show at Thee Parkside with Prawn and Frameworks

 
Long Knives are a band with members from across the Bay Area who play a nostalgic mix of pop-punk and indie that reminds me of The Get Up Kids – […]

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    Phono del Sol performers Sonny & The Sunsets contribute to Lil Bub’s LGBT rights in Indiana comp

Phono del Sol performers Sonny & The Sunsets contribute to Lil Bub’s LGBT rights in Indiana comp

Sonny Smith (photo: Chloe Aftel)

Sonny Smith always seems to have his hands in some new project, and this next one is a doozy. His main gig, Phono del Sol […]

By |April 20, 2015|0 Comments

New electro-pop from Trails and Ways – “Skeletons”

At long last, Oakland quartet Trails and Ways is going to release the band’s debut album, Pathology, on Barsuk Records, joining the likes of Death Cab, Mates of State, […]

The Sandwitches announce new (and final) release, Our Toast

The Sandwitches have been quiet for the past few years; in fact, there hasn’t been much action from the spooky garage group since 2012-ish. As we continue to plow […]

By |April 16, 2015|0 Comments

Singer-songwriter Karina Deniké releases ‘Under Glass’

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Describing the songs of San Francisco’s Karina Deniké as “retro-pop” seems easy enough, but “retro” to when, exactly? Deniké’s music is inspired by jazz, soul and girl […]

Stream Bosse-de-Nage’s All Fours’ right now

Local black metal band Bosse-de-Nage’s latest, All Fours, comes out tomorrow on Profound Lore (with The Flenser releasing the vinyl), but you can stream it in its entirety below.

Produced […]

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    Winter Break to release debut LP next month on Asian Man Records

Winter Break to release debut LP next month on Asian Man Records

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Mark Chen, Aaron Kovacs, and Matt Gomez played music together for half a decade under the name Summer Vacation. In 2014, that band parted ways with guitarist/vocalist […]

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    Bandcamp’s first City Guide spotlights Oakland: Bells Atlas, Waterstrider, Kid Trails, and more

Bandcamp’s first City Guide spotlights Oakland: Bells Atlas, Waterstrider, Kid Trails, and more

Recently, Oakland’s music scene has been raking in the national press. In February, it was Fantastic Negrito delivering the winning video for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest filmed inside of a freight train: “behind […]

By |April 10, 2015|0 Comments
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    WATERS drops What’s Real, hit the road (watch their performance on Conan!)

WATERS drops What’s Real, hit the road (watch their performance on Conan!)

 
WATERS has just a little bit going on right now. The band’s sophomore album What’s Real – frontman Van Pierszalowski’s second under this moniker and his first with a […]

By |April 7, 2015|0 Comments
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