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    Listen to Jay Stone’s music from ‘Morris From America’

Listen to Jay Stone’s music from ‘Morris From America’

Jay Stone released one of my favorite albums in 2015, the collaborative project with Monster Rally, Foreign Pedestrians. We haven't heard a great deal from him since, but earlier [...]

By |September 30, 2016|Comments Off on Listen to Jay Stone’s music from ‘Morris From America’
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    Taylor Vick releases folky, heartfelt debut under moniker Boy Scouts

Taylor Vick releases folky, heartfelt debut under moniker Boy Scouts

In the early 2000s, Apple debuted Garageband, and forever changed the relationship between recording artists and the 'studio.' Breaking down the costly barriers between DIY artists and spaces to capture [...]

By |September 29, 2016|Comments Off on Taylor Vick releases folky, heartfelt debut under moniker Boy Scouts

Premiere: The Nopes to release noisy, relentless debut LP

Although they only released their first EP this time last year, The Nopes are already back with a 12- song LP. The Jack Shirley-produced Never Heard of It sees the [...]

By |September 23, 2016|Comments Off on Premiere: The Nopes to release noisy, relentless debut LP

Video Premiere: Beekeepers, “Game Over”

Photo: Nicolas Cubillos Marroquin

After taking a brief hiatus over the last year, Oakland trio Beekeepers released their debut proper album last month, Varroa Mites on Vacant Stare.

Beekeepers are [...]

By |September 15, 2016|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Beekeepers, “Game Over”

Video Premiere: 1988 – “Feria”

Oakland's 1988 caught our ear with their spooky, distorted, synth-heavy pop. 1988's Luis Gutierrez tells me they've been working on a ton of material, and luckily they've asked us [...]

By |September 14, 2016|Comments Off on Video Premiere: 1988 – “Feria”

Madeline Kenney covers Arthur Russell for non•market comp

Man, has it really just been a year since we first told you about Madeline Kenney? She's released a steady stream of material since then, and each release seems [...]

By |September 9, 2016|Comments Off on Madeline Kenney covers Arthur Russell for non•market comp
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    Never Young craft a noisy, urgent sucker-punch in “Beta Male Erotica”

Never Young craft a noisy, urgent sucker-punch in “Beta Male Erotica”

Never Young are one of our favorite local bands to turn up all the way when we just want to scream into a pillow and thrash away all our [...]

By |August 26, 2016|Comments Off on Never Young craft a noisy, urgent sucker-punch in “Beta Male Erotica”
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    Happy release day to Oakland’s Tanukichan: Fuzzy, emotional debut EP ‘Radiolove’ out today

Happy release day to Oakland’s Tanukichan: Fuzzy, emotional debut EP ‘Radiolove’ out today

At the top end of the summer, we got to know Oakland's Tanukichan, who is Hannah Van Loon, formerly of Trails and Ways. But now, we're really getting to [...]

By |August 19, 2016|Comments Off on Happy release day to Oakland’s Tanukichan: Fuzzy, emotional debut EP ‘Radiolove’ out today
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    Oakland’s O.C.D. put a smile-inducing spin on shoegaze with debut EP

Oakland’s O.C.D. put a smile-inducing spin on shoegaze with debut EP

News of Oakland's O.C.D. and their debut EP came onto our plate fairly recently, but boy, it was a tasty bite of musical goodness. Growth is the five-piece's first [...]

By |July 28, 2016|Comments Off on Oakland’s O.C.D. put a smile-inducing spin on shoegaze with debut EP
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    Premiere: Oakland’s undō debut stark video in anticipation of EP

Premiere: Oakland’s undō debut stark video in anticipation of EP

Conceived during a three month stint in solitary confinement, Oakland's undō perform a jarring brand of screamy, freewheeling grind.

The trio features members of long time East Bay electropunk group [...]

By |July 27, 2016|Comments Off on Premiere: Oakland’s undō debut stark video in anticipation of EP

Social Work releases bass-heavy pop adventure “Onda”

Art by Derek Barber

Heads up: The "other Will Butler," as he's known around here, just put out bass-happy track that will likely get you happy (and dancing) too. He [...]

By |July 22, 2016|Comments Off on Social Work releases bass-heavy pop adventure “Onda”
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    The Saxophones release ‘If You’re on the Water’ EP, perform at Lost Church July 22

The Saxophones release ‘If You’re on the Water’ EP, perform at Lost Church July 22

Last November, we told you about The Saxophones and their forthcoming lathe-cut picture disc EP. Well, it's finally all released and available for free download via Bandcamp, and it's [...]

By |July 19, 2016|Comments Off on The Saxophones release ‘If You’re on the Water’ EP, perform at Lost Church July 22