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    Luke Sweeney puts out somber, glam single “Red Hot Demands”

Luke Sweeney puts out somber, glam single “Red Hot Demands”

Luke Sweeney (Photo: Victoria Smith)

The last time we heard from Luke Sweeney was when he played at our December show at El Rio. The seasons have changed, with holidays [...]

By |March 10, 2016|Comments Off on Luke Sweeney puts out somber, glam single “Red Hot Demands”
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    Foxtails Brigade releases dynamic single, “Nun But The Lost”

Foxtails Brigade releases dynamic single, “Nun But The Lost”

Ever since my happenstance encounter with Oakland's Foxtails Brigade at Awaken Café a few months ago, I have been a big fan. Today the unconventional indie-pop band releases their second [...]

By |March 10, 2016|Comments Off on Foxtails Brigade releases dynamic single, “Nun But The Lost”
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    The Pleasure Routine release psychedelic single “Walk the Dog (Backwards)”

The Pleasure Routine release psychedelic single “Walk the Dog (Backwards)”

The Pleasure Routine's pleasingly full sound isn't accidental: It's made by a band of six people. Based in Oakland, the sextet has rocked its way through the Bay with [...]

By |March 8, 2016|Comments Off on The Pleasure Routine release psychedelic single “Walk the Dog (Backwards)”
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    Bronze to be next subject in ‘Live in San Francisco’ record series

Bronze to be next subject in ‘Live in San Francisco’ record series

Castle Face Records has brought us a handful of great live, local records from the likes of Fuzz and White Fence in the form of their album series Live [...]

By |March 4, 2016|Comments Off on Bronze to be next subject in ‘Live in San Francisco’ record series
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    Get To Know: Superbrat, perhaps the world’s first Baby-Sitters Club concept band

Get To Know: Superbrat, perhaps the world’s first Baby-Sitters Club concept band

Superbrat is an Alameda/Los Angeles band who writes "pop tunes based on the Baby-Sitters Club books." Yes, it's true, they are kind of a Baby-Sitters Club tribute band, (if [...]

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    Lift up the Monday blues with Tancred’s latest single “Bed Case”

Lift up the Monday blues with Tancred’s latest single “Bed Case”

Tancred (Photo by Chloe Aftel)

There's a 1% chance that Tancred's new record Out of the Garden is all a beautiful April Fool's joke. It's just what happens with releases slated to come out [...]

By |February 29, 2016|Comments Off on Lift up the Monday blues with Tancred’s latest single “Bed Case”

Premiere: Toner, “Peasant Dreams”

Oakland band Toner, which began as a solo recording of project of Samuelito Cruz, has had a brief, yet prolific existence, with an EP and LP already under their [...]

By |February 29, 2016|2 Comments

Meernaa – “10/9”

One of Oakland's newest dreamy pop outfits, Meernaa, has just shared a new track, "10/9" ahead of a pair of February shows. As we learned on their debut, Meernaa's [...]

By |February 24, 2016|Comments Off on Meernaa – “10/9”
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    Burnt Palms release new LP ‘Back On My Wall’, video for “Last Time”

Burnt Palms release new LP ‘Back On My Wall’, video for “Last Time”

Seaside, California-based quartet Burnt Palms have released their third studio album. Back On My Wall is out now on We Were Never Being Boring. The Limited Edition 12-inch black [...]

By |February 17, 2016|Comments Off on Burnt Palms release new LP ‘Back On My Wall’, video for “Last Time”

Get To Know: Odd Hope

Odd Hope, which began as a home recording project of Oakland's Tim Tinderholt, just released their debut vinyl single on Fruits and Flowers Records that is an incredible first [...]

By |February 17, 2016|Comments Off on Get To Know: Odd Hope
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    Jasper Leach announces new project Burner Herzog, debuts “Dark Places”

Jasper Leach announces new project Burner Herzog, debuts “Dark Places”

Burner Herzog (Photo by Caroline Hamel)

Bands with clever pun names are often hit or miss, but one of the most hilarious I've heard so far is a winner in [...]

By |February 17, 2016|Comments Off on Jasper Leach announces new project Burner Herzog, debuts “Dark Places”
  • The Painted Horses
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    Video Premiere: The Painted Horses “I Wanna Tell Ya,” the first of a special video series with Gadgetbox

Video Premiere: The Painted Horses “I Wanna Tell Ya,” the first of a special video series with Gadgetbox

Santa Cruz folk trio The Painted Horses grabbed our attention with their lovely 2015 debut LP, Ponderosa Pines. Today, we're excited to share with you a new live video [...]

By |February 11, 2016|Comments Off on Video Premiere: The Painted Horses “I Wanna Tell Ya,” the first of a special video series with Gadgetbox