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    Cool Ghouls are all grown up: listen to a pair of tracks from ‘Animal Races’

Cool Ghouls are all grown up: listen to a pair of tracks from ‘Animal Races’

Cool Ghouls seemed so young back when we first wrote about them in depth nearly four years ago: they were purveyors of a joyous San Francisco sound that just [...]

By |July 12, 2016|Comments Off on Cool Ghouls are all grown up: listen to a pair of tracks from ‘Animal Races’

Premiere: WOVE – “The Climb”

Do you need a heavy dose of intense, sludgy, shredtastic music in your life? If so, you need to check out WOVE's brand new track, "The Climb":

The Climb (Single) [...]

By |July 6, 2016|Comments Off on Premiere: WOVE – “The Climb”
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    Interview: Oakland’s Flying Circles talk navigating scenes and writing debut record

Interview: Oakland’s Flying Circles talk navigating scenes and writing debut record

Colleen Johnson is most known locally from her work in the band Silver Shadows, but a wonderful web of musical scene connections lead to the project she's latest associated [...]

By |June 30, 2016|Comments Off on Interview: Oakland’s Flying Circles talk navigating scenes and writing debut record
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    Halcyonaire shares ‘Vol. 1’ ahead of show at Brick and Mortar tonight

Halcyonaire shares ‘Vol. 1’ ahead of show at Brick and Mortar tonight

Oakland trio Halcyonaire has one of the more distinctive sounds around the Bay, combining lead singer Chris Damien's unique voice with a wide-open, western sound. As they prepare to [...]

By |June 28, 2016|Comments Off on Halcyonaire shares ‘Vol. 1’ ahead of show at Brick and Mortar tonight
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    Premiere: listen to Fellow Wolf’s “Tulsa Springs” before their release show tonight

Premiere: listen to Fellow Wolf’s “Tulsa Springs” before their release show tonight

San Francisco's Fellow Wolf is set to release their debut EP on vinyl tonight at Thee Parkside, and we're pleased to give you the first listen of one of [...]

By |June 23, 2016|Comments Off on Premiere: listen to Fellow Wolf’s “Tulsa Springs” before their release show tonight
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    Emily Jane White releases lushly dark “Frozen Garden” ahead of record release show

Emily Jane White releases lushly dark “Frozen Garden” ahead of record release show

Oakland-based songwriter Emily Jane White is soon to have five records under her belt, yet with each album, she manages to explore and craft fresh musical and thematic ideas [...]

By |June 22, 2016|Comments Off on Emily Jane White releases lushly dark “Frozen Garden” ahead of record release show
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    Oakland’s Marbled Eye debut concise and effective post-punk

Oakland’s Marbled Eye debut concise and effective post-punk

(EP cover. design: Michael Lucero)

Marbled Eye's debut comes at a time when uninformed critics have used Silicon Valley's Bay migration and the subsequent displacement of local artists to question the state [...]

By |June 22, 2016|Comments Off on Oakland’s Marbled Eye debut concise and effective post-punk
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    Rexx Life Raj to hold ‘Father Figure’ listening party at Midsummer Studios in Emeryville

Rexx Life Raj to hold ‘Father Figure’ listening party at Midsummer Studios in Emeryville

The other night I spent (probably too much) time talking with a friend about the importance of hip-hop and rap being geographically contingent. West Coast hip-hop doesn't sound like East Coast hip-hop. [...]

By |June 17, 2016|Comments Off on Rexx Life Raj to hold ‘Father Figure’ listening party at Midsummer Studios in Emeryville

Nikolas Escudero releases honest debut album ‘100’

At times it's easier to keep a tough persona rather than really sink into those feelings you've grown to find embarrassing. They are not embarrassing. Everyone feels alone, hatred [...]

By |June 13, 2016|Comments Off on Nikolas Escudero releases honest debut album ‘100’
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    Summer Peaks release ‘Color in the Shade’ and help you float back down to earth

Summer Peaks release ‘Color in the Shade’ and help you float back down to earth

On June 8, 2016, Summer Peaks released their new record Color in the Shade via Wave Dweller. It felt like it had been a long time waiting, but when you finally [...]

By |June 10, 2016|Comments Off on Summer Peaks release ‘Color in the Shade’ and help you float back down to earth
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    Oakland croonwave band Introflirt unveils murky, throbbing single “Frozen Lace”

Oakland croonwave band Introflirt unveils murky, throbbing single “Frozen Lace”

Put on that darkest shade of lipstick and eyeliner, folks: Oakland's Introflirt are ready to send you down a moody dance spiral.

We highlighted the trio of Vafa, Ben Benjamin, [...]

By |June 10, 2016|Comments Off on Oakland croonwave band Introflirt unveils murky, throbbing single “Frozen Lace”

Get To Know: 1988

From its beginnings as a bedroom project fronted by Luis Gutierrez, 1988 has since grown into a 5-piece band with a couple of albums, hundreds of unreleased songs, and [...]

By |June 10, 2016|Comments Off on Get To Know: 1988