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    Q&A: Exclusive premiere of Emily Afton’s new single “Someday”

Q&A: Exclusive premiere of Emily Afton’s new single “Someday”

Photos by: Nicholas Lea Bruno

By: Andrea Hey

Emily Afton is an Oakland-based musician from a small town down in Southern California. Her take on indie pop is like no other, [...]

By |November 23, 2015|3 Comments
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    Premiere: The Dry Spells release first new music in six years, “Heliotrope”

Premiere: The Dry Spells release first new music in six years, “Heliotrope”

Hello The Dry Spells, it's nice to meet you again! The last time we heard new music from the beloved San Francisco psych-folk four-piece was in 2009, when they released their [...]

By |November 20, 2015|Comments Off on Premiere: The Dry Spells release first new music in six years, “Heliotrope”
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    Tumbleweed Wanderers add bluesy b-side “Every Song” to our 10th Anniversary Compilation

Tumbleweed Wanderers add bluesy b-side “Every Song” to our 10th Anniversary Compilation

As you know, over forty Bay Area bands have contributed a rare or never-heard-before song to our 2015 fundraiser compilation — one great perk of donating among many. Today, [...]

By |November 20, 2015|Comments Off on Tumbleweed Wanderers add bluesy b-side “Every Song” to our 10th Anniversary Compilation
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    Premiere: Mammatus emerges from Santa Cruz with new heavy psych jams

Premiere: Mammatus emerges from Santa Cruz with new heavy psych jams

If you're a fan of ambitious, out-there heavy psych, you'll want to dive into Sparkling Waters, the new album from Santa Cruz heavy-prog-psych band Mammatus. The trio's fourth LP [...]

By |November 19, 2015|Comments Off on Premiere: Mammatus emerges from Santa Cruz with new heavy psych jams
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    Premiere: Acid Fast’s “Blackout Curtains” off nostalgic, hook filled sophomore LP

Premiere: Acid Fast’s “Blackout Curtains” off nostalgic, hook filled sophomore LP

Acid Fast have been around the block. The group is comprised of seasoned rockers who cut their chops in bands like Big Kids and currently still perform in Nervous, [...]

By |November 18, 2015|Comments Off on Premiere: Acid Fast’s “Blackout Curtains” off nostalgic, hook filled sophomore LP

Interview: Catching up with surf pop locals The She’s

The She's are Sami Perez, Hannah Valente, Eva Treadway, and Sinclair Riley -- four ladies in their early 20s who've been at it as a band since the seventh grade [...]

By |November 17, 2015|Comments Off on Interview: Catching up with surf pop locals The She’s
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    Outer Embassy released a 45 and plays a show at Hemlock tonight

Outer Embassy released a 45 and plays a show at Hemlock tonight

Outer Embassy is a fairly new Oakland band formed by a trio of Bay Area vets: Aaron Deer (Daring Ear, John Wilkes Booze, TV Mike), Graham LeBron (Rogue Wave, [...]

By |November 17, 2015|1 Comment
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    Deerhoof to drop first live album “Fever 12164” on Nov. 27

Deerhoof to drop first live album “Fever 12164” on Nov. 27

San Francisco's Deerhoof have been around the music scene since their founding in 1994. Along the way, the band has released a total of 13 full length albums over [...]

By |November 16, 2015|Comments Off on Deerhoof to drop first live album “Fever 12164” on Nov. 27
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    Layin’ Waste: New Bay Area hardcore label kicks off with 1234 Go! showcase

Layin’ Waste: New Bay Area hardcore label kicks off with 1234 Go! showcase

Over the last couple years the Bay's hardcore scene has experienced some turmoil — staple venues have shuttered, bands have come and gone, and mainstay acts have left the genre. The [...]

By |November 16, 2015|Comments Off on Layin’ Waste: New Bay Area hardcore label kicks off with 1234 Go! showcase

Listen to Frank Abreau’s (of Strange Hotel) new solo EP

Frank Abreau, the lead voice of the rockers in Strange Hotel, has a new solo EP out. Entitled RIDE, the follow-up to his full-length Appetite finds Abreau exploring some [...]

By |November 16, 2015|Comments Off on Listen to Frank Abreau’s (of Strange Hotel) new solo EP

Mansion celebrate release of ‘Early Life’

(record release flier by Sam Lefebvre)

After months of inactivity, Oakland's Mansion returned with news of an LP and promptly set off on a tour that took them to New [...]

By |November 16, 2015|2 Comments

Get To Know: Nelsen & Farney

Near the end of their song "New Direction," Nelsen & Farney sing, "So if my style turns you off, please just stop listening." That's going to be awfully hard [...]

By |November 13, 2015|Comments Off on Get To Know: Nelsen & Farney