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    Starover Blue premiere “Spacegeist,” play with Velvet Teen on 8/20

Starover Blue premiere “Spacegeist,” play with Velvet Teen on 8/20

Remember Starover Blue?

Maybe you don't   for a long time, they went by the name Cartoon Bar Fight. Having also been on an unscheduled, informal hiatus for the last [...]

By |August 11, 2015|Comments Off on Starover Blue premiere “Spacegeist,” play with Velvet Teen on 8/20
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    Premiere: Cursed Graves prepare for new 12″ with groovy single ‘Slow Thoughts’

Premiere: Cursed Graves prepare for new 12″ with groovy single ‘Slow Thoughts’

(Cover art for California Noise by Miles Mcgrady)

Cursed Graves are a trio who cultivate a uniquely Californian blend of punk and noise, quite possibly a result of the members being spread out across [...]

By |August 10, 2015|Comments Off on Premiere: Cursed Graves prepare for new 12″ with groovy single ‘Slow Thoughts’

Get to know: Music as Math

Music as Math is a fairly new, (and very spread out) band that just released a fascinating debut EP, I Think I May Have Had a Religious Experience. Music [...]

By |August 7, 2015|Comments Off on Get to know: Music as Math
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    Small Black announce new album, tour; playing in SF in October

Small Black announce new album, tour; playing in SF in October

All right, so chillwave never really caught on.

Five years after it reached peak-ascendancy, the brief blip on the public consciousness is mostly viewed as another micro-genre that fits snugly [...]

By |August 6, 2015|Comments Off on Small Black announce new album, tour; playing in SF in October

B. Hamilton releases ‘Fight Everything’

Oakland's B. Hamilton, the project fronted by Oakland's Ryan Christopher Parks (who you may recognize for his all-caps "internet genius"), is releasing his Fight Everything cassette this Saturday night [...]

First listen: Cumstain’s new cassingle

As someone who spends too much time listening to music, I have specific tunes for every occasion. My favorite “LET'S PRETEND EVERYTHING IS OK AND I'M NOT HAVING AN [...]

By |August 4, 2015|Comments Off on First listen: Cumstain’s new cassingle
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    Premiere: Stream Void Boys’ grimy, hook filled debut ‘Glamorpus’

Premiere: Stream Void Boys’ grimy, hook filled debut ‘Glamorpus’

(Void Boys from left to right, Jian, Shannon, Joe, and Gio)

I'm familiar with Void Boys because I grew up playing music in the same Los Angeles scene as Gio [...]

By |August 4, 2015|Comments Off on Premiere: Stream Void Boys’ grimy, hook filled debut ‘Glamorpus’
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    Oakland indie quartet Conversation’s new record comes out this week

Oakland indie quartet Conversation’s new record comes out this week

(Take Care of Me album cover)

The collaboration that is Conversation began in the summer of 2013, in Fresno, when drummer Kevin Figueroa and pianist Erik Freeman met during a [...]

By |August 4, 2015|Comments Off on Oakland indie quartet Conversation’s new record comes out this week
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    The California Honeydrops set to play two nights at The Fillmore

The California Honeydrops set to play two nights at The Fillmore

The California Honeydrops have evolved a few stages since primarily busking at BART stations. They now tour across the US and Europe regularly and draw major crowds at jam-centric [...]

By |July 31, 2015|Comments Off on The California Honeydrops set to play two nights at The Fillmore
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    Jordannah Elizabeth releases ‘Borders’ in memoriam of Charleston Shootings

Jordannah Elizabeth releases ‘Borders’ in memoriam of Charleston Shootings

As a testament of pain and a charting of the current times we're faced with in the midst of gun violence and a larger sentiment of racial tensions, Jordannah [...]

By |July 31, 2015|Comments Off on Jordannah Elizabeth releases ‘Borders’ in memoriam of Charleston Shootings

Listen: Camera Shy

From two of the members of Whirr and Nothing, Oakland band Camera Shy is not Whirr or Nothing. All may sound dreamy, but not in the same way [...]

By |July 31, 2015|Comments Off on Listen: Camera Shy

Toby Oler releases ‘Thank You, Bird Snider’

After releasing a bluegrass cassette, an oddball hip-hop influenced storytelling album, and a more straightforward, yet still wonderfully odd collaboration with Michael James Tapscott, Oakland's Toby Oler takes another [...]

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