Videos: The Younger Lovers – "Hey Now" / "Get Up, Get Up"

Sugar in My Pocket is the third LP from Brontez Purnell's The Younger Lovers, and it's available now on Southpaw Records. The collection was recorded by Warm Soda's Matthew [...]

By |January 7, 2014|Comments Off on Videos: The Younger Lovers – "Hey Now" / "Get Up, Get Up"

Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer announces new solo project

Album art by Deirdre White

John Dwyer may not call San Francisco home anymore (and there may or may not be some drama surrounding his move), but that doesn't mean [...]

By |January 7, 2014|3 Comments

John Thill releases 'Ghost Grove'

Last month, Napa's John Thill released Ghost Grove, his second album of new material in 2013. He sets the scene of the album with the line "My girfriend's on [...]

By |January 6, 2014|Comments Off on John Thill releases 'Ghost Grove'

The Mysticist: a cyberpunk novel set to a rock soundtrack

Our Mike G. doesn't just write about and play music, he's also a fiction writer who recently completed a novel called The Mysticist. Described as "a cyberpunk coming of [...]

By |January 3, 2014|Comments Off on The Mysticist: a cyberpunk novel set to a rock soundtrack

Kool A.D. releases 'Not OK' mixtape

Reflecting on the state of local music in 2013, SF Weekly's Ian Port recently wrote, "Acts, whether they play rock, dance, or increasingly hip-hop, are now defined by the [...]

By |January 3, 2014|Comments Off on Kool A.D. releases 'Not OK' mixtape

Bill Baird releases 'Bill Sings Will' cassette

Oakland's Bill Baird just released an album of covers, Bill Sings Will, on Curly Cassettes. Bill shared some thoughts with me on creating the album:

I can never do [...]

By |January 2, 2014|Comments Off on Bill Baird releases 'Bill Sings Will' cassette

Spooky Flowers dropped 'Heavy Glow' on Xmas Eve

Oakland/Berkeley surf punk pop band Spooky Flowers dropped their first full length album Heavy Glow back on December 24. The LP was recorded at Shipwreck Studios in Oakland and [...]

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Teenager – "The Shadow (What Luck)"

Berkeley's Teenager is the solo project of Bevan Herbekian, who has been most recently playing in M. Lockwood Porter's band and had previously fronted The 21st Century (which also [...]

By |December 30, 2013|1 Comment
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    Premiere: The Canyon Rays release holiday EP 'Christmas in California'

Premiere: The Canyon Rays release holiday EP 'Christmas in California'

The Canyon Rays meld '60s California pop with modern indie themes for this year's four-track holiday EP. The four-piece group, led by songwriter/producer and San Francisco native Luke Hamel, shuttles between [...]

By |December 24, 2013|Comments Off on Premiere: The Canyon Rays release holiday EP 'Christmas in California'
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    ICEWATER album release show with Eleanor Friedberger at Cafe Du Nord

ICEWATER album release show with Eleanor Friedberger at Cafe Du Nord

This Friday may be one of your last chances to catch a great show at San Francisco's historic Cafe Du Nord, as the century-old building faces new ownership and [...]

By |December 19, 2013|Comments Off on ICEWATER album release show with Eleanor Friedberger at Cafe Du Nord

Virgil Shaw and The Killer Views drop 'New Mid City'

Singer-songwriter Virgil Shaw recently released a new LP entitled New Mid City, with his longtime band The Killer Views again joining him in the studio for what is a [...]

By |December 18, 2013|Comments Off on Virgil Shaw and The Killer Views drop 'New Mid City'

Interview: Nate Mercereau transcends with A Million Billion Dying Suns

Photo: Matthew Eloy

A Million Billion Dying Suns, the project of San Francisco's Nate Mercereau, released its debut Strawberry EP last month. Nate is a busy dude - just last [...]

By |December 18, 2013|Comments Off on Interview: Nate Mercereau transcends with A Million Billion Dying Suns