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    Lee Bob & the Truth release ‘The Light,’ perform at Sweetwater May 31

Lee Bob & the Truth release ‘The Light,’ perform at Sweetwater May 31

A year after their debut LP, Lee Bob & the Truth are back with a follow-up full length, The Light, which is available for purchase via Bandcamp. Their mission [...]

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    Q&A: Told Slant shares the healing aspects of creating, and plays BOTH June 2

Q&A: Told Slant shares the healing aspects of creating, and plays BOTH June 2

The day that "Tsunami" by Told Slant was released, I was in desperate need to have someone tell me "Isn't this silly and aren't you beautiful." So I replayed [...]

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    NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea to bring Alan Sparhawk collaboration to Oakland

NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea to bring Alan Sparhawk collaboration to Oakland

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If you've followed NPR Music's Tiny Desk contests, you may remember that the first winner was Oakland's own Fantastic Negrito. One year and two months later, [...]

Kendra McKinley dials up the sweetness in “Honey” video

There's still no official release date for her promised sophomore record Treat, but we get another look into the sweetly dramatic musical life of Kendra McKinley with her brand [...]

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    Interview + Giveaway: Lily & Madeleine @ the Swedish American Hall

Interview + Giveaway: Lily & Madeleine @ the Swedish American Hall

Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz are two sisters from Indianapolis who have already put out three records. Between 2013 and now, they've made it their goal to put out a [...]

Video: For Now is “Ready to Die”

Oakland duo For Now quietly released a video for their track "Ready to Die" not too long ago, and well...it kinda blew my mind. Take a look:

The shaky tension [...]

Sales comes to Rickshaw Stop May 11

Sales, coming all the way from Orlando, Florida, is the type of band that doesn't need help from anyone to be known. They are fully independent - no manager/label/publicist, and [...]

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    Beach Slang set for show at the Rickshaw Stop on Tuesday night

Beach Slang set for show at the Rickshaw Stop on Tuesday night

I listened to Beach Slang’s The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us for the first time in a while recently and immediately remembered why I [...]

Black Mountain bringing spacerock act to the Independent

With their name and their penchant for bone-crunching riffs, Black Mountain would seem like a perfect fit for the Southern grindcore canon that includes outfits like Mastadon and Baroness.

Yet [...]

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    Q&A: The Younger Lovers premiere new music video for “Poseur”

Q&A: The Younger Lovers premiere new music video for “Poseur”

The Younger Lovers is one of those bands that, if you live in the Bay Area, and like the alternative DIY scene, but don't listen to them, I don't [...]

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Giveaway: Grouper at Swedish American Hall

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Liz Harris, the artist known musically as Grouper, has a Bay Area connection that many people don't remember. Though she's now based in the Portland, OR [...]

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    Serious and stern, Savages playing Fillmore Tuesday night between Coachella appearances

Serious and stern, Savages playing Fillmore Tuesday night between Coachella appearances

It’s kind of funny to think of Savages, the severe and principled British post-punk band, hanging out in the California desert sun, waiting to play their set at Coachella. [...]

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