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    An Interview with San Francisco singer-songwriter Luke Sweeney

An Interview with San Francisco singer-songwriter Luke Sweeney

The first Luke Sweeney song I heard started with crickets.

It begins like a warm summer evening: the chirping, a simple solid baseline, a soft, kind voice. Then the song [...]

By |November 5, 2019|0 Comments

Tia Nomore brings “Nu Chain” to OTR Sessions

Tia Nomore is about to reach a higher altitude when her upcoming album Level arrives later this fall. And if the rest of her new, upgraded sound is anything [...]

By |October 29, 2019|0 Comments

Premiere: Split Screens, “From the Start”

Happy release day to Split Screens. Today, we're bringing you their new video "From the Start" — the first we've heard from them in over four years.

Comprised entirely of [...]

By |October 11, 2019|Comments Off on Premiere: Split Screens, “From the Start”

B. Hamilton keeps rock alive with “45 and Straight”

(photo: Luke Judd)

You know how people (namely, Neil Young) used to say "rock and roll will never die"? Yeah, that...seems to have sorta happened. With charts dominated by pop, [...]

By |October 9, 2019|Comments Off on B. Hamilton keeps rock alive with “45 and Straight”
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    I’m at a loss for words about Ismay’s “When I Was Younger I Cried”

I’m at a loss for words about Ismay’s “When I Was Younger I Cried”

A lot of times I avoid writing about artists I like because I just can't think of anything to say besides "They're great." I reference this constantly when I [...]

By |October 8, 2019|Comments Off on I’m at a loss for words about Ismay’s “When I Was Younger I Cried”
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    Video Premiere: E.G. Phillips’ “Lighthouse at the Edge of the World”

Video Premiere: E.G. Phillips’ “Lighthouse at the Edge of the World”

(photo: Andy Strong)

The creativity that blossoms out of San Francisco often feels unparalleled in variety and, in some cases, density. Local resident and singer-songwriter E.G. Phillips is one such [...]

By |September 19, 2019|1 Comment
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    “Hotel Figueroa” is Text Me’s third single off of ‘Group Chat Vol. 2’

“Hotel Figueroa” is Text Me’s third single off of ‘Group Chat Vol. 2’

And we have another one from the folks from Text Me camp: An LA excursion with the one-two punch combo of Ricky Lake and Sam Johnson.

"Hotel Figueroa" arrives as [...]

By |September 18, 2019|Comments Off on “Hotel Figueroa” is Text Me’s third single off of ‘Group Chat Vol. 2’

Faye Webster is comin’ to town

We were curious to know how Faye Webster’s new Atlanta Millionaires Club would feel and boy-dee-la were we delighted at what we heard. Tunes like “Room Temperature” and “Right Side [...]

By |September 10, 2019|Comments Off on Faye Webster is comin’ to town
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    Rexx Life Raj is on a space mission in new single and video, “Moonwalk”

Rexx Life Raj is on a space mission in new single and video, “Moonwalk”

Rexx Life Raj is a rapping space cadet in his new video, "Moonwalk" sent on an expedition to save Kenny Beats. The producer has been missing since the 1980s [...]

By |September 6, 2019|Comments Off on Rexx Life Raj is on a space mission in new single and video, “Moonwalk”

John Courage goes unplugged for “Afraid to Fall”

Songwriter John Courage returns to his roots as an acoustic troubadour with his first acoustic-centric release in almost 10 years. All sounds were recorded and performed by the towering Santa Rosa [...]

By |September 5, 2019|Comments Off on John Courage goes unplugged for “Afraid to Fall”

Alex Lahey comes up from down under to the Independent

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Alex Lahey’s sophomore LP, The Best of Luck Club, is filled with those power-punk anthems she’s known for but this time with a little more sophistication. Songs are [...]

By |August 26, 2019|Comments Off on Alex Lahey comes up from down under to the Independent

Video Premiere: Aish’s “Joy and Sorrow”

Ahead of his forthcoming album, The Sex Issue (MCV Records) Aish just released his new music video for “Joy and Sorrow” and it is a truly captivating piece. The [...]

By |August 22, 2019|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Aish’s “Joy and Sorrow”
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