Video Premiere: 1988 – “Feria”

Oakland's 1988 caught our ear with their spooky, distorted, synth-heavy pop. 1988's Luis Gutierrez tells me they've been working on a ton of material, and luckily they've asked us [...]

By |September 14, 2016|Comments Off on Video Premiere: 1988 – “Feria”

Video Premiere: Gentle Spirit, “Ram Van”

San Francisco's Gentle Spirit, the project of San Franciscan Marcus Stoesz, brings us the sweet "Ram Van" video. A twinkling ode to lost friends, loved ones, and, heartbreakingly, pets, [...]

By |September 6, 2016|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Gentle Spirit, “Ram Van”

Makeunder unveil video for ‘Great Headless Blank’

Makeunder, the Oakland-based orchestral rock troupe led by Hamilton Ulmer, revealed their first work as a full band just over a year ago. Now the Great headless Blank EP [...]

By |August 31, 2016|Comments Off on Makeunder unveil video for ‘Great Headless Blank’
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    Video Premiere: Stag Frenzy delivers warm indie pop on “California (You Can Have It All)”

Video Premiere: Stag Frenzy delivers warm indie pop on “California (You Can Have It All)”

Stag Frenzy is a new project, but it's not Ayal Nistor's first songwriting endeavor. The musician previously recorded and performed as My Second Surprise, which started in Israel, where [...]

By |August 29, 2016|Comments Off on Video Premiere: Stag Frenzy delivers warm indie pop on “California (You Can Have It All)”
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    Tap the Flow 24: How a Santa Cruz artist transforms inspiration into positive change

Tap the Flow 24: How a Santa Cruz artist transforms inspiration into positive change

When you combine the restless spirit of an artist with a globally-focused entrepreneur that wants to save the world, incredible things can happen.

One Santa Cruz-based artist, Rob Ball, is [...]

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Doodling with Hazel English

You'd never except to meet a possible pop star while you are both repetitiously steaming secondhand designer clothes, but that's how I met Hazel English. I've had a lot [...]

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    Plush share video for “Sheer Power” and set off for East Coast tour

Plush share video for “Sheer Power” and set off for East Coast tour

Sometimes the only way for you feel larger than you really are is to put all your love into something else. Put it in a song, a poem, a [...]

By |August 11, 2016|Comments Off on Plush share video for “Sheer Power” and set off for East Coast tour
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    Marielle V Jakobsons debuts video for “White Sparks” using her innovative macro-cymatic instrument

Marielle V Jakobsons debuts video for “White Sparks” using her innovative macro-cymatic instrument

To the untrained eye, macro-cymatic looks like something related to plants, or movies, but definitely something scientific. When I read that Oakland-based Marielle V Jakobsons, the electronic musician who [...]

By |August 8, 2016|Comments Off on Marielle V Jakobsons debuts video for “White Sparks” using her innovative macro-cymatic instrument
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    Globelamp to bring shimmery, introspective West Coast psych-folk to Brick & Mortar

Globelamp to bring shimmery, introspective West Coast psych-folk to Brick & Mortar

If you don't know Globelamp, you probably know her voice. Equal parts warbly and sultry, and unique as all, she's most known for her contributions in Foxygen and especially [...]

By |August 5, 2016|Comments Off on Globelamp to bring shimmery, introspective West Coast psych-folk to Brick & Mortar
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    Hey now: Don’t Dream It’s Over to bring art exhibition to life at SFMOMA

Hey now: Don’t Dream It’s Over to bring art exhibition to life at SFMOMA

Hey now, hey now, let's catch our '80s nostalgia "deluge in a paper cup," as Neil Finn of Crowded House lightly crooned in their 1986 breakout hit "Don't Dream [...]

By |August 4, 2016|Comments Off on Hey now: Don’t Dream It’s Over to bring art exhibition to life at SFMOMA
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    Tim Cohen of The Fresh and Onlys playing Rickshaw Stop on Wednesday

Tim Cohen of The Fresh and Onlys playing Rickshaw Stop on Wednesday

Aside from a few scattered appearances here and there, The Fresh and Onlys — one of San Francisco’s longest-tenured and most-revered bands — have been dormant in recent times.

Although [...]

By |August 2, 2016|Comments Off on Tim Cohen of The Fresh and Onlys playing Rickshaw Stop on Wednesday
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    Premiere: Oakland’s undō debut stark video in anticipation of EP

Premiere: Oakland’s undō debut stark video in anticipation of EP

Conceived during a three month stint in solitary confinement, Oakland's undō perform a jarring brand of screamy, freewheeling grind.

The trio features members of long time East Bay electropunk group [...]

By |July 27, 2016|Comments Off on Premiere: Oakland’s undō debut stark video in anticipation of EP