Jay Stone – '16th & Adeline' EP

I'm really excited about Bay Area hip-hop these days, and Jay Stone is yet another shining example of the strength of the local scene. On 16th & Adeline, named [...]

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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 [...]

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Giveaway: See Pickwick at The Chapel this week!

Pickwick's tour of the western United States comes to The Chapel this Thursday, January 9th, promising a rocking good time from the Seattle sextet known for great live shows. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Best of 2013: Eric Barleen on Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers

2013 was the year of the Grambler! Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers embody so much of what this incredible city and area of the country have to offer from [...]

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WillCall New Year's Eve club takeover

Pretty much every New Year's Eve I’ve known since entering adulthood has been cursed with the same question: “What to do?” Option 1: spend way too much money on [...]

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Best of 2013: Daniel Senter’s 2013 East Bay highlights

I joined The Bay Bridged staff as a Production Associate last spring, and it has been endlessly enjoyable to be pulled deeper into the sonic recesses of the Bay [...]

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Best of 2013: Marc Ribak on Pookie and the Poodlez

It must have been about a year ago that I was eating a bowl of pasta at a friend's place in Oakland, and my friend says that his roommate [...]

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Best of 2013: Roman Gokhman's favorite concerts of 2013

Introduction and special considerations

I doubt I’ll ever get to go to as many concerts as I did in 2013 again. My goal was see 50, and I saw 64. [...]

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Best of 2013: Russell Jelinek's highlights

John Murry (Photo by Amoreena Berg)

I don't feel like ranking things, but here are some Bay Area highlights for 2013, limited to artists I wrote about:

Favorite Albums:

John Murry - [...]

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Best of 2013: Dan Strachota on Cocktails

My favorite release of the year by a local band is the debut 7-inch by Cocktails.

There are certain sounds that are near and dear to my heart, sounds that [...]

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