Best of 2015: Will Butler of Social Work on Hickey Fest

Hickey Fest painting by Emily Schumaker

It was the summer solstice and the wind was blowing in our hair on the way up Highway 101 — mostly because Maddie’s car [...]

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Best of 2015: Paige K. Parsons’ Favorite Photos from 2015

Future Islands (By: Paige K. Parsons)

Editor's note: Photographer extraordinaire Paige K. Parsons took a ton of great photos of bands throughout 2015, from large music festivals like Outside Lands and [...]

By |December 31, 2015|1 Comment
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    Best of 2015: Stefan Aronsen of SF Intercom and Balanced Breakfast on The Damn Fanatics

Best of 2015: Stefan Aronsen of SF Intercom and Balanced Breakfast on The Damn Fanatics

Photo by David Herschorn

Twenty Fifteen has come to an end. Over the last 365 days, I've heard a lot of amazing new music and experienced loads of epic performances. [...]

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    Best of 2015: Sarah Sexton of Oaktown Indie Mayhem on King Woman

Best of 2015: Sarah Sexton of Oaktown Indie Mayhem on King Woman

Although 2015 was flooded with badass local releases, signings to hip AF labels, and love from around the globe for our tasty Bay Area music scene, there is one [...]

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    Best of 2015: Joel of Talkies, Cocktails, and DSTVV on shows at the White Horse

Best of 2015: Joel of Talkies, Cocktails, and DSTVV on shows at the White Horse

The World at White Horse

I always hated the uncritical punk mantra that commands "support the scene". As if "the scene" was some monolithic, benevolent sanctuary where a progressive community [...]

By |December 31, 2015|1 Comment

Best of 2015: Paul Chalker of the SF Critic on Day Wave

If you're in music, especially live music, living in the city of San Francisco can be a humongous fucking distraction. Since I moved here about 4 years ago I've [...]

By |December 30, 2015|Comments Off on Best of 2015: Paul Chalker of the SF Critic on Day Wave

Opinion: The Bay’s best new band + best new release

2015 saw a lot of great things happening for Bay Area music; new spaces and accommodating houses have popped up across downtown and West Oakland, a slew of new [...]

By |December 29, 2015|Comments Off on Opinion: The Bay’s best new band + best new release

Best of 2015: Will of Wine & Bowties on Trill Youngins

Nothing out of the Bay this year sounded quite as joyful as East Oakland's Trill Youngins did on their debut, Rich This Summer. The banner single from RTS was [...]

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    Best of 2015: Graham of Outer Embassy on Halloween at the Starline Social Club

Best of 2015: Graham of Outer Embassy on Halloween at the Starline Social Club

Something special happened in Oakland last April: the Starline Social Club officially opened its doors to the public. This century old community space is again a vibrant venue ready [...]

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    Best of 2015: Rob of Vacant Stare Records and Mall Walk on The World

Best of 2015: Rob of Vacant Stare Records and Mall Walk on The World

I attended fifty-three shows this year. That's a lot for someone who generally prefers to spend his evenings watching old sitcoms with a cat in his lap. While I [...]

By |December 28, 2015|Comments Off on Best of 2015: Rob of Vacant Stare Records and Mall Walk on The World
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    Will Reisman’s Best of 2015: Treasure Island Music Festival

Will Reisman’s Best of 2015: Treasure Island Music Festival

While it's almost always overshadowed by the more prominent Outside Lands fest in Golden Gate Park, the Treasure Island Music Festival has long been the Bay Area’s most consistent [...]

By |December 25, 2015|1 Comment

Nicholas Schneider’s best musical moments of 2015

Where the hell did this year go?

I’m sure we all say this by the time Christmas rolls around, rearing its pimply, red-and-green-splotched face, reminding us to stimulate the economy [...]

By |December 24, 2015|1 Comment
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