King Dream pushes the big red reset button on “Return to Zero”

photo: Giant Eye Photography Like the rest of us, musicians had to make the great pivot in 2020. For Jeremy Lyon of King Dream, whose average week stacked multiple shows with different bands, playing solo, private events, parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, you name it — the shift to "work-from-home" was, well, rather extreme. And yet, he's been keeping pretty busy. The shows — albeit remote ones — are still there. Sometimes they're live on the web, sometimes pre-recorded and rebroadcast. One day it's for Social Distance Live, the Bay Area-based affair that bands together many local artists covering a famous [...]

By |February 12, 2021|Tags: , |

Lil Flower Nasti comes up roses on ‘The Blooming’

Sarah Arnold was usually one to find herself behind the lens, not in front of it. A professional photographer in the live music and event spaces, Arnold steps out on her own as genre-hopping performer Lil Flower Nasti. Anchored by her strong voice and bold songwriting, The Blooming feels like a confident declaration of purpose. Despite its less-than-13-minutes run time, it features all the skits and voicemail interludes you'd expect from a classic hip-hop record. Unlearn The World, a mainstay in the Bay Area music scene, handles production duties — sending The Blooming back and forth between musical universes. Sometimes [...]

By |January 5, 2021|Tags: |

Brijean signs to Ghostly International, releases “Moody”

Photo by Jack Bool Brijean, the duo of percussionist/singer Brijean Murphy and multi-instrumentalist Doug Stuart, returns with a new single and some pretty big news. They've signed to Ghostly International, current home of Tycho and Shigeto, among many others. Ghostly has also re-released the duo's excellent debut album Walkie Talkie. Both members of Brijean are accomplished in their own right; Murphy has toured internationally with Poolside, Toro y Moi, and U.S. Girls. Stuart has performed with a host of Bay Area bands for the past decade plus, including Bells Atlas, Meernaa, and Luke Temple. Together, the two musicians [...]

Bobbing’s hyperactive ‘Mixtape’ will surprise and delight you

Oakland’s Bobbing returns with Mixtape — a stuttering, unhinged triumph. The 17-track, sitcom-length album weaves seamlessly between snippets of ideas with the precision of a paring knife. Bobbing · Mixtape What's going on here? Why is it so good? If I had to guess, I think it’s because the album’s foundation lies in erratic head-knocking grooves. Bobbing's music is the ultimate blend of volatile-but-tight drum beats and surprising textures, melodies, and voices. As a result, Mixtape never bores — no single idea wears out its welcome. Joyful, curious, and often funny (take “The Big Unit,” a sort-of stream of consciousness [...]

By |July 21, 2020|Tags: |

“Our Children Are Sacred,” a bilingual affirmation of love for the next generation

Diana Gameros, Liliana Herrera, and Francisco Herrera In protest of the intolerable and infuriating treatment of children separated from their families at the US/Mexico border, an all-star team of musicians and artists have come together with "Our Children Our Sacred," out now. Part sing-along and part rallying call, "Our Children Are Sacred" is a new civil rights anthem that retaliates against the horrible and inhumane with a message of hope and love. A choir of voices celebrates this joy with the words: "Our children are sacred, our children are beautiful, our children are a gift," weaving together the [...]

By |June 22, 2020|Tags: |

The Show Must Go On: Livestreaming concerts when going out isn’t an option

One of the many industries hit particularly hard by the realities of COVID-19 is the gigging music economy. With effectively every public event in the Bay Area cancelled, musicians are turning to livestreaming their concerts as an alternative way to stay connected to their fans & make ends meet. Two Bay Area music professionals Jules Indelicato and Liliana Urbain are taking it one step further, creating an online space that features a consistent calendar of performances that also allows viewers to directly support artists without being limited to one particular streaming platform. Thus was born The Show Must Go On, [...]

Girl Swallows Nightingale host debut album release party in Oakland

(photo: Mogli Maureal) Girl Swallows Nightingale's iridescent and multifaceted debut album Shapeshifter is out now — and the band will host a release party on Saturday 3/21 at Starline Social Club in partnership with UnderCover Presents. Combining elements of jazz, neo-soul, pop, prog-rock, and experimental electronic music, Shapeshifter is unpredictable in the best way possible — flighty, fierce, calming, and propulsive all at once. Shapeshifter by Girl Swallows Nightingale Each member of the four-piece stands out — yet the collective sum of their individual performances is something else entirely. Lead vocalist Marica Petrey places their songs in a world filled [...]

Whiskerman lift the veil on ‘Kingdom Illusion’

Whiskerman have returned with Kingdom Illusion, their most visceral, jarring, incensed, and immediate set of music to date. For the last several years, Whiskerman has been one of the absolute best live bands in the Bay Area — weaving between psych/glam dance floor spectacle and haunting balladry like it was no big deal. Their latest incarnation is all of these things too — but intensified with razor-sharp clarity. Kingdom Illusion manages to find the band simultaneously more volatile and yet pinpointed than ever. It's an enthralling combination. Kingdom Illusion by Whiskerman "Rattlesnake," opens the album with an airy, delicate touch [...]

By |March 6, 2020|Tags: |

Women’s Audio Mission announces benefit concert featuring Tune-Yards

Women's Audio Mission, the Bay Area-based organization that advances women, girls, and gender non-conforming individuals in music production and the recording arts, hosts its third annual benefit concert on April 29 at the Independent in San Francisco. The event boasts cocktails, snacks, an auction, and of course music — this time around provided by Oakland's own Tune-Yards. Fresh off the heels of scoring 2018's Sorry To Bother You, Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards is an established recording artist and audio engineer herself, with extensive credits that include significant work at the Bay Area's Tiny Telephone and many other studios. (photo: Eliot [...]

What’s on the menu? Balanced Breakfast brings music industry roundtable to the Bay this weekend

The Balanced Breakfast Summit returns to PianoFight in San Francisco on Saturday, February 22 for a full day of music industry discussion and technical know-how. With panels including "Leveraging Technology and Tools," "The Future of Music Discovery," and "Treating it Like a Business," the Balanced Breakfast Summit offers a wide array of gateways into and through the modern music industry. Panelists include Bay Area musicians, concert promoters, lawyers, tax accountants (ooh!), and keynote speakers Broke-Ass Stuart's Stuart Schuffman and ALT 105.3's & Popscene's Aaron Axelsen. Now in its third year, the summit promises to be a both a networking and [...]

By |February 20, 2020|Tags: |
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