Pan(dem)ic! in San Francisco: Indy Cindie’s WFH playlist

As the Bay Area slips into the lull of its third week of shelter-in-place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the city settles into an eerie new semblance of normalcy. While the regular ebb and flow of our routines has been widely disrupted, there are a few things we can hold onto to keep us grounded. For me, that’s music. In attempting to replicate the office environment at home, selecting the appropriate soundtrack is key. The perfect work from home (WFH) landscape for me consists of ambient, downtempo music, typically sans lyrics. Here is a roundup of some of Indy Cindie’s [...]

By |March 30, 2020|

Boy Scouts release video for “Wish”

Boy Scouts (photo: Norm deVeyra) Last month, Oakland singer-songwriter Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts released "Wish," her first track since her most recent album Free Company, which was recorded entirely in a shipping container converted studio. "This song is an ode to reflecting on the past,” Vick explains. “Sorting through waves of nostalgia, and hoping for a future in which reflecting on aspects of the past can feel good, and what a privilege that is." Vick's silvery voice is thick with emotion and a yearning hope. The video beautifully manifests the nostalgia conveyed in the song's lyrics, set against a backdrop of [...]

By |March 27, 2020|Tags: |

Giveaway: VÉRITÉ at the Independent

VÉRITÉ (photo: Robert Alleyne) Come one, come all for a chance to see VÉRITÉ live at the Independent on March 14. Coming off a tour with X Ambassadors and the release of her sophomore record new skin, Kelsey Regina Byrne of VÉRITÉ promises to deliver a heartful and chilling performance. Her powerful and brooding voice speaks of the nuances of lost love and the cyclic nature of relationships. The album offers bright, fast-paced songs such as ‘good for it’ and ‘ocean’ juxtaposed against more contemplative and hushed tracks such as ‘gone’ and ‘amnesia.’ Throughout it all, VÉRITÉ maintains an air of [...]

By |March 12, 2020|Tags: |

Oaklander Emily Afton releases EP ‘Consideration’

Emily Afton (photo: Ian Young) Fresh off a Noise Pop show at Rickshaw Stop, Oakland’s very own Emily Afton releases her long-awaited EP Consideration.  It’s an exploration of Afton’s identity as a queer artist in 2020. She uses her music as a platform to express her discontent with the political landscape. “The Veil,” which is the opening track, was written three years prior after Afton was invited to play at the Women’s March in San Francisco. Her sultry voice is thick with emotion as she takes us on a personal journey in ‘Back in San Francisco’ of how the city has [...]

By |March 10, 2020|Tags: |

Yumi Zouma to play at Rickshaw Stop

Yumi Zouma (photo: Ian Young) New Zealand dream pop darlings Yumi Zouma will make their way to the Rickshaw Stop on March 24. The group has teased the forthcoming release of Truth or Consequences with the successive releases of three tracks: “Right Track / Wrong Man,” “Cool for a Second,” and “Southwark.” The long-awaited album will be Yumi Zouma’s third, and the first with their new record label, Polyvinyl Records. Personally, I’ve already played “Cool for a Second” at least a hundred or so times since it was released in late January and dubbed it my anthem for 2020. The airy [...]

Giveaway: Squirrel Flower at Bottom of the Hill

On March 26, Ella O’Connor Williams, who writes and sings under the moniker Squirrel Flower, will play at Bottom of the Hill in support of her recently released album I Was Born Swimming. I first came to know Squirrel Flower when she came to play a live set on one of my shows at WMBR 88.1 FM Cambridge/Boston in 2015. By sheer serendipity, I recognized her powerful voice whilst listening to a playlist on Spotify earlier this year. Her style has remained steady throughout the years, providing us heady, poetic verses strung together with melancholic chords. Stream I was Born [...]

Noise Pop 2020: Vacationer commands crowd at the New Parish with dreamy melodies

Vacationer (photo: Cindy Huang) On Thursday February 27, the line at the New Parish is out the door and approaching the restaurant on the corner. Guests are clad in sparkly outfits and bubble with excitement.  Vacationer takes the stage around 9:30pm. Normally a four-piece band, only lead vocalist Kenny Vasoli is present. He’s there to play Wavelengths, the band’s fourth studio album, which was released in September. Wavelengths is a 14-track album devoid of the sky-shouting vocals (or rather any vocals) that once characterized Vasoli. Formerly part of emo/pop-punk band the Starting Line, Vasoli founded Vacationer in 2010 to escape the [...]

By |March 1, 2020|Tags: |

Noise Pop 2020: Joshua Radin + Friends at Great American Music Hall

From left: William Fitzsimmons, Joshua Radin, Ben Kweller (photo: Cindy Huang) Acoustic shows at the Great American Music Hall always guarantee an intimate experience with the artist. Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin certainly delivered on this promise as he took us on a soulful journey through the inner workings of his songwriting that tugs at your heartstrings. He was joined onstage for the duration of the show by longtime friend William Fitzsimmons and Ben Kweller whom he recently befriended four days prior to the show. Radin later revealed that he came to know Kweller’s work by way of a hand-me-down Jeep, which [...]

San Francisco natives Third Eye Blind to play the Fox Theater

Third Eye Blind (photo: Robert Alleyne) On March 13, alternative rock legends and San Francisco darlings Third Eye Blind will make the trek across the Bay Bridge from their digs in the Mission to perform at the Fox Theater in Oakland with support from Saves the Day. The tour is part two in support of their most recent album Screamer, which was released in October. The band has had a prolific career, to say the least, and continues to craft undeniably infectious tunes. The title track features Alexis Krauss, frontwoman of Sleigh Bells, whose voice harmoniously complements the screaming vocals of [...]

By |February 25, 2020|Tags: |

Dashboard Confessional turn 20, play Fillmore

(photo: Estefany Gonzalez) Just in time for their 20th anniversary tour, Dashboard Confessional releases The Best of the Best Ones to start the new year with a nostalgic collection of the band’s most treasured songs, spanning across all seven of their studio albums. The album’s title is an homage to a line from their most successful single "Stolen." The soothing vocals and chords of Chris Carrabba take us back to wistful days of our youth. Each track is brimming with lush lyricisim and vulnerability that transcend time, showcasing the band’s ability to evoke emotions through ageless melodies. Dashboard Confessional announced [...]

By |January 30, 2020|Tags: |
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