Review: Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival

(photo: Priscilla Rodriguez) As someone who doesn’t know a whole lot about EDM, Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival at Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park was a great gateway for those unfamiliar with the genre. 10 acts took the stage throughout the day, most new to me except when the special guest showed up and turned out to be Skrillex. The crowd went crazy. That was the one artist that I’ve actually spent hours listening to years ago and it was the point I really started to feel the groove. (For an idea of the contrast of my taste in genres, [...]

Shutups come through heavy with “Cement Hands”

Off the heels of “Yellowjacket," here comes Shutups with “Cement Hands,” the second single from their upcoming Every Day I'm Less Zen album. With the release of the new single, the indie punk duo will be hosting a release party tonight at the Golden Bull with fellow Oakland bands Diesel Dudes, Lofter, New Circle and Rex Ruit. The song’s title comes from drummer Mia’s childhood nickname for her unintentionally strong punches to her siblings. In context of the song, it means metaphorically getting your heart crushed by a lover’s hands. Shutups will have additional shows around the Bay Area with [...]

By |May 16, 2019|Tags: |

Geographer premieres music video for “Summer Of My Discontentment”

(photo: Brittany O'Brien) Just before hitting the road for his upcoming tour, Geographer has dropped the music video for “Summer of my Discontentment” off of his latest EP, New Jersey. Geographer was formed in San Francisco by Mike Deni as a American synth pop/indie rock band. New Jersey is the latest EP, released back in March, focusing on Deni’s transition in life of being without a home in the six-month gap between leaving San Francisco and moving to Los Angeles. He spent that time touring, couch surfing and at his childhood home in New Jersey where he began writing the [...]

By |April 30, 2019|Tags: |

Shutups debut new single and video for “Yellowjacket”

(photo: Nate Gilchrest) Oakland indie punk duo, Shutups, begin the road to their album debut with their first single, "Yellowjacket." After four EPs, the band will finally be releasing Every Day I'm Less Zen sometime planned this summer. The debut album is produced by Cody Votolato of the Blood Brothers and is being released through Astro Lizard Records. With the release of Yellowjacket, Shutups with be having a release show tonight at Oakland Secret at 6 pm, with

By |March 22, 2019|Tags: |

The Y Axes’ new single ‘Moon’ glows brightly

(photo: Dave McMahon) No need to look up at the sky tonight for the new single by the Y Axes, because "Moon" is already up. Following the heels of "How We Begin," "Moon" is the second single from the San Francisco-based space-pop band’s upcoming album, No Waves, set to release on June 6. Vocalist Alexi Belchere describes a handful of songs in the new album as following a similar theme of self-doubt and fear of the unknown, while "Moon" stands out to embrace those fears. “In the song I say ‘I can see there’s nothing wrong with my heart / [...]

By |March 14, 2019|Tags: |

The Aces rock Rickshaw Stop tonight

If you want to know one of the places to see The Aces perform live, look no further as they take the stage at the Rickshaw Stop on Tuesday night. The four-piece all-female band from Utah are currently on their first headlining tour, titled the Waiting For You Tour. The show in San Francisco will feature joan as the opening act. The tour follows the 2018 release of their debut album, When My Heart Felt Volcanic. The band is known for their indie pop sound with smooth vocals from Cristal Ramirez and Katie Henderson. Along with McKenna Petty on bass [...]

By |February 12, 2019|

Review + Photos: FIDLAR at the Fox Theater

FIDLAR (photo: Dariush Azmoudeh) The Fox Theater, a beautiful Oakland venue with a light-up marquee outside and an elegant inside with golden carved trim surrounding the stage, is truly a work of art and architecture. On stage, however, a plain white banner with the band’s name, in what looks like handwriting, hung. That band is FIDLAR, quite the opposite of elegant. They are loud, rowdy, and rough around the edges— but in a good way. The way rock music was intended to be. A mix of surf, garage, and punk rock, the Los Angeles-based band brought a high-energy show to [...]

By |November 5, 2018|Tags: |

Same Girls prepare to release ‘Young Minded’ mixtape

(Left to Right: Bassist Mike DeVito, guitarist Tyler Valentino, drummer Otto Janes, and vocalist/guitarist Taifa Nia outside of Same Girls' practice studio in Oakland. photo: Dariush Azmoudeh) You can listen to Same Girls' upcoming release a few days early by catching the band at the Milk Bar on Wednesday, or you can do it below. Otherwise, Young Minded can be listened to in full on all platforms on Friday. The Oakland-based band would call Young Minded more of a mixtape than an album. Lead vocalist and guitarist Taifa Nia described it as a compilation of several songs that aren’t necessarily [...]

By |September 18, 2018|Tags: |

Giveaway: Bishop Briggs at the Fox, September 4

(photo: Estefany Gonzalez) Looking for something to do September 4? Here’s your chance to see Bishop Briggs at the Fox Theater. Know for her song “River,” Bishop Briggs has been on the rise and recently released her first studio album earlier this year in April. She will be joined by Rochester-based band Joywave, who will be opening the show Tuesday. To enter for a chance to win tickets to Bishop Briggs at the Fox, email with "Bishop Briggs" in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random no [...]

By |August 30, 2018|

Code Orange brings metalcore to August Hall

Want to get a chance to work out those neck muscles? Get some headbanging exercise in while seeing Code Orange live on July 5 at August Hall in San Francisco. The Pennsylvania-based metalcore band recently released an EP called The Hurt Will Go On that includes a track featuring Corey Taylor of Slipknot. Code Orange will be accompanied by Show Me The Body, Twitching Tongues, and Vein during the Bay Area stop on their New Reality Tour.

By |July 5, 2018|Tags: |
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