Photos: Oliver Tree at the Fox Theater
Oliver Tree (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) NorCal artist Oliver Tree performed at the Fox Theater during his Goodbye, Farewell Tour. The Santa Cruz native and former San Francisco State student performed hits off his popular EPs Alien Boy and Do You Feel Me? While it's hard to tell if this will actually be the indie rapper's last performance in San Francisco because of his tongue-in-cheek humor, one thing is for sure: the Bay Area was here for it. Click through our slideshow for a photo recap of the Alien Boy's farewell Bay Area show — cast and all. [...]
The Coathangers play ‘The Devil You Know’ at the Independent
The Coathangers (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) Back with a brand new record, The Coathangers performed songs off the band's new album, The Devil You Know, at the Independent in San Francisco and proved that at its core, the Atlanta trio hold the same fearlessness and outspoken attitude they're known for. The first single "F the NRA" tackles one of the nations biggest issues— even if it means the song isn't exactly radio-friendly. With the alarming rate of gun violence plaguing our nation, public outcry has been more prevalent than ever and the push to amend gun regulations is at an all-time high, Disturbingly, last year was the worst on record [...]
Best Of 2018: Estefany’s five favorite North Bay shows
E-40 plays SOMO Village (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) 1. The New Trust 15-Year Anniversary Show A quick glance at attendees of the New Trust's 15-Year Anniversary show meant spotting dozens of Bay Area musicians amongst the loyal fans watching the beloved Santa Rosa band play classics off its first two albums. It also meant seeing the friendships the band's music has sparked, while witnessing children run around a venue as a new generation experiences music. The lit-up faces and locked arms in the crowd proved it wasn't just the band celebrating the past 15 years worth of milestones, but the North Bay [...]
Behind The Scenes: Death Valley Girls at Rickshaw Stop
Death Valley Girls (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) Despite the title of Death Valley Girls' latest album Darkness Rains, the band's energetic live show was a beacon of light before Thanksgiving weekend. From the moment the drumbeat of "More Dead" started and the raspy opening guitar riffs bounced off the walls of the Rickshaw Stop, it felt as though a wave of white magic washed away the outside noise of corporate America. In a world where Bay Area housing costs are at an all-time high and music lovers are forced to cut Thanksgiving dinner short to make rent and large corporations kick off [...]
Photos: SWMRS’ Uncool Halloween III
Bleached (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) The third annual SWMRS Uncool Halloween show took place on Saturday, October 27 at the UC Theatre and included performances by Mt. Eddy, Bleached, SWMRS, and more. Click through the slideshow for highlights of the night.
How are recording studios like Asgard? Talkie will tell you.
Talkie (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) The new Talkie album wasn’t recorded in a typical studio space. Fundamental Things saw the four members record in the most DIY way possible, wherever they could set up their homemade pop-up recording studio. After touring together while the members were in other bands, Eric Martin, Chris Isaacs, and brothers Brad and Matt Hagmann formed a supergroup of Fremont-area talent who loved music too much to have given it up after their teen years. “You have the era of bands that are in junior high or high school where everybody meets and joins in their first band,” [...]
Behind The Scenes: Con Brio
Con Brio (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) If you've ever listened to Con Brio, you know the band's mission is to bring its audience to a world full of musical bliss. The official invitation can be found on band’s 2016 album Paradise, where singer Ziek McCarter pleads for you to join the group in paradise on the opening track. It's a self-imposed duty that comes to life across venue floors so completely, even the venue wallflowers start to dance, and soon there's no doubt every person in the crowd is experiencing euphoria on earth. When numbers like "Liftoff" come on, it's hard not to [...]
Photos: Turnstile at Great American Music Hall
Turnstile (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) Back on the road with a brand-new album, Turnstile celebrated the release of "Time & Space" with a headline US tour which stopped by Great American Music Hall in San Francisco for a sold-out concert. The night featured performances by Culture Abuse, Touche Amore, and some good old-fashioned crowdsurfing. Click through the slideshow for a recap of the night.
Behind The Scenes: courtship.
courtship. (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) I quickly got to learn three facts when I met up with courtship. on the duo's last stop in San Francisco: Pinball Machines should really take debit cards, it's hard to stop laughing long enough to snap a picture when adventuring with the pair, and lastly, Eli Hirsch and Micah Gordon can find a place to buy yerba mate at the blink of an eye. The band's upbeat attitude is a perfect fit for the music they pen. We meet on a day that was oddly warm for San Francisco, yet reflective of courtship.'s sunny feel-good tunes. [...]
Homecoming: G-Eazy is a Bay Area man through and through
G-Eazy (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) Gerald Gillum is a Bay Area man through and through. Best known as G-Eazy, the Oakland rapper has toured the world, made it on to mainstream radio stations, and hit some of the biggest festival stages. But when G-Eazy plays a hometown show, it's not just a celebration for the multi-platinum producer himself, it's a moment for thousands of fans from all different regions of the Bay to reminisce over the long journey it took to get there. G-Eazy came up from our beloved underground Bay Area music scene as 'Young Gerald,' then made his way to the [...]