Oakland’s O.C.D. put a smile-inducing spin on shoegaze with debut EP

News of Oakland's O.C.D. and their debut EP came onto our plate fairly recently, but boy, it was a tasty bite of musical goodness. Growth is the five-piece's first output as a band, put out by the New York-based boutique label Native Sound last Friday, and its six tracks explore love, loss, and growing up in a shoegazey dreamland. With the EP opener "All the Things I Know" clocking in at just under six minutes, it's clear O.C.D. is exploring as many ideas they can fit the space they carve out, which is a great quality to have as a [...]

By |July 28, 2016|Tags: |

Social Work releases bass-heavy pop adventure “Onda”

Art by Derek Barber Heads up: The "other Will Butler," as he's known around here, just put out bass-happy track that will likely get you happy (and dancing) too. He records under the name Social Work, and "Onda" is exactly the thoughtful, groovy romp our summer needs. The song marks his second release as Social work and was recorded in a trifecta of varying locations: Different Fur Studios, his apartment, and a compound in Marfa, Texas. He considers the making of the song to be a little bit of both a solo project and a more collaborative one. Working with [...]

By |July 22, 2016|Tags: |

DIY art and music space LoBot Gallery to throw garage sale before imminent displacement

Bow your heads and let's say goodbye to yet another DIY arts space being displaced out of their building. Hosting and cultivating a community of artists for 13 years, LoBot Gallery has seen a vibrant history of art openings, concerts, benefits, performances, and meeting spaces that have strengthened the West Oakland arts community. The space was transformed from a carpet factory and construction warehouse into the art haven it became, and the volunteer-operated space became known for offering work studios and shows that were accessible to all. The collective detailed its harrowing struggles with maintaining tenancy of the space in [...]

By |July 21, 2016|Tags: |

Lagunitas Beer Circus serves up beer, charity in fall extravaganza

It's the best of both worlds, if your worlds revolve around drinking hoppy beverages and enjoying spectacular acrobatics with fellow adults. Yes, the Lagunitas Beer Circus is back for another round. It's been an annual event for a bit of time, but the beloved beer and its circus crew are headlining five cities this year: Miami, Chicago, New York, Petaluma, and Azusa. Of course, we get to be the lucky ones to celebrate one of our favorite local breweries in its hometown in Petaluma. Surprisingly enough, they won't be hosting the event at the brewery itself, but in the Sonoma-Marin [...]

By |July 20, 2016|Tags: |

Tim Presley (White Fence) announces solo LP; hear jaunty single “Clue”

Tim Presley is somewhat of an enigma on the scene, the kind of musician where musical mastermind transcends persona. Bouncing between San Francisco and L.A., he's also bounced between projects: The Nerve Agents to Darker My Love to even The Fall. But that's no knock on his prolific work ethic, which has seen him releasing six albums as White Fence between 2010 and 2014, including one with fellow prolific musician Ty Segall, collaborating with Cate Le Bon as Drinks, and writing experimental music under the name W-X. All these myriad projects under his belt, he somehow has time for another, [...]

By |July 15, 2016|Tags: |

Sugar Candy Mountain stream new album ‘666,’ play record release show

Sugar Candy Mountain are quietly not a local band anymore after making a move to Southern California, but they are still honoring their Bay Area roots with pride. For one, their brand new album 666, which just came out last week on PIAPTK Records, was recorded against a vibrant Bay Area tapestry. The new album was recorded while they were still based in the Bay Area, between Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, with Jason Quever of Papercuts in San Francisco and their Oakland studio. Running wild with their premise of "Brian Wilson [dropping] acid on the beach in Brazil" and [...]

Perhapsy, with full band, anchors strong Western U.S.-spanning lineup at Neck of the Woods

It's a wonderful thing when down-home, neighborhood-friendly venues put together bills that highlight not only the local but also bands that are evolving in parallel scenes around the U.S. If you're in the Richmond this Friday, or want to take a smooth ride on the 38, swing by Neck of the Woods to catch one of these "best of here and there" bills, headlined by Oakland's own Perhapsy. Though they come from places near and far (Denver! Los Angeles! Oh, the miles!), the three bands that share the bill are united through a vein of sunny, offbeat pop that probably [...]

Interview: Oakland’s Flying Circles talk navigating scenes and writing debut record

Colleen Johnson is most known locally from her work in the band Silver Shadows, but a wonderful web of musical scene connections lead to the project she's latest associated with. She met Evan Hashi, former drummer for Calvin Johnson's The Hive Dwellers, in Olympia, and keyboardist Preston Bryant, utility player for AJJ, through connections in the Phoenix scene. Fast forward almost a decade, and they are now all located in the Bay Area and exist in the world as Flying Circles. Johnson and Hashi collaborated musically for some time before she met Bryant, but their debut as Flying Circles, In [...]

By |June 30, 2016|Tags: |

Premiere: Tino Drima howl in cut from upcoming tape EP ‘Smoking’

Gaylord's Party Music is set to bring the party to a specific intersection of local music and tape releases. Based out of Oakland, the tape-exclusive label is making its release debut with Tino Drima's new EP Smoking. As the presumed patriarch/matriarch/helm of the label ship, Gaylord Edmonton says of the release, "Tino tapes are the best thing since sliced liverwurst." The band is a six-piece super-group of sorts, featuring members of O (fka Black Cobra Vipers), French Cassettes, and Spooky Mansion. They make a kind of music they deem "Psyche Doo-Wop Hell Croon," because they're "fascinated with metadata" like all [...]

By |June 28, 2016|Tags: |

Local DJs bring round two of “Aural History of Femme Punk” night to the Golden Bull

As a lady and an avid follower/cheerleader/what have you of my fellow ladies in music, the call to action of "ALL FEMALE FRONTED PUNK VINYL/ALL NIGHT" brings some pleasurable tingles down my spine. It reminds me of some post-midnight, solo dance parties in my cramped studio apartment, except on a grander, more public scale. For those of you with a similar mindset, who just want to dance the night away to an exclusively femme and vinyl playlist, some local DJs are bringing back their extremely well-received "Aural History of Femme Punk" night to Oakland bar The Golden Bull. The event's [...]

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