Greg Ashley: ‘Rarities & Unreleased Tracks’ out today

Today Bandcamp will once again waive fees and allow all money to go directly to the artists. All hail Bandcamp. No other music platform seems to give as much of a shit about their artists as Bandcamp does, so we need them now more than ever. Plan a shopping spree tomorrow that you can feel good about! You won't even have to line Jeff Bezos' pockets. Start with a brand new release from Oakland's lost legend, Greg Ashley. He moved back to Texas and is building a recording studio from the ground up with his dad. The cash will come [...]

By |October 2, 2020|Tags: |

Sylvie Simmons releases ‘Blue on Blue’ today!

It's hard to believe it has been six years since Sylvie Simmons released her debut recordings, Sylvie, after 35 years of critically-acclaimed music journalism. A lot has happened: fascism in the USA, a wee pandemic/mask war, and, for Sylvie, a terrible accident on the first day of recording for Blue on Blue that left her one-handed for quite some time. After multiple surgeries and much rehab, she returns triumphantly to pick up where she left off: in Tucson with her ukulele, Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) & the Gang, plus some very special guests including Jim White (Wrong-Eyed Jesus). Sylvie's voice [...]

By |August 14, 2020|Tags: |

New music from Dylan Tidyman-Jones: “Polytherian”

Dylan Tidyman-Jones has played in all your favorite bands: Sonny & The Sunsets, FRONDS and the incomparable Mallard. Despite COVID and civil war, he has a new project called Polytherian. The debut record, Role Play, is coming out September 4th on Gold Robot Records. You really should preorder the vinyl right now, right here. While yer at it, dim the lights and check out this hot video debut for the title track! It was directed by Cold Beat's Luciano Talpini Aita and filmed in SF (pre-COVID)! Now, tell me why you wouldn't want to wear a mask? Video set [...]

By |July 17, 2020|Tags: |

Burger Boogaloo rescheduled for Halloween!

A message from John Waters: "A virus may scare the punk rock world out of Oakland in July but we'll scare it right back on Halloween weekend! Trick or treat, we can't be beat! Burger Boogaloo 2020 - a Monster Mash to top them all!" It's true kids, the Burger Boogaloo will take place Saturday, October 31 + Sunday, November 1 in Oakland's beautiful Mosswood Park. Pre-parties and after-parties are also being rescheduled for Thursday, October 29 and right on through Halloween weekend. * * Tickets are still available so buy them today!! * * Shannon & the Clams as [...]

By |April 2, 2020|Tags: |

Preening and MORE at the White Horse Inn!

Have you heard the news? Live music returns to the historic White Horse Inn (66th and Telegraph, Oakland)! The oldest gay bar in the US has the best vibes around with a great music room, two bars, a smoking area, pool table and frequent Long Island Iced Tea specials. It is wheelchair accessible and sports gender neutral water closets. This Friday March 6 Oakland's finest, Preening and Shriekker, are joined by a hot new LA groop called Expose. This one is an early show (7-10pm) so as to kickstart your weekend in the best possible way. Preening is hands down [...]

By |March 3, 2020|Tags: |

Simon Joyner living room show next month

Simon says: Stop what you are doing and get tickets for this now! Simon Joyner is a national treasure, and a chance to enjoy his songs up close and personal is a rare and precious gift. This will be the only Bay Area show. It takes place Sunday February 16 in a sweet Oakland living room. Doors and mingling at 7, songs at 8, BYOB, $10-20 sliding scale. PayPal and Simon will then send you the address. Grass, Branch & Bone by Simon Joyner This is likely to be your favorite show of the year, but you don't have [...]

By |January 28, 2020|Tags: |

Burger Boogaloo presents: Homeless Action Center Fundraiser at White Horse

(photo: Jet Lag Rock & Roll) Live music returns to the oldest gay bar in the US, Oakland's historic White Horse next Thursday, January 30! Brought to you by old pals Burger Boogaloo, Tacos Oscar and The Octopus, this show is a fundraiser for Homeless Action Center and the bands can't be beat! Soda Boys by Soda Boys Soda Boys (pictured above) are coming from St. Louis to win your love. Three outta five songs are about soda. I H8 ME by TWOMPSAX Oakland's Twompsax features Cher Strauberry from Pookie & the Poodlez! Eight outta 11 songs are less than [...]

By |January 24, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Burger Boogaloo 11 Revealed: July 11-12 with Bikini Kill and more

Only 214 more shopping days until Burger Boogaloo! Don't blow your wad on fruitcake. Get the gift that keeps on giving: Boogaloo tickets! The dates are announced and the lineup revealed. Of course there will be many additions over the coming months, but as is, the Boogaloo delivers everything you have come to expect: expertly selected/reincarnated bands you have never heard of, kool-kid-power-pop you missed out on because you were still in preschool, and plenty of local lunatics. It is exciting to note that NONE of the bands have ever played the Boogaloo before. On the other hand: Master of [...]

By |December 10, 2019|Tags: |

Premiere: Anna Hillburg, “I Can’t Get Free” (see her at the Make Out Room this Sunday)

Does it get any better than this? The Make Out Room is throwing one hell of a party this Sunday and you should be there. Three local legends on the best stage in SF (and you will still get to bed on time). 1. Anna Hillburg! Be the first on your block to grab the long-awaited, brand-new record Really Real, and check out her new video "I Can't Get Free" below. REALLY REAL by Anna Hillburg 2. Swiftumz! Everybody loves Chris, but Swiftumz don't play often enough, making Chris McVicker a true cult icon. Everybody Loves Chris by Swiftumz 3. [...]

By |September 27, 2018|Tags: , , |

The Seshen activate a fantastic local lineup at the Indy

Featuring three local favorites — The Seshen, Midtown Social, and Ghost & The City — the September 1 show at the Independent will be the Seshen's last Bay Area show for 2018 as they plan to spend the rest of the year focusing on their next album. Get a sneak peek of some brand new tunes. Grab tickets here! This Bitter Earth by The Seshen TIME EP by Ghost & the City The Seshen, Midtown Social, Ghost & The City The Independent September 1, 2018 9pm, $16 (21+)

By |August 24, 2018|
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