Local Label Profile: Absolutely Kosher Records

Cory Brown hasn't bought new jeans in three years. I am not sure if he is making a joke when he states this at the Bandwidth Music and Technology Conference, though he says it with a laugh. I don't think the founder of local label Absolutely Kosher is trying explicitly to give us intimate details of his personal life. Instead, he's giving a personal touch when describing an industry that has seen much change and is currently in a difficult state. For an industry that was once built on CDs, magazine reviews and college radio airplay, the old models have [...]

Local Guitarist Becomes National World Air Guitar Champion

We just learned a few hours after posting this article that our very own Hot Lixx Hulahan has won the title of World Air Guitar Champion after crushing his opponents in the World Championship in Finland! Congrats Hot Lixx - you make us all proud to be from the Bay Area!! For any of us who grew up listening to rock and roll, air guitar was an integral part of the experience. "Air guitar is inherent to anyone who listens to rock music," says Craig Billmeir of Alameda, while noting that his old roommate's two-year-old begins the air guitar motions [...]

By |August 22, 2008|

Review: The New Centuries, Tartufi, The Aimless Never Miss, Silian Rail @ The Starry Plough – July 25, 2008

Some of the best experimental indie rock the Bay Area has to offer was on showcase last Friday at Berkeley's Starry Plough - the New Centuries headlined, alongside Thread Productions duos Silian Rail and Tartufi and their close associates, the Aimless Never Miss. A good-sized crowd caught the show from the venue's main stage area (which boasts pretty remarkable sound), while another handful of onlookers bobbed their heads while seemingly enjoying their burgers. Openers Silian Rail did something I don't think I'd ever seen before - instrumental indie pop. Guitarist Robin Landy and drummer Eric Kuhn did create an atmosphere, [...]

By |July 30, 2008|

Review: Rykarda Parasol live at the Uptown – July 12, 2008

Rykarda Parasol headlined a bill at the Uptown in Oakland on Saturday July 12 that was notable for both its eclectic mix and darkly classic feel. The local blogs are abuzz with Parasol's new video for "Candy Gold," a classic cinematic clip that compliments an understated cinematic sound. On guitar and backed by a three-piece band (dubbed the Tower Ravens), Parasol created an atmosphere with noir-ish tunes that wouldn't be out of place accompanying a 1950's detective or a determined gun-slinger. Parasol brought with her the darkest elements of folk and classic country and nicely blackened the mood of the [...]

By |July 25, 2008|

Rademacher Live at Rickshaw Stop – December 28th, 2007

Rademacher are from Fresno - but in the past couple of months, they seem to have become real players in the local scene. In November, they played a residency at the Knockout, while last Friday, the band hosted a CD Release Party at Rickshaw Stop. (They also will play the Make Out Room January 20). In case you missed Friday's show - another stellar set, indeed - here's a performance of "Playing For Fun." The song can be found the group's 2005 EP Ice Age.

By |January 2, 2008|

Show Review — Birdman Records’ 2007 Holiday Party

Last Thursday, Birdman Records held their annual holiday party at the Make-Out Room, and after releasing eight solid albums in 2007, the label had much to celebrate. In the beginning, however, this evening seemed as though it would be more about the label’s future than their past accomplishments. Howlin Rain - fronted by Ethan Miller of Comets on Fire - kicked things off with a brief acoustic set. I'm used to seeing pretty high energy sets from these guys, however their Lynyrd Skynyrd-by-way-of-noise-rock sound lends itself well to many different incarnations. A new Howlin Rain record will hit stores in [...]

By |December 27, 2007|

Kelley Stoltz This Friday

Here's another episode of the New & Used Records video podcast from contributor Will Benham. Will also runs the New & Used Records label, which releases The Passionistas' God's Boat this week. Their record release party on Friday is headlined by today's subject, Kelley Stoltz. As a reminder, we're giving away tickets to that show, as well as copies of God's Boat. For more info on that giveaway and on the show, head here. Here's Will: Last summer, I interviewed Kelley Stoltz for my New and Used Records Video Podcast series. At the time, the San Francisco favorite had just [...]

By |June 6, 2007|

MCMAF Show Review & Video: The Music Lovers, The Hot Toddies @ the Make-Out Room

Alas, the Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival had to end. I couldn't think of a much better way to end this eventful week of local music than by enjoying a pair of bands whose sound could not be lumped in with any local trend or scene. Both bands draw a great deal from the sounds of the past, yet each puts their own distinctive modern spin on it. The Hot Toddies come complete with tight harmonies and unapologetic "shooby-doo-wops," welcoming the obvious comparison to sixties female vocal groups. At the same time, they're playing their own instruments and the [...]

By |May 23, 2007|

MCMAF Show Review: The Herms @ Rickshaw Stop

Click here for more photos from this show! Embarrassingly enough, I had yet to see the Herms live before Wednesday night's show at Rickshaw stop. Always a fitting headliner for any local showcase, The Herms have been one of the most consistent local acts in recent memory. Following the release of Record Machine early last year, frontman Matt Lutz took the time to record a solo record, playing those new songs with a band dubbed the Animal Husbandry. If Wednesday's show was any indication, that solo material seemed to have some influence of Lutz's main project, with three of those [...]

By |May 19, 2007|

(((folkYEAH!))) Spring Festival April 20th-21st, featuring Howlin’ Rain

Next weekend, (((folkYEAH!))) presents its Spring Festival 2007. The festival runs Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st at Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, and features a number of excellent bands, including Tussle, Flying Canyon, Port O'Brien, and this week's featured band Black Fiction. Tickets are $15 for Friday and $25 for Saturday and will be available at the door. On Sunday, the show moves to the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur for a free Earth Day show featuring Citay, The Finches, Rubies and more. All of the details for all three days can be found here. Here's contributor [...]

By |April 11, 2007|
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