Review + Photos: Dave Matthews Band at Chase Center

Dave Matthews Band (photo: Kate Haley) The newly-opened Chase Center has been open for entertainment less than a week but is already seeing some of the most high profile names in live music making the rounds to the arena. Case in point: this week's visit by the multi-talented Dave Matthews Band giving a solid show this week to an always-passionate crowd. Our photographer Kate Haley was at the concert and has this excellent gallery of photos to share below that look like you were in the front row of the show.

By |September 13, 2019|Tags: |

Redd Kross and the Melvins at Cornerstone Brewing

The Melvins (photo: Karen Goldman) A few years ago, I came to really understand what living in the Bay Area was all about when I was invited to a group colonic. You didn't read that incorrectly. Group. Colonic. As tempting as it was, I declined the invitation. However, thanks to the solid sludge of The Melvins, I think I have some idea now what it is like to be part of a collective experience of mutual bowel purification. Every vibration came attached with a snarl, swimming through a sticky mess of low-end. Evoking the smart bass lines of bands like Big [...]

By |September 13, 2019|Tags: , |

Next Week: Copyslut at The Ivy Room

Multi-medium creatives and resident Oakland punk-rockers Copyslut are playing their first Bay Area gig since their sold-out show benefiting the Homeless Youth Alliance at the end of Pride month. Since that show, the band has been teasing their upcoming single and music video "Maker's Mark" on social media, and focusing on activists efforts separate from their music. Copyslut writes aggressive, uncompromising music embodying the idea of radical gentleness. The band emphasizes their love for alternate sources and definitions of power, creating a jarring contradiction that exists at the border of their music and their existence as a band. It’s refreshing [...]

By |September 13, 2019|Tags: |

Ocean Beach Music + Arts Festival returns to the Outer Sunset

For the sixth year in a row, the Ocean Beach Music + Art Festival is coming back to the Outer Sunset. Celebrate the neighborhood with a day of live music, arts and crafts, food trucks, and even a pumpkin patch. Hosted by the Outer Noriega Merchants Association, the festivities will include live performances from LA GENTE SF, Soul Ska, Sandy's, and many more. Have a drink at one of the beer and wine tents while enjoying food from one of the amazing food trucks. Let the kids roam around the pumpkin patch while you browse the incredible arts and crafts [...]

Photos: The Block party of all block parties, Hiero Day 2019 in Oakland

Hieroglyphics (photo: Norm deVeyra) Local hip hop legends Hieroglyphics brought out their annual block party Hiero Day to celebrate the sounds and life of Oakland in a celebration that always brings out some of the best parts of the city. The bands that perform have always been stellar, this year featuring the Hieroglyphics, as always, along with Little Brother, Midnight Hour, Nappy Nina, Yukmouth, Deuce Eclipse and many, many more. Check out our gallery from this year's celebration below!

By |September 6, 2019|Tags: |

Text Me Records drops weekend starter, “First to Party”

Photo courtesy of Wabless With few summer Fridays left, the Text Me crew drops off a new track to keep the warm nights going. On "First to Party", Lord Morgan, Ricky Lake and Basi are ready to pregame and with Studio Dad as their designated driver-producer, the rappers swag out on this funky and out there track that sounds like that last sip before stepping out. "First to Party" arrives as the latest single from an upcoming mixtape, Group Chat Vol. 2, born out of the publishing house's infamous writing camps. To some, packing in three to four features on [...]

Rexx Life Raj is on a space mission in new single and video, “Moonwalk”

Rexx Life Raj is a rapping space cadet in his new video, "Moonwalk" sent on an expedition to save Kenny Beats. The producer has been missing since the 1980s and in the style of a B-grade sci-fi flick, Raj follows a training regiment but even with his mind and body right, no amount of training can prep Raj for what's waiting for him out there. Directed by STRIPMALL, with an assist from Adrian Per, the video's high-gravity hijinks done with wire stunts, green screen and dime store costumes is an amusing visual for the vibey track, which is also featured [...]

By |September 6, 2019|Tags: , |

John Courage goes unplugged for “Afraid to Fall”

Songwriter John Courage returns to his roots as an acoustic troubadour with his first acoustic-centric release in almost 10 years. All sounds were recorded and performed by the towering Santa Rosa rocker himself at his analog-based home studio. Check out the video for his new single "Afraid to Fall" below. If you find yourself north of the bridge this weekend, check out his show at the Shady Oak Barrel House in Santa Rosa. John Courage (acoustic single release) and Freddy Parish (Tucson, AZ) Shady Oak Barrel House September 27, 2019 7pm, free show!

By |September 5, 2019|Tags: |

Mr. Hong returns home with new project, ‘Vacation’

Artwork by Günseli Sepici Mr. Hong, a 24-year-old San Francisco beat producer, has a real talent for taking all sensory input and turning it into music. Take, for example, his recipe for "hibiki high ball," one of the tracks off his latest effort, Vacation. The salt and sand of Maui are tuned to the sound of tickling keys that skip in time with breezy synths. It's easy-going but vibe-y, and the briny beaches is just as evident as the smoky horns that string it all together at the bridge. As a little R&R can do, Vacation is Mr. Hong at [...]

By |August 30, 2019|Tags: |

Representing: The true debut of Sour Widows

“Nirvana. Radiohead. Weezer. A lot of jazz.” Members of Sour Widows are listing some of their biggest influences. Bouncing ideas off each other. There’s a calm and friendly dynamic at the table. When they tell me they’ve been friends for years I’m not surprised. They keep going and I point to each person, starting with drummer Max Edelman. Max Edelman: Nirvana. Jazz. Radiohead. Weezer. Susanna Thomson: Weezer, definitely. Joni Mitchell, Feist, Angel Olsen. Maia Sinaiko: Patti Smith, Led Zeppelin, Joan Jett, Blondie. A good representation of these well-rounded inspirations is the track “Whole Lotta Nothing” (nice little Zeppelin nod in [...]

By |August 27, 2019|Tags: |
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