Rogue Wave’s “Aesop Rock” is a solid return

After a two-year hiatus, Oakland’s Rogue Wave released their new single “Aesop Rock,” a pleasing response to rapper Aesop Rock’s single “Rogue Wave” released in January. The catchy indie pop-rock tune has great guitar leads paired with bubbly synths and percussive motion that charges the song forward and begs a little repeat. For the release of the single, the band teamed up with San Francisco's The Tipping Point, a nonprofit that works to break the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area. It’s an important organization working to help community members get the resources they need when their needs are not being [...]

Stories from Slim’s, Part 2: Stephan Jenkins, Fat Mike and more share memories of Slim’s

  Michael Bingham, Spiritual Cramp (photo: Derek Nielsen) "My fondest memory of Slim's had less to do with my experience at the show and more to do with my partner's. In our many years going to shows, she is usually pretty unimpressed (at the hardcore ones I drag her to) with the macho bullshit that a lot of these bands get their rocks off on — understandably so. A lot of the times we were usually going to drink some beers and catch up with friends on tour. This particular time Basement was on tour with Turnstile and we were cruising [...]

Video: Decent Criminal, “Bleached”

Hey, what you doing right now? Yeah that's what I thought. Here, take 4 minutes out of your busy day of Zoom meetings, bread baking, and fluctuating existential dread to watch the new Decent Criminal video. Their new single "Bleached" is a punchy little slice of West Coast punk rock to get your weekend started off right. And the video? You got face masks, zombies, and family drama, so you know I'm into it. Shittttt, can we go to live shows yet? No? Fine, just watch the damn video.

Album Premiere: Unconditional Arms, ‘Formation’

Jeff Wright of Unconditional Arms So I think it's safe to say we're all in a transition period, right? Both as individuals and as a society? Yeahhhh. That's why the timing for the release of Formation, the new album from Unconditional Arms, could not be more apropos. The Oakland post-rock group has been in a constant state of transition since its inception ten years ago. And, IMHO, post-rock is the perfect music for self-isolation anyways — it's almost scientifically engineered for deep introspection and emotional catharsis (I don't want to count the times I've driven around in the [...]

“The Good Times Roll” with DONCAT

At a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, San Francisco-based songwriter and performer Duncan Nielsen of DONCAT brings us a sunny new single titled "The Good Times Roll" to uplift our spirits. While DONCAT has been writing and performing since 2012, he had balanced multiple gigs before focusing on his solo act, including one as guitarist, vocalist, and keyboard player of Geographer. "The Good Times Roll" is a deviation from the style in his last album release Preservation of the Spirit, which features Nielsen's sultry vocals, reminiscent of a full-bodied Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, on the backdrop of electrifying guitar riffs. In [...]

By |April 1, 2020|Tags: |

Oakland’s Day Wave releases new single “Potions” off upcoming EP

Day Wave (photo: Jessica Perez) In preparation of the upcoming release of his EP Crush, Oakland shoegaze project Day Wave released the second single titled "Potions." The song "is about being drawn towards the wrong things in life. It can be hard to understand why we go towards toxic things or people, with this song I was just trying to make sense of it for myself" says Jackson Phillips. Crush comes after a quiet few years in which Day Wave performed and recorded with Pete Yorn and Jai Wolf. Fittingly, the debut of the EP came earlier this year with a song aptly titled [...]

By |March 31, 2020|Tags: |

Boy Scouts release video for “Wish”

Boy Scouts (photo: Norm deVeyra) Last month, Oakland singer-songwriter Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts released "Wish," her first track since her most recent album Free Company, which was recorded entirely in a shipping container converted studio. "This song is an ode to reflecting on the past,” Vick explains. “Sorting through waves of nostalgia, and hoping for a future in which reflecting on aspects of the past can feel good, and what a privilege that is." Vick's silvery voice is thick with emotion and a yearning hope. The video beautifully manifests the nostalgia conveyed in the song's lyrics, set against a backdrop of [...]

By |March 27, 2020|Tags: |

Video Premiere: Schlee, “Run Run Baby”

Look around you. Doesn't it feel like you're living in a dream world right now? Can you even remember what life was like before this? My advice: go with it. Fall down the rabbit hole. And while you're down there, bump the new single from North Bay singer/songwriter Schlee's upcoming LP Tears. Entitled "Run Run Baby," the track is a sparsely-textured slice of dream-pop with tinges of Americana and electro wave with '80s. The psychedelic video will make you feel like you're walking on a long stretch of desert highway- parched, thirsty, broken down car — until Schlee's ethereal voice [...]

By |March 20, 2020|Tags: , |

Review + Photos: The Wood Brothers at the Fox Theater

The Wood Brothers (photo: Carolyn McCoy) Words by Carolyn McCoy I have heard much hubbub over the last year over the Americana folk-rock band The Wood Brothers. Friends and colleagues have expounded on their playing and their performances, telling me over and over, “You really gotta check these guys out, they are something else!” Ok, fine, twist my arm. When the three men who make up The Wood Brothers walked onto the stage of Oakland’s Fox Theater recently, I did not know what to expect as I wasn’t familiar with much of their music. It was kind of like a blind [...]

Photos: Gill Landry at the Lost Church

Gill Landry (photo: Ria Burman) Gill Landry brought his delicate despair and beautifully depressing music to The Lost Church on March 6 in SF. Playing center stage in the cozy, intimate venue with guitar, harmonica and his deep~gravel-good vocals, Gill Landry performed old songs from his self~titled 2015 excellent album to new ones from his latest album offering, Skeleton At The Banquet. Rich, smooth artistry from a musician, exuding a 1940's Parisian essence.

By |March 13, 2020|Tags: |
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