Numbskull Productions 27th anniversary comes to Santa Cruz

27 is a number that makes any rock and roller nervous, but punk rock promotions company Numbskull Productions is throwing a celebratory bash before it's too late. The California production company promotes independent music including but not limited to the punk rock, indie, hardcore, metal, ska, hip-hop, reggae, country, jazz, psycho, alternative, and experimental genres — and at all levels, from coffee shops to arenas. The long-standing DIY operation continues to service California from North to South. Santa Cruz venue The Catalyst offers two major benefits: the venue's ability to host two shows simultaneously, thanks to The Atrium room near the front, [...]

By |November 15, 2016|Tags: |

Front Country bring bluegrass to Santa Cruz, SF

The Bay Area's favorite bluegrass band Front Country returns to the Bay in the middle of their 2016 Fall tour. They will make a stop at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz on Wednesday, November 16 before their headlining appearance at the Great American Music Hall on Thursday, November, 17 billed as the very first West Coast New Roots Revival. Joining Front Country at both venues will be the Portland, OR based roots band The Crow and The Canyon, and the Sweetwater String Band from the Sierra Mountains will join the bill at GAMH. The tour stops in California are brief and [...]

By |November 15, 2016|

For A Good Paws: A dog-rescue benefit concert at Milk Bar

Calling all proud parents of fur babies, animal rights champions, and dog people! On Saturday, November 12 at Milk Bar, three Bay Area bands will come together for the second annual For A Good Paws benefit concert will be taking place to raise money for Rocket Dog Rescue. The benefit, organized under the supervision of the owner of Ruff Paws Dog Walking Mike Johnston, gets behind two different animal adoption agencies, with last year's focus centered around Family Dog Rescue. "I changed it this year because I'm a fan of change! I loved working with Family Dog Rescue last year, but [...]

Exclusive: Read an excerpt and listen to a song from Mini and the Bear’s ‘PWR VOL’

Last year, we introduced you to San Francisco duo mini and the Bear, and hinted that the duo's next release would not be released on vinyl or cassette, but as a book. Today, we're excited to give you an excerpt from that book/album, PWR VOL. PWR VOL is at its core a novella written by Nick Scandy, with illustrations from SF artist Aaron Zonka, layout design by Nathan Sharp, and a soundtrack from mini and the Bear (Scandy and Aaron Eash). Each chapter has a unique illustration and song to accompany the text, but there is no right or wrong [...]

By |November 11, 2016|Tags: |

Matthew Logan Vasquez brings ‘Solicitor Returns’ to Sweetwater Music Hall (giveaway!)

The first time I ever encountered Matthew Logan Vasquez (or also known as MLV for short) was in the living room of a friend's home in Southern California. He had agreed to play a special set for her birthday (these were in the early days of Delta Spirit, the band that put MLV's notable and unforgettable voice on a larger, more popular level) and we all sat around while he played some of his favorite tunes — both ones that he had written and songs he loved. Since then, I've remained a steadfast fan of Delta Spirit, MLV, and all [...]

By |November 10, 2016|Tags: |

Day Wave joins Harvest Records, releases new song

(photo: Pooneh Ghana) Oakland’s own shoegaze-infected surf rockers, Day Wave have signed with Harvest Records —the label owned by Capitol Music Group and home to TV On The Radio, Best Coast, Glass Animals, and Death Grips. The band, which is the project of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jackson Philips, made their announcement this month alongside the release of a brand new track entitled “Wasting Time.” At Rickshaw Stop earlier this year, Jackson introduced the song as the hypnotic refrain and atmospheric soundscape instantly captivated the room. “Wasting Time” is also the kind of dreamy banger that could have easily found a [...]

By |November 9, 2016|Tags: |

Nataly Dawn returns to The Chapel next Tuesday

Nataly Dawn, one half of the Stanford-born musical duo Pomplamoose, is coming to The Chapel on Tuesday, November 15. The Chapel appearance is one of only four dates spanning the left coast from LA to Seattle in support of her second solo album, Haze. Released on October 28, Haze is the follow-up to her 2013 solo debut How I Knew Her. Her new album opens with a stripped-down single mic recording of Dawn strumming a brooding blues tune before a deep and sorrowful string arrangement lifts the recording off the floor. The song, and the rest of the record, continue with a [...]

By |November 8, 2016|Tags: |

The Chapel hosts election watch party, dance party tomorrow

Tomorrow night, the world will be watching as the 45th president of the United States of America will be announced. In San Francisco, live music venue The Chapel will be hosting a free watch party that concludes with a dance party hosted by prestigious DJ Jonathan Toubin, whom Rolling Stone has described as "the most-liked man in soul music." Toubin is currently on his second round of making music and performing after a runaway cab crashed through his hotel room in Oregon and pinned him in his bed in late 2011. Through the generosity and assitance of friends, collegues and lots [...]

By |November 7, 2016|Tags: |

Exclusive Premiere: Before the Brave release LP, ‘Better Country’

Photo: Tyler Hansen Photography After the release of their EP, Great Spirit, three marriages, five moves, and a whole lot of life lived, Before the Brave is back on the scene to gift San Francisco with their first LP, Better Country. As I made a my way to 6th and Market to talk music with three of the five members, I happened upon a seemingly separate occurrence — an older man on the ground in a panic, fending off a group of young men threatening to use his cane to show him how to keep his mouth shut. I stopped for [...]

By |October 20, 2016|Tags: |

Free James Blake show tonight at the Fox Theater for TIMF ticket holders!

Treasure Island Music Festival attendees were understandably disappointed yesterday when James Blake's set was cancelled due to high winds on the island. To help make up for this unlucky situation, however, the festival organizers have arranged for a FREE James Blake set tonight for all Treasure Island Music Festival ticket holders. Full details on the APE website: Treasure Island Fan Appreciation Show James Blake Airhead Fox Theater Oakland, CA Monday, October 17, 2016 Doors: 8:00pm Show: 9:00pm Free & exclusive to Treasure Island Music Festival ticket holders! * Entry will be first come, first serve with proof of festival ticket [...]

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