Producer Ian McKee emerges from behind the boards with ‘Amina’ EP

Since 2016, Ian McKee has been the mind behind some of our favorite local artists, namely Rexx Life Raj, Caleborate and our very own Beejus. But the Pacifica producer finally emerges into his own through a lush new project called Amina, packed with features from the aforementioned plus P-Lo, YMTK, and Mani Draper. McKee is cut from the same cloth of producers redefining what the Bay Area sound is. His lush, experimental melodies are attuned with the soul, funk, and pop of the region, backed by a signature bounce to perfectly couch the vocal flair of all his collaborators. But [...]

By |December 6, 2019|Tags: |

Amen arrives with debut project, ‘Real’

Amen is finally ready to speak her truth. A voice formerly heard on Text Me Records' Group Chat Vol. 2 and Mikos Da Gawd's "Hell Yeah Brother!" makes her official debut with Real, the sultry, shimmery R&B project overseen by none other than Drew Banga. Amen describes her sound as being like "drinking hot tea outside with a cool breeze." In its essence, Real is self-care on record, whether you're dancing in the mirror or just taking a moment to breathe. Catch Amen along with Basi, Chenelle McCoy, King Tahoe, and Xora Xora for the official Real release party next [...]

By |November 22, 2019|Tags: , |

Photos: The Black Keys at the Chase Center

The Black Keys (photo: Pedro Paredes Haz) It was a night of garage rock celebration with three of the finest bands in the scene at the Chase Center on Nov. 20, with a headlining slot from the megastars that are The Black Keys performing hit after hit for an enthusiastic crowd in support of their aptly-titled ninth album, Let's Rock. They were joined by the local (and great) Shannon and the Clams, who have been steadily delivering quality albums for years now, and the beloved Modest Mouse, celebrating the release of some new music (finally) and maybe some more on [...]

By |November 22, 2019|Tags: |

The Painted Horses’ sophomore record has a familiar richness

This month, Santa Cruz-based the Painted Horses released their second, self-titled album and it is a collection of folk rock songs we are delighted to have found. Following the release of their debut album Ponderosa Pines, The Painted Horses has pushed the band into a new level of musical mastery with songs that are a little more upbeat but sticking to their roots. Like a more country version of M. Ward and Elvis Perkins with a touch of the Wallflowers (especially opening track “Spokane”) Horses at times feels more folk, at times more country and all the times: pretty good. [...]

Kowa’s new “Thumbs Up” single is deliciously danceable

Bay Area-based Kowa has one main objective: to make you move. This lively duo is comprised of longtime friends, Robinson Kuntz and Peter Davies, who began making music together while growing up in the city of Napa. The two have collaborated on past musical projects: the Buttercream Gang and Glial Cell, discovering creative kismet in buoyant electro-pop tunes sprinkled with playful lyrics. With Kowa, Kuntz and Davies find their sweet spot in layering numerous instruments over programmed drums to build a carefree, yet resonant sound that's easy to glide to. The pair recently introduced a new single "Thumbs Up" from [...]

By |November 19, 2019|Tags: |

Band Art with Megan Badilla

We’re always interested in artists whose collaboration with the music industry goes beyond the realm of typical. Artist Megan Badilla has had her hands in a lot of different projects in the Bay Area and we had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with her. Badilla is a California-raised (shout out to Salinas!) and USF-educated lady who has lived in San Francisco the past several years. She feels very enamored with the music and arts scene here, and it shows through the many connections she’s made throughout the music and arts world. We chatted about the types of work [...]

Toro y Moi releases ‘Soul Trash’ album, video

Berkeley-based Toro y Moi (Chaz Bear, as most of us know) recently released their latest album, Soul Trash, along with an accompanying full-length video piece. The album comes as quite the detour for the musician. Known for smooth funky soul-laced poppy beats, Soul Trash is infused with auto-tuned vocals, some hip-hop, and distorted sounds and flavors. The opening track, “3-28-18b” starts with distorted guitar and a smooth, smooth bassline, then the rest of the album has surprises and guest spots that intrigue. The video itself reminds us of visual artist SNEAL and certainly adds to the listening experience. Soul Trash [...]

By |November 18, 2019|Tags: , |

Credit Electric’s record release show at the Uptown

Credit Electric, the Oakland-based psych-Americana band is set to release their new self-released, self-titled LP, Credit Electric, and we are pleased with what our ol’ ears have found. If you’re not into steel guitar, this may not be the record for you. And if you are? You’ll find yourself right at home in these sweet syrupy tunes. Evan Hiller’s steel guitar work brings these songs into spacey realms that take the record beyond the world of genres. Its psych rock meets country, it’s cosmic heart string pullin’ and the lyrics are sad and lovely, delivered quite kindly by vocalist Ryan [...]

The Seshen release “Dive” video and song ahead of new album

“Dive,” released on November 5, is the first single released off forthcoming album CYAN, the third full LP from East Bay-based the Seshen. Vocalist Lalin St. Juste brings sensual passionate umph that is both audibly and visually captivating. Their messages are empowering and tell stories of regaining strength and as Lalin puts it, the album is about, “The path towards my power, my strength, being okay with being unapologetic is just starting. I’m reclaiming what I have lost and what has been passed down to me…This song is about the ground beginning to shake.” Yes. Please enjoy this groundshaking video [...]

By |November 15, 2019|Tags: , |
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