Review + Photos: Scruff of the Neck USA Showcase at Rickshaw Stop

MAYYA (photo: William Wayland) Bands are allowed to come out and play again, and I hope we never forget this new appreciation for live music that everyone is feeling. After over a year of bands trying some form of livestreaming from their bedroom, Scruff of the Neck, an upstart music company out of Manchester, UK, put on their first-ever ticketed show in the United States and one of the first live shows this year at Rickshaw Stop on Friday, July 16th. They tapped into an eclectic mix of Bay Area bands and musicians, including MAYYA, Kevin Pesto, Uncle Chris, and [...]

By |July 28, 2021|Tags: , |

Photos: The Seshen + Mahawam at the Independent

The Seshen (photo: Ben Einstein) Another weekend brings another bundle of great shows back to the Bay Area. The Seshen celebrated their first indoor concert in since the pandemic hit at The Independent on Saturday, sharing the stage with Mahawam and King Isis. We captured the kinetic energy of the night, snapping photos during both Mahawam and the Seshen's dynamic performances.

Thought Leaders release new album ‘In Wastelands’

Bay Area band Thought Leaders recently released a new album, In Wastelands. Like all things, the pandemic has affected how records are made. In Wastelands was conceived in the before times, but executed during the height of Corona's stronghold. "We've only played some songs together a handful of times," said bassist Andrew Lund in a recent interview. Though pieces were recorded separately, you'd never know from listening to the record. There's a delightful Wall of Sound effect that defies any proximity challenges. The biggest hint that this was recorded during the pandemic is not from any perceivable shortcomings, but from [...]

BFF.fm announces annual San Francisco music scavenger hunt as city returns to form

(photo: BFF.FM) As San Francisco clamors to get to a post-pandemic world again, BFF.fm fans have something to look forward to, and no, it's not another online radio show. As a means to celebrate the city's rich music history, the beloved local online radio station has announced their first ever music scavenger hunt. The in-person, 56-hour event will feature more than 100 challenges to test music lovers as they navigate the city's iconic landmarks, independent venues, and local businesses. Challenges will range from trivia to other and will unlock access to secret pop-up shows, special freebies, and a variety of [...]

By |July 13, 2021|Tags: |

Photos: Fantastic Negrito at the Frost Amphitheater

Fantastic Negrito (photo: Jon Bauer) Live music continues to make its return to the Bay Area, and what better way to celebrate it than with the Bay Area's own Fantastic Negrito at the gorgeous Frost Amphitheater? Our photographer Jon Bauer was at the show last Thursday and captured the gallery below of the evening of live music, capturing Xavier Dphrepaulezz in all his glory.

By |July 13, 2021|Tags: |

Louiza releases new video — party this weekend!

(photo: Photography by Matt Mimiaga) Louiza, aka Oakland musician Rebecca Mimiaga, releases a music video for "Anomie" on Friday, July 9 at 7th West in Oakland. The release party also celebrates the release of the new EP On/Off, out now on all major platforms. Louiza's albums have always been eclectic affairs. On her previous full-length Swim At Night, a song layered with Pet Sounds-esque vocal harmonies is just as likely to be found adjacent to a summery pop/rock song as it is a dense bass-driven groove with a sonic wall of brass. But as its title On/Off suggests, this record [...]

By |July 6, 2021|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Madame Gandhi and Perfume Genius at Stern Grove

Perfume Genius (photo: Patric Carver) I have a new hobby I want to tell you all about. It's being earnest with my late-stage pandemic emotions. Look, I get it. We're all supposed to be cool. We're supposed to rise above the banal chit-chat and repetitious conversations. We're totally hip. Except, now that we've been living like teenagers grounded by the wrath of infectious disease for over a year, I simply cannot contain my joy that it is getting safer and safer for people to gather together. I'm going to remark how crazy it is to see people in person — [...]

Rebirth Brass Band in Orinda July 3 + 4!

Rebirth founder "Tuba Phil" live at Yoshi's in 2013 Ain't no party like a Rebirth Party! Live music returns! Most of it kicks off in August but over in Orinda you need not wait that long. Paper Moon Presents is starting to bring live music to Bruns Amphitheater for their first time. For years this gorgeous venue has primarily hosted Shakespeare. Now, I dig Shakespeare, but July 3rd and 4th The Rebirth Brass Band will play their only California shows for 2020 or 2021, so William must wait. Rebirth are true trailblazers. Formed in 1983, they were the first brass band [...]

RIP Scott Alcoholocaust

I never met Scott but I went to MANY shows that he put together. In recent months I learned he was ill and heard stories from many friends. When I heard that he had died I asked one of his close friends to share a story: "If there’s one person that realized the importance of the Bay Area music community it was Scott Rogers AKA Scott Alcoholocaust. It didn’t matter how crappy your band was, Scott literally found a way to get you onto a cool show and make it work, and put you on a path to improvement, all [...]

By |June 21, 2021|Tags: |

Raphi Gottesman: New album + video premiere

Oakland's Raphi Gottesman had all the usual 2020 challenges, but also a beautiful, young son, Misha, undergoing treatment for leukemia. The musical result is a brand new instrumental album called The Clarity of Dawn that deserves your attention. The Clarity of Dawn by Raphi Gottesman It is available on cassette via German label AOsmosis and also on Raphi's Bandcamp page in digital format. The record includes many special guests including locals Yea-Ming Chen (Rumours, Dreamdate), Michael James Tapscott (China) and John Bernson (Ray's Vast Basement). All the amazing guitar and drum work is Raphi. He played drums for Sonny and [...]

By |June 16, 2021|Tags: |
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