Blues Lawyer releases “Scenic Route” on…a postcard

“Who knows where we’ll be in ten months,” Blues Lawyer thought when pressing plants told them they might have to wait almost a year to release their new single, “Scenic Route” on 7” vinyl. The Oakland band looked for a way to put the song out more quickly and, after rejecting “all that extra plastic” of cassette tapes, Elyse Schrock (drums/vocals and also videography) and Rob I. Miller (vocals/guitar) from Blues Lawyer were looking into flexis (remember those thin plastic promos that came in music magazines?) when they found a manufacturer that could press on postcards. Not only did this [...]

By |August 3, 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: |

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 [...]

The Stern Grove lineup is here and you’re gonna want to see it

Later this month, one of our beloved concert institutions is going to bring live music back to life in the Bay once more. Starting June 20, Stern Grove Festival is bringing acts like Thundercat, Joan Jett, Perfume Genius, and Ledisi to San Francisco. Of course, this won't be without some COVID-related caveats. Each show requires reservations, which will be released 8 days prior to the event on a first-come, first-serve basis, on sterngrove.org (psst: If you're looking to get tickets to Ledisi and the Seshen, that's today). There will be fencing and other measures to ensure social distancing, and mask [...]

FREDDIE bashes back with new single, upcoming performance at Oaklash

After a year that prompted artistic development and activism, Bay Area resident FREDDIE is back  and ready to shake it all off with a scorched-earth new single, "BASHBACK!".  With a run time of just over one minute, 30 seconds, the track runs at a fast clip to match, showcasing FREDDIE's bombastic, rowdy assembly of hip hop and rap with pop vocal stylings. With its blink-and-you'll-miss-it bars and themes of over-policing, anti-capitalism, and queer reclamation, the song feels like the perfect protest to soundtrack Pride month in 2021. To celebrate, FREDDIE is debuting the single as a headliner at this weekend's [...]

By |May 28, 2021|Tags: |

Bluegrass Pride announces 2021 Porch Pride festival lineup

Bluegrass Pride, the Bay Area's frontier nonprofit whose mission is to uplift and center LGBTQ+ musicians and creators in roots music, has announced their 2021 lineup for Pride Month. Now in its second year, the virtual festival and fundraising event will take place all month long in June. The month will feature performances by folks like Lavender Country, Rainbow Girls, Gangstagrass, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Jake Blount, and Sunny War. Beginner players have a chance to join a jam session as well. In the COVID-19 era, vital discussions and hunger for equity and visibility in the arts has bubbled to the [...]

Live Event Alert!! ‘Stop Making Sense’ with Andrew St. James

I've already told the story of how the first time I saw Stop Making Sense I leaned over to my dad in the theater halfway through and said "Dad, can we go? This is so boring." I've come to appreciate David Byrne and co. over time, and if you haven't yet you're really missing out on great live performances. As we slowly transition to live music, Fast Times is offering us the chance to at least view some from behind our windshields. Andrew St. James will open the night's proceedings with a live set, followed by music videos from local [...]

Fast Times! goes ahead online with Lalin, Healing Potpourri

Forgive us, but the last time we told you anything about Fast Times! was eight months ago. Since then, Andrew St. James and crew have been chugging along, simply transposing their concert series — which kicked off in late 2019 at the Chapel — online. And while we haven't had the time or staff to be able to highlight all of Fast Times!' excellent events recently, I thought I'd shout this one out because this lineup boasts a number of our faves: Sandy's, Healing Potpourri, Lalin, and of course Andrew St. James. This is their 2nd installment in a monthly [...]

Saturday livestream will pay tribute to Dominic Miranda

If you even dabbled in local music in the last decade and a half you might have experienced Dominic Miranda's work: in The Record Winter, in Rex Goliath, as Payphone. It's more likely, though, you experienced it secondhand, through the other artists he collaborated with and inspired. Since the mid-'00s, his presence was a consistent, anchoring force in notoriously boom-and-bust South Bay music scene. In October of last year, Miranda passed away from complications of a heart condition, leaving a clear loss in San Jose music. And on Saturday night, the breadth of his influence will be apparent as artists [...]

The Come Up hosts a San Jose-focused livestream this Thursday

The Come Up is getting in on the livestreaming action: This Thursday, January 28, they're hosting a Twitch-streamed show called Soundscaping, in conjunction with SJMADE, another San Jose-based creative collective. Starring a top-notch cast of SJ talent, the night features acts like Joy Hackett, planttvibes, and William Corduroy. They recorded the performances last week at the San Jose Museum of Art — another casualty of COVID shutdowns — so you'll also get a peek at some of the installations and exhibits there. Take a listen to Joy Hackett's SoFA Fest stream to get a feel for what you're in for [...]

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