Interview: K.Flay is between homes but busier than ever

Chicago born and raised, Stanford-educated and Brooklyn-based rapper K.Flay is homeless. It’s a temporary predicament, but less than two years after moving to New York to pursue her career with RCA Records, 27-year-old Kristine Flaherty finds herself on the road through the end of September, touring in support of her latest EP, What If It Is (to be released in August). The September stretch of dates, opening for dance duo Icona Pop, will be the rapper’s largest shows to-date. “My lease was up, so I actually don’t live anywhere, technically,” Flaherty said. “I live in a storage unit in Yonkers. [...]

This weekend: Burger Boogaloo 2013!

The 2013 Burger Boogaloo 2013 takes place this weekend, July 6 and 7, in Oakland's idyllic Mosswood Park. The lineup is, quite frankly, ridiculous: Redd Kross, Jonathan Richman, Ty Segall's Traditional Fools, The Oblivians, Pangea, The Trashwomen, Guantanamo Baywatch, and many, many more! Tickets for both days and a full schedule of bands can be found at

K.Flay releasing 'What If It Is' EP, to tour with Icona Pop

K.Flay is ramping up for busy summer, announcing recently that she will be releasing an EP titled What If It Is August 6 on RCA Records and that she will be touring in support of Swedish duo Icona Pop during their North American Iconic Tour. The new record should prove to be more of what we've come to expect from this unique female hip-hop act, who mixes elements of electronica and rock into her brash sound along with her knack for sharp-witted rhymes that concentrate of themes of disillusionment and indifference in an age of heightened technological reliance and consumerism. [...]

By |July 3, 2013|Tags: , |

Greg Ashley, Will Sprott, Yea-Ming play benefit for Oakland's Octopus Literary Salon on 7/12/13

The Octopus Literary Salon will be the next big thing in Oakland. Bookstore, cafe (yes, there will be good food, beer and wine), music space, sure, but The Octopus will be so much more. There will be storytelling, literary trivia, readings, book club, ping-pong, children's programming and an open mic as well. Mastermind Rebecca Grove will make it happen with your help! If you like books, music, and talking to live humans about books and music, please donate now on the IndieGoGo site. T'will be your home away from home. There are some great perks with donation! Help make this [...]

Giveaway: Doe Eye supporting The Frail at Great American

Photo: Matt Baca Fresh off a successful Kickstarter to fund the recording and promotion of her debut full-length, the Bay Area's Doe Eye (née Maryam Qudus) is celebrating with an opening slot for San Francisco denizens The Frail at Great American Musical Hall this Saturday, July 6 along with Canadian synth-pop trio Parallels and Oakland post-punk/new wave band Tremor Low. And we're celebrating the occasion by giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. After reaching her goal of crowd-sourcing $15,000 to fund her first LP, Doe Eye gave her ever-growing legion of fans a special treat – [...]

Video: Ash Reiter – "Treasure Island" (Music Video Race winner)

Ash Reiter is set to play their last scheduled show of the summer this evening at the Presidio Yacht Club, which is good for three reasons. The first reason is it gives us an excuse to share the winner for best overall video at the Music Video Race held earlier this month – Ash Reiter's video for "Treasure Island". Directed by Andrew Callaway, the video also won "best use of song" and "best concept": The second reason I'm glad Ash Reiter is playing this show is it gives you a chance to see the shift in the band's style. I [...]

By |June 28, 2013|Tags: |

Video Playlist: Nine Thee Oh Sees videos to get you psyched for Phono del Sol

In addition to being the most reliably excellent live band out there, Thee Oh Sees have soundtracked some wild music videos in recent years. Here's a set of nine official and unofficial videos from the band, presented here to whet your appetite for Phono del Sol on July 13th, where they'll be performing alongside YACHT, Bleached, K.Flay, Marnie Stern and many more. We've avoided including any clips from frenzied Oh Sees live shows because you really have to seem them in person. In other words: get your Phono del Sol tickets right now!

Giveaway: Adios Amigo set to unveil new tunes, new lineup at Milk Bar

Adios to the old, hola to the new: Indie folk poppers Adios Amigo aren't just playing a completely new set of songs on June 29 at Milk Bar— they'll pretty much be a completely new band, too. Call it Adios Amigo...Dos. The band put out its second EP Dos last year and has spent the first half of 2013 writing and recording brand new material, which will be released some time in September. The band still mostly revolves around singer/guitarist/frontman Johnny Major, but "the new lineup has been writing new material together and is turning into a more collaborative project," [...]

By |June 25, 2013|Tags: |

Giveaway: Colin Stetson (of Bon Iver) brings his saxophone to The Chapel

Avant-garde saxophonist Colin Stetson (of Bon Iver) - whose wild sounds rely on circular breathing, not looping or other gadgetry - just released New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light on Constellation Records. He'll be appearing at The Chapel on Wednesday night and we have tickets to give away! To enter this contest, submit an email to contest[at] with your full name in the body and "Colin Stetson" in the subject line. Winners will be chosen at random and will be awarded one pair of tickets unless otherwise noted. Colin Stetson, Justin Walter The Chapel June 26, 2013 [...]

By |June 25, 2013|Tags: |
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