Best Of 2019: Derek’s favorite Wine Country releases

Pictured: The author. Look, from an artist's perspective, I get why y'all don't come up here all the time. Having grown up here, I'll admit that Sonoma County is pretty much just wine and expensive road bikes. And weed. Like, tons of weed. BUT. There are also musicians up here doing cool stuff! I swear. Check it — here's a bunch of cool musicians in no particular order whatsoever who dropped hot records in 2019. Eki Shola, Drift Did you know Eki Shola used to be a doctor? Makes perfect sense, since her songs and voice tap directly into the [...]

Mixtape: New Directions in San Francisco Bay Area Punk

This mixtape was first published on KQED.org. http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/2016_Punk_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Rocking the Latest in San Francisco Bay Area Punk (Podcast #397) From the Dead Kennedys and Crime to Operation Ivy and Green Day -- to say nothing of countless pioneering and influential bands -- the Bay Area's punk legacy looms large over the genre. Even today, a wide variety of local bands continue to breathe new life into punk's many forms, with groups like Joyride!, Los Huaycos, and Butanna offering up vital new takes on pop-punk, skate-punk, and politically-charged punk rock, respectively. Equally impressive, though, are the sizable number of [...]

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