Best of 2017: Josh’s favorite live moments of the year

Jake Cinninger of Umphrey's McGee, Saturday, March 11 at the Fox 2017, contrary to what the losses of 2016 would have us believe, was a phenomenal year for the arts and especially live music. It was a troubling time where many of us sought a better understanding. An understanding of the things we already thought or believed as individuals as much as we do as a group, with and about each other. More people were creating and more people were listening. It was not always easy. It was not always fun. But through it all, 2017 turned out to be [...]

Listen to this Best of 2017 playlist of Bay Area artists from Cody Rhodes

Remember how right after the 2016 election a bunch of people, for some reason, found it necessary to say that "At least a lot of great art will come out of this"? ...They might have been right. TBH, that was not what I wanted to hear at the time. I'm not saying that the body of work produced by Bay Area musicians this year makes the Trump administration any more palatable to me, but I am saying that local artists seem to have made great use of their rage, their joy, and their conflict in 2017. It's up for debate [...]

By |December 29, 2017|Tags: , |

Best of 2017: Madi Sipes and the Painted Blue reflect on a banner year

(photo: Ryan Devisser) Words by Sarah Leighton A lot of plans for the year ahead never make it past the first week of January. If you talked to any of the members of Madi Sipes and the Painted Blue, however, they will tell you that 2017 exceeded their expectations. The whole band — comprised of Nick Cunningham on bass, Madi Sipes on vocals/guitar, and Caleb Koehn on drums — tells the story of the biggest surprise of 2017: “They played our music at an iTunes pizza party. You know, a bunch of execs in a room. Apparently, Elton John’s producer [...]

Best of 2017: The songs Annie Bacon couldn’t shake

Pictured: Annie Bacon. When push comes to shove, it's the songs that I remember that prove the most impactful to me. Why one song lingers and another doesn't is utter mystery. It certainly isn't because these are the best songs by some objective standard. They are songs that I heard in 2017 and then couldn't shake. Songs that spoke to my (or our) place in time in space, or just had an infectious element that hooked me deep. Philosophers and therapists alike could wonder for years about these lists that any one of us could compile. What were your unshakable [...]

By |December 29, 2017|Tags: |

Best of 2017: “Nothing Perfect Stays That Way” by Avi Vinocur

(photo: Scott Padden) Oh my God, Jody, nobody wants to hear about your dead mom anymore. Nobody wants to hear about anyone dead, period. Death is scary and gross and wholly undignified. It doesn't align with our ideals of propriety, and yet, it's coming for every single one of us. So even if you don't want to talk about it, I will. I have the microphone, and you don't, so you will listen to every damn word I have to say. And I can't say anything about my grief as it stood this year without mentioning Avi Vinocur and his [...]

By |December 28, 2017|Tags: , |

Best of 2017: Jordan Martich’s favorite albums

It's that time again, to make a list of everything that had an impact on you this year – musically and otherwise. Unfortunately for most that means reliving the most horrifying moments in recent memory, from the ugliness of modern politics to the depraved misogyny of men in power. It was no surprise for me that the records that got me through this year fell into two categories: abrasive and loud or comforting and warm. Take a listen to these (they're not in any order), take a deep breath, and let's keep pushing next year. SZA, Ctrl The agency of [...]

By |December 22, 2017|Tags: |
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