Live This Month: February 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: February 2018 (Podcast #422) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. This month's episode features a whole bunch of artists performing at the 26th annual Noise Pop Festival, which will be taking over local venues from February 19th through the 25th. There are so many great shows happening during Noise Pop 2018 that our picks barely scratch the surface, but enjoy new and recent music from Noise Pop performers Dick Stusso, Cuco, Sudan Archives, and Shamir. There are [...]

Oakland’s Blackwülf meld fear and fantasy

Blackwülf. (photo: Raymond Ahner) ...just in time for Halloween. Words by Juan Alvarado Valdivia Blackwülf is an Oakland-based heavy metal quartet who are true rock ‘n’ roll throwbacks. With crunchy riffs, pounding drums, thumping grooves, and undistorted singing that is a fuck-you to modern vocals saturated in auto-tune, they carry the eternal flame of rock ‘n’ roll at its purest. Their first LP, Mind Traveler, showcased their penchant for stoner-metal grooves coupled with fantasy-inspired lyrics that brings Zeppelin and Ronnie James Dio to mind. Their concise, driving, riff-based arrangements on songs such as “Beastmasters” and “The Prophet” spotlights the band [...]

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Mixtape: The Heavy Sounds of San Francisco Metal Download: Mixtape: The Heavy Sounds of San Francisco Metal (Podcast #346) We don't cover San Francisco heavy metal very much at, but it's not for a lack of music worth talking about. For several decades now, the San Francisco Bay Area has played a significant role in the evolution and growth of heavy metal. Metallica might be the most obvious significant Bay Area metal name to the uninitiated, but, over the years, groups like Neurosis, Hammers of Misfortune, Slough Feg, Ludicra, and Sleep (to name just a few) have pushed heavy music forward in a variety of directions. [...]

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