West by West Oakland, a free day show at Linden Street Brewery

SXSW is just around the corner, and like always, the festival will be packed with free day parties, featuring lots of bands and lots of beer. Unlike the SXSW parties, however, where the beer options will likely be limited to PBR and Lone Star (nothing wrong with that, for the record), the upcoming West by West Oakland pre-SXSW day party will include lots of local craft beer. Taking place at Linden Street Brewery this Saturday from 12-5pm, West by West Oakland will serve as both a send-off for bands leaving soon for SXSW, and as a celebration of bands who [...]

Fuzz City releases second annual 'Summer of Fuzz' cassette

Flying under the radar earlier this summer was the second installment in Fuzz City Records' Summer of Fuzz compilation series, released exclusively on cassette back on June 10. As with last year's debut, Summer of Fuzz Volume 2 is chock full o' hot summertime cuts from a host of bands from around the Bay and beyond, including Cool Ghouls, Burnt Ones, White Mystery Drags, Part Time, Sabba Rabba, and label founder Matthew Melton's band Warm Soda. Melton was kind enough to share a few tracks from Volume 2 with me recently, and you can hear those cuts (from Drags, Part [...]

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