Summer Fridays at Bandcamp: Upcoming Abelton workshop, Umber release party and of course, performances

Bandcamp Oakland has quickly become a gem of a record-store-slash-performance-space for curious music junkies, local artists, and creators in the area. Peruse its selection of stellar independent records or attend one of its many upcoming events, including Oakland-based magazine Umber "The Sound Issue" release party, an Abelton User Group or back-to-back performances by Bay Bridged faves Ah Mer Ah Su, Ghost & The City and Tyler Holmes. All events are all ages and ADA-friendly. Umber "The Sound Issue" Release Party July 19, 2019 6pm, Suggested Donation: $10 Ableton User Group at Bandcamp Oakland July 25, 2019 7p, Free Bandcamp Presents: [...]

Ghost & The City offer wholesome soul on “N.W.T.A”

(photo: Sean Martens) Before immersing oneself in the vastly ambient "N.W.T.A" off Ghost & The City's Time, one should note that this is only the band's second effort. Kia Fay, Will Jenkins, and Ash Maynor create a lush bouquet of complementary textures with a composure that long outmeasures their time as a band. The Oakland trio's sophomore EP, which received production treatment from Eki Ahara, will be self-released March 30. Including the brass stylings of Ross Eustsis, the work is a full-bodied taste of electronic soul that is sure to please. Taking part in the upcoming Noise Pop Festival, [...]

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OIM presents Zakiya Harris at the Starline Social Club (enter to win tickets!)

I think it's pretty clear at this point that Oaktown Indie Mayhem is one of the best things to happen to the Bay Area music scene. Their taste in local artists is impeccable, and the roster of musicians on their record label is about as killer as the Murderers' Row lineup of the '27 Yankees (Whiskerman and Foxtails Brigade are, respectively, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in this analogy). OIM also presents some truly special shows as well, and Thursday's bill at the Starline in Oakland is no exception. It's an evening featuring the sultry grooves and cosmic poetry of [...]

Get to Know: Ghost & The City

Oakland-based Ghost & The City has reinterpreted soul for the digital age. Incorporating elements of electronica, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and various subgenre offshoots, the project combines spacey grooves and atmospheric arrangements with genuine human emotions to move you the same way that Otis Redding and Irma Thomas and Ann Peebles did so many years ago without the aid of technical wizardry. Ghost & The City astutely understands that feeling can't be replicated by a machine alone, and uses electro embellishments to expand their soundscapes, not replace the human element. Their new six-song EP Patchwork Soul is set to drop January [...]

Ghost & the City set to unveil ‘Patchwork Soul’

Ghost & the City have a brand new, seven-song EP coming out called Patchwork Soul. Tomorrow, you can find it on iTunes and Spotify, but today you can listen to a song from it right here! The EP features their signature mix of jazz, trip-hop and soul but with new collaborations and a new direction. Watch the video below to go behind the scenes in the studio, and check out a live show soon! Upcoming performances: 9/26 - OMF Festival w/ Anderson .Paak, Trails & Ways and more 10/26 - The Catalyst Club w/ the Internet 11/6 - Leo's [...]

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Mixtape: The Orchestral Side of San Francisco Indie Rock (Podcast #317) Download: Mixtape: The Orchestral Side of San Francisco Indie Rock (Podcast #317) Guitars and drums may make up the core of indie rock, but a considerable number of Bay Area artists also use instruments more traditionally associated with an orchestra than a rock band. Adding strings, horns or woodwinds might seem pretentious to some -- and, admittedly, genre names like "chamber rock" and "orchestral pop" probably don't help that assessment -- but, when used deftly, these instruments can heighten a song's emotion, add weight to dynamic shifts, and provide layers of texture that generate wonderfully unexpected moments. String and [...]

Ticket Giveaway: Battlehooch, Man in Space, Ghost & the City Saturday 1/7 @ Slim's

There's tons of excitement surrounding Battlehooch, Man in Space and Ghost & the City's Slim's show on Saturday. First, we've got a pair of tickets to give away! E-mail contest[at] with your full name and the subject line "Battlehooch + Man in Space + Ghost & the City Giveaway" for a chance to win tickets. Third e-mail gets them! In addition, on that evening Battlehooch will premiere their newest video for "Pickin' Fields" -- and here's a teaser: But that is not all! Ghost & the City is offering up a free download of their recent album Sazerac to further [...]

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