An Oakland invasion brought to you by Twin Steps, Meat Market, MOM, Ssun Prairie

The day has come. Oakland is (kind of) taking over San Francisco. On April 9, a mostly Oakland-comprised lineup of "difficult" punks Twin Steps, surf pop group Meat Market, experimental solo act MOM, and Ssun Prairie will be playing at Bottom of the Hill. Twin Steps is a band off Oakland-based label and store, 1-2-3-4 Go! Records. The sample-driven act bounces between being soulful and zany, with the perfect amount of angst thrown in for good measure. Also boasting an Oakland pedigree is Meat Market - a band that blends surf, punk and pop to create breezy tunes sometimes filled [...]

Review & Photos: Total Trash 2012, Day 1 @ The New Parish, 10/26/12

Total Trash, how I missed thee. All ages shows are getting harder to come by. There are many theories on this. Shannon and her Clams delivered the full Misfits catalog and the fans lapped it up. Nobunny hopped through a set of Halloween classics that woulda made any KALX DJ proud. Yes to "Monster Mash" and "Purple People Eater" but also Roky Erikson's "2 Headed Dog," The Cramps' "Goo Goo Muck" and favorites of Lux and Ivy like "The Crusher." For "Ghostbusters," Señor Nobunny brought out an all star crew of back up singers including a lamb-chopped Shannon Shaw and [...]

Burger Boogaloo 2012, Part 2: Kings Tuff and Lollipop, Coconut Coolouts and MOM

Friday night at Thee Parkside finished off with Vermont's King Tuff in rare form. Stage diving and moshing galore. No one knew what to make of MOM particularly when the fat naked baby showed up. She does have a collection, but I would prefer to hear "'A' You're Adorable" without the squealing Mickey Mouse voiceovers. Be grateful to be spared the naked pictures! Seattle's Coconut Coolouts, happy to be in San Francisco where they get beat up less often. Oakland's King Lollipop brought his drum squad including the multi-talented Max Nordile of Oakland's amazing Uzi Rash and Human Waste. [...]

Sacramento DIY celebrates O:RMF VIII on Saturday

This weekend celebrates the 8th annual Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom festival coordinated by Sacramento/Davis' community radio station, KDVS. In past years the all-day showcase has featured Thee Oh Sees, Religious Girls and Lucky Dragons. This year's wide variety includes The Mantles, Sacramento's punk band The Four Eyes and the electronic experimental performer Mom. The out-of-town band likely to turn heads is Austin's YellowFever (Austin), quaint female-led surf pop with the occasional electronic touch. They've released with the label, which has pressed vinyl for several Bay Area bands (Thee Oh Sees, The Mantles, The Mall). The Mantles - [...]

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