Highly Recommended: Oona Ruin, “Don’t Look Down”

I can't stop listening to this new song from Oakland's Oona Ruin. No really, like, I closed the tab so I could paste the link in this draft for later, then immediately regretted my decision and opened it back up for several more spins. After an initial listen, I have a feeling you'll do something similar. Don't Look Down by Oona Ruin

By |October 17, 2019|Tags: |

Q & A: OONA's Oona Garthwaite on her band's origins and her musical upbringing

Prior to her band OONA’s show with Midi Matilda and Holychild last week, The Bay Bridged chatted with opener Oona Garthwaite. Flying at the Sun by OONA The Bay Bridged: Your song “Metropolis” was just played on So You Think You Can Dance, and it wasn’t even your first one to make it on that show. How did all that come about? Oona Garthwaite: First you have to know Dave Tweedie who is my better half, particularly in music. He and I started working together four years ago, and he was producing some singer-songwritery stuff. Then we did a song [...]

By |May 24, 2013|Tags: |

Review & Photos: Midi Matilda, OONA, holychild @ Rickshaw Stop, 5/17/13

If the only time someone has seen San Francisco’s Midi Matilda was at last year’s Live 105 BFD, when the guitar and drums synth-pop duo struggled with gear malfunctions through the first half of a short set to a dwindling crowd, that person would have a very wrong estimation of what it was capable of. Friday night at Rickshaw Stop, Skyler Kilborn and Logan Grime fully entertained a sold-out house, introduced several new songs and paid tribute, once again, to former manager Steve Brodsky, who passed away too soon, recently, after a brief fight with cancer. “This show is because [...]

Review: Wallpaper., OONA @ The Independent, 5/7

Photos by: Anna Gazdowicz OONA kicked off an East Bay artists' dance party at the Independent Friday night with full band in tow. Oona Garthwaite has been honing her act around the Bay for a few years now, and it shows. Oona's music incorporates a broad palette of styles - soul, funk, latin and bouncy early 80's-style synth-pop - into a distinct groove. While much of the music on her recordings comes from the mind and machines of collaborator Dave Tweedie, she wisely adapts it to a more organic band setting live. Her musicians play tight and hard and match [...]

By |May 10, 2010|Tags: , |

Ticket Giveaway: Wallpaper., OONA at the Independent Friday 5/7

A pure dance bonanza awaits us on Friday, May 7th at the Independent (9:00 pm, $15, 21+). Wallpaper. - "I Got Soul, I'm So Wasted" Wallpaper. will headline in all their Doodoo Face glory, preceded by OONA's soulful chops. DJ Morale (from New York) will open the evening's festivities. OONA - "Tore My Heart" (snippet) Those attending can prepare themselves by checking out the following Yours Truly video, featuring Wallpaper.'s live remix of Don Will's "Love Junkie." Actually, everyone should watch it, regardless of Friday plans: We are giving away a pair of tickets to this [...]

By |May 4, 2010|Tags: , |

Joe Bagale, OONA, The Thrill of It All @ Independent Friday

Among the standard mix of indie rock concerts taking place this weekend (save for the many local players at this year's SxSW), a soul-infused evening featuring Oakland musicians is scheduled to take place on Friday at the Independent (9:00 pm, $12/advance, $14/door). Joe Bagale, a young local with an old soul, will showcase his retro R&B-influenced pop and smooth, jazzy compositions. The multi-instrumentalist has most often performed in traditional jazz atmospheres, but will change things up on Friday by headlining a more indie-influenced lineup. You can download three songs from Bagale's self-titled debut by visiting his Bandcamp site. Also on [...]

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Benefit Sunday

This Sunday, four local bands will take the stage for the noble purpose of supporting the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp (BAGRC) and the Girls Rock Camp Alliance. Foxtail Somersault, We Are Invisible, Oona and Megamoog will perform at El Rio with DJ Lisa Light of The Lovemakers providing the mood music between sets. The Girls Rock Camp Alliance is an international coalition of organizations whose shared mission is to empower girls and women using the tools of music education to foster self-esteem and confidence. For those of you who saw this year's BAGRC showcase, you know that this is [...]

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