Pom Pom Squad brings Brooklyn grunge to Bottom of the Hill

The grungy Pom Pom Squad are making their West Coast debut, co-headlining with Rosie Tucker at Bottom of the Hill as a part of the 2020 Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco. Bringing stereotypical New Yorker surliness to their sound, lead singer Mia Berrin alternates scoffs and wry grins through her lyrics. Their sound is in stark opposition to their cheerleader-inspired visual aesthetic, which serves to highlight the power in femininity while simultaneously critiquing the restrictiveness which comes part and parcel. Dubbed “quiet grrrl” punks, the band’s lyrics focus on both inter- and intrapersonal relationships, brashly attacking [...]

South By South Bay celebrates San Jose next weekend

I don't want to jinx anything by writing this, but I feel like something's happening in the South Bay again. I've written about this many times over the years, but the scene in San Jose is reliably cyclical: we* sit around complaining about how boring San Jose is, a few motivated individuals work tirelessly to prove the whiners wrong by starting bands and organizing events, everyone gets really excited that maybe, finally we are going to show the rest of California once and for all that we're not just some boring suburb; that there IS art here, you just have [...]

Rosie Tucker plays Amnesia in support of new LP

(photo: Shabnam Ferdowsi) Los Angeles-based songwriter Rosie Tucker will headline a late show at Amnesia tomorrow night. Rosie Tucker's new album Never Not Never Not Never Not was just released on March 8 via the New Professor label. The album leads with "Gay Bar" and "Spinster Cycle," two outstanding songs that set the tone for album. Rosie Tucker's detailed songwriting and clever wordplay comes through especially strong on "Spinster Cycle." Describing a late night at the laundromat as a metaphor for fading romance, this bop makes me shed at least one tear every goddamn time. Gorgeous stuff. Subsequent singles "Habit" [...]

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