presents MUSH, a concert series at Jack London Square

This week, Jack London Square will host the inaugural show for the new concert series, MUSH (a name inspired by Jack London’s Call of the Wild). The series, which is presented by, will play every other Thursday, starting May 9 through September 19, and will feature artists that jive with the vibes of Oakland: vibrant, eclectic, diverse, and exciting. Speaking of exciting, this Thursday’s kick-off show will be a killer start to the series. The night will feature bands Same Girls (The Cure meets Green Day meets dreamy), Samplelov (warm soul with cool percussion and spacey synths), and [...]

Review: Miserable, Super Unison, Same Girls at Bottom of the Hill

Tuesday night at Bottom of the Hill kicked off this week's Noise Pop festival with an all-local showcase with impressive performances from Miserable, Super Unison, and Same Girls, all currently or formerly based in Oakland. Pllush, representing San Francisco, were also set to perform, but unfortunately had to cancel due to illness (Get well soon, Karli!). For fans who were sad to miss them, Pllush will return to play the Chapel in April. Thankfully, I was able to catch one of their sets at the same venue last year, with their live renditions of Stranger to the Pain singles "Big [...]

By |February 28, 2019|Tags: , , |

Same Girls prepare to release ‘Young Minded’ mixtape

(Left to Right: Bassist Mike DeVito, guitarist Tyler Valentino, drummer Otto Janes, and vocalist/guitarist Taifa Nia outside of Same Girls' practice studio in Oakland. photo: Dariush Azmoudeh) You can listen to Same Girls' upcoming release a few days early by catching the band at the Milk Bar on Wednesday, or you can do it below. Otherwise, Young Minded can be listened to in full on all platforms on Friday. The Oakland-based band would call Young Minded more of a mixtape than an album. Lead vocalist and guitarist Taifa Nia described it as a compilation of several songs that aren’t necessarily [...]

By |September 18, 2018|Tags: |

Oakland’s Same Girls call upon the dog days of summer in “Sailing”

Ah, youthful days of summer. For some of us that felt like eons ago, but Oakland band Same Girls' latest single "Sailing" recalls a sunny bliss, lifting the rainy days of January. Lead singer Taifa Nia has a deeper message, however, beneath the groovy guitar lines and funky bass. As drummer Otto Janes describes, "'Sailing' is like a dream — the melodies suggest wish fulfillment, but there’s a darker edge to it. As if in the dream, you can’t really find what your looking for, or you have to wake up as soon as you do."

By |January 22, 2018|Tags: |
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