Mall Walk releases final single, plays final show tonight!

After several years, an EP, an LP, and a pair of singles, Oakland's Mall Walk is calling it quits. On their way out, the post punk trio is releasing a 7" single on lead singer Rob Miller's Vacant Stare Records and will play their final show at the Knockout tonight. And although Mall Walk is finished, we don't need to get too down, as we're sure to see members of the band in some of their many other projects, including Dick Stusso and Blues Lawyer. Listen to the latest single followed by some of their older material and their live [...]

Evil Twins release debut on Vacant Stare

Like your pop full of attitude, lo-fi, and quick and to the point? If so, Evil Twins are for you. With just one song on their debut over 75 seconds on their debut album, Evil Twins maximize sass per second. Evil Twins are the brainchild of Trevor Straub (Pookie & The Poodlez, Nobunny, Unity Skateboarding) and Stevie Shakes (Unity Skateboarding) — you can learn a bit more about them in the Unity Skateboarding feature in the New York Times (!) The always wonderful Vacant Stare Records has this quick gem of an album for sale on cassette — click through [...]

Premiere: John McBain – “First Earth Battalion,” new album on Vacant Stare Feb. 24

San Francisco resident John McBain has been on the fringe of rock-and-roll royalty for much of his career. He was a founding member of Monster Magnet, collaborated with Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron in Wellwater Conspiracy, and was a member of Queens of the Stone Age for their first three gigs after participating in Josh Homme's Desert Sessions, in addition to a variety of collaborations with lesser-known artists. February 24, one of our favorite local labels, Vacant Stare Records, will release McBain's Accidental Soundtracks Vol. 1: The Alpha Particle, on VHS. (Yes, VHS). McBain has been in his studio combining [...]

Mixtape: New Releases from Some of the Bay Area’s Best Record Labels Download: Mixtape: New Releases from Some of the Bay Area's Best Record Labels (Podcast #393) Support for this podcast is provided by Goldstar. Visit their web site at The post first ran on A record label may not be a necessity for a musician in 2016, considering the remarkable ease with which anyone can record an album and put it out into the world, and its benefits may not be obvious to some, given the precarious state of the music industry as a whole. Still, amidst the sea of countless new releases every week, there's undeniable value [...]

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