June 2017

Berkeley’s Toro Y Moi Honored with “Chaz Bundick Day” and “You and I” Music Video

06/29/2017

The city of Berkeley has named June 27 “Chaz Bundick Day” in order to recognize Bundick of Toro Y Moi’s creative contributions to the city’s art and music. Although born in South Carolina, Bundick, who recently changed his name to Chaz Bear, moved to Berkeley and made himself at home here (quickly becoming the Bay Read More

Song of the Day: Cathedrals’ Dreamy “With You” Reminds us of What Matters Most

06/29/2017

For the last few months SF-based Cathedrals has been treating us to new tracks from their upcoming second LP. The duo, Johnny Hwin and Brodie Jenkins, first burst onto the local (then national) scene a few years back combining soothing synth, raw guitar riffs and sultry lyrics in songs like “Harlem” and “OOO AAA.” And Read More

John Waters Hosts Burger Boogaloo This Weekend in Oakland With Help From Iggy Pop, Buzzcocks, X and More

06/29/2017

At SFCritc Burger Records’ Burger Boogaloo has always been one of our favorite local events. Personally, some of my favorite all-time pictures to grace our pages were from last year’s sets. This year John Waters is back to host an amazing lineup featuring legends like Iggy Pop and Buzzcocks and some local favorites including Shannon & the Read More

Nick Waterhouse Interview: A Californian with the heart and soul for the blues

06/21/2017

Nick Waterhouse is a true California soul. A retro rhythm-and-blues-playing vinyl-collecting thick-framed-glasses-wearing young guy oft seen wielding his hollow-body guitar and singing moody blues tunes is an artist you need to know. Waterhouse is the embodiment of California music. His extensive background in writing, recording and producing music from Orange County, San Francisco and Los Read More

ZZ Ward brings her blue-eyed soul and “dirty shine” to The Independent

06/15/2017

Halfway through ZZ Ward‘s set, she had the whole crowd singing along to “Charlie Ain’t Home,” a song in which she describes as too “sexy” and maybe a bit too promiscuous for a fan who said the song culminated in marriage. But for blues-rock singer ZZ Ward, it’s been a longtime coming since she last played in Read More

Amy Vachal Interview: Brooklyn Singer-Songwriter Talks Post-Voice Journey and Upcoming Album

06/12/2017

Amy Vachal is the kind of singer whose music puts you at ease. Full of acoustic-driven blues and pop folk-inspired tunes, the 28-year-old Brooklyn singer-songwriter has made it her mission to release work she believes in. Since her successful run on the ninth season of The Voice, where she was mentored to the semifinals by Adam Levine Read More

Lauv Interview: The emerging R&B sensation you need to know

06/07/2017

Ari Leff, better known as the 22-year-old songwriter, producer and singer behind Lauv, has been taking over Spotify, and for good reason. His songs are merely infectious. Inspired by the emotions one feels towards the end of a relationship, his debut single “The Other” has struck a strong chord with its listeners, garnering over 83 million Read More