Rachel Ann Cauilan

Indie pop band Cults put the Teragram Ballroom into a daze

11/22/2017

Indie pop band Cults brought their synth pop melodies to the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles last Tuesday, November 7th and put the crowd into a daze. Known for their breakout hit “Go Outside,” which first gained them the attention of fans worldwide, Cults has gone on to make more music since 2010, with the Read More

Jaymes Young wants you to “Feel Something” on tour with Oh Wonder

10/23/2017

Jaymes Young’s moody electro-R&B sounds feel perfectly familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. “Girl I get stoned on you / Rubbing my bones on you,” he sings in pleasant, clear-cut vocals to a vibing electronic drumbeat. “Nothing else burns like you / Ripping my shirt off you.” With the ability to blend alternative rock, electronic Read More

Company Of Thieves reunite for 10 years of “Ordinary Riches” at The Troubadour

10/07/2017

“It feels like we never stopped,” guitarist, cofounder and cowriter Marc Walloch of the indie rock band Company of Thieves said to me in an interview on Saturday. The Chicago-born trio, made up of singer and founding member Genevieve Schatz, Walloch and bassist and keyboardist Chris Faller, reunited this September to play a slate of Read More

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

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

Run River North Interview: Asian-American indie rockers on maintaining sanity and livelihood at BottleRock Napa Valley

05/31/2017

A full day spent under the Napa Valley sun playing to hundreds of thousands of fans at BottleRock Napa Valley, indie rock band Run River North wasn’t quite done. On their way to play their third set in one day just across the Napa River in an intimate jazz venue called Silo’s, the band — Read More

Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) brought the funk two nights in a row to The Independent

05/19/2017

There aren’t many shows that leave me reeling for hours and staying up all night because of the energy it instilled in me, but Tuxedo was something else. Playing two sold-out nights in San Francisco at The Independent, soul-funk band Tuxedo, made up of Grammy-nominated soul singer and artist Mayer Hawthorne and hip-hop producer Jake One (50 Read More

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