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After Years of Putting in Work, The Knocks are Poised for a Huge 2015

05/21/2015

Earlier this month, I was checking Twitter (as I often do every minute of my waking life), and I saw The Knocks tweet that Apple was featuring them in the New Artist Spotlight on iTunes. I found this pretty funny, and I’m sure B-Roc (Ben Ruttner) and JPatt (James Patterson) had a little chuckle as Read More

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Up-and-Comers Life in Film Support The Wombats at the Fillmore this Saturday

05/14/2015

We have liked what we’ve heard so far from London’s indie rockers Life in Film. We first got wind of them back in February when they released single “It’s What Happens Next That Matters Most,” and have been anxious to get a glimpse of the quartet here in the Bay Area. Luckily for us, they are Read More

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: 1939 Ensemble live at Elbo Room Monday 5/11

05/06/2015

It’s not entirely clear to me how two members of the Breeders are playing a Monday night at the Elbo Room in the Mission; it being a categorically small venue teetering on the edge of dive bar status. But they are, Monday May 11th. Though Kelley Deal’s new band R. Ring is headlining the night, Read More

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José González Throws Curve Balls @ Bimbo’s 365 Club

05/04/2015

Last Monday and Tuesday, one of San Francisco’s oldest and most storied nightclubs, Bimbo’s 365 Club in North Beach, hosted a rare pair of sold-out shows for Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist José González. This is his first solo tour since 2008, to support his new record Vestiges and Claws. I’ve been wanting to seen him Read More

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Mastodon and Clutch Show Metal’s Ability to Both Rock and Pull on Heartstrings @ The Fox Theater

05/01/2015

On Tuesday April 28, Mastodon and Clutch came to the Fox Theater in Oakland for the Missing Link Tour. Clutch opened the double bill with their punk influenced sounds and Mastodon closed the show with a more traditional metal sounding show, with all the typically intense guitar solos and beautiful transitions. The vibe was friendly Read More

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Photos: If You Saw Young Fathers and Mas Ysa at the Independent Saturday, You’re Lucky

04/29/2015

Young Fathers rocked the Independent Saturday with Mas Ysa in a show we have been looking forward to for a while now. First up was Mas Ysa, is the stage name used by Thomas Arsenault. The artist was born in Canada, but went to high school in Brazil, where he began creating electronic music. His sound is Read More

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Oakland’s Trails and Ways Releases “Say You Will,” 2nd Single Off Upcoming Album Pathology

04/28/2015

I am a big fan of Trails and Ways, a local band that really embraces the diversity we have here in the Bay Area. Their music is infused with South American genres like bossa nova, and exudes the warmth of California sunshine. And you have to love a group where every member including the drummer sings. Today they are Read More

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Oaktown Indie Mayhem releases Yassou Benedict’s “Youngblood”

04/27/2015

When I first heard Yassou Benedict‘s “Youngblood,” the first release off Oaktown Indie Mayhem (OIM)’s upcoming compilation OIM Vol: I, I’ll be honest … it wasn’t my jam. It has lurking in it many of the elements of dubstep, (to which only this guy knows how to dance), and I don’t really like dubstep. But – out Read More

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Organized Distortion: A Live Review of Wand at Bottom of the Hill

04/24/2015

Praise that baby J: for those of you who’ve had an ear to the ground, psychedelic rock is back in full force. LA-based Wand stopped by Bottom of the Hill in Potrero last week and absolutely blew the fucking doors off. To give you a quick intro, Wand recently released their second full-length album, “Golem,” Read More

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Sturgill Simpson @ The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, Bay Area Approved Country

04/16/2015

Sturgill Simpson played in Santa Cruz to a sold out Catalyst last Friday, smack dab in the middle of a tour that has taken him from Indio to Sacramento in the last few weeks. The Fillmore will see some San Francisco-approved country this week, in a show that is close to sold out, but definitely Read More

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