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Song of the day: Willow Steps’ “Lover’s Recipe”

11/22/2016

There is a lot of noise in music these days – often welcome and well-made. But for those nights when you really need it, there’s a lot of tender folk music happening too.  Oakland based Willow Steps have been sowing these acoustic seeds for barely two years, but are already harvesting some of the more gorgeous harmonies in Read More

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Photos: Sunflower Bean Treat Fans to High Energy Halloween Set at Rickshaw Stop

11/03/2016

Psych rock trio Sunflower Bean used to be one of New York’s best kept secrets, but over the past few years they have gained a real national following. Friends that went to SXSW this year couldn’t stop talking about their sets. So when I had a last minute opportunity to catch them on Halloween I jumped Read More

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The 1975 light up San Jose Event Center

10/25/2016

English band The 1975 made a stop at the San Jose Event Center at San Jose State University last Tuesday as part of their 30-show tour across the US, Canada and Mexico. The show was bright, meandering, playful and had some of the best lighting displays I’ve seen since Laurie Anderson came to Berkeley in 2012. Read More

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Song of the Day: The Knocks Bring the HEAT with Help from Sam Nelson Harris of X Ambassadors

10/21/2016

If you are at all familiar with NYC-based act The Knocks, then you know that all summer they had a new single that has been lighting up live shows, but its release has been delayed due to industry roadblocks. Today the wait is over as Ben Ruttner (Ben Roc or BRoc) and James Patterson (JPatt) finally Read More

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Wet Release New Songs “The Middle” and “Turn Away” Ahead of Mezzanine Show 11/4

10/21/2016

Indie electronic trio Wet has blessed our Friday with a couple of new tracks. For those unfamiliar with the Brooklyn-based group, its brand of electronic pop drips with emotion, often using sparse tracking and haunting, melancholy lyrics to evoke strong feelings. Wet released Don’t You, its debut LP earlier this year featuring updated recordings of some Read More

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PREMIERE: Cave Clove recalls the past with “Bid for Power”

10/18/2016

Cave Clove has been working towards the sound of their forthcoming album sound since 2011 when guitarist and lead singer Katie Colver began collaborating with drummer Kenda Kilkuskie. Now expanded to a four-piece including guitarist Brent Curridan (Travis Hayes / Lords of Sealand) and bassist Alisa Saario, the band has evolved beyond their Americana jumping off point. Read More

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Anne-Marie Does It Right at Rickshaw Stop

10/11/2016

Anne-Marie performed her first solo U.S. gig in San Francisco on Friday night at the Rickshaw Stop. The small but passionate crowd soaked up each and everyone one of her songs. The London-raised singer looked taken aback when the audience started singing… screaming her lyrics back to her. She was bursting with joy throughout the Read More

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