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Song of the Day: “Honey” by Kendra McKinley

05/01/2016

Kendra McKinley is a rising star in San Francisco. With a songwriting style that is at once nostalgic and futuristic, she is carving out quite a niche. Take a look/listen to her newest release “Honey” (off the upcoming TREAT, due this month) in which she visually and sonically invokes a ‘Mad Men meets the Mission’ universe. Read More

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Yet another SF Music Blog declaring the music scene #notdead

04/16/2016

By now you may have heard the buzz about an editorial-style post on The Bold Italic last week declaring the SF music scene dead. While the article makes some important points about the struggles artists face in this city, there is much evidence to the contrary of its over-generalized claims. The Bay Bridged laid the argument Read More

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Song of the day: Happy Hollows’ “Way Home” gets you into the weekend

03/25/2016

Do you ever have things you keep meaning to do and then keep not-doing and then suddenly when you do it, you realize that you were perhaps cosmically meant to do it at that time and place and none other?  Well … welcome to Happy Hollows‘ “Way Home”, released in late February and only now Read More

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SONG OF THE DAY: Bleeding Heart Pigeons “O Happy, Happy, Happy”

02/09/2016

Today’s Song of the Day, “Oh happy, happy, happy,” is brought to you by that particular existential madness that comes from casting off a religion that stamps into your deepest subconscious the idea that God is separate from you and of whom you will never be worthy (aka Catholicism). Like Bleeding Heart Pigeons‘ lead singer Michael Keating, I have traveled Read More

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PREMIERE: “Meteorite” from The Y Axes – playing Milk Bar on 1/29

01/26/2016

SF Critic is excited to premiere the new single, “Meteorite,” from San Francisco band The Y Axes. These are an infectious three listening minutes; a dreamy pop-wave anthem for your upcoming trip to the outer edges of the cosmos. The band – self-described post-apocalyptic alternative pop, making music not for the future, but of the future – orbits Read More

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SONG OF THE DAY: David Bowie blesses us with creepy new music

11/22/2015

Have you seen this? David Bowie is putting out a new album, Blackstar (due out January 8), and released this nearly 10-minute long short film a few days ago as the first single. If this video is any indication of what’s to come, we are no doubt in for a sweeping and cinematic saga ripe with genre-defying Read More

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PHOTOS: Sturgill Simpson @ The Fox Oakland – Evolution All The Way

11/19/2015

Whether he wants to or not, Sturgill Simpson is evolving country music. To be honest, I hesitate to peg him as a country artist, even though I can’t possibly leave country out of describing him or his show Wednesday night at The Fox in Oakland. The problem is “country music” is a goddamned subjective matter. Read More

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SONG OF THE DAY: “Glory Days” by 1955

11/12/2015

Check out this video from Bay Area band 1955, weaving a tight rock n roll sound that throws back (and sideways) to Nick Cave, The Strokes, The Black Keys and even some new wave vibes. The video cultivates the song’s wicked hook and plays out in vivid Palm Springs detail the irony of the song. Where at first it seems Read More

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Freddy & Francine bring powerhouse Americana/soul to the Lost Church Thursday 11/12

11/11/2015

A few weeks ago at a folk music conference in Oakland, I had my mind blown by two Americana/soul singers who call themselves Freddy & Francine. Their actual names are Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso. I always love when people move from epic names to more commonplace ones. There’s something humble about it. The music, Read More

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SONG OF THE DAY: Foxtails Brigade inject ghosts into Joanna Newsom’s “Book of Right On”

10/23/2015

If you know local band Foxtails Brigade (OIM Records) — whose career got a boost recently when their video for “Far Away And Long Ago” won the a Best Music Video Award at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival — you know that they have an uncanny ability to make creepy sound beautiful. Their cover of Joanna Read More

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