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Song of the Day: Phoebe Ryan Wants Your “Dark Side”

02/15/2017

LA-based Phoebe Ryan hasn’t been wasting any time so far in 2017, giving us another new single “Dark Side.” The new single combines Ryan’s impassioned, breathy lyrics with synth-infused beats that might be equally at home in a Tropical House set. Tying the song together are moments of calm featuring a simple guitar riff and her entrancing Read More

Premiere: Seth Lael’s San Francisco filled video for “On the Road”

01/31/2017

San Francisco songwriter Seth Lael has created a beautiful folk song in “On the Road” – a thoughtful, nostalgic record-keeping of the journey to “get where you need to go.” The video – shot using handmade pinhole lenses – features original footage captured from Treasure Island to Pacifica. Whether riding the trolley, lurking at a protest at Read More

Song of the Day: Sofi Tukker is Back with New Single “Johny”

01/23/2017

Sofi Tukker was one of my favorite new acts in 2016 with their deceivingly simple beats and Brazilian folk influences. Sometimes you just want to throw caution to the wind and dance, and they are all about facilitating a good time live. It seems like I wasn’t alone in my admiration as the NYC act also Read More

Conor Oberst shares new video “Uncanny” + announces new album

01/18/2017

Perhaps the best emo-folk-rock musician (and particularly lyricist) of his time, Conor Oberst will be releasing his eighth studio album in March. Salutations is a full-band rendering of the songs from last year’s solo Ruminations plus a few additional songs. Apparently, the latter was originally intended as a demo to attract collaborators, but the collaborators were so moved by the solo Read More

Sumif brings Seasons cheer to Rickshaw Stop

12/24/2016

Friday night saw Aaron Axelsson’s Popscene close out another successful year with their annual Xmas Party. Sumif headlined the event, which helped cap a successful year for the San Francisco based electro-pop singer-songwriter. Her single, “Lay Down,” reached number one on Hype Machine during the summer and she sold out Brick and Mortar Music Hall Read More

Music in the aftermath – remembering Nackt

12/06/2016

There are no adequate words to express our heartbreak at the tragic Ghost Ship fire last Friday night in Oakland. Along with so many others, we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those lost. We also see it as part of honoring their legacy to make sure that the music Read More

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

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

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

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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