Reviews

Black Marble & Uniform Join Forces for Noise Pop’s Weirdest Lineup @ Starline Social Club

02/25/2017

Wednesday night, a few bands with seemingly little in common rolled through Oakland’s Starline Social Club as part of Noise Pop’s 25th anniversary festival. I’m not sure how to describe this lineup except like when you walk into the kitchen super hungry at 1am (probably for the 3rd time) and all you can find is Ritz Read More

Noise Pop 25: Diet Cig Pack Brick & Mortar Music Hall

02/23/2017

Noise Pop 25 continued to impress last night at Brick and Mortar with a stellar lineup of female-fronted rock acts. The bill showcased local acts Joyride! and Plush, and they didn’t disappoint the sell out crowd. Joyride! with their fast-paced punk riffs was the perfect appetizer. Plush, which features some familiar faces from The She’s, Read More

Photos: The Knocks Continue to Impress and Evolve at Sold Out Fillmore Show

02/15/2017

  Thursday night NYC-based producing duo The Knocks once again turned a San Francisco venue into an insane dance party. After selling out three nights at The Independent last year and packing the Twin Peaks stage at Outside Lands this time the two took on the historic Fillmore and got the whole floor moving. Attendees were Read More

Nine Pound Shadow’s new EP is an antidote to troubling times

02/07/2017

At the present moment, most of my closest friends are on a spectrum between dismay, despair, and depression. These are exactly the moments when we realize that music isn’t something that merely entertains us. It is something that heals us and reminds us why it’s worth fighting for existence. Berkeley natives (and brothers) Brendain and Read More

Jorja Smith, a new British star in the making?

02/03/2017

While many were asleep, and some were tucking into burritos, a small army was packed inside Rickshaw Stop to welcome Jorja Smith on her San Francisco debut. Aaron Axelsen’s Popscene is known for bringing exceptional talent to the Bay Area, and nineteen-year-old Jorja Smith, who placed fourth on the BBC’s sound of 2017 list is 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

Photos: BROODS searching for a new Consciousness at The Fox

12/10/2016

In August, BROODS sold out Oakland’s Fox Theater. The New Zealand brother, sister combo have been riding a wave of success since their breakout single “Bridges” was followed up by the much-loved Evergreen, ascending them to international fame. Their latest trip to the Bay Area could be seen as unusual territory as they found themselves Read More

Nahko Plays for Justice

12/05/2016

  Nahko Bear is what I imagine every parent hopes their son becomes (I wish he was my son and he’s older than me). Impassioned, Nahko’s ethos seems to be speaking truths, inspiring brotherhood and community and justice for all. He’s also a character. This past Friday at the Regency Ballroom, Nahko and Medicine for Read More

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