Interviews

INTERVIEW: SF native Hanni El Khatib comes home to the Chapel tomorrow night

02/23/2017

San Francisco born Hanni El Khatib is a vintage blues rocker in the vein of The Black Keys, but with a little dab of punk and funk.  He’s garnered more than 8 million spins on Spotify with his four releases, the most recent of which, Savage Times, is a collection of 5 EPs released throughout 2016 plus four Read More

Old enough for fairytales – Kat Robichaud’s Kickstarter

08/11/2016

Several weeks ago we gushed in advance about Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret, how it was helping keep the spirit of strange alive and thriving in SF. Tucked into the Great Star Theatre at the mingling of Chinatown and North Beach, where neon lights invite you through the misting fog to lean into mystery, the Cabaret delivered Read More

Photos + Interview: Brooklyn-based Body Language at Bottom of the Hill

07/14/2016

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, some people stopped playing Pokémon GO and went to a show at Bottom of the Hill. Luckily for them, Brooklyn-based electro-pop group Body Language was providing the tunes. The crowd that gathered around the tiny stage was treated to a passionate and lively performance. Lead vocalist Angelica Bess truly personifies Read More

Interview: Big Wild Talks New Music, Stage Show and Working With Odesza Ahead of Two Sold-Out Nights at The Independent

05/11/2016

It’s been a busy year for Venice-based Big Wild so far and things are only picking up. A beatmaker by trade, Jackson Stell AKA Big Wild has been touring like a madman while perfecting his stage show. In May alone he has three big upcoming Bay Area dates, Friday the 13th with Odesza at San Read More

Reisender Brings Busking to the Stage @ Neck of the Woods, Releases Debut Album

03/15/2016

If you go into any major city, there’s a pretty high chance you’ll see someone playing music on the street. Whether that’s a man sitting cross legged in the subway station with an old beat up guitar or a full on drum circle complete with trombones and digeridoos, chances are you’re going to a dose Read More

Interview: The Coffis Brothers Talk Music and Santa Cruz Ahead of Jan 27 Show at Slim’s

01/18/2016

2015 was a big year for The Coffis Brothers, folky-blues rockers from the Santa Cruz mountains. They played with some of their musical heros and at venerable local venues like The Fillmore. We can look forward to an even bigger 2016 and they are kicking off the year at Slim’s Wednesday January 27th with Roem Read More

Nothing Weird Going On in the Van: An Interview with Graham Ulicny of Reptar

11/06/2015

About halfway through my interview with Graham Ulicny, singer and guitarist for Athens, GA-born Reptar, he pauses. “Hold on one second, I think we’re coming to a check-in point or something.” After a few moments of silence, I can hear the entire band erupt in laughter as they leave the check-in point (which was in the middle Read More

Interview: Oakland’s Lila Rose on darkness, collaboration and waking up

10/12/2015

Alternately invoking “Goth-R&B,” electronic singer-songwriter types like Bjork, and an edgy dark rock, the music Lila Rose makes on her most recent album WE.ANIMALS. will stop you in your tracks. Rose relocated to Oakland from Toronto only a few years ago and has found lots of success here in the Bay Area, being named the 2014 East Bay Express Artist of Read More

Interview: Lincoln Durham Talks Cigar Box Blues, Mental Illness, and Upcoming Album

09/23/2015

Noticing Lincoln Durham unpack his gear, it may be natural to assume five or six other musicians would later man the stage to help play so many instruments. There are nine or ten, maybe more depending on how you count. But surprise hits when no one else exits the Durham tour van (except Alissa Durham, Read More

An Introduction to Dopapod the Jam Scene’s Latest Shredders: An interview with Rob Compa

07/10/2015

Dopapod has come a long way from jamming in keyboardist Eli Winderman’s basement in Boston, Mass. Eli, guitarist Rob Compa, bassist Chuck Jones, and drummer Scotty Zwang are bringing their eclectically-influenced jam rock to the west coast, stopping in for a Saturday (July 11) show at the Independent in San Francisco, CA. My first exposure to Read More

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