Album Review


Slim Twig bewilders and beguiles @ the Hemlock 9/27


Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig is not just an album name for Slim Twig. It is also an honest bit of gratitude for those who have stuck with him through a wandering musical career across the last few years. In five albums he’s moved from “sample-stained” to symphonic to movie soundtrack and now “sonically immersive.” It’s Read More


Interview: Caitlin Canty brings gorgeous sparse Americana to Freight & Salvage


The Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley is known for its excellent curation of folk, Americana and traditional music. You could just swing by on a Tuesday and be almost guaranteed an excellent show if these genres are your jam. If you were going to do that this week, however, we recommend you swing by Read More


Panic is Perfect Continues to Tease Upcoming EP with Single “Build a Wall”


As we reach the last days of 2014 Panic is Perfect is giving us some great new music to look forward to in 2015. The SF-based electronic pop group was a late entrant to the local scene this year but is already generating some buzz and even made Aaron Axelsen of Live 105’s list of top SF Read More


The Tropics Debut EP Wind House With Release Party at Rickshaw Stop


We have been following local indie pop rock act The Tropics since spring, so we were excited to hear about the release of debut EP Wind House. With Wind House the five piece band is finally releasing more of the songs we saw live in July, which led to us calling them one of SF’s most promising young pop acts. Last Friday, they Read More

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Review: Milky Chance Release Sadneccesary Ahead of Show at Rickshaw Stop


Milky Chance is one of those acts that appears to come out of nowhere, but immediately makes its presence known. Similar to Gotye, their single “Stolen Dance” just emerges from thin air, and then you hear it everywhere. Recently, I heard it in a cab and at my favorite ramen spot on the same day. Although Read More


HAMILTON LEITHAUSER’s Gospel at The Chapel


The Walkmen frontman, Indie rock prince and tall glass of water (in the 6’5″ area), Hamilton Leithauser, crooned his debut solo record, Black Hours, within the arches of The Chapel. Backed with The Walkmen’s Paul Maroon, Leithauser was casual and confident, sometimes with a hand in his pocket. He performed seamlessly with a voice you can count Read More

Frank Ocean Channel Orange Album Review


Just before Channel Orange’s release, Frank Ocean announced his homosexuality in a note posted on his Tumblr. Like a crashing piano, the noise of support and criticism blurted out at once. Rarely has anyone, certainly not as recognized as Ocean, come out to the largely homophobic hip hop and R&B community. The admission was powerful in its simple Read More

Album Review of Titus Andronicus’ Local Business


Even with the release of their third studio album Local Business, it’s hard to pigeonhole Titus Andronicus. After their previous two releases, 2008’s The Airing of Grievances and 2010’s The Monitor, the band became an indie favorite that toured heavily and popped up on ‘Top 10s;’ and yet, they still feel kind of like the Read More

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