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Oakland’s Waterstrider Releases New Single “Redwood”

02/05/2014

Hot on the heels of their re-imagining of Little Dragon’s “Twice,” comes another release from East Bay standouts Waterstrider. “Redwood” finds the band leaving behind their afro-pop roots for a bolder, more expansive sound. Drums boom, guitars twist like vines around the bones of the song, and Nate Salman’s voice pulls at your ears and your heartstrings alike.

After the jump, watch a video of Waterstrider performing “Redwood” on the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt, and the upcoming “Nowhere Now” in a farmer’s market.

“Redwood”

“Nowhere Now”

Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Jamie XX, Domo Genesis and Sampha Come Together

02/04/2014

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What do you get when you put together Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Four Tet, Sampha and Jamie XX on the radio? Three hours of classics and unique hits.

The artists gathered last night at FBi 94.5 in Sydney, taking a break from each of their tours which converged at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

A highlight, was the debuting of Four Tet and Jamie xx’ “Seesaw” below.
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Quite the Show: Black Cobra Vipers, Sandy’s & Melvoy at The Chapel

02/03/2014

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Photo and video by Victoria Smith

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Kicking things off with a bang last Tuesday night at The Chapel, San Francisco natives Melvoy married the youthful sass and rebellious grooves of early Arctic Monkeys and The Fratellis with the latin flavor of desert-dwelling desperadoes Calexico. Singer/guitarist Emmanuel Castro holds up a mirror on “If I Would” when he begs the question “if I buy you things I can’t afford / would that make you like me more?” You get the sense it’s your problem, not his. After kicking up some dust, they showed us the clouds with a couple airy pop numbers, only to have the skies darken and knock us back down to earth with a thunderous Queens of the Stone Age-style sledgehammer-of-a-riff of which the stoner gods would be proud. Rock-solid and immediately catchy vocal harmonies had me singing along to choruses I’d never heard before, as these guys took the crowd on a ride. Nobody dared stop the bus.

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‘Feels Like Bradbury’ Mixtape

01/31/2014

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I made this mixtape as an ode to Ray Bradbury, having read three of his novels in the past two months. I find his writing extremely relevant to where we are as a society at this juncture in time. His visual imagery is full of stark realities, hopeful futures, and inconclusive landscapes that inspire you to think objectively. I felt the low hums of the wobbly synth bass and the borderline-screeching chalk based snares of the LA Beats movement and like-minded sounds would play out perfectly into a reality such as Bradbury’s. This mix started out as a creative thought process, and slowly transformed into a singular 45 minutes stream of music. Shout out to my girl for gifting me my first Ray Bradbury book and giving me the extra push to put this out.

I included a track list with a rough timeline, so if a particular track piques your interest you can check it out!

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Not the Washed Out You’ve Heard — Review from The Fillmore

01/30/2014

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Live, Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, sounds entirely different than his recordings. The singer, songwriter, and producer known mostly as a solo, bedroom performer–is much more in person. This past Tuesday night, fans attending the band’s sold-out performance at The Fillmore got an ear of this other Washed Out.

Paracosm, the title of his sophomore album, literally refers to a fantasy world. From the record’s start with its slowly building dynamics, to its fading close–Greene invites listeners to escape and drift away. At home, regardless of your stereo, the muted levels bring out a softer (though still grooving) equally psychedelic and shoegaze sound that has placed the artist at the forefront of the recent chillwave scene.

In a video interview with Yourstruly, Greene explained that he began writing the album in the fall, later finishing it in the winter, working in front of a window that overlooked the changing seasons in Atlanta, GA. Most of Greene’s lyrics repeat calls to let go and moments of falling. And what seemingly–written–should be dreary is intentionally brightened with major key progressions and buzzing bass kicks that turn gloom into glamor. Read More

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!!! Proves Dance-punk is Alive and Well in SF

01/29/2014

When I think of !!! (pronounced ChkChkChk, and this is the name you search by the way) I think of three things: Funk, inappropriately short shorts, and dancing. The band plays a type of dance-punk that can go from calm to a furious crescendo at any moment. They did not disappoint on Saturday night, at The Chapel, as they involved the crowd with a blend of electronic beats and funky guitar riffs.

Clad in his trademark throwback 80’s shorts, vocalist Nic Offer was already down in the crowd getting the dance party started during the very first song. Read More

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Interview – Magik*Magik Orchestra’s Minna Choi On “When We Were Young”

01/27/2014

This Friday (January 31st) Magik*Magik Orchestra will live one of their dreams. Since orchestra director, Minna Choi, founded the group in 2008, she’s worked with a who’s who of Bay Area bands–but, this Friday at the Fox Theater will be the first time she can bring many of those bands together. The charitable event will feature Magik*Magik Orchestra performing alongside with Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, The Dodos, Diana Gameros, Geographer, How to Dress Well, Zoe Keating, The Lonely Forest, Maestro Michael Morgan, The Pacific Boychoir, Rogue Wave, Two Gallants, and John Vanderslice.

Proceeds from the performance will go to  support “Magik For Kids” initiative, which helps bring music lessons and experiences to kids throughout San Francisco. Prior to the performance we connected with Minna over email to find about what people can expect and if she’d made any New Year’s resolutions.

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