PHOTOS: Sturgill Simpson @ The Fox Oakland – Evolution All The Way


Whether he wants to or not, Sturgill Simpson is evolving country music. To be honest, I hesitate to peg him as a country artist, even though I can’t possibly leave country out of describing him or his show Wednesday night at The Fox in Oakland. The problem is “country music” is a goddamned subjective matter. 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

Sturgill Simpson @ The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, Bay Area Approved Country


Sturgill Simpson played in Santa Cruz to a sold out Catalyst last Friday, smack dab in the middle of a tour that has taken him from Indio to Sacramento in the last few weeks. The Fillmore will see some San Francisco-approved country this week, in a show that is close to sold out, but definitely Read More

Feist “Metals” [Album Review]


  When Feist first came on the scene in 2004 with Let It Die featuring the adorable video for “Mushaboom,” I was enraptured. I proverbially wore down the Mp3s in my colorless-screened first generation iPod. The balance of soul, femininity and melody was like an optimistic Cat Power with the same swirling soundtrack riffs characteristic Read More

R.E.M., Jackson Brown, The Roots, Ok Go, Moby and Others Voice Stance on Net Neutrality


John Legend & The Roots (ft. Melanie Fiona): “Wake Up Everybody” [audio:] I received this update yesterday: Washington, DC-Some of the biggest names in music and the Writers Guild of America, East are urging the White House and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act immediately to secure Net Neutrality and protect the future of Read More