pop rock

Oakland’s Trails and Ways Releases “Say You Will,” 2nd Single Off Upcoming Album Pathology

04/28/2015

I am a big fan of Trails and Ways, a local band that really embraces the diversity we have here in the Bay Area. Their music is infused with South American genres like bossa nova, and exudes the warmth of California sunshine. And you have to love a group where every member including the drummer sings. Today they are Read More

Song of the Day: Get Ready to Tap Your Feet to Separator by Controller

03/18/2015

Hump Day! You made it! As a reward we have a snappy little pop number by NYC’s Controller for you. The track kind of reminds me of the beginning of an Arcade Fire song, and while it might not evolve into the complex jam you expect out of pop masters like AF, it does have a infections beat and leads Read More

CYMBALS

CYMBALS Makes SF Debut With High Energy Set at Rickshaw Stop

07/24/2014

Wednesday night we were treated to, UK based, CYMBALS’ first ever stop in SF at RickShaw Stop. While the crowd may have been a bit hesitant, as the Wednesday crowd often is, vocalist and guitarist Jack Cleverly looked to get the crowd going early by immediately hoping off the stage and preforming the beginning of “The End” Read More

Keane at Fox Theater [Photo Review]

07/06/2012

Keane stopped by The Fox Theater on Saturday, filling the Oakland Auditorium nearly to its capacity. The crowd was an eclectic one – made up of what seemed like doctors, businessmen, and 40-something mothers and single ladies. Tom Chaplin and his group brought a spirited, lively sound and stage presence to the forefront, as they Read More

Weezer “Represent” the Unofficial Theme for US Soccer Team

07/13/2010

“Represent” is River Cuomo’s unofficial US Soccer team music video. It is not a hip hop inspired song (unfortunately). In a separate video interview/music video (“Lover in the Snow”), Cuomo explains his passion for soccer, which initially sounds like a save the sanctity of marriage advertisement; “Perhaps because my parents split up when I was Read More

Minus The Bear Live Review

07/12/2010

Written by Erik Thybony & Photos by Victoria Smith Five minutes after arriving at the Regency, our night takes a weird turn. Security searches my girlfriend’s purse, confiscates a pack of chewing gum, and somehow misses the large flask of whiskey beneath it. Of course I think this is best thing ever. I take it Read More