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Adventures in Asia With Steven Harkins from Melted Toys

Adventures in Asia With Steven Harkins from Melted Toys

San Francisco band Melted Toys congeal a sound that molds West Coast romanticism with a sound influenced by natural habitat and spiritual credence. The band’s new self titled album dropped this month and is loaded with a visceral sounds. We caught up with frontman Steven…

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OK Go Rolls Through the Bay in Support of New Album

OK Go Rolls Through the Bay in Support of New Album

OK Go continues to reinvent and challenge themselves with their fourth album Hungry Ghosts. They have come a long way since singles “Get Over It” and “Here It Goes Again” (accompanied by their viral treadmill video), dropping another ambitious and visually stimulating video for the…

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Interview: Van Pierszalowski Dives Deep Into Waters

Interview: Van Pierszalowski Dives Deep Into Waters

After enjoying success with his former band Port O’Brien, Van Pierszalowski has moved further away from his lo-fi folk rock sound and reconnected with grunge and pop rock influences with his band Waters. We caught up with Van to talk about his transition into Waters,…

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Behind the Lens With Sonny Smith of Sonny and the Sunsets

Behind the Lens With Sonny Smith of Sonny and the Sunsets

San Francisco band Sonny and the Sunsets has adopted a reputation for a laidback style and quirky songs that disintegrate the fine lines of art, mixing influences from films and the sounds of the 50s and 60s and memories from Ocean Beach. We caught up…

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The Faint Takeover the Independent for Three Shows

The Faint Takeover the Independent for Three Shows

In 2001, the Faint established themselves with the momentous record, Danse Macabre, chalked full of distorted bass lines, blasting synthesizers, danceable drums and angst ridden anti-suburban vocals that challenged listeners to not only to flail their limbs to a beat, but to think.

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Papa’s Darren Weiss Returns to Bay Area for a Headlining Gig at the Independent

Papa’s Darren Weiss Returns to Bay Area for a Headlining Gig at the Independent

After a move from Los Angeles to New York and back, childhood friends Darren Weiss and Danny Presant found a way to make Papa cohesive band, creating an album full of captivating choruses and eccentric melodies. Their sound is riddled with lo-fi influences that fall somewhere…

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90s Band Failure Returns With Two Reunion Shows in SF

90s Band Failure Returns With Two Reunion Shows in SF

Failure’s last gig was in 1997, but after 16 years of pursuing families and other musical projects, the band decided they wouldn’t let their name embody them. A slow rise results in a steady empire. While Failure was away, they received attention and praise by…

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Eyes on the Shore Discuss The Lineup Showcase, Oysterfest

Eyes on the Shore Discuss The Lineup Showcase, Oysterfest

Eyes on the Shore haven’t been on the scene for long, but with an energetic style of music that blends heartfelt blues guitars with edgy bass lines and dynamic vocals, they’ve acquired a quickly growing fan base. The charismatic and recently transformed four piece knows…

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Live Review: Hauschka Brings Psychedelic Piano to Yoshi’s on 420

Live Review: Hauschka Brings Psychedelic Piano to Yoshi’s on 420

While most people spent their Easter holiday either surrounded by family or at Golden Gate Park celebrating 420, Volker Bertelmann, aka Hauschka, found his way to Yoshi’s for an intimate performance at one of San Francisco’s best jazz venues. It was a snug setting. Five…

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Live Review: Queens of the Stone Age at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Live Review: Queens of the Stone Age at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Queens of the Stone Age brought their brand of dark stoner rock from the desert to the North Bay with a sold out performance at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. In between weekends at Coachella, Josh Homme and company snuck in a trip to San…

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Review: ††† (Crosses) Sanctify the Independent with Sold-Out Shows

Review: ††† (Crosses) Sanctify the Independent with Sold-Out Shows

Chino Moreno, mostly known for his work with the Deftones, stood tall on top of his monitor as three illuminated crosses flashed behind him. Exhalted fans praised him, hands high in the air. To an outsider this could have looked like an underground rally of…

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Chino Moreno Discusses New ††† (Crosses) Project Before SF Shows

Chino Moreno Discusses New ††† (Crosses) Project Before SF Shows

There’s something cryptic and mysterious about ††† (Crosses), the latest project headed by Deftones front man Chino Moreno, ex-Far guitarist Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom.

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