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She Keeps Bees Bring Chilling New Release to Brick & Mortar

She Keeps Bees Bring Chilling New Release to Brick & Mortar

In the midst of a powerful movement full of female vocalists and entertainers, She Keeps Bees, comprised of Jessica Larabee’s soulfully daunting vocals and Andy LaPlant’s unforgiving drumming, brings something unique and profound to the scene. The Brooklyn duo impressively compounds beautiful melodies with a…

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Oakland’s Bells Atlas Bring Unique, Worldly Grooves to Rickshaw Stop

Oakland’s Bells Atlas Bring Unique, Worldly Grooves to Rickshaw Stop

Oakland band Bells Atlas formed over two years ago, honing a sound that mixes influences of jazz, soul, hip-hop and west African music to create an ensemble somewhere between the realms of Erykah Badu and Battles. They aren’t afraid to push the envelope—or open the envelope,…

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Q&A: Life On the Road With Man Man’s Ryan Kattner

Q&A: Life On the Road With Man Man’s Ryan Kattner

Man Man, the experimental rock band from Philadelphia, have created a reputation for crazy stage antics—bashing their bodies in the name of rock ’n’ roll with painted faces and strange attire—but they’ve also released five quality records since 2004. Their latest effort On Oni Pond…

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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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