Bay Area Musicians

Get to Know: The Damn Fanatics


Once a week, I sit down with the Damn Fanatic’s Andy Strong and have a pleasant chat. Topics vary from the prospects of touring, to whether or not David Byrne rocks harder than David Bowie, but one thing is abundantly clear: Andy Strong is a mad man in the best possible sense. And it seems […]

Get To Know: Bear Lincoln


Last week Balanced Breakfast proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that local (Bay Area) music, based on a community that supports SHOWS is alive and well… This week Balanced Breakfast does it again as four bands will take the stage to showcase what the Bay Area has to offer in the way of up and coming acts. […]

Get to Know: Friends w/o Benefits


What can I say about Friends w/o Benefits that hasn’t already been said? Well, considering they are a local band in their first year of shows, quite a bit.

Get To Know: The Oakland Mind


Oakland takes over in the Richmond this coming week, and you should be totally stoked. The Oakland Mind aren’t just a rap group with clever rhymes and unique production (although they do meet that criteria), they are a state of mind. This is a prime reason Neck of the Woods is going to be popping off this Thursday night.

Get to Know: The Y Axes (playing Neck of the Woods 9/4)


The FIRST thing you need when planning a cosmic space party is intergalactic party music. Well thank your lucky quasars because you now have the Y Axes. They’re about to tear the roof off Neck of the Woods on Thursday, September 4th – just you wait. The Y Axes combine an infectious blend of layered […]

Show Review: Tremor Low, Old Monk, Not Sure. Not Yet


I saw Not Sure. Not Yet at their Grow EP release show on July 31 at Milk Bar, where they celebrated the record’s music as well as some new tunes. The two opening acts were Tremor Low (SF) and Old Monk (Brooklyn). First Up: Tremor Low Taking a journey through 80′s brooding dance-pop, Tremor Low started […]

What is The Oakland Mind?


“I think the kind of people in the scene have changed. The biggest people in Bay Area hip-hop ever are Mac Dre and Mac Dre. He brought a sense of weirdness and quirkiness to the rap game, that has stuck even twenty years later.”

-Najee Amaranth

A “Performance Review” for 7/18 @Neck of the Woods

This Friday in particular was a show I’ve been looking forward to. When a man claims his show has the late great Dr.Hunter S. Thompson as in inspiration (in the good Dr’s city mind you) you’ve grabbed my attention… …The Damn Fanatics, The Street Hearts and WhaleSoundz @Neck of the Woods (Richmond District, SF, CA) […]

“A Community for Musicians “


After I’ve seen in person how great of music scene we have here at our finger tips on any given night, I’ve realized how spoiled we’ve become in San Francisco. We’ve become accustom to not committing to a full show (or anything else for that matter)… We no longer enjoy going out of our way […]

“A Performance Review” for the week of 7/7/14-7/13/14


You know its going to be a great week, when EVERY DAY there is an event that you should attend. Last week was an amazing week to be in the greater San Francisco area for music. Lets start on Monday at Amoeba… there was a Cloud Nothings set that felt more like a living room […]

CONCERT CALENDAR: THIS WEEKEND ~ More shows than you can wag a finger at!

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Not one not two not three not four not five but six shows worth seeing this weekend! That’s right! But my count, there are 6 great shows in 3 short days coming up Bay Area! And undoubtedly there are several others I’ve missed. So what’re you waiting for! Let’s talk shows! With this wide variety of genres, […]

“A Performance Review” Bonnie & The Bang Bang, Battlehooch, and DonCat @Slim’s 6-27-14


If there’s one thing a performance(r) needs to have, its a total understanding of timing. You need to know when to slow a set down, speed a set up, work the crowd, etc etc… Timing is something I need to get better at when writing these reviews. (and forget excuses, sure I’m busy and have […]

“A Performance Review” Kendra McKinley & Logan Greene @ The Knockout 6/26/14


This is a review I’ve been looking forward to writing. I never know for sure what I’m going to get when I go see a band. Yeah, I can listen to the new single from a band, stream the album online and even enjoy the music on a CD (Yes I still listen to cd’s)… […]

Video: DonCat – ‘Where Wind Blows’ Live @ The Chapel Bar


As a youth, Duncan ‘DonCat’ Nielsen’s grandma gave him an odd pile of European released Beach Boys tapes, which lead him to the record store searching for other oddities. Coming from a family of music enthusiasts, including a dad with a penchant for Cream and the blue shades of Jimi Hendrix, a brother with drum […]

“Where’ve you been Cadet?”


So it’s been over a month since I last wrote. For those who were anxiously awaiting pt.2 of the Battlehooch residency review, I’m sorry to keep you waiting so long/let you down, but it’s past the statute of limitations to post that review. I know, I dropped the ball… I don’t want to bore you […]

Melvoy – San Franfrisco | Irrelevant Elephants – June 28th at Amnesia


San Diego native Melvoy now calls San Francisco his home, and it sounds like the Bay Area is happy to have him. Melvoy (real name Emmanuel Castro – perfect) records high energy, brazen millennial surf-rock with just enough attitude to keep you on your toes. The full Melvoy solo album is released later this summer, but the track San Franfrisco (a catchy spooky […]

RIP Old Coachella **


By now you have read every possible headline, seen every photo, heard about each and every band, and probably gotten at least one drunk phone call having to do with Coachella. You are probably sick of it. You probably want to drop an atom bomb on Palm Springs and hope that the only things left […]

“A Residency Review” Battlehooch pt.1 (Awaken Cafe, Oak) April 2014


To play the same venue four weeks in a row is a challenge. One that personally, I don’t know I’d tackle. In order to keep an audiences’ attention (and attendance) for that  extended amount of time is no easy feat to accomplish. Enter Battlehooch… This fearless group of six chose not only to play every Friday […]

Showtime: The FRIENDS W/O BENEFITS experience


 article by Ben Einstein photo by: Stefan Aronsen Full disclosure – I know the guys in Friends w/o Benefits. Cadet Edac and White Trash Ninja (both men with no need for real names) are good people who are serious about promoting the SF music scene. So it was with great excitement that I entered the Brick […]

What a SHOW is to me, or…my vision for the SF/Bay area Music Community

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  San Francisco music community, I love you but some times you bring me down… (ala James Murphy) When I was going to SHOWS back in lil ol’ Wyoming, it was a given that a SHOW meant going to see EVERYBODY playing that evening. Its basic D.I.Y etiquette really; that all bands playing on a […]

The Do It Ourselves Festival this weekend in SANTA CRUZ, CA!!!!


Last year a group of Santa Cruz friends and musicians concocted the crazy idea of organizing their very own music  festival. They filled the line up with their own bands, assumed all planning responsibilities, and successful created the DO IT OURSELVES FESTIVAL up in the Santa Cruz mountains at Camp Krem. Check out the festival […]

“A Performance Review” for Kiwi Time, Dangermaker and the Y-Axes 4/10/14@Brick&Mortar


Before we get rolling I’d be remiss if I didn’t use this opportunity to thank The Ultimate Warrior. I don’t know if this comes through or not in my writing/to those who don’t know me personally, but why I put such a high price on live performance comes from my love of pro wrestling… These […]

“A Studio Review” Tiny Telephone 4.3.14


Coming off a community meet up held on Tuesday evening at The Chapel to discuss the dire situation of SF’s “dying” music scene… I felt there was a sense nobody believes the scene is dead. (how could it be when there was a filled up chapel for a community discussion) However nobody is going to […]

Kendra McKinley Tours Tiny Telephone

Kendra McKinley

I’ve heard tales from a number of musicians of an epic recording studio in the heart of the Mission district; A place where inspiration is high and the analog recording arts are still celebrated. Today, joined by a crew of devoted Balanced Breakfast representatives, I was granted the opportunity to explore the recording paradise known as Tiny Telephone with a tour from the owner, John Vanderslice.

John guided us through the studio decorated with multi-colored wood panels, meticulously placed portraits, and an assortment of unique lighting fixtures (one of which was a sousaphone with light bulbs dangling from the bell!) as we all stared wide-eyed at the incredible scene. We were like a crew of children wandering through WIlly Wonka’s Chocolate factory only the sweets were substituted by vintage keyboards, guitars, and drums which John kindly allowed us to play and salivate over.

He explained the functions of each piece of recording equipment, even taking pieces apart to show us how meticulously they were assembled. The number of buttons and knobs was overwhelming, but John’s patient explanation ignited tremendous curiosity and a dream to one day return and further explore all of the incredible machines.

Finishing our tour I couldn’t help but feel inspired by the beautiful studio. Every square inch of the building reflects how deeply John and his team of engineers care about providing a meaningful recording experience for their clients and I think anyone fortunate enough to visit and/or record should seize the opportunity! Thanks John!