Oakland’s own Tumbleweed Wanderers play their first hometown headlining show in over three years on Friday, April 8th. Tumbleweed Wanderers, who released one of the best Bay Area albums of 2015 in June, have managed to sidestep the Oakland spotlight as of late. They’ve opened up for big names like Jackie Greene and Greensky Bluegrass but consistently avoided the headlining slot in the East Bay. […]
With the face of singer Doug Tieman alternately basked in sunlight and obscured in the shadow of the brim of his hat, the dapper gentlemen of Blood & Dust whipped with the sound and energy of a steam engine. The clanking rhythm of the tune could only have been further exemplified were it recorded live on top of a locomotive.
An Interview with Lady Lazarus Lady Lazarus cloaks lyrical reflections in impressionistic musical musings. From her debut album Mantic, recorded in 2011 at her home in San Jose, Melissa Sweat has shown a penchant for a home-grown sound. That first album, mailed to Pitchfork by her brother, received glowing reviews, praising her musical musings. Since then, […]
_____________________________________________________________________ At the beginning of the night, the main floor of The Chapel, a converted mortuary on Valencia street is empty. The venue, with red lit lamps and 40’ foot ceilings is stunning. Before Ms. Wells takes the stage, the dreamscape sounds of Emily Neveu open the night.. “The other Emily,” as Ms. Neveu refers […]
After a particularly smashing weekend of local music Halloween madness, I was excited to have an evening of dastardly decompression at Brick and Mortar Music Hall with Hey Rosetta. And while this blog doesn’t typically showcase touring talent, I thought it fitting to make an exception for these accomplished Canucks, who I first saw locally at […]
“I’m feeling belligerent” said California Honeydrops singer/guitarist/trumpeteer Lech Wierzynski during their first set on Friday at the Fillmore. Lech came on stage with an attitude, determined to get people dancing – even if it meant bossing everyone around. Last night’s show, part of a two-night stint at San Franicsco’s legendary fruit-sharing Fillmore, celebrates the release of the California Honeydrops’ […]
“I imagine your dead body lying in my bed..” Bent Knee vocalist Courtney mused, playing a light tinkling of bell sounds across her keyboard. With these first few notes the audience plunged into the depths of Bent Knee’s sound- depths sometimes murky and dark, sometimes clear and cutting, and always shocking to a new audience, surprised to suddenly find they could breathe underwater all along.
How was your high school prom? Good? Or lame? Did you wear a corsage or tuxedo, and have your very own grand entrance? Did one of your rebellious teenage friends spike the punch? Were you unexpectedly voted prom king or queen? But let’s be honest… Wasn’t something missing? Didn’t you feel that, I don’t know, the […]
Wicked Man writes music that digs under your skin. On paper, this group combines elements of jazz and math-rock with processed guitar and eerie melodies. So, it’s not exactly pop music. But you may be surprised by how catchy their new song “Soil Leaking Water” is. Both the vocal melody and groove are rock-solid, that’s what initially […]