Kendra McKinley’s New Single- Fine as a Vine

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Kendra McKinley is known to many for her mellow bossa nova inspired songs. Her debut album, Chestnut Street, features solo acoustic guitar and voice, sometimes trading guitar for vocal loops. It is an album for sitting at the window sill on a rainy day with a steaming cup of Earl Grey.

With her newest single, Fine as a Vine, the rain has dissipated and the sun has come out. You can trade that cup of Earl Grey for substances with a little more color. That lone acoustic guitar is joined by its fuzzy electric brother (performed by McKinley’s real life fuzzy brother, AJ McKinley) along with swirling organs, and a pounding rhythm section. The delicate vocal harmonies are now a powerhouse of tight and dizzying layers of voices.

The song kicks off with nothing to hide, a crash cymbal and a thumping melody from the bass. If the listener isn’t moving their hips from the get go, they never will. Also, they are dead. The groove is infectious and the energy is kinetic, this is psychedelic rock that demands a movin’ booty.

While no space has been left for the song to grow in energy, interjections and flourishes from ethereal voices and guitars keep the tune from growing stale. Yet the most successful moments of the song come through deprivation; the band drops for the bridge, a single low melody from the acoustic guitar is all that is left to accompany McKinley’s voice. As the single line of the bridge repeats, band members join back in, slowly building up the anticipation for the moment when the band thunderously returns in full force for a final gratifying verse.

Recorded at Coast Recorders in San Francisco, Fine as a Vine, will be featured on Kendra’s sophomore record which will be released later in 2015. The track was engineered by Andy Freeman along with assistant engineer Nigel Brown. The track was co-produced by Andy Freeman, Kendra McKinley, and AJ McKinley and was mastered by Piper Payne.

The band features a bay area all star lineup:
Kendra McKinley: vocals, acoustic guitar, song, arrangement
Peter Granquist (Guy Fox): drums, vocals
Jesse Toews (Sun Hop Fat): bass
A.J McKinley (Battlehooch): electric guitar, piano, melotron, trumpet
Alison Kane (Van Wave): vocals
Sharon Litzky: vocals

You can catch Kendra McKinley live at The Chapel on May 19th
http://www.thechapelsf.com/event/834671-free-bar-show-kendra-mckinley-san-francisco/

Stream or download Fine as a Vine at:
https://kendramckinleymusic.bandcamp.com/

NNMF 2014 – Go To a Festival

article and photo by: Stefan – SF Intercom

The best part about overnight festivals is that you don’t have to go home for 3 days … and everybody wants their photo taken.

OH YEAH! And there is music … here are some of the DJ’s with music I heard & liked at NNMFestival.

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If you heard something you liked, you can look up the bands using one of these social networks:

NNMF_2014Festevo: Ana SiaBeats Antique, Christian MartinDimond SaintsEpromFort Knox FiveJobotJustin MartinLindsay LowendMorilloOdeszaPumpkinSaboThe FlooziesTwo FreshZion I

Last.fmBeats AntiqueZion ILittle PeopleODESZAGiraffageFort Knox FiveJustin MartinKingdomEpromKodoEgyptrixxViceroyMade In HeightsDromeTwo FreshNastyNastyPlastic PlatesLindsay LowendDOVSaboChristian MartinPaul DevroAna SiaThe FlooziesShawnaPumpkinSteeleJ. BoogieWooly MammothHyphaGuidanceDj DialsMyKill

I highly recommend you check out NNMF next year. Also … the festival season is still in full swing. There are plenty more festivals to check out. I have a few in mind … the biggest of which isn’t until October … SADLY. (TBD in Sacremento)

A Tea Party at NNMF 2014

article and photo by: Stefan – SF Intercom

If you thought festivals were just about the music … you’re wrong!!!

Sunday afternoon I decided I would go on a photo scavenger hunt to see what NNMF had to offer in addition to music. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to find a Mad Hatter Tea Party … once I found it … I had no idea how to get invited. However I feel like these types of things have a way of just working out. Because while I was sneaking photos of the set-up a cute girl pop’d her head out of the Mad Hatter van and said, “the party starts in an hour, you’re invited if you wear something interesting.”

Thus my advice to you … be sure to pack your finest digs when attending your next music festival. You never know when … you might get invited to a tea party!!!

I ran back to my car, spiked my hair, put on a pink tie, white glasses, brushed off my shoulders and returned to the party.

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There were a lot of DJ’s at NNMF .. that night after the tea party I saw ODESZA Giraffage. Over the course of 3 days these DJ’s also had sets: Beats AntiqueZion ILittle PeopleNastyNastyPlastic PlatesLindsay LowendDOVSaboChristian MartinPaul DevroAna SiaThe FlooziesShawnaPumpkinSteeleJ. BoogieWooly MammothHyphaGuidanceDj DialsMyKillJustin MartinKingdomEpromKodoEgyptrixxViceroyMade In HeightsDromeTwo FreshFort Knox Five

I highly recommend you check out NNMF next year. Also …check out some of the upcoming festivals in the area, like TBD in Sacremento.

My First Overnight festival – NNMF 2014

article and photo by: Stefan – SF Intercom

I’ve done concerts & I’ve done camping … but on the way to Northern Nights Music Festival 2014 I realized I’ve never done an overnight festival.

Concerts are fun … you find your friends … you lose your friends … you find your friends again … and then you go home. All of this applies to overnight festivals … except sometimes when you lose your friend for the 3rd time you simple accept that you’ll see them in the tent or at breakfast the next morning.

At NNMF 2014 I’m pretty sure there was music from Friday till I left on Monday! Unlike most events where you go home at 12 … NNMF started Silent Frisco and went till the sun came up. I missed Friday and most of Saturday … but when I arrived in the Evening the party was in full effect.

I saw, Beats Antique, The Floozies, Aaron Axelsen, 8th Grader, and a whole bunch of DJ’s I don’t know in the Silent Frisco tent. I drank rockstar, ate a weird vegan “cheese” “burger” and realized I LOVE FESTIVALS!!!

stefan_nnmf_2014On my first night I almost saw the sun! I stayed up listening to music in my headphones until 5am. Then I ran out of juice. At 5am when I was beat and ready for bed … I realized then that I hadn’t set my tent up!  NBD … I climbed into the back seat of the rental car and PASSED OUT. It worked … and it seemed super ROCK ‘n’ ROLL!!!

When I woke up … 4 hours later … it was HOT … I set out to explore NNMF 2014. The pictures above are a highlight of the things I discovered. I saw a river with a DJ, a hippy bus, thousands of tents, a tea party, DJ’s on the main stage that went all day, porta-poties, recycling, food vendors of all kinds. IT WAS AMAZING!

I highly recommend you check out NNMF next year. Also … the festival season is still in full swing. There are plenty more festivals to check out. I have a few in mind … the biggest of which isn’t until October … SADLY. (TBD in Sacremento)

Northern Nights Music Festival 2014

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article and photo by: Stefan – SF Intercom

I almost didn’t make it to NNMF 2014 … but as I was giving up Tucker Gumber messaged me and said “You’re coming with me!”

I had invited co-workers … I invited friends … I tried to catch a ride on Zimride …. and then at my darkest moment Tucker messaged me. Do you know Tucker Gumber? He’s “The Festival Guy!” Best described as the guy you see at EVERY festival and definitely as a promoter he’s the guy you want at your festival.

Tucker and I met at SxSW … I didn’t meet him first … I met his buddy. We struck up a conversation in the VIP booth at Pandora. When I was done ranting about music, SF Intercom, DeliRadio … the guy was like “You need to meet my buddy Tucker!” To which I responded, “oh yeah? Is he here?!” He was like “no … but he’ll definitely come over.”

And he did! He told me about Music, Festivals and his project Festevo! Tucker is an amazing guy … I knew we were going to be friends … but I had no idea he would be the reason I made it to a festival that I had pretty much given up on.

Tucker knew everybody at Northern Nights Music Festival. He’s the guy you want to show up when you realize you know nobody. So my advice to you … download his app … go to a festival … maybe NNMF 2015 … look for Tucker! Maybe you’ll be as lucky as me and he’ll spruce up your ok outfit with a green leopard print alligator jacket.

Download FestEvo on IOS:

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or Android

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Q&A with Over The Falls!

By: Maggie Guevara

[MAGGIE_ GUEVARA]:   “Tell me the story of how OVER THE FALLS came to be! Were you guys all friends before you formed the band? Did you all grow up together?”]

[Bret Fontaine _ Guitar, Vocals]: “Actually, we’re all from different parts of Nor Cal. I moved up to Santa Rosa in 2001 and was in a stoner metal band with Chris [Vocals] called B.U.R.n’R. Unknown to us, there was a fella named Tim [Bass, Vocals] in town who was rocking out with bands like Plan B and Risen (and Fallen).

A few years later, Tim and I met and formed a band called Captain Hashbrown. That was a prog-thrash-rock-just-about-everything-awesome band. Ryan [Drums] was out in Napa around this time with The Val Papadins.

Fast forward a few years to 2008; Tim had moved back from a few blissful years in San Diego, Captain Hashbrown was rolling but then nullified due to “jailed drummer syndrome”. Tim and I hooked up with Chris and desperately searched for a drummer for about a year til we found the mighty Ryan on Craigslist. God bless Craigslist. We’ve been going strong ever since! We first jammed in April 2009, had our first show in June 2009 at The Stork Club in Oakland. The rest, as they say, is science.”

[MG]:   “I’ll never forget the first time I heard you guys play at Chris’ Club in Vallejo. That was in 2010! Since then, you guys came out with another album. Thank you for sharing that with me by the way. It’s groovy! What inspired the new album?”

[BF]: “Thanks! Groovy is definitely part of what we were going for. I think the inspiration for the album was, as generic and corny as this sounds, us. It’s no small secret that we’re trying to fit more than one genre into this band here, and it’s no small feat to successfully tie all those sounds together. We really feel we accomplished it with this one.”

[MG]: ” I saw on your website that you guys were going to be performing in South Lake Tahoe at the end of the year! That’s so exciting! How did that opportunity evolve?”

[BF]: It IS exciting, isn’t it? OMG!!! We love Tahoe, being avid snowboarders (except for Ryan, who probably would be an avid snowboarder if he ever went). Credit for this show actually goes to Mike from The Business End (a killer punk band from SF), who asked us aboard.  This club is a blast to play.”

[MG]: “How many shows did you guys have this year?”

[BF]: “25. This year definitely didn’t have as many shows as the last, partly because we’re trying to focus on bigger shows with more thought put into promotion of them. Promotion: that is by far the toughest part of being an relatively unknown band. But we succeeded, I think, considering we got to play some great venues this year. Quite a few really good shows. Big thanks to all the folks that have rocked with us this year!”

[MG]: “What other venues were you looking to perform at?”

[BF]: “All of them! We had made a goal to play at Bottom of the Hill this year and ended up playing there twice over the summer. Played Elbo Room a few weeks back. We just want to keep hitting these great clubs in the city… onward and upward.”

[MG]: “Do your friends, family and loved ones travel with you guys when you go on tours?”

[BF]: “Good god, no. They’re sick of us! Just kidding, our wives (and girlfriend) are incredibly supportive, and generally there’s one or two of ’em at each show. But we play pretty often. They have lives, you know?  Various members of our families drop in from time to time to hear how much louder we’ve gotten since they last donned earplugs.”

[MG]: “Thank you so much for chatting with me today. It’s always a pleasure.”

[BF]: “Likewise!”

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Over The Falls Band Members:

  • Bret Fontaine- Guitar & Vocals
  • Tim Bastianon- Bass
  • Ryan Alderman- Drums
  • Chris Rodgers- Vocals

CHECK THESE GUYS OUT AT:

Website:
 http://overthefallsrocks.com/

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/OverTheFallsRocks?ref=ts

Myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/OverTheFalls

CD Baby:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/overthefalls 

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"So what do you think?
I’d love your feedback!
 – Maggie

EARTH SNAKE: New LP Release

By: Maggie Guevara

Earth Snake prepares to release its newest album, The Knowing Experiment, on January 13th, 2012.

The sounds of Earth Snake are progressive and in your face.  The mastermind behind all of the music is one person named Ed Stanley.  All of the instruments in his music are written and performed by him. Some of his songs are easily the kind that you can thrash about and head-bang to, and others you can just sit down and chill.  If you need to keep yourself pumped and ready to go for a high energy activity, just listen to one of his tracks like “Robots + Monsters” If progressive metal isn’t your flavor then maybe you’d enjoy something like “Flight.”  It’s smooth, relaxing and ethereal.

Raised in South San Francisco, Stanley started really playing music at the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped since.  In his early stages of musical development, he took private drum lessons and studied music in high school as well.  Now 22 years of age, Stanley is currently producing from the Napa Valley. On the new album you will find his song “Merely Practical Joking;”

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There’s much to be said about the demonstrative musician. Playing with time and space, Stanley integrates 8-bit and his knowledge of tempo changes with his passion for Djent, the subgenre the band Meshuggah coined, which expresses the heavy metal sound that spawned from progressive metal.

Stanley’s ability to capture a “full” sound while flying solo truly is an art form all in itself. Starting off as a drummer, Stanley takes what many might know as the “heart beat” of music to a new level.  But what I hear may be completely different than what you might hear. So check him out! Let me know what YOU think!

EarthSnake: 
http://earthsnake.tessmusicproductions.com/

“Like” him on facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/earthsnakemusic

"So what do you think?
I’d love your feedback!
 – Maggie