May 18, 2022

Secret Emchy Society: Queer country music from Oakland’s Honky Tonk Heroes

Cindy Emch, songwriter, guitarist and lead singer of the Secret Emchy Society, opens her band’s latest album, Gold Country/Country Gold, with a radical reinvention of the Willie Nelson hit, “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond Of Each Other.” It’s a fitting introduction to the album and another essential track from...
Apr 27, 2022

KALINDERS MUSIC: Singer songwriter Holly Tzeigon-Whitaker on the rise

Sonoma County-raised and UC Berkeley-educated Holly Tzeigon-Whitaker, who now resides and works in Oakland, has just entered the music scene in a big way. Her latest single, Convenient Hell, which dropped on all streaming platforms last Friday—along...
Apr 27, 2022

Bluegrass Is Back: Three-day shindig features the best bluegrass on the scene

Bluegrass is not the first genre that comes to mind when thinking about the local music community, but a West Coast bluegrass scene has existed, mainly centered around the stage at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage coffee house,...
Apr 20, 2022

Maurice Tani: Americana without limits

Maurice Tani put on a cowboy hat and changed his life. The guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer has been a well-known name on the local music scene for several decades. He was the lead guitarist for Roy...
Apr 13, 2022

Ruby Red Remembers: Indie-Pop duo reflects on their rise

On September 9, 2020, the Bay Area experienced one of the most remarkable events to occur in a lifetime. Due to wildfires throughout the area, the sky turned orange. The shocking nature of the sight generated a...
Apr 13, 2022

Caitlin Cobb-Vialet: Investigating love and loss with a heart full of song

Caitlin Cobb-Vialet wants to do it all. As she prepares for next month’s release of Endless Void, her debut album, the Oakland based singer and songwriter is keeping her eye open for other creative opportunities. “I want...
Apr 6, 2022

Papercuts: Following the long and winding road to contentment

“I listen to all kinds of music, although I like the older bands more than most of the modern stuff I hear.” Jason Quever, the man who records as Papercuts, is describing the path he took from...
Mar 30, 2022

Juicebumps: A Brave New World of Sound From the Inventors of Spank Rock

San Francisco’s Juicebumps are moving rock n roll in new directions. The band specializes in disjointed rhythms, genre breaking arrangements, unexpected vocals that shift between talking and traditional harmonies, jolts of synthesized sound and unusual subject matter....
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