Aug 10, 2022

Feelings Parade: Vulnerable Songs from the Deep Heart’s Core

Feelings Parade, the Morgan Bolender-and-Scott Ferreter duo, worked on their debut album, Let It Move You, for 18 months. During that time, they lost their home and lived in seven locations, setting up home studios in each place, slowly honing the arrangements they created for the record. The songs...
Jul 13, 2022

Norah Jones Keeps Her Pounce

The singer, songwriter and pianist hits the road with a new, deluxe 20th anniversary edition album By Lou Fancher Three days prior to a June 24 appearance at Berkeley's Greek Theatre, nine-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and pianist Norah Jones...
Jul 13, 2022

The Hot Takes: Riding the new wave into the future

The Hot Takes came together in Oakland, just before the pandemic shut everything down. “The four of us started the band in late 2019,” said Jared Savas, the band’s lead vocalist and main songwriter. “I wanted to...
Jul 6, 2022

Starr Power: Pretty Frankenstein releases new EP

Grey Starr is a superstar.  She grew up with “goth parents” in the East Bay, started playing music at 14 and came out as queer in high school. Now, in her early mid-30s and self-described as “peak Millennial,”...
Jul 6, 2022

David Bennet Cohen: Psychedelic pioneer takes a path back to the blues

David Bennet Cohen was a Greenwich Village folky before he hitchhiked out to California. After seeing the Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, he decided to be a rock star and thought the Bay Area...
Jun 29, 2022

Femi Kuti: Dealing with his father’s legacy and creating his own

Femi Kuti is the son of Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti, the musician who created afrobeat, a style that blended traditional West African forms with the rhythms of funk, soul, R&B, salsa, calypso and jazz. With his band Africa...
Jun 22, 2022

Blues Lawyer: Pure pop from the years of the pandemic

Blues Lawyer’s third record, All in Good Time, was put together during the pandemic lockdown. Rob Miller, the band’s primary songwriter, said Covid forced the band to rethink their creative process. “I wanted to write songs, but was...
Jun 15, 2022

The Little Village Foundation: Celebrating the cultural diversity of the Bay Area

The Little Village Foundation is a non-profit organization that runs a record label supporting non-traditional music. They’ve put out albums of mariachi, folk, blues, gospel and other underrepresented genres. Since its foundation in 2015, Little Village has...
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