Feb 1, 2023

Megan Slankard

Music making, before and after the pandemic When she recorded her latest album, California & Other Stories, songwriter and guitarist Megan Slankard decided to try something new. “On my last album, Running on Machinery, I brought my band into the studio, Oakland’s Tiny Telephone, for a couple of weeks. ...
Jan 18, 2023

Fake Fruit

Jan 11, 2023

Bay Station

Jan 4, 2023

Olivia Records

Celebrating 50 years of women’s music  Olivia Records, the pioneering women’s music label, was born 50 years ago, the result of a casual conversation between songwriters Meg Christian and Cris Williamson. While being interviewed on a Washington, DC...
Dec 28, 2022

The California Honeydrops

Every night is a party for Oakland’s favorite dance band Lech Wierzynski, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who leads The California Honeydrops, said he’s still getting his footing back, after dealing with the pandemic for the last...
Dec 21, 2022


Tom Donald ‘s label celebrates the work of local artists Tom Donald started hiTrecords three years ago, to showcase the work of local artists, including himself. Donald, a producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, said the inspiration for the label...
Dec 14, 2022

The Bribes

Philip Toscano melds melancholy melodies from ‘Louder Sunset’ The Bribes were getting ready to start promoting Louder Sunset, their third album, when the COVID lockdown brought things to a halt. “It was the first album we’d put out...
Dec 7, 2022


The East Bay band making pure pop for now people Luke Baće and Dan Pirello, the duo behind Svvarms, have been playing music together since they met, right after Pirello joined Big Tree. They toured for years with...
Nov 30, 2022


Traditional music of women from Eastern Europe and beyond The women in Kitka began performing the folk music of Bulgaria and other Eastern European countries in 1979. At first, the Oakland based group was a small, dedicated group...
Nov 23, 2022

Tin Cup Serenade

Back to the bars after a long COVID break  Tin Cup Serenade has an eclectic sound that draws on early New Orleans jazz, calypso, swing, classic saloon songs, obscure standards, ragtime and Latin music. The songs they play...
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