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 unsure how to do it. We were used to getting together to...
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.”...
May 18, 2022

Kids on a Crime Spree: Urgent messages for dancing in the dark

Oakland’s Mario Hernandez, the frontman of Kids on a Crime Spree, wants to change the world. The songs on the band’s second outing, Fall In Love Not In Line, still have the bright, sing-along melodies and memorable...
May 11, 2022

Aaron Skiles: Bourbon Therapy frontman goes solo

Wreckage from the Fire documents Aaron Skiles’ efforts to deal with the pandemic. The lockdown put an end to Bourbon Therapy, the long running Bay Area country rock band he fronted with his wife, Rebecca. Unable to...
May 4, 2022

Young Prisms: Songs of loss, acceptance and regeneration

Drifter, the new album from San Francisco’s Young Prisms, took shape over the past decade. The band—Stefanie Hodapp, vocals, synthesizer; Matt Allen, vocals, guitar, bass, synthesizer, drum programming; Giovanni Betteo, bass, guitar, synthesizer, drum programming; and Jordan...
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...
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