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Apr 9, 2024

The Quiet Irony of Tony Jay

Michael Ramos lets the music take him wherever it wants to go. He’s been playing in bands since he was in high school and began recording his original songs soon after. “Once I had access to a multi-track recorder, I realized I didn’t have to be dependent on other...
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Little Oil's Music Without Limits
Mar 12, 2024

Little Oil’s Music Without Limits

Victor Mitrani, who records his music as Little Oil, says, “I don’t know how people wrote songs before they could record themselves.” Sitting at his desk in his Richmond home, describing the process of making his new...
'Mental Implosion' Turned Redemptive Release
Mar 5, 2024

‘Mental Implosion’ Turned Redemptive Release

Although she grew up writing songs and singing in bands, Tess Stevens said she wasn’t sure she wanted to continue making music as she got older. “I was in groups in high school and college, but no...
Lukas Nelson’s Songs to Sing Live
Feb 27, 2024

Lukas Nelson’s Songs to Sing Live

When Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real (POTR) recorded Sticks and Stones, the outfit’s eighth studio album, there was a two-fold purpose—to create songs that would be just as easy to play live and...
Noise Pop's 31st Year Celebrates Bay Area Music Scene
Feb 20, 2024

Noise Pop’s 31st Year Celebrates Bay Area Music Scene

The first Noise Pop Festival was a one-night stand that took place at the Kennel Club—now The Independent—on Divisadero Street in 1993. It featured five bands and cost five dollars. Thirty-one years later, it’s become an internationally...
San Francisco's Country Risqué Explores Queer Country Music
Feb 13, 2024

San Francisco’s Country Risqué Explores Queer Country Music

Country Risqué took shape during the pandemic lockdown. The band’s songwriters, Miles Gordon and Daniel Bromfield, met while attending the University of Oregon in Eugene.  “I played guitar in the psychedelic jam-band scene in Eugene. Daniel played keyboards...
Calendar Picks: Week of Feb. 15-21
Feb 13, 2024

Calendar Picks: Week of Feb. 15-21

THURSDAY LECTURE MARK MONTGOMERY FRENCH  Mark Montgomery French’s upcoming lecture-experience title speaks for itself: “All Your Favorite Music Is (Probably) Black.” There’s no better event to celebrate Black History Month and no better person to deliver it than French, a...
Calendar Picks: Week of Feb. 8-13
Feb 6, 2024

Calendar Picks: Week of Feb. 8-13

THURSDAY CLUB DEADFOOT  There’s no shortage of beats at Crybaby, one of Oakland’s most electric and innovative nightclubs. This Thursday, Deadfoot brings together a fast-paced group of artists spanning underground club, juke and techno for a party that promises to...
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