Jun 7, 2023

Naima Shalhoub

Songs of love, redemption and justice Naima Shalhoub’s first album of original material, Siphr, covers a lot of emotional, geographical and musical ground. It plays like a suite and includes arrangements that draw on Middle Eastern and American modes. It also includes her reinvention of “Lamma Bada Yatathanna,” a song...
May 24, 2023

Madison McFerrin

May 17, 2023

Catch Prichard

May 10, 2023

Django Unchained

May 3, 2023

Adam Spry

Staying in and stretching out When the COVID shutdown hit, Adam Spry had been working as a full-time touring musician for many years. “I’d played in a lot of different bands,” Spry said. “Some of ’em were mine,...
Apr 26, 2023


Riding on a wave of white light Like many, singer, songwriter and keyboard player Rebecca Mimiaga has been struggling with the difficulties presented by the current state of America. After years of writing personal songs, she decided to...
Apr 19, 2023

Uke It Up

Ukulele Orchestra invades Berkeley  In 1999, well-known ukulele fan George Harrison wrote, “Everyone I know who is into the ukulele is crackers; you can’t play it and not laugh!” Another George would agree. George Hinchliffe, co-founder of George Hinchliffe’s...
Apr 19, 2023

Nell & Jim Band

Timeless songs of migration, immigration and assimilation  Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally both have roots in America’s deep South, musically and personally. On Western Sun, the third album they’ve made as Nell & Jim Band, they explore themes...
Apr 12, 2023

New Earth Farmers

All one planet, all one family Nicole Storto and Paul Knowles, the songwriters who front New Earth Farmers, met in a record store in Arizona, flipping through the latest country albums. “We discovered both our dads had Johnny...
Apr 5, 2023

Crying Time

Hardcore honky-tonk music from Oakland Jill Rogers and Crying Time have been packing Bay Area clubs with their brand of hardcore honky-tonk music for a long time. The Oakland band’s blend of cover tunes, and the originals Rogers...
Mar 29, 2023

Briget Boyle

Songs of love, loss and redemption  On her new album, Heartbreak Residue, Briget Boyle deals with the emotional, social and societal losses of the past few troubling years. The singer/songwriter said the songs aren’t precisely autobiographical, but they...
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