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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...
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...
Pat Thomas’ Life in the Arts
Jan 30, 2024

Pat Thomas’ Life in the Arts

Pat Thomas has a creative spirit. After leaving Absolute Grey, the band he started with his high school buddies in Rochester, New York, he...
Berkeley's Manning Music is a Hub for Bluegrass Enthusiasts
Jan 23, 2024

Berkeley’s Manning Music is a Hub for Bluegrass Enthusiasts

Manning Music, a Berkeley-based school of bluegrass, old-time, fiddle and acoustic music, offers lessons to students of all ages and opportunities to play in the community.
Supergroup The Third Mind Takes on Classic '60s Songs
Jan 16, 2024

Supergroup The Third Mind Takes on Classic ’60s Songs

The Third Mind is a supergroup of folk/rock heavies who play freeform, improvised takes on their favorite songs from the '60s, featuring Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Dave Alvin, Victor Krummenacher, Michael Jerome, David Immerglück, and Jesse Sykes.
Indigo Girls' Amy Ray Explores Racism and Privilege in New Album
Jan 9, 2024

Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray Explores Racism and Privilege in New Album

Amy Ray's latest album, "If It All Goes South," explores the complexities of privilege and racism, while also referencing her own struggles and those of her home state of Georgia.
King Dream’s Jeremy Lyon Talks About Band’s Journey to 'Glory Daze'
Jan 2, 2024

King Dream’s Jeremy Lyon Talks About Band’s Journey to ‘Glory Daze’

King Dream is a band from Oakland, California, whose music blends psychedelic rock, gospel, and alternative R&B, and is releasing an ambitious, 24-song collection, "Glory Daze," in three interconnected projects.
The Cathartic Cusp of SWMRS
Dec 19, 2023

The Cathartic Cusp of SWMRS

SWMRS, an Oakland pop/punk band fronted by brothers Cole and Max Becker, faced a crisis just before the pandemic lockdown started, with Max suffering from a severe brain injury, but has since recovered and released their first self-produced album, "Sonic Tonic," which explores the themes of young adult life and the joy of making music.
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