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Aug 10, 2022

Feelings Parade: Vulnerable Songs from the Deep Heart’s Core

Feelings Parade, the Morgan Bolender-and-Scott Ferreter duo, worked on their debut album, Let It Move You, for 18 months. During that time, they lost...
Aug 3, 2022

Sarah Bethe Nelson: Singing to the world through her living room window

On her fourth solo album, Mental Picture, Sarah Bethe Nelson continues to balance her introspective lyrics with melodies that sound like you’ve heard them...
Jul 27, 2022

Greg Loiacono: Mother Hips’ frontman steps out with a soulful new album

Like many people, Greg Loiacono found himself at loose ends during the Covid lockdown. He should be familiar to Bay Area music lovers for...
Jul 20, 2022

Planet Booty: Celebrate good times with Oakland’s finest dance band

Planet Booty wants you to get up and dance! The Oakland based trio takes an expansive approach to the grooves they lay down, incorporating...
Jul 13, 2022

The Hot Takes: Riding the new wave into the future

The Hot Takes came together in Oakland, just before the pandemic shut everything down. “The four of us started the band in late 2019,”...
Jul 6, 2022

David Bennet Cohen: Psychedelic pioneer takes a path back to the blues

David Bennet Cohen was a Greenwich Village folky before he hitchhiked out to California. After seeing the Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night and...
Jun 29, 2022

Femi Kuti: Dealing with his father’s legacy and creating his own

Femi Kuti is the son of Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti, the musician who created afrobeat, a style that blended traditional West African forms with the...
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...