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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...
Jun 15, 2022

The Little Village Foundation: Celebrating the cultural diversity of the Bay Area

The Little Village Foundation is a non-profit organization that runs a record label supporting non-traditional music. They’ve put out albums of mariachi, folk, blues,...
Jun 8, 2022

Lavay Smith: Celebrating the life and music of Peggy Lee

Like most performing artists, Lavay Smith & Her Red-Hot Skillet Lickers faced the Covid lockdown with apprehension. Smith and her partner, the band’s pianist and arranger, Chris Siebert, were confined to their apartment in the...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...