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Blue Ocean's Cosmic Sea of Sound
May 14, 2024

Blue Ocean’s Cosmic Sea of Sound

Blue Ocean’s debut album, Fertile State, is comprised of 12 densely packed tunes that combine elements of shoegaze, punk rock and experimental electronic music....
Amoeba Music is More Than a Record Store
May 7, 2024

Amoeba Music is More Than a Record Store

Amoeba Music opened its iconic store on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley on Nov. 17, 1990. A crowd of customers had already gathered on the...
Soul Searching on Mahawam's 'Hot Pressed'
Apr 23, 2024

Soul Searching on Mahawam’s ‘Hot Pressed’

The songs on Hot Pressed, the new EP from Oakland’s Malik Mays—who records and performs under their musical identity, Mahawam—continue to explore the intersection...
The Quiet Irony of Tony Jay
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...
Frances8 Music as Therapy
Mar 19, 2024

Frances8 Music as Therapy

The songs Nicole Laby writes for her band, Frances8, deal with real-life situations in a literary manner that’s one step removed from the usual...
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...
'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...
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...