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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...
Apr 20, 2022

Maurice Tani: Americana without limits

Maurice Tani put on a cowboy hat and changed his life. The guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer has been a well-known name on the...
Apr 13, 2022

Caitlin Cobb-Vialet: Investigating love and loss with a heart full of song

Caitlin Cobb-Vialet wants to do it all. As she prepares for next month’s release of Endless Void, her debut album, the Oakland based singer...
Apr 6, 2022

Papercuts: Following the long and winding road to contentment

“I listen to all kinds of music, although I like the older bands more than most of the modern stuff I hear.” Jason Quever,...