.Rachel Swan

Jun 12, 2013

Shots, Licks, and Male Ennui

Jonathan Singer-Vine is both a product of Berkeley and an archetype of Berkeley. He's the son of a scientist and a psychologist, the younger...
May 8, 2013

Debtor’s Purgatory

Felipa Martinez is a petite woman to begin with, but standing beneath the dais in Contra Costa Superior Court she looked even tinier. Martinez...
Oct 10, 2012

Treasure Island Goes Classic

Whereas Outside Lands divides its lineup about evenly between established headliners and new acts, Treasure Island usually skews more contemporary. Last year's lineup included...
Oct 10, 2012

Local Licks

Dogcatcher, It's Easy For a four-piece with a vast and cluttered arsenal, Dogcatcher sounds remarkably clean. Drummer Ramon Esquivel anchors each track with tidy, exacting...
Oct 3, 2012

Unfounded Fears

Cody doesn't mind letting strangers into his bedroom, so long as they understand that his definition of a "bedroom" is pretty liberal — most...
Oct 3, 2012

New Growth in Temescal Alley Means Death for Polymorph Recording

It was one of those languid fall afternoons and all the small boutique shops were open for business in Temescal Alley — the barbershop...
Oct 3, 2012

Local Licks

Nashville Knives, Up to No Good Again Nothing illustrates the alt-country renaissance in Oakland like an eleven-piece band that includes some of the best musicians...
Sep 26, 2012

Hamlet Buoyed by “Unmanly Grief”

Hamlet might be the hardest Shakespeare play to produce, because much of its storyline is open to interpretation. For centuries, critics have debated the...