.Whitney Phaneuf

May 13, 2014

Band for a Day

Charlemagne Charmaine and Paul Korte are two of hundreds of musicians who practice at the West Oakland rehearsal space Oakland Music Complex. But if...
Feb 26, 2014

Minding the Frontier of New Music

In 1993, its inaugural year, San Francisco's Other Minds Festival managed to book some of the world's most influential contemporary composers. Now, with its...
Feb 19, 2014

Active Music Festival Keeps It Local

Over the past year, several new music festivals have come to the East Bay, including Oakland Music Festival and Burger Boogaloo, but few have...
Jan 29, 2014

1-2-3-4 Go! Records Plans Another Expansion

From the moment that 1-2-3-4 Go! Records moved into its current location at 420 40th Street two years ago, owner Steve Stevenson knew he...
Jan 1, 2014

The Bay Area’s Breakout Artists of 2013

A few years ago, the Bay Area was most notable for its garage-rock bands, with sites like Pitchfork painting the image of an insular...
Nov 27, 2013

A Comic, a Coffee Man, and His Opera

At first, the premise of Too Much Coffee Man Opera sounds typical of the art form: A narcissistic protagonist is caught in an unrequited...
Nov 27, 2013

Whitney Phaneuf’s Top Five Albums of 2013

Superchunk, I Hate Music Nineties indie-rock bands shrugged off rock-star ideals in favor of touring the country in a beater van, but few have endured...
Nov 13, 2013

The Future of Feces

Jennifer spent the better part of 2009 in a hospital due to a stomach condition called gastroparesis. According to the Sacramento resident, that's where...