Same Song

Famed music journalist Mosi Reeves meditates on the criminally overlooked contributions of Oakland's Gregory "Shock G" Jacobs after his untimely death this April.

Scatter Swept

j. poet writes about the mercurial and fluid music and approach of Scatter Swept, a psychedelic band with strong African origins, and their new album, 'Unfolding'.

How Art Moves

Aaron Carnes writes about Quentel the Cryptid’s new album, ‘Shadow Box' and their promise to the audience to provide a full, sensory experience that transcends the typical rock concert.

Heart & Soul

j. poet speaks with author and songwriter Zoe FitzGerald Carter about her latest album, 'Waterlines', and the pleasures and perils of producing an album during a pandemic.


Music writer, j. poet covers Scott Ayers and his Yachtclub101 album which not only reached his production goals, but crafted his version of perfect sonic ebullience.

Tower of Power

Fifty Years of Oakland soul and East Bay funk When sax player Emilio Castillo put...

Cool Ghouls

j. poet sits down with local Pop music legends, Cool Ghouls, to catch up on the making of their new album, reflecting on a decade of making music together, and plans for when the venues are open again.

Your Leader

Guitarist Jake Palladino talks about noise, harmony, and the new Your Leader album, "The Stars Are A Lie".

Native Tongue

Debajo del Agua’s acoustic hip-hop speaks to the unseen and the unheard Debajo del Agua’s...

Bob Hillman’s Songs for the Pandemic

Like many artists, songwriter and guitarist Bob Hillman had to spend some time adjusting...

Van Goat Explores Darker Sound on New Single

Oakland’s animated swing punkers Van Goat tease a darker sound in their new single,...

No Show 

Back before Covid-19 shut down the world, Oakland noise-rock quartet Nopes used to haul...

Wit, War, Chaos

The songs on Ein Klein Jukebox Baby, the forthcoming album from Oakland's Everyone Is Dirty,...

Pissed Punk Kids

Back in the '80s, local metal band Desecration was playing a DIY show alongside...

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