Music

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Zemonade

If you want lemonade delivered to your door, Zemyran Prater is your guy. Mere...

Cosmic Country Music from Oakland and Oakdale

The poster the Sunset Canyoneers created for their album release party in Oakland is...

Kamaiyah On East Oakland: Don’t F*** With My Culture

East Oakland has a prismatic reputation. Though the mainstream media tends to focus on...

Building Community in Conscious Rap

Jada Imani has been writing songs since she was five years old. At 21,...

Kronos Once Again Conveys the Unifying Power of Music

Without disrespecting the formidable prowess of the Kronos Quartet, the contemporary string quartet was...

Houserockin’ Music With a Positive Message

Marcia Ball has been on the road, playing good-time music, for as long as...

Rapper on Rollerblades 

It's been years since 23 year-old rapper Chrisbaby played a show without his rollerblades....

Confounding Expectations For More Than 50 Years

Just last weekend, The Residents performed their latest theatrical piece, God In 3 Persons,...

Black London, Bringing ‘Voodoo’ Back to the East Bay

Lamentations about the wounds inflicted by gentrification can start to sound like a broken...

Edward Simon’s Latin Improvisations

The space between two things — be they people, musical notes, performers and audiences,...

Out In the Reeds With Beth Custer

When people lament the passing of the weird, old San Francisco, Trance Mission isn't...

Crowd-Sourcing an Oakland Grammy Nomination

The motto of the Alphabet Rockers is: "We make music that makes change." On...

The Pacific Mambo Orchestra is Back for More

When the Pacific Mambo Orchestra received a Grammy nomination for The Best Tropical Latin...

Remixing Tchaikovsky for the Kids of Oakland

This week, The People's Conservatory will premiere Kola: An Afro Diasporic Remix of The...
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