Trampled By Turtles just want to rock a banjo without being called a bluegrass band. Is that so wrong?
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From folklorist field recordings to whisper-quiet folk, the man behind Hiss Golden Messenger is anything but conventional
Seven years ago, Angi Lemucchi had a notebook full of lyrics and chords and a desire to turn them into songs.
Local Afro-Brazilian institution SambaDá gives new lineup a baptism by fire on upcoming album
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Over a decade ago San Jose/Santa Cruz rapper Kung Fu Vampire started fusing straightforward hip-hop with a live band and dark theatrical...
Fascinated by seedy characters on society’s edge, Ray Bonneville has never played blues by the rules
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For garage-rockers and surf bands, playing the annual two-day music festival in Southern California known as Burgerama is an important milestone in...
Kris Delmhorst on folky New Wave covers and coming back to songwriting with a whole new perspective
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Local four-piece the Devil Himself describe themselves as the “Rodney Dangerfields of metal” in their band bio. Some bands get no respect.
Shlohmo’s new album is the latest step in the evolution of emotional electronic music
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Sibling rivalry is an age-old rock ’n’ roll trope; just ask the Beach Boys, the Kinks or Oasis. Ben Lomond alt-rockers and...
Pete Yorn goes back to where it all started on solo acoustic tour
Lydia Loveless’ latest album is a mature approach to heartache, longing and romance
Songwriting contest makes music for at-risk youth possible
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The awesome thing about technology is that one guy can start a dance party at a club with just his laptop. The...
Janis Ian on Godzilla haikus and touring with Tom Paxton
Hot Stone Stars prides themselves on getting out there and playing music that they wrote from the heart, the old-fashioned way: jamming...
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How laid-back indie-folk collective Phox stumbled into a career
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Few bands have a theme song. Local heavy alt-rockers Travelling Ills do, but they kind of did it backward, since the song...
Chicano Batman collects their favorite sounds—including some eclectic retro movements—into soulful musical stew
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Ponderosa Pines, the debut release by local band Painted Horses, is a gorgeous record. They’ve taken an old-timey folk aesthetic and given...