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...
Zakir Hussain digs into our collective music unconscious for ‘Pulse of the World: Celtic Connections’
From country songs about cell phones to the theme for ‘Better Call Saul,’ Junior Brown makes music his way
River City Extension are still searching for their sound on new album
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There was a time when four-piece rock bands dominated the airwaves and filled stadiums all across the country, and even did so...
Red Baraat incorporates three drummers, four horns, a guitarist and well-placed electronic effects
Even toddlers like OK Go now. So why is ‘Hungry Ghosts’ their most melancholy record?
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Local rockers Rayburn Brothers are all about brotherly love and harmony, but the whole thing actually started out as a Craig Rayburn...
Ethan Miller steps up really, really close to the mic on his surprisingly intimate new Howlin’ Rain record
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Birthed in Santa Rosa, Chapter 11 Records now resides in the Santa Cruz Mountains, run by Ian Clark (from the Randumbs), Ben...
Why Peter Harper spent most of his life trying not to follow brother Ben’s musical path
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Jessica Pratt’s second album seeks to rectify the wrong impressions left by her surprise-hit debut
It was in the ’80s that reggae started to gain a wider, more international audience.
Give Slaid Cleaves a decade, and he’ll tell you how you feel
Grampa’s Chili is certainly an odd name for a band, and the members of said local psychedelic jam outfit have multiple explanations...
Kawehi’s obsession with automation bleeds from her sound into her lyrical concepts
Let’s start with the most obvious question about Dan Potthast’s new band, Sharkanoid: why are there no sharks on the cover of...