If we are to believe Mike Odd, there aren’t many who know the true identity of Ronald Osborne, frontman for the L.A.-based, McDonald’s-themed Black Sabbath cover band, Mac Sabbath. Continue reading »
In a sense, Los Angeles-based jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington had it all. At just 19, he began touring with Snoop Dogg, which led to gigs backing up greats like the “Queen of Funk” Chaka Khan and jazz fusion bassist Stanley Clarke. More recently, his resume landed him a credit on Kendrick Lamar’s latest LP, To Pimp a Butterfly.
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Odd Future offshoot The Internet sprang onto the scene in 2011, around the same time that another OFWGKTA associate, Frank Ocean, and a Drake-approved mystery-man (known back then only by his moniker, The Weeknd) began releasing throbbing, druggy, downtempo jams for free online. The music blogosphere quickly pounced. Music writers observed that The Internet—who will headline the Jazz Beyond Stage this Friday, during the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest—along with their peers, were making music that sounded familiar, yet somehow alien. Continue reading »
Though Kathy Foster has long been a Portland denizen, she’s originally from Sunnyvale. “Mountain View; Sunnyvale” she clarifies. “I went to De Anza. Sold vintage clothes at the flea market.” Continue reading »
Making music with another person isn’t all that different from making love, according to Lisa Light, half of the Oakland-based dance-punk duo The Lovemakers. Continue reading »
Heads up, Amanda Palmer followers: Citing health issues related to a recent tick bite and the contraction of acute Lyme disease the Boston-based musician has canceled her much-anticipated opening slot for Morrissey tomorrow night.
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With just two weeks before one of the biggest annual music events in Northern California, organizers announced set times today for Outside Lands Music Festival. Continue reading »
Although they are signed to two record labels—including Barsuk, home to Death Cab For Cutie—and they recently released a well-received single, Oakland-based quartet, Trails and Ways, won’t be leaving the comfort of the bedroom, their prefered recording space, any time soon. And why should they? Continue reading »
(Ed. note: Amanda Palmer has dropped out of this show, citing complications from treatment of acute Lyme disease. Read about it here.)
It’s hard to talk about Amanda Palmer without first addressing her haters. From her days as the frontwoman of The Dresden Dolls to her flourishing solo career, Palmer, like her hero, Morrissey—for whom she’ll be opening at the SJSU Event Center on Saturday—has been on the receiving end of public criticism for pretty much as long as she’s been an artist. Continue reading »
Fans of ‘cholo goth’ duo, Prayers, turned out in force at Back Bar SoFa to catch songs from San Diego group’s new, Travis Barker-produced EP, ‘Young Gods.’ The show—hosted by the San Jose-based alternative Latino music collective, Sonido Clash—also featured an opening set by Xuxa Santamaria, and DJ spots by Cutso and Chatos 1013. Check out our video interview with Prayers’ frontman Rafael Reyes (a.k.a. Seyer Leafar). Continue reading »