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Feb 21, 2017

Weather Inspires New Moon Duo Record

For Sanae Yamada—keyboardists and one half of psychedelic rockers Moon Duo— the most surreal aspect of relocating from the Bay Area to Portland a...
Sep 10, 2015

Freq.Fest.Norcal: Chiptune At Art Boutiki

For six years, Kevin Martinez slaved over his Nintendo Entertainment System and Gameboy. Chopping up the buzzes, bleeps and bloops, and painstakingly pasting them...
Jan 14, 2015

Hard Girls Are Quitting Their Day Jobs

Fifteen seconds into Hard Girls’ newest album, A Thousand Surfaces, the band explodes with more power and ferocity than anything you’ll find on any...
Dec 17, 2014

Guitarist, Yvette Young, Leads Math Rock Band, Covet, With Piano-Like Finger-Tapping

Despite some dazzling math rock chops, and a growing fanbase, local singer, songwriter and guitarist Yvette Young is still green when it comes to playing...
Nov 13, 2014

'Cholo Goths' Prayers Playing Back Bar SoFA

As a teenager, Rafael Reyes had to hide his love of dark, brooding bands like Christian Death and Joy Division, but not because he...
Oct 22, 2014

Buzzworthy Locals Fritz Montana Play Blank Club

Many bands plug away for years, playing house parties, clubs and smaller halls before they ever reach a stage inside an arena, assuming they...
Oct 1, 2014

The Voodoo Glow Skulls Keeping Ska Alive

It can be hard to believe now, but two decades ago ska had a pretty big moment. It was a time before Gwen Stefani’s solo...
Sep 24, 2014

Orenda Fink Coming To Cafe Stritch; New Album Explores Death, Healing Power Of Dreams

There are two important facts to understand about Blue Dream, the latest solo album from Orenda Fink, half of Alabama dream-pop duo Azure Ray. First,...
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