Cass McCombs, Meat Puppets mix genres in live show

Cass McCombs and the Meat Puppets make an unexpected pairing. The two artists chose to tour together out of mutual admiration, but they share few of the typical similarities for such a setup. Where the Meat Puppets are famous for their energetic mix of grunge rock and country-western influences, McCombs
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Pianist Yuja Wang astounds in San Francisco performance

At only 27 years old, Yuja Wang has received unprecedented praise for her talents as a classical pianist. Her captivating stage presence has allowed her to travel to symphony halls throughout Asia, Europe and North America. On Dec. 1, Wang returned to Davies Symphony Hall for her third recital under
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Local indie rock band Art Nikels releases new EP

Swirling clouds of mystery surround the fuzzy, unearthly sounds of Berkeley band Art Nikels’ brand new EP, Primitives. This local psychedelic indie-rock band is notable not only for its dreamy, eerie style but also for its mysterious benefactor and musical contributor, whom the band has never met — a man
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Berkeley band the Drambles talks writing process, inspirations

A couple of weeks ago, Oakland’s Leo’s Music Club became a haven for indie-rock lovers and dance fanatics alike when Berkeley’s the Drambles and LA-based Fool’s Gold put on a spectacularly energetic show. The Drambles, consisting of four UC Berkeley students, brings a unique sound to the local music scene,
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G. Love jams for free at the Chapel

Few minimally publicized events can draw crowds on a Tuesday night, let alone crowds that wrap around the block hours before the doors even open. But free music from G. Love & Special Sauce, a band that has been around for decades, and an open bar have the ability to
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Mayhem Festival shows off best of Oakland music

According to 23 local music industry professionals and the community, Oakland’s best bands were all in one place this weekend. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Awaken Cafe hosted winners of Mayhem Festival, Oakland’s second annual song and music video contest. Mayhem Festival is a sort of online-based battle of
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