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Karen O is vulnerable, yet unpolished in ‘Crush Songs’

“Don’t tell me that they’re all the same / because even the sound of his name / carries me over their reach / back to some golden beach where only he remains,” whispers Karen O as soft hums and guitar strums are heard in the background. “Ooo,” the first track Read More…

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Big Gigantic talks EDM and San Francisco’s Summersalt festival

Rounding out the West Coast music festival circuit, San Francisco’s annual Summersalt will transform the historic Pier 70 into a daylong dance floor for the Bay’s alternative EDM community. From Diplo to DJ Shadow, Summersalt has featured the biggest names in trap and alternative dance music. Heavyweights Keys N Krates, Read More…

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Mayhem Festival to musically educate the Bay

In its second year, Mayhem Festival (formerly Oaktown Music Festival) is still searching for the best music coming out of Oakland right now. A juried music video and song contest culminating with a two-night festival that features contest winners, Mayhem Festival exists to celebrate and encourage Oakland’s music scene. Through Read More…

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Indie band Art Nikels changes the Berkeley music scene

With sounds that soar ephemerally, resonating up through the hills and beyond, Berkeley-based psychedelic-indie band Art Nikels is carving out a space for itself in the pluralistic Bay Area scene, bringing a decidedly Berkeley approach. Outstanding and creative musicians in their own rights, the members of this band of UC Read More…

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First City Festival shines in Monterey

Monterey in the  ’60s was well-known for a three-day music festival. Jimi Hendrix performed, as did the Who and Janis Joplin. This Woodstock-of-the-West experience continues today in the scenic coastal town with First City Festival, a two-day music festival boasting a well-curated lineup, an old-school carnival and even a swamp Read More…

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LA music festival strikes a forceful note

Whether through exceptional skill or dumb-ass luck, some extra spark is surely needed to pull off a festival called Fuck Yeah Fest, or FYF. Last weekend marked the 11th annual FYF, among the biggest and most eclectically themed music festivals north of Indio, California. FYF 2014 showcased the music of Read More…