Culture Collide Fest provides global music scope in SF

Elbo Room and the Chapel in San Francisco were some of the intimate but electrifying sites for Culture Collide acts Tuesday and Wednesday. The laid-back environment made it easy for new fans to be created, both of the international bands and of the festival itself.   Go Back to the Read More…

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Kimbra talks echoes, dreams and her latest album

Ditch the gloomy weather with a pair of headphones and Kimbra’s new album, The Golden Echo. Filled with R&B influenced beats, her sounds have gotten more technologically savvy in her sophomore album, which features a variety of artists ranging from Bilal to John Legend. The up-and-coming New Zealand musician, best Read More…

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Pure Noise Records’ Jake Round talks new releases and tours

Berkeley-based label Pure Noise Records is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a national tour featuring State Champs, Handguns, Forever Came Calling, Front Porch Step, Heart to Heart and Brigades. In preparation for the hometown show at the Oakland Metro Operahouse on Oct. 24, The Daily Californian interviewed Pure Noise founder Read More…

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SBTRKT’s latest strays too far from previous style

Rewind to 2011. SBTRKT dropped his self-named debut album and scaled to success with distinctive singles “Wildfire,” featuring Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, and “Hold On,” featuring soulful vocalist Sampha. The album boomed with its tasteful balance of nimble rhythms and avant-garde vocalists, pushing Aaron Jerome into the mainstream spotlight for Read More…

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FlyLo’s latest a matter of life and death

When an artist such as Flying Lotus warns Rolling Stone that his new album might “mess up the game a little bit,” fans are wise to take notice. In the eight years since his debut, FlyLo has progressed from a jagged, minimalistic blend of trip-hop to something more layered and Read More…