The Seshen’s Oakland love affair

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“I feel like we’re kind of in the middle of a musical renaissance in the East Bay right now,” mused Mirza Kopelman, percussionist of Oakland electro-soul band the Seshen. The seven-piece band has members spread out all over the East Bay, but “Oakland is where we cut our musical teeth,”
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Tunesday: Late nights, broken hearts

Maybe you’ve just finished a long day at work or writing a paper — either way, you can feel the tiredness in your bones. You are driving back home, blasting music through your car’s speakers one red light after another. As you listen, you can feel your mind shifting or your
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Tunesday: ’70s Soul-cial change

It’s time to take a trip back to one of the most fascinating and formative decades in U.S. history. Hot on the heels of the tumultuous end the ’60s — rife with social upheaval, anti-war demonstrations, race riots and political assassinations — early ’70s soul music exhibited a dichotomy of
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Be Calm Honcho to play Great American Spirit Ball

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Vibrant, easy-breezy, West Coast-loving indie-rock band Be Calm Honcho is the soundtrack to your summer. Singer Shannon Harney offers crystal clear vocals and clever lyrics, backed by relaxed beach-day guitar vibes and fun, playful beats. In fact, Be Calm Honcho gives you an idea of the sound it’s going for
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Tunesday: Totally not the ’80s

Just like Marty McFly in “Back to the Future Part II,” these current pop, rock and dance hits sound like they’ve traveled from 1989. Whether you’re an ’80s baby or a lover of throwback-ish tunes, these modern-day, ’80s-esque synth-pop masterpieces were made for the time traveler in us all. “Rollercoaster”
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Picks of the week: Fronted by females

Legendary feminist collective Guerrila Girls released statistics in 2012 that at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, “less than 4% of artists in the Modern Art section are women, but 76% of the nudes are female.” That is why this week, we’re encouraging you to indulge in art that puts
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Foxtails Brigade delivers sweet, strange orchestral sounds

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At first listen, Foxtails Brigade sounds just like a fairytale. Singer Laura Weinbach pulls you in with gorgeous, ethereal melodies and whimsical lyrical imagery. Her voice carries sweetly over soft orchestral accompaniment, but suddenly, the orchestral sounds grow warped, and the creaking percussion of a sinister machine snaps you out
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