Vanessa Carlton: RABBITS ON THE RUN

There’s nothing extraordinary about Vanessa Carlton. She plays the piano all right. She sings just okay, and she’s pretty enough not to scare off CD buyers with her face on an album cover. However, being just suitable isn’t enough. Since her 2002 hit and Zales commercial go-to song, “A Thousand
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Little Dragon: RITUAL UNION

Electro-pop can’t stop and won’t stop, as is proved by the release of Little Dragon’s third album, Ritual Union. The Swedish quartet, led by the sultry, nymph-like vocals of Yukimi Nagano, flaunt their refined self-assurance with this latest installment of work. In the past, Little Dragon stood above the rest
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Release the Sunbird: COME BACK TO US

Duet records are generally a mix of cheap love songs and tired ballads. Thankfully, Release the Sunbird have come to give the genre a fresh overhaul with their debut record, Come Back to Us. Led by the Bay Area’s Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave fame, his latest project brims with
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“Seussical” falls short of expectations

The last time “Seussical the Musical” was performed in the Berkeley Playhouse, Teala Volkamer (Cindy Michoo Who) viewed the performance from a seat next to her parents in the audience. This time, the teenage Volkamer joined a cast that ranged from toddlers to adults and took the stage proving, in
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Portugal. The Man exhilirates at Rickshaw

The walls of San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop throbbed last Thursday night, stretching like a membranous cell wall to accommodate the radiating energy of the pulsating nucleus within. West coasters White Arrows and Portugal. The Man played to an airtight crowd in the shoebox venue, (enticing) polarized bodies to bump ‘n
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Bay Area native Zach Rogue talks new band and sound

With the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival quickly approaching, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which acts to see. Some concert-goers have a strict agenda, others just go with the flow depending on what their ears pick up. If you’re down to relax and hear some soul-easing
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