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After 'Icy' Hiatus, The Lovemakers Patch Things Up

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Kathy Foster’s Hurry Up Playing Homestead Bowl

Loosen Up: Kathy Foster, of The Thermals, keeps things fast and loose with Hurry Up.

Though Kathy Foster has long been a Portland denizen, she’s originally from Sunnyvale. “Mountain View; Sunnyvale” she clarifies. “I went to De Anza. Sold vintage clothes at the flea market.” That was almost two decades ago. Foster has gone on to reach a certain level of indie stardom since her days slinging old… » Read More

After ‘Icy’ Hiatus, The Lovemakers Patch Things Up

Love Sounds: Lisa Light and Scott Blonde of The Lovemakers get the band back together.

Making music with another person isn’t all that different from making love, according to Lisa Light, half of the Oakland-based dance-punk duo The Lovemakers. “I think in any musical connection, it’s a love connection—no matter whether you are actually consummating that connection,” Light says, reflecting on her musical partnership with Scott Blonde—the other… » Read More

Amanda Palmer Drops Out Of Morrissey Show

From Amanda Palmer's blog. She isn't feeling too good.

Heads up, Amanda Palmer followers: Citing health issues related to a recent tick bite and the contraction of acute Lyme disease the Boston-based musician has canceled her much-anticipated opening slot for Morrissey tomorrow night. On her Patreon page, where she does the bulk of her blogging these days, she cites acute Lyme disease, by… » Read More

Outside Land Festival Announces Set Times


With just two weeks before one of the biggest annual music events in Northern California, organizers announced set times today for Outside Lands Music Festival. The festival kicks off August 7 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with Mumford and Sons and D’Angelo headlining, followed by the Black Keys and Kendrick Lamar… » Read More

Trails And Ways Bring New Album To San Jose

Oakland-based indie pop quartet Trails and Ways scored big blog buzz with their wistful and bouncy tribute to Sao Paolo, ‘Nunca.’ Photo by David Wallace.

Although they are signed to two record labels—including Barsuk, home to Death Cab For Cutie—and they recently released a well-received single, Oakland-based quartet, Trails and Ways, won’t be leaving the comfort of the bedroom, their prefered recording space, any time soon. And why should they? After all, they arranged and recorded their… » Read More

Amanda Palmer Opening For Morrissey

Bad Girl: Amanda Palmer is a proponent of ‘women misbehaving.'

(Ed. note: Amanda Palmer has dropped out of this show, citing complications from treatment of acute Lyme disease. Read about it here.) It’s hard to talk about Amanda Palmer without first addressing her haters. From her days as the frontwoman of The Dresden Dolls to her flourishing solo career, Palmer, like her hero,… » Read More

VIDEO: Prayers At Back Bar SoFa, San Jose

Prayers frontman, Rafael Reyes (a.k.a. Seyer Leafar), at Back Bar SoFa. Photo: Geoffrey Smith II.

Fans of ‘cholo goth’ duo, Prayers, turned out in force at Back Bar SoFa to catch songs from San Diego group’s new, Travis Barker-produced EP, ‘Young Gods.’ The show—hosted by the San Jose-based alternative Latino music collective, Sonido Clash—also featured an opening set by Xuxa Santamaria, and DJ spots by Cutso and… » Read More