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I’ve been a Swiftie for most of my life, and I loved “Miss Americana”

February 5, 2020

Miss Americana herself, Taylor Swift, is the subject of a highly anticipated documentary that premiered Jan. 31 in theaters and on Netflix.  The documentary premiered at Sundance on Jan. 23, but came out on Netflix Jan. 31. It gives fans a look at S...

SuenaTron hypes an excitable crowd at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, California. The band is currently working on its first album and has not yet set a release date.

San Jose’s SuenaTron seeks to reform latin music

January 21, 2020

The Mystic Theater in Petaluma clamoured with dancing feet and sweaty audience members enthralled with the new age spanish sound emanating from San Jose-based band SuenaTron.  “If you have a drink in your hand, I want you to raise it now. Salud!” S...

Drummer Rafael Bañuelos, 21, performs on Nov. 9 at 3 Disciples Brewing in Santa Rosa during an Incredulous show.

Garages and bedrooms and bars: Making it big in Sonoma County

December 12, 2019

Branden Carrell and his bandmates watch where they step in their makeshift recording studio. The former garage, once a photo studio, now serves as Carrell’s grandmother’s bedroom. Carrell’s band, Incredulous, chose the room for its acoustics, des...

JPEGMAFIA promotes the release of his newest album

JPEGMAFIA brings “All My Heroes Are Cornballs” to Oakland

October 17, 2019

It goes without saying that the world of live shows, especially among contemporary rap artists, has become all too lifeless and overrated, with artists just lip-syncing over the instrumentals and vocals on their records. However, Baltimore’s experime...

Danny Brown released the colorful, synth-heavy

“uknowhatimsayin¿”: Danny Brown’s palette changes once again

October 12, 2019

Detroit-native Danny Brown’s excellent new album “uknowhatimsayin¿” is another collection of psychedelic beats peppered with Brown’s signature frenetic voice and paranoid lyrics. While White produced the majority of the beats on “Atrocity Ex...

Though unsuspecting, Bose Frames come with two directional speakers on both the left and right arms of the sunglasses.

Bose Frames: Adding ambience to the world

September 27, 2019

In the last few years, both fashion houses and wearable tech companies have explored the idea of adding music to your environment with Sony Xperia Ear Duo, Aftershokz Trekz being two examples. Known for its noise canceling technology, Bose initially joi...

After 13-long years, Tool release their newest album early Sept.

“Fear Inoculum”: Tool makes a triumphant return

September 3, 2019

"Fear Inoculum" is proof that good things are worth waiting for; the album is an experimental masterpiece, with guitar, bass, drums and synthesizer weaving in and out and crashing together for tremendous breakdowns.  Tool broke a 13-year-long silence to release...

Fighting Words: Musicians respond to white nationalism in Trump’s America

Jesse Kapukui, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

When Janelle Monae sings “Just love me baby, love me for who I am” in her song “Americans,” she’s not asking for the romantic love of any single partner. Instead, Monae is begging for the respect of her fellow man or, more specifically, white men who identify as white nationalists. It’s not uncommon for musicians to wade into sociopolitical waters when tensions run high. Musicians have always responded to unjust regimes and advocated for social change. During the ‘...


Don’t “sleep” on these 6 black artists

February 28, 2019

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments, the talent and the history of African-Americans. In observation of the month, it’s time to shed some light on a few black musicians who deserve the recognition—regardless of the time of the year or the ...

Seer's sixth album,

Thunder’s brewing in Vancouver in Seer’s ‘Vol 6.’

February 19, 2019

Crashing drums, lumbering riffs and haunting vocals from frontman Bronson Lee Norton tick all the essential boxes for a perfect doom metal album. “Vol.6” is an intense thunderstorm of rhythm and vocals by up-and-coming group Seer, playing heavily to ...

New York alt-rock band Sunflower Bean cracks open a fresh new EP.

“King of the Dudes”: Sunflower Bean’s bold attempt to save rock falls short

February 7, 2019

“King of the Dudes” is the latest four song EP from New York City based rock band Sunflower Bean. The album was released on Jan. 25 with a runtime of roughly 20 minutes. The band departs from their clean and glossy sound for a fast-paced, nostalg...

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