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Jul 27, 2022

Greg Loiacono: Mother Hips’ frontman steps out with a soulful new album

Like many people, Greg Loiacono found himself at loose ends during the Covid lockdown. He should be familiar to Bay Area music lovers for his work with The Mother Hips, a band with a wide-open musical approach that incorporates folk, country, roots and rock into their signature style. During...
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Jul 20, 2022

Freight & Salvage Is East Bay’s Favorite—Again

Sponsored content by Freight & Salvage “Since its founding in 1968, the Freight & Salvage has been deeply rooted in that aspect of Berkeley’s culture that embraced freedom, justice, acceptance, collaboration and innovation,” the beloved music venue’s website...
Jul 20, 2022

Planet Booty: Celebrate good times with Oakland’s finest dance band

Planet Booty wants you to get up and dance! The Oakland based trio takes an expansive approach to the grooves they lay down, incorporating elements of retro funk, soul, jazz, dance, house, disco, R&B, hip-hop and EDM....
Jul 20, 2022

Hee Haw!: ‘My Donkey, My Lover & I’ passes the ‘Make It French’ test

When it comes to curious mental games that critics sometimes play, one of the most entertaining is “Make It French.” It works like this: In the midst of watching an ordinary, insipid American-made romantic comedy, the viewer...
Jul 20, 2022

The Potential of Everydayness: BAMPFA mounts major retrospective of Alison Knowles’ career

Do you have a favorite red object? Would you be willing to part with it in the service of art? If so, you’ll get your chance as part of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)...
Jul 20, 2022

Free Will Astrology: Week of July 20

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You are entering the Season of Love's Renewal. To celebrate, I offer you a poem by eighth-century Tamil poet Andal. Whatever gender you may be, I invite you to visualize yourself as the...
Jul 13, 2022

Norah Jones Keeps Her Pounce

The singer, songwriter and pianist hits the road with a new, deluxe 20th anniversary edition album By Lou Fancher Three days prior to a June 24 appearance at Berkeley's Greek Theatre, nine-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and pianist Norah Jones...
Jul 13, 2022

The Hot Takes: Riding the new wave into the future

The Hot Takes came together in Oakland, just before the pandemic shut everything down. “The four of us started the band in late 2019,” said Jared Savas, the band’s lead vocalist and main songwriter. “I wanted to...
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