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...
Jul 6, 2022

Starr Power: Pretty Frankenstein releases new EP

Grey Starr is a superstar.  She grew up with “goth parents” in the East Bay, started playing music at 14 and came out as queer in high school. Now, in her early mid-30s and self-described as “peak Millennial,”...
Jul 6, 2022

David Bennet Cohen: Psychedelic pioneer takes a path back to the blues

David Bennet Cohen was a Greenwich Village folky before he hitchhiked out to California. After seeing the Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, he decided to be a rock star and thought the Bay Area...
Jun 29, 2022

Femi Kuti: Dealing with his father’s legacy and creating his own

Femi Kuti is the son of Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti, the musician who created afrobeat, a style that blended traditional West African forms with the rhythms of funk, soul, R&B, salsa, calypso and jazz. With his band Africa...
Jun 22, 2022

Blues Lawyer: Pure pop from the years of the pandemic

Blues Lawyer’s third record, All in Good Time, was put together during the pandemic lockdown. Rob Miller, the band’s primary songwriter, said Covid forced the band to rethink their creative process. “I wanted to write songs, but was...
Jun 15, 2022

The Little Village Foundation: Celebrating the cultural diversity of the Bay Area

The Little Village Foundation is a non-profit organization that runs a record label supporting non-traditional music. They’ve put out albums of mariachi, folk, blues, gospel and other underrepresented genres. Since its foundation in 2015, Little Village has...
Jun 8, 2022

Lavay Smith: Celebrating the life and music of Peggy Lee

Like most performing artists, Lavay Smith & Her Red-Hot Skillet Lickers faced the Covid lockdown with apprehension. Smith and her partner, the band’s pianist and arranger, Chris Siebert, were confined to their apartment in the Mission for most of the last two years, wondering when things might get back to...
May 25, 2022

Suffers at the Starline: Gulf Coast band brings their soulful sound to Oakland

The Suffers’ third album, It Starts with Love, is history in real time, with a brass section. Hips and heads can’t help but twist and bob respectively when listening to tracks like “Take Me to the Good...
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