• Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Oct. 20

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – Oct. 20

    Clockwise from top left: Rozzi, Middle Kids, MAY-A, Lund, James Ivy and Sara Kays. Every week, there’s a plethora of new music at our fingertips. Artists on platforms like Spotify and Bandcamp are plentiful, and the radio offers a steady deluge of new singles, but who has time…
  • The Golden Bull back in business, hopes to bring music back to Oakland

    The Golden Bull back in business, hopes to bring music back to Oakland

    Musicians and The Golden Bull owners Bill Schneider (left) Mark W. Lynn (center) and Jason Beebout take a break outside their bar on Oct. 14, 2020. Karen Goldman/STAFF. The owners of The Golden Bull in Oakland never expected to be reselling pizza, but now that’s what’s keeping the…
  • Insert Foot: Stuck with 'Halloween 2018' in 2020 until the COVID coast is clear

    Insert Foot: Stuck with ‘Halloween 2018’ in 2020 until the COVID coast is clear

    Left: Tony Hicks in the ’80s. Right: Tony Hicks in “Halloween 2018.” I went to a movie for the first time in eight months on Friday night. It felt … weird. I think paying for a film with Michael Myers as the protagonist, when I had once been…
  • REWIND: The good, the bad and the ugly of spooky movie music

    REWIND: The good, the bad and the ugly of spooky movie music

    The Nightmare Before Christmas. Welcome to Week 3 of Halloween Month. As I’m writing this well in advance, something I desperately try to avoid given the breakneck 2020 news cycle, I don’t know what horrors I should probably be addressing. I’m assuming someone important is dead, for example,…
  • Professor Music dives into music theory and white supremacy with Kev Choice

    Professor Music dives into music theory and white supremacy with Kev Choice

    Last month music school grad student and YouTuber Adam Neely released a video he titled “Is Music Theory Racist?” Quickly renamed “Music Theory and White Supremacy,” Neely’s video followed some controversy within the insular world of music schools after a symposium talk by Philip Ewell, an associate professor of…
  • Q&A: Argentinean Nicki Nicole crashes through 'Mala Vida' waiting out the world's longest quarantine

    Q&A: Argentinean Nicki Nicole crashes through ‘Mala Vida’ waiting out the world’s longest quarantine

    Nicki Nicole, Courtesy: Pull&Bear. Rising Argentine R&B and pop artist Nicki Nicole has taken the world by storm with her electrifying dance anthems. She broke out with debut single “Music Sessions #13,” with producer Bizarrap, which carried her to the stage of the first-ever Spotify Awards. Now she continues…
  • Obituary: The once-in-a-lifetime force of Edward Van Halen

    Obituary: The once-in-a-lifetime force of Edward Van Halen

    Eddie Van Halen performs with Van Halen at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., on July 16, 2015. Derek Simmons/STAFF. I was done crying and trying to get my head around Eddie Van Halen’s death, when my mom called me and offered condolences for “the most loved…
  • Concord's Carlos Alazraqui on reviving 'Reno 911!' and 'Rocko's Modern Life'

    Concord’s Carlos Alazraqui on reviving ‘Reno 911!’ and ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’

    Carlos Alazraqui, Courtesy: Comedy Central/Everet. You think you know Carlos Alazraqui as Deputy Garcia on “Reno 911.” He played the character for the first five seasons and, despite being killed off in an explosion offscreen before season six, he returned for the seventh season, now airing on Quibi.…
  • Q&A: Gaidaa on self-discovery, accepting pandemic 'Overture'

    Q&A: Gaidaa on self-discovery, accepting pandemic ‘Overture’

    Gaidaa, Courtesy: Segraphy. Just two years ago, Sudanese-born and Netherlands-based R&B singer-songwriter Gaidaa caught the attention of Dutch producer Full Crate with a cover of a Kehlani record. Full Crate would go one to work with her and launch the artist’s career. The 20-year-old is coming off the release…
  • Sublime with Rome's Eric Wilson scoffs at pandemic as attempt to take freedom

    Sublime with Rome’s Eric Wilson scoffs at pandemic as attempt to take freedom

    Eric Wilson (center) with Sublime with Rome, Courtesy. After hosting a handful of tribute acts and regional bands at drive-in concerts last summer, the Alameda County Fairgrounds will be the scene of two Sublime with Rome concerts Friday and Saturday. The SoCal band, an offshoot from Sublime fronted…
  • The Seshen invites fans into its 'CYAN' world through UC Theatre livestream

    The Seshen invites fans into its ‘CYAN’ world through UC Theatre livestream

    The Seshen performs at the UC Theatre in Berkeley on Sept. 27, 2020. Onome Uyovbievbo/STAFF. BERKELEY — On Feb. 27, the day before releasing its latest album, CYAN, Bay Area electric soul band The Seshen debuted some of the new material at a Noise Pop festival gig at…
  • INTERVIEW: Lydia Loveless looks to find herself on 'Daughter'

    INTERVIEW: Lydia Loveless looks to find herself on ‘Daughter’

    Lydia Loveless, Courtesy: Megan Toenyes. After crisscrossing the country in support of her 2016 album, Real, singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless was emotionally and physically spent. By that point, the alt-country artist had followed one critically acclaimed album (2014’s Somewhere Else) with another and toured with the likes of Lucinda…