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Sophia Vaccaro

About Sophia Vaccaro

Sophia Vaccaro writes fantasy books for teens and annoys her roommate Sam by playing punk music really loudly while making eggs. Occasionally she can be found annoying her roommate Sam by playing punk music really softly.

PLAYING THE BAY: Madi Sipes & the Painted Blue Find the Beat of a “Heavy Heart”

Credit where it’s due to Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue for maintaining a consistent aesthetic. The album art for the last few singles look like snapshots from the underground parlor of a lovelorn 1940s tattoo artist who hasn’t skipped a day of adding her beauty mark in the last 10 years. Their latest, "Heavy [...]

By |2019-06-22T19:37:01-04:00June 19th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Slumped Prepares for Summer Onslaught with Self-Titled LP

photo by Zoe Griffing Heller The genesis of summer is upon us, and with its verdant green and gold also comes a reckoning. What do we do with the remnants of ourselves left over from winter and spring? If you’re heartbroken or enraged or otherwise blasted to bits, the long, sun-soaked hours practically [...]

By |2019-06-06T14:44:51-04:00June 5th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: MUSH Delivers “A Night of Black Magic” with Maya Songbird and Ah Mer Ah Su

Last week I traversed to Jack London Square for the second show of BFF.fm’s summer concert series, MUSH. With the goal of highlighting the diverse sounds of the Bay Area music scene, MUSH promises a small outdoor concert experience a stone’s throw from the Jack London square eateries and nearby bars. While BFF.fm still has [...]

By |2019-06-03T10:10:37-04:00May 29th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Psych Rockers Cellar Doors Take a Ride on Self-Titled Debut

Cellar Doors play a show at Milk Bar, with projections by Mad Alchemy. Photo by Tyler Loring. Hello Audiofemmes! I’m Sophia, your new Playing the Bay columnist. I am: native Berkeley garbage, a sweet-n-sour enthusiast, and a novice mosher. Got some good bands for me to check out? Let me know on Instagram [...]

By |2019-06-05T02:22:54-04:00May 21st, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

SHOW REVIEW: Daddy Issues, Foxing, and Now, Now Deliver a Divine Performance At August Hall

I’m not a very religious person, but I do think that whatever I’ve lost from not going to temple I’ve gained back at all the live shows that hit me hard. That’s certainly what happened to me last Wednesday night at at the small-but-mighty August Hall, where I caught Foxing and Now, Now on their [...]

By |2019-06-05T02:19:36-04:00May 20th, 2019|FEATURES, Reviews, Show Reviews|

ONLY NOISE: How PUP – and Punk Rock – Changed My Relationship with Physical Intimacy

PUP photo by Vanessa Heins. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Sophia Vaccaro finds empowerment and personal autonomy in the mosh pit, with PUP providing the punk rock release. The mosh pit at a PUP show helped Sophia [...]

By |2019-04-09T17:17:27-04:00April 11th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

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