//Playing The Bay

Every Tuesday, we explore the Bay Area music scene with an exclusive, in person video interview.

PLAYING THE BAY: Nu Normol Embrace Lo-Fi Sass on no love songs EP

Listening to San Francisco band Nu Normol’s new EP, no love songs, is akin to having a cassette tape slipped through your mail slot. Peel away the Scotch tape and recycled wrapping paper and you’ll know: you’ve been visited by the spirit of DIY rock n’ roll, conveyed in a conveniently-sized rectangle complete with Wite-Out [...]

By |2019-10-30T13:20:51-05:00October 30th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Boy Scouts Artfully Embraces Resignation on New LP Free Company

Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts. Photo Credit: Ulysses Ortega It’s hard not to heavily associate new music with the time of year that you first heard it, where a few notes or a chorus can propel you back in time to months before, your eyes and ears filling with the sounds of springtime [...]

By |2019-10-24T02:10:49-05:00October 23rd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Sleepover Balances Musical Influences on New Self-Titled EP

The self-titled debut EP from Bay Area band Sleepover starts with the kind of intro you would expect to hear on a Best of the '50s compilation album. Take me with you, begs lead singer Pakayla Biehn on the cheekily-named “Lullabye,” the instrumentals slowly racking up in intensity before diving into a snarling pit of punky [...]

By |2019-10-14T17:22:32-05:00October 16th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Half Stack Has One Foot Out the Door in New EP Single “Goner”

“Goner,” the new single from Oakland band Half Stack, comes two years after their last release, 2018’s full-length Quitting Time. With an easy narrative and simplistic lyrics, it's the first track from their upcoming EP, Aw Hell. Half Stack have always played on the contrast of their youth with the twang of their old-school sound, [...]

By |2019-09-19T12:18:14-05:00September 18th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Polkadot Spins Folktales Among the Flowers on Spring Songs EP

Polkadot’s most recent EP, Spring Songs, is a brief affair at four minutes and thirty-nine seconds. However, the two-song EP creates an immediate sonic landscape, an echoing folktale peeled from the page and delivered through ones and zeroes. With a stripped-down delivery and a slow, two-person harmony, Spring Songs does not tick my normal musical [...]

By |2019-08-28T23:38:49-05:00August 28th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Grumpster is “Crumbling” in New Video

In the music video for “Crumbling,” by Oakland punk band Grumpster, lead singer Fayln Walsh tears off her baggy '80s color-block shirt during the final breakdown, flinging her limbs with detached singularity in front of a golden-hour graveyard. Cut in between shots of the band playing live, this is the first time in the video [...]

By |2019-08-21T18:12:49-05:00August 21st, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Sour Widows Want You In On Their Townie Vibes

photo by Lynn Torres Sour Widows are here to educate the big-city people on the art of slowing down. “[Our music] has this lackadaisical, small-town vibe to it” says Maia Sinaiko, singer and guitarist for the three-piece Bay Area band. This can certainly be said of "Tommy," the preview single for their new [...]

By |2019-08-19T01:35:35-05:00August 14th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Twin Peaks Promoters Expand Community With Two-Day Twin Shrieks Fest

Twin Peaks Sessions organizers Jonathan Abrams, Rianne Garrido and Michael Donnelly. Photo by Trevor Skinner. While ascending the steps to the upper level at Twin Shrieks fest, I almost knocked over someone's plate of watermelon. "Sorry!" I mouthed into the dark, settling down to watch the next set from on high. The plate [...]

By |2019-08-12T01:54:16-05:00August 7th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Oakland’s Skip the Needle Are Done Holding Anything Back

photo by Irene Young. As Bay Area music industry veterans, the four members of Skip the Needle have run the gamut through the bullshit and, according to the lead single from their newest full-length project, they ain’t never going back. “We Ain’t Never Going Back” is the title track from Skip the Needle's forthcoming [...]

By |2019-07-26T12:01:24-05:00July 24th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: 10 Years On, Burger Boogaloo 2019 Must Reconsider Its Relationship With The City It Loves

all photos by Sophia Vaccaro   Walking up to the MacArthur entrance of the 10th annual Burger Boogaloo festival was akin to walking under the big top of a circus tent, the everyday machinations of Mosswood Park suddenly swathed by a curtain of pounding drums as children twisted on swing sets, their caretakers [...]

By |2019-07-18T10:10:35-05:00July 17th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

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