//Playing The Bay

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

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|

PLAYING THE BAY: Ray Reck Brings the Bounce

A little over seven years ago, Ray Reck accepted an invitation on a whim to DJ a gig in San Francisco, and since then has been swinging beats and moving hips from Venice Beach, to San Jose, to Oakland and San Francisco. Representing the spirit of Oakland Bounce, a femme collective of bounce enthusiasts, Ray [...]

By |2018-08-14T17:27:02-04:00August 14th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Arumi Dances on the Glass Ceiling

Straight outta Southern California, Arumi discovered her artistic expression in the Bay Area through a love of house and world music. As a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, she manifests her passion for music through DJing and producing. Alongside DJ Lil Waifu, Arumi cofounded Global Thotties - a collective for female artists focusing in [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:08-04:00July 31st, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: MahaWam is Taking Names and Snatching Wigs

MahaWam has become a staple among many establishments in San Francisco and Oakland, weaving house beats with his influence of tech metal and progressive rock to usher in a new era of queer freedom and expression. On any given night you can find MahaWam hosting and organizing club nights and events with notable Bay Area DJs [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:09-04:00July 24th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: DJ Lil Waifu the Lightworker

Armed with leather straps and anime references, Jasmine Justo (a.k.a DJ Lil' Waifu) creates mixtapes that heal souls and unequivocally embrace all the emotions. In this interview, catch Lil' Waifu’s realness in the way she talks about her sadness, sexuality, and sending soundwaves to outerspace, as well as her experiences navigating the music industry among [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:10-04:00July 10th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson on Discwoman’s SF Takeover

Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, left, with Discwoman co-founders Emma Burgess-Olson and Christine McCharen-Tran. Courtesy Tyler Jones Photography. One of San Francisco’s most popular and long running clubs, 1015 Folsom, surrendered to an East Coast takeover hosted by Discwoman in honor of Pride Month. This was truly a tale of two cities. The exclusive lineup [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:11-04:00July 3rd, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Ivy Jeanne Is Not For Sale

Ivy Jeanne wears many hats. Political femme activist, lead singer of Black Rainbow, muralist, and longtime San Francisco resident, are just a few ways to describe her momentum and dedication to our local community. We chat on Clarion Alley, in front of her very own mural (influenced by the controversial Dropbox soccer field incident in [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:12-04:00June 26th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING THE BAY: Michelle Zhu Finds Peace of Mind

On a sun-kissed afternoon in San Francisco’s Mission district, we met up with Michelle Zhu at Clarion Alley. As we sat along the stretch of “socially engaged and aesthetically innovative public art” painted by local artists, we chatted about her current projects and plans for the future. Inspired by Maya Angelou’s book I Know Why the [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:14-04:00June 19th, 2018|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

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