Posts Tagged ‘Berkeley’

February 9, 2018

It was not so long ago that we stumbled upon an intriguing new band who call our favorite town of Berkeley home.The moment we heard vverevvolf’s insanely infectious debut, Cruel Games, we were hooked. And we were fortunate enough to get to see them perform their music live at Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco soon afterwards, too. They dazzled us with their vigorous energy and a bevy of high voltage alt pop and synthpop anthems. Fast forward to this week, and the band is teasing the arrival of a debut EP as well as thrilling us with their latest single, Lemonade, which comes with a music video shot on that momentous evening at Popscene. I’m brought right back to that fateful night by the prismatic video, amazing stage lighting and twirl worthy verve included. Lemonade is an uplifting and mellifluous electro-pop treat. Its pulsating synths and punchy rhythm evoke CHVRCHES, but vverevvolf isn’t purely an electronic pop band. They also emit much synthrock spunk and zest, which at times, reminds us of PVRIS, too. vverevvolf’s first EP Electric Blue arrives tomorrow, February 9th, and they’ll be playing their next show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Valentine’s Day. Bring your beau, bring your bae, bring your best friend, or just bring yourself (solo show outings are great!), and prepare to dance yourself silly to this charismatic new band’s animated stage presence and vibrant music. You can pre-order Electric Blue via Bandcamp, here.

October 18, 2017
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While a “plastic picnic” doesn’t sound all that pleasing, this Brooklyn based band comprised of four Pacific Northwest transplants are certainly delectable. Plastic Picnic ensnares us with their synth laden indie rock and mellifluous alt pop on Bite, which is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the band’s enthralling music. You can stream Berkeley below too, and revel in its luscious synths, smooth vocals, and dreamy guitars. Check out even more of the quartet’s polished tunage on Soundcloud, here.

January 31, 2017

Berkeley’s Nine Pound Shadow has quickly become one of bay’s beloved rising indie darlings this past year, even drawing the attention of Danger Mouse who then signed the duo to his label, 30th Century Records. Their wistful haunting, mellifluous lilting tunes like Melody and Bridges are breathtakingly moving. Last Friday, Nine Pound Shadow released their self titled debut EP, and with it, they’ve proven that those early songs were no flukes. Take for example, Tell Me Why, one of the five tracks off the EP and its current single. It’s just as exquisitely stirring. When I listen to Nine Pound Shadow, I can’t help but stop whatever else I’m doing and dissolve completely into the dusty folk pop and woozy psych rock wafting through my ears. Tell Me Why’s melancholic keys and dewy harmonies caress my heart gently, tenderly pulling on long forgotten scars. Yet, there’s also a free spirited air to the brothers’ earthy music. I feel as if I’m being lead down a path into a damp forest, where golden sunlight peaks around branches and dark shadows & wild creatures are my comforting friends. Nine Pound Shadow’s debut EP is available from major outlets, here.

July 20, 2016

I still remember encountering Nine Pound Shadow for the very first time nearly half a year ago. It was a cool wintry night when I heard wistful haunting Melody while tuning into Live 105′s Soundcheck radio show. I was so drawn into its Broken Bells meets The Zombies like lilting psychedelic rock that I pounced on sharing the song the moment I had a chance to do so. I wasn’t the only one much impressed by the song. Danger Mouse himself included Melody on an inaugural compilation from his new label 30th Century Records. The Berkeley based brothers have since returned to leave me shivering in bliss with brand new song Bridges, a gentle drifting, weightless swirling gem that premiered on Beats 1. I’m once again utterly entranced by their gorgeous music as I float away in bliss. Bridges is out now on iTunes. Nine Pound Shadows is preparing to release an EP later this year. 

June 17, 2016
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I don’t often use GPS on my phone, but when I do, it normally means I’m lost, or unsure of where I am. Yet Berkeley hip hop and R&B artist Rexx Life Raj sounds very much assured and confident on his new song Handheld GPS, a meditative social media discussion produced by JULiA LEWiS. Handheld GPS is my first introduction to this Bay musician, who’s already been making quite a splash in the scene. Handheld GPS is catchy and smooth, and it boasts endless swagger, too. The track is the first single from this emerging talent’s upcoming debut album, Father Figure. Not only does Rexx Life Raj shout out some Bay locales on the track, he also recently dropped a song named Young Wardell, produced by Ian McKee, a very fitting song to share considering the heated NBA Finals series going on right now. Stream Young Wardell below, and root for my Dubs on Sunday please.

December 31, 2014
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Oakland rapper G-Eazy is quickly rising to the top, as we’ve expected for some time now. His talent was far too obvious, and more and more people are picking up on that since this past summer’s release of full length These Things Happen and G-Eazy’s tour with Drake and Lil Wayne. Today, Young Gerald surprise dropped three new tracks for his fans. The one that stood out most for me is Show You The World, which features the Bay’s Too $hort. The electronic heavy production was crafted by Christoph Andersson. I’ve come to realize I gravitate toward that guy’s production work. Devon Baldwin’s tunes have been produced by Christoph, and I’m certainly in love with those tracks. Show You The World is dark and seductive, buoyant and grooving. Plus, G-Eazy throws out some great local shouts, always a bonus. Head over to his Soundcloud to check out the rest of the new tracks and visit some oldies.

March 15, 2014
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Oakland rapper G-Eazy’s career is certainly taking off these days. He’s selling out shows, the center of a lot of buzz, and the next big thing to come out of the SF Bay when it comes to hip hop. A few months ago, I shared his track Far Alone, which features Jay Ant. Its video paid tribute to many spots in the bay that are dear to me, including parts of Berkeley and Oakland. Apparently, the tune and G-Eazy’s talent has caught the attention of bay area legend E-40, who’s remixed the track, giving it a bump that will add to its hit potential.

March 15, 2014
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Oakland rapper G-Eazy’s career is certainly taking off these days. He’s selling out shows, the center of a lot of buzz, and the next big thing to come out of the SF Bay when it comes to hip hop. A few months ago, I shared his track Far Alone, which features Jay Ant. Its video paid tribute to many spots in the bay that are dear to me, including parts of Berkeley and Oakland. Apparently, the tune and G-Eazy’s talent has caught the attention of bay area legend E-40, who’s remixed the track, giving it a bump that will add to its hit potential.

November 29, 2013
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I hope everyone (in America) had a lovely Thanksgiving. Now, let me throw some sweet music up real quick, because some dang good stuff came out these couple of days. The music never stops, of course! Yesterday, Childish Gambino released a brand new song titled Telegraph Ave, which is a reference to my dear Telegraph Ave, which runs through Berkeley and Oakland close to the University of California, Berkeley. I even lived near Telegraph Ave for a good number of years. Australian producer Ta-ku remixed Telegraph Ave, creating a hypnotizing, choppy, screwy, and syrupy delight for our earholes.  Check that out above, and listen in on Glover’s original below. It’s a surprisingly different direction for the rapper, showcasing a welcome versatility and a sound that’s far more Drake like for the talented artist.

November 29, 2013
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I hope everyone (in America) had a lovely Thanksgiving. Now, let me throw some sweet music up real quick, because some dang good stuff came out these couple of days. The music never stops, of course! Yesterday, Childish Gambino released a brand new song titled Telegraph Ave, which is a reference to my dear Telegraph Ave, which runs through Berkeley and Oakland close to the University of California, Berkeley. I even lived near Telegraph Ave for a good number of years. Australian producer Ta-ku remixed Telegraph Ave, creating a hypnotizing, choppy, screwy, and syrupy delight for our earholes.  Check that out above, and listen in on Glover’s original below. It’s a surprisingly different direction for the rapper, showcasing a welcome versatility and a sound that’s far more Drake like for the talented artist.