Tag: Oakland

Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Everybody Works by Jay SomMany musicians who self-record achieve a gauzy pastel haze akin to the sounds Melina Duterte, playing as Jay Som, creates in her sunny Oakland studio (which doubles as her sleeping quarters). In another corner of the music world, many aspiring pop craftspeople (the type who unapologetically let ourselves be charmed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION or drunkenly vow to […]

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Tanukichan – “Radiolove”

Tanukichan – “Radiolove”

Early in 2016, Bay-area Trails and Ways announced the band was undergoing changes despite achieving indie success. Their first three EPs put them solidly on the indie map and helped them land a deal with Barsuk Records. Their debut album, Pathology, was catchy and filled with imaginative stories. But after spending most of their adult lives together, the quartet opted to […]

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Emily Jane White – “They Moved in Shadow All Together”

Emily Jane White – “They Moved in Shadow All Together”

While many of her counterparts have moved away from their indie folk foundations to more pop leanings, Emily Jane White has done the complete opposite. She has instead headed into a more mythical and mystical direction, offering music that stirs the soul while triggering memories of stories and moments of our past. Her new LP – and fifth in nine […]

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Phosphene – “Breaker” EP

Phosphene – “Breaker” EP

Phosphene has been a band we’ve dug since we first heard “Metric” from their self-titled debut two years ago.  Since then, Phosphene has been cooking up something special with their latest EP, Breaker, which is out this Friday, April 29. The California band plays a really great blend of indie rock, post-rock, and shoegaze. Lead singer and guitarist Rachel Frankel’s […]

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The Easies – “Drawing A Blank” (single premiere)

The Easies – “Drawing A Blank” (single premiere)

In a time when synths and Garage Band are the instruments of choice, you might have missed the resurgence of lo-fi, bedroom pop. Whereas electronic bands are looking for the latest equipment and software, bands and artists like American Wrestlers and Los Angeles Police Department are using vintage amps, cassette decks, and even 8-tracks to record their music in the […]

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Perhapsy – “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker”

Perhapsy – “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker”

When listening to Derek Barber’s soft and intimate voice on “Eyes” from his second solo album as Perhapsy, it’s hard to believe that he had a genuine fear to sing. As he told SF Weekly, “I was really scared about it. It’s a hard thing to get over.” This phobia explains why Barber has stayed mostly in the background as […]

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Weekend Showcase – July 25th Edition

Weekend Showcase – July 25th Edition

The Weekend Showcase July 25th Edition has 28 singles this week. In case you may have missed it, The Weekend Showcase is now a compilation of the singles we have featured on the Melodic Tonic and The Matinee. If you missed these pieces, the links are below. July 20th Edition July 21st Edition July 22nd Edition July 23rd Edition July […]

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Jessie Jones – “Sugar Coated”

Jessie Jones – “Sugar Coated”

  It’s always interesting to hear what a musician would sound like when she takes on a side project away from her main band. Will the musician take on the sounds of his band or opt for something completely different? Jessie Jones, who fronts the on-again, off-again alternative rock band Feeding People and is also a member of psychedelic rockers […]

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Bells Atlas’ transcendent “Hyperlust”

Bells Atlas’ transcendent “Hyperlust”

In the two previous occasions that we had featured Bells Atlas (April 3 and May 8), we gushed about their ability to seamlessly integrate sounds and rhythms from across genres AND cultures into one cohesive song. To hear this approach span an album – even only a four-track EP – is simply remarkable. On their latest record, Hyperlust, each song sounds different […]

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Trails and Ways – “Pathology”

Trails and Ways – “Pathology”

Over the past few months, we’ve been amused by Trails and Ways for not just their music, but the stories they have to tell about their songs. Their stories are extremely amusing, fun, and good-natured, and they provide an idea of how this young band generates their ideas. These adjectives also describe Trails and Ways’ forthcoming new album, Pathology. Whether […]

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Twitter Tuesday – Fantastic Negrito

Twitter Tuesday – Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito is following us on twitter. In case you weren’t aware, he won the 2015 NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest that many indie bands entered. Who is Fantastic Negrito? He was born in Massachusetts but later moved to Oakland, CA at 12 and after learning every instrument he could play at age 20, received a record deal and moved to […]

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Waterstrider – “Frayed”

Waterstrider – “Frayed”

  “Frayed” is the new single from Waterstrider. This chilling track has the laid back vibe of Rhye’s lush music and a touch of funk-pop that is reminiscent of Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe. The single is a great representation of the quintet from Oakland, California, who take multiple genres – pop, rock, R&B, funk, electronic – and meld them into a […]

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Astronauts, etc. – “No Justice”

Astronauts, etc. – “No Justice”

  We’ve been fans of Anthony Ferraro’s project as Astronauts, etc. for some time, even well before we started doing The Revue. So when he and his friends released “I Know” a few weeks ago, we got all giddy, especially with its smooth ’80s vibe. They’ve now released another single, the soulful and lush, “No Justice” that is completely hypnotic, and […]

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Bells Atlas – “Bling”

Bells Atlas – “Bling”

  A few weeks ago, we featured Bells Atlas awesome single, “Future Bones”. A week ago, the Oakland, California band released another terrific track, “Bling”. It retains the soulful, Afro-beat sound of their first single, but the song is more sultry. Frontwoman Sandra Lawson-Ndu’s voice takes on a seductive quality a la PHOX‘s Monica Martin. Both “Bling” and “Future Bones”, […]

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Tumbleweed Wanderers – “Bad Blood”

Tumbleweed Wanderers – “Bad Blood”

With the their first single in some time, Oakland’s Tumbleweed Wanderers return with the slow-burning, garage-rock track, “Bad Blood”. It’s a moody, brilliant song that echoes of UK duo Drenge and a touch of The Black Keys when they were making gritty garage rock. It’s a slight departure for the band, who were more known for their folk-rock, such as on […]

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Bells Atlas – “Future Bones”

Bells Atlas – “Future Bones”

On Tuesday, “Oakland-based Bells Atlas released the stunning and infectious “Future Bones”. It’s a track that blends a variety of genres – R&B, indie rock, pop, and soul – into something absolutely brilliant. It’s an innovative and refreshing approach on genres that can get a little stale. Previous to “Future Bones”, they released a number of other singles and a […]

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Astronauts, Etc. – “I Know”

Astronauts, Etc. – “I Know”

“I Know” is the surprisingly new single from Astronauts, Etc. The project of Anthony Ferraro, who is a classically trained pianist, Astronauts, Etc. is known for creating gorgeous, melodic dream- and synth-pop. On this new single, the sublime pop of the ’80s can be heard. The single comes on the heels of Ferraro’s debut, solo EP, Sadie, which was released […]

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Phosphene – “Silver”

Phosphene – “Silver”

Bay Area Indie rockers Phosphene released a stunning album earlier this year. This week, they’re sharing a new track called “Silver”. They recorded “Silver” as part of Converse’s Rubber Tracks program.  “Silver” is another great release from Phosphene. It has the shoegaze dreaminess of bands like Lush, and the indie edge of Interpol. Check it out below! Twitter Facebook SoundCloud YouTube Bandcamp

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Mundo Musique: Oakland’s Phosphene share “Metric” off their upcoming LP

Mundo Musique: Oakland’s Phosphene share “Metric” off their upcoming LP

Oakland, California band, Phosphene, are releasing a new self-titled album on July 26, and you can help them out via their indiegogo campaign.  “Metric” is a really cool indie rock track with female vocals and just a really cool vibe to it.  Their LP was recorded at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco with producer Kelley Coyne who worked with one […]

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