Written by Nick Gonzaga
Like his opening hook in the studio recording of The Ronette’s “Be My Baby”, Hal Blaine lived his life in that 2/4 beat; original, polyrhythmic and periodically contradicting the prevailing meter, only to come out on top of everything else. Here's a eulogy to one of the greatest drummer pioneers.
Photos and review by Ronny Kerr
See photos of Better Oblivion Community Center, a new indie rock project formed by Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers, playing to a sold out show at August Hall in San Francisco on Friday, March 15, 2019. Their tour is just getting started, in support of the band’s first album released on Dead Oceans in January.
Written by Alex Lopez
A T&E writer went to a Ghost concert during the middle of the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. This is what it taught him about the importance of keeping your imagination intact in the face of disaster
Written by Brandon Biallas
On their debut release, Phoenix-based jazz group House of Stairs fuses together elements of hip hop and electronica for a musical interpretation of MC Esher's artwork. Esher's visual innovations are mirrored in the album's complex arrangements and hypnotic melodies, and stands as a not-to-be-missed jazz release of the year.
Photos by Chris Caceres and Ronny Kerr. Words by Ronny Kerr
In promotion of his new album Negro Swan, Blood Orange performed at the Fox in Oakland on Friday, September 20. With a full band and support from fellow dream pop artist Empress Of, the artist sang kinship, openness, and love, and subtly channeled Prince. Here are photos and impressions from the show.