September 25, 2023

New Deal Lyricist

Alexis Harte said his latest song, “Your Rose Garden,” was inspired by an evening he spent in Berkeley’s Rose Garden. “I grew up in Berkeley and started playing guitar when I was 14,” he said. “The Rose Garden was a place of refuge for me.” “During the pandemic, it became...
April 26, 2023

Alphabet Rockers

December 23, 2022

Naima Shalhoub

Laura Benitez and The Heartache
October 25, 2022

Laura Benitez and The Heartache

The album has a larger-than-life sound, with bedrock rhythms complimented by washes of steel guitar and reverberating electric guitars that take up an immense sonic space.
Starr Power
September 1, 2022

Starr Power

By turns comic and camp, heart-rending, occasionally chiding and ultimately a nuanced, clear-eyed expression of what it means to be a trans artist and person of color in this cultural moment, In Mirrors has all the earmarks of a creative milestone—an achievement that is both now and timeless. Its latest manifestation is In Mirrors, a new EP from her band Pretty Frankenstein, now out on Spotify and Bandcamp.
January 1, 2022

East Bay Diva Debuts

thuy rhymes with R&B Last November, fans from the Bay Area and beyond milled around the Brick & Mortar Music Hall, waiting for a glimpse of homegrown rising star thuy—pronounced “twee” and stylized in lowercase. Awkward and enthusiastic,...