February 23, 2024

John Santos’ Rhythms of Resistance

John Santos has been playing congas, cajón, timbales and dozens of other percussion instruments for most of his life. The Bay Area’s music scene would not be as rich and varied as it is without his input. He calls his style Afro-Caribbean, rather than the more familiar terms, Afro-Cuban...
music in the park san jose
October 24, 2023

A Bluegrass Love Story

September 25, 2023

New Deal Lyricist

Alphabet Rockers
April 26, 2023

Alphabet Rockers

Alphabet Rockers is a community-based children’s music project helmed by Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd. With the help of a group of collaborators—some of them as young as nine years old—they write, produce and record songs that...
Naima Shalhoub, local musician and activist.
December 23, 2022

Naima Shalhoub

Naima Shalhoub’s first album of original material, Siphr, covers a lot of emotional, geographical and musical ground. It plays like a suite and includes arrangements that draw on Middle Eastern and American modes. It also includes her reinvention of “Lamma Bada Yatathanna,” a song from Moorish Spain that’s more than 1,000 years old. The music was recorded in San Francisco, but Shalhoub said the idea behind it began brewing a few years before, during a trip to Lebanon, her parents’ birthplace.
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,...