Music Features

High on k.

The erstwhile suburban rap queen comes into her own -- and lands a spot on the Warped Tour

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LEFT OF THE DIAL First things first: No matter what her lyrics might imply, Kristine Flaherty — the 28-year-old, Illinois-born, Stanford-educated rapper better known as k.flay — is not sniffing glue.Read more »

Shapeshifter

Oakland Afro-soul veteran steps out her own. Plus: Adios Amigo fights cynicism with Erasable Truth, and other local releases

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LEFT OF THE DIAL For Zakiya Harris, creativity has often grown out of loss. An Oakland native, Harris grew up singing in choirs, but "never really considered it a feasible career route," she says. It wasn't until college, when several people close to her passed away within the span of a couple years, that she began to pour herself into songwriting. "The music just started coming," says the singer, teacher, and community organizer.Read more »

To the desert and back

The Fresh and Onlys' Tim Cohen ditches the city for rural Arizona and returns with a new record — and new tensions

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Nature kids

Bay Area bands breathe new life into a salty, windswept West Coast tradition

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In my room

Doe Eye retreats to her high school bedroom and emerges with a full-length debut. Plus: Papercuts' Jason Quever on writing, catharsis, and how he's not as depressed as everyone thinks

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Regardless of San Franciscans' often myopic focus on the tech-employed recent college grads who can afford the million-dollar condos on the market in the Mission, a much larger percentage of 20-somethings in this country will relate to the housing situation that shaped Maryam Qudus (aka Doe Eye)'s first full-length LP: The dreaded move back in with your parents in the 'burbs.Read more »

Gettin' festy

Summer in the Bay means music festival season — hold on to your butts (and your wallets)

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Swimming solo

Birds & Batteries' frontman steps dreamily out on his own. Plus: BottleRock 2.0, and The Chapel says "everyone chill"

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California, from scratch

A new band from Bay Area punk veterans — with members of Green Day and Jawbreaker — wants to earn your fandom on its own terms

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Shot of Coachella

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In case you were on some kind of self-imposed social media hiatus last weekend (early, tech-centered Lent ritual?), you're probably aware of a little music festival called Coachella that comes around this time of year like a bass-thumping, hashtag-happy harbinger of Spring.Read more »

East Bay Beats

A new Oakland music festival aims to bring art downtown. Plus: If you still believe in college radio, KUSF still needs you

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Dayvid Michael, a West Oakland native and member of the CaliMade hip-hop crew, clearly has some mixed feelings about his debut record, Frienemy.

"I mean, I wrote those songs when I was 18," says the rapper, drinking boba milk tea during an interview in downtown Oakland. "I'm still proud of them, but I've learned so much since then."Read more »