Music Features

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 »

Mozart meets Method Man

Ensemble Mik Nawooj marries classical music with classic hip-hop — and enjoys the ruffled feathers

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By Micah Dubreuil

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The Milkman delivers

CAREERS + ED ISSUE: How one guitarist's passion became a means of San Francisco survival

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LEFT OF THE DIAL It's a question most musicians are all too familiar with. If you tell someone at a party that you're a working musician, that person is inevitably going to ask — after a few polite questions about your hardcore band/classical jazz quartet/street-corner performance art where you alternate reading Blake passages with playing the accordion — "So, you have a day job?"Read more »

Sweet, psyched-out, and dirty

Oakland's violin-wielding Everyone Is Dirty on the band's first full-length. Plus: Wicked Mercies and The She's

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Setting aside the darkly ear-wormy melodies, haunting vocals, and refreshingly crisp grunge-pop that goes into Everyone Is Dirty's sound, it's singer Sivan Gur-Arieh's violin — slicing sweetly above the chaos of a final chorus, adding a heightened sense of gothic romance to a bridge — that sets the Oakland art-rock quartet apart from the current fuzzy, grungey masses.

Good thing Gur-Arieh's come to peace with the fact that she plays it.Read more »

Wigging out with Stephen Malkmus

Post-Pavement reunion and adventures abroad, the indie icon talks Beyoncé, Portland fishbowl syndrome, and embracing his classic-rock upbringing

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Stephen Malkmus' 17-year-old cat, Juanita, has been peeing outside the catbox lately.Read more »

Stayin' put

Don't let SXSW-fueled FOMO get to you — there's plenty going on right in our own backyard

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Is there any problem more thoroughly modern, more reflective of the way we currently measure the value of our experiences, more completely indicative of a charmed First-World life than that of FOMO?Read more »

Freedom of Choice

With a musical love letter to his rapidly changing hometown, Oakland's favorite sideman takes center stage

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It's 2:30 on a Thursday afternoon in East Oakland, and on stage in the amphitheater at Castlemont High School, Kev Choice is trying to keep a straight face. Read more »

The magic of Mark J. Mulcahy

The man behind the soundtrack to your childhood brings his newest — and best — solo work to Noise Pop

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LEFT OF THE DIAL To an '80s baby, at this point, calling Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete & Pete a cult favorite is a little like thinking your childhood love of The Labyrinth or The Neverending Story is somehow quirky or unique — it goes without saying that they're excellent, but we're gonna need a lot of Kool-Aid: These are some pretty big cults we're dealing with.Read more »

Pixies 2.0

The alt-rock forefathers forge ahead with new material — and without Kim Deal

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There's something to be said for recording four great, distinctive albums, and quitting while you're ahead. This live-fast/die-fast approach worked wonders for the Velvet Underground's legacy and influence, and one might say it served the Pixies' notoriously frenetic rock explorations equally well.Read more »

A very Indy decade

Plus: The West Coast re-emergence of Aa, local label love at the B.A.R.F.

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LEFT OF THE DIAL If there's one thing Allen Scott remembers from opening the Independent 10 years ago, it's the rush. Not the emotional high (though surely that was a factor too), but the literal rushing around that was necessary to open a state-of-the-art live concert space with a capacity of 500 "on a shoestring budget."Read more »