Spend enough time checking out live music in the San Francisco Bay Area and eventually you’re bound to cross paths with master percussionist and composer Dave Mihaly. A long-time San Francisco resident by way of New Jersey, Dave has been adding his unique take on rhythm to a wide variety of jazz, rock and folk artists (Ara Anderson, Mark Matos, Sean Hayes and Jolie Holland among them) while maintaining a healthy output of his own compositions with his Shimmering Leaves Ensemble. Not only that, Dave is a magical conversationalist whose words – most often when not under the glare of a camera or the intrusion of a microphone – naturally roll off his tongue in seemingly fully realized poetry. Much like Mark Matos (episodes 42 and 43) and the Parson Red Heads (episodes 5 and 6) before him, Dave Mihaly had a lot to say. In fact, Dave had so many interesting and revealing bits to share that I decided to include nearly all of our conversation in a two-part episode, only the third time …
With a sound that combines the hypnotic vibe of Mazzy Star and the drones of John Cale-era Velvet Underground, Annie Girl and The Flight soar like no other.
The Blank Tapes follow up this year’s acclaimed ‘Vacation’ with a low key cassette release, custom made for a lonely Saturday night.
The shamelessly rock n’ roll Ryan Parks of B. Hamilton sat down for an f-bomb laden Parlour to Parlour interview. Cover your kids’ ears for this one.
Singer/pianist/songwriter Debbie Neigher has a voice that commands attention, one that could entrance the same audience that made a star out of Adele.
One of the latest instrumental groups to spring up in the Bay, while new to most of us, is actually a duo with a long history and an uplifting story of hope.
“I’m trying to write songs, not create a sound.” Jessi Phillips’ guiding philosophy for Eight Belles ought to resonate strongly with regular Popdose followers.
Amethyst zooms in and out with might and musical muscle, sporting an all-killer-no-filler approach that improves upon the band’s idiosyncratic 14-track debut.
The Boy With Astronaut Eyes finds The Purrs in a particularly joyful state of mind, and sounding perhaps the most invigorated and pumped up they’ve ever been.
Rivers is a delicately beautiful perspective of this master musician’s artistry, and may even widen the acceptance of avant garde jazz, given the chance.
Psychedelic hero Mark Matos explains the concept of the Family Folk Explosion and details his upcoming boxed set in part two of his Parlour to Parlour interview.
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Music festival season is upon us! Do you Roo, or do you Hickey?
An all-women’s choir playing in the same venues on the same nights as indie rock and folk bands? That’s exactly what Conspiracy of Venus is.
Could that new Chicago album that can stand tall with their best material finally be coming?
Taken together Chicago’s catalog is fascinating, frustrating, brilliant and awful all at once. Read on and judge for yourself.
The first ever Eight Belles video features a horse. If it didn’t, we’d be very worried.
What do Fox & Woman and Country Joe McDonald have in common? Hint: it has nothing to do with Woodstock…
“They’re so talented, I’d just hate them if they weren’t so damned nice!”
California garage pop torch bearers The Blank Tapes go hi-fi for the first time with the first single from their forthcoming Vacation album.
“It’s like hearing any of your five favorite primo-voiced pop princesses aiming for, and succeeding at, creating high art.”
Parlour to Parlour is back! After a year-long hiatus, the beloved video interview series is reborn in 2013 in a live talk show format.
Due to the extreme length of this 2012 year-end recap, Michael Fortes recommends that you skip ahead to the entry on Joey Dosik.
Bay Area songstress Ash Reiter delivers a second full-length album that’s concise, full of exciting modern pop productions, and packed with hit-worthy tracks.
Anna Ash’s new video for “Heartbreak Season” is full of dancers, sparklers, and flirtatious boys and girls.
Pitch in to help fund the mastering and pressing of Ash Reiter’s new album and you could end up going on a skydiving trip!
Gorgeous two-part harmonies match the natural seashore beauty of Berkely-based Big Tree’s brand new video.
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Chrystian Rawk gives an unlikely chamber pop treatment to a punk classic by Rancid. What?
Brooklyn synth pop duo TalkFine revel in the comic absurdity of urban awkwardness on their new album, Lesser Known Hits.