Parlour to Parlour, Episode 45: Hogs Of Change

The richness of the Bay Area music scene is never more apparent than when noticing the variety of great instrumental music made here. Whether it’s Classical Revolution, the plethora of jazz combos young and old, or instrumental indie rock from the ...

Album Review: The Happy Hollows, “Amethyst”

In the three years since The Happy Hollows’ full-length debut, the spectacular Spells, the band has gone through a number of changes. They’re on their third drummer, lead singer Sarah Negahdari launched a solo project and toured with the Silversun Pickups as ...

Album Review: The Purrs, “The Boy With Astronaut Eyes”

After a dozen years on the scene, consistently playing and perfecting that hazy shoegazy psych-pop flavor of rock that takes the melodicism of Oasis and pairs it with the stoner vibe of Brian Jonestown Massacre, one would think there would be little ...

10 Music Festivals To Overwhelm 2013

As Coachella’s historic free live webcast on YouTube just two weeks ago reminded us: music festival season is now upon us!

From the cultural flashpoint in 1969 at Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York, to the mass proliferation of today that ...

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 41: Conspiracy of Venus

I knew I had been in San Francisco long enough to call the place home when I discovered that, much to my surprise, it didn’t seem unusual to see an all-women’s choir playing shows in the same venues as indie rock ...

The Popdose Guide to Chicago

[Jefito’s Note: So it’s come to this. For as long as I’ve been writing Idiot’s Guides (and/or hosting them – I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve actually had to do one of these things myself), the shadow of a Complete Idiot’s ...

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 40: Fox & Woman

Fox & Woman is another in a long line of bands carrying on the San Francisco Bay Area tradition of making very American folk-inspired music and making it palatable beyond the typical folk crowd. And yet, while they are ...

Return of the Son of Parlour to Parlour

Well, that was fast! 2012 has already come and gone, and in what has become the standing pattern for this video interview series with some of the most promising independent musicians around, we are re-launching Parlour to ...

Album Review: Ash Reiter, “Hola”

While observers continue to talk of the album format being all but dead in the age of digital downloads, Ash Reiter represents a subset of independent artists who still hold the art form of the album in high ...

New Video: Big Tree, “Augury”

Berkeley-based Big Tree just released a gorgeous new album, titled This New Year. Their calling card is enveloping two-part vocal harmonies by Anna Ghezzi and lead singer/lyricist Kaila McIntyre-Bader, anchored by off-beat time signatures. Matching the ...

New Music: Chrystian Rawk, “Olympia”

Those who have known me personally from my teen years onward will be scratching their heads over the unlikelihood of my name appearing in the byline for a story about a band called Chrystian Rawk. Still others who have heard this ...

Album Review: TalkFine, “Lesser Known Hits”

Generally I hate to use words like “throwback,” “retro,” or other such descriptors when approaching the sound of a band. After all, an artist only has to record and distribute a style and a sound once for it to become accessed and ...