PAPA.
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PAPA.

Having just released their first full-length album, Los Angeles-based PAPA will soon be rocking the West Coast, headlining here in Sacramento at Harlow’s. A genre-defying mix of rock, punk, jazz, and folk music, the band immediately catches the listeners’ attention and promises something for every music lover. The singer and drummer, Darren Weiss, lends the … Continue reading

“Just Focus on Now”: Alpine at Assembly!
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“Just Focus on Now”: Alpine at Assembly!

Melbourne-based band Alpine, which vocalist Lou James describes as, “art rock pop,” is coming to Sacramento to take the stage at Assembly.  Alpine provides some of the strongest vocals in the indie world, featuring two powerful female voices that stand out from any other band of its type.  In the band’s first album, A is … Continue reading

A word with Frightened Rabbit.
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A word with Frightened Rabbit.

Fans of Frightened Rabbit had something to cheer about September 24th, when the Scottish indie rock band officially kicked off their headline tour in Alberta, Canada. The anthem-slinging rockers are touring in support of their recent fourth studio album, Pedestrian Verse, which critics and the band’s singer/songwriter Scott Hutchison call a departure from their earlier … Continue reading

Rococoing the Night Away
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Rococoing the Night Away

The afternoon was creeping towards evening as we arrived at the Crocker Art Museum, ready to escape the heavy warmth of the outside air. This month’s Art Mix greeted us with craft tables and the proclamation of tonight’s theme, French Twist. We started out by taking in a lecture on the drawings of the French … Continue reading

Exit, Pursued By Minus the Bear
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Exit, Pursued By Minus the Bear

The music of Minus the Bear is a swirling eddy of brightly colored sound that subsumes and disguises the deeper darker currents of their sparse but poignant lyrics. Understanding their songs necessitates more than just casual attention; one must devote time, careful listening, concentration, and an almost literary mindset to their music. A Cinderella story … Continue reading

Here, There Be Dragons
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Here, There Be Dragons

Listening to Imagine Dragons is like being inundated with a tide of ragged glory and post apocalyptic glee. The Las Vegas based band puts their finger on your pulse then gets impatient; grabs your wrist, then runs off with you into the sunset. Though just recently making it big on the music charts, Imagine Dragons … Continue reading

Metaphorically Speaking.
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Metaphorically Speaking.

Mister Metaphor began in Sacramento in the early 2000s.  The band dubbed as math rock made quite an impression on the local music scene in a rather short period of time.  Made up of Mike Sparks (vocals and guitar), Ben Edrington (guitar), Ryan Rake (bass) and Justin Goings (drums) this talented foursome’s popularity has stood … Continue reading

Midtown Stomp: Your Portal to the Fifties
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Midtown Stomp: Your Portal to the Fifties

Dim lights.  Wood floors.  Dozens of couples bobbing and spinning, each with their own rhythm, their own style, somehow all working in sync to create an energetic, whirling dance floor.  The fifties are brought to life again amidst whirling skirts and dancers walking arm-and-arm at Midtown Stomp, a swing dancing venue in downtown Sacramento. If … Continue reading

Rock Abstraction: A Quick Sketch of Geographer
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Rock Abstraction: A Quick Sketch of Geographer

Geographer creates their own space. Their music, when listened to carefully, wraps itself around you and cocoons your mind. Which is exactly the intention of the self-proclaimed creators of “soulful music from outer space”. “We think that [our music] creates a space you can get lost in, where you’re floating in the music your listening … Continue reading

CAVE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, THREACE
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CAVE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, THREACE

 CAVE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, THREACE, OUT OCTOBER 15TH ON DRAG CITY CAVE‘s new album, Threace, out October 15, 2013 on Drag City, might just bring an end to your party – no more dancing, no more talking, just people listening to every last clang, tweet and honk of a band really getting after it. Recorded on a 1″ 8-track Studer … Continue reading

“Let’s Be to the Point”: It’s RAD!
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“Let’s Be to the Point”: It’s RAD!

When one considers the etymological history of the word rad, the reader’s mind probably arrives in a late ’70s/early ’80s Southern California skate park or beach front.  Sacramento thrash punks RAD are certainly connected to that time and place, both stylistically and ideologically.  The band’s minute-long songs are swollen with catchy guitar hooks (courtesy longtime … Continue reading