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BottleRock’s 2017 Lineup Is Here

Jan 3, 2017 | No Comments

The 5th annual BottleRock Napa Valley festival, set for May 26 through 28, 2017, has unveiled its full lineup, including headlining artists Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Maroon 5.

The three-day event, which also boasts wine, food, beer and more, will feature over 80 bands and musicians performing this year, and the full lineup is below. Festival passes go on sale at 10AM PST tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 at BottleRockNapaValley.com and eventbrite.com.

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Get Your Hands on “Sonoma County Super Jam”

Dec 22, 2016 | No Comments

Still looking for the perfect holiday gift for a music lover in your life? You’re going to want to grab the brand new “Sonoma County Super Jam” CD, released by the KRSH and Redwood Cafe. The album features over a dozen local songwriters performing live, including Volker Strifler, Danny Sorentino, Levi Lloyd, Kevin Russell & the Rhythm Rangers, Timothy O’Neil Band, Dgiin, Jason Bodlovich, Jen Tucker and others.

The album’s recordings span a series of free shows performed  at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati this past summer. Luckily, the audiophiles at Prairie Sun Recording were on hand to capture the music and the CD features 12 tracks of Americana, Blues, soul, world grooves and folk ballads.

The CD is available in all 4 Oliver’s’ Markets, Redwood Café and select KRSH 95.9 events. Proceeds will benefit Redwood Empire Food Bank.

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Frankie Boots Debuts New Solo Single, “Everything We Ever Knew”

Dec 21, 2016 | No Comments

Just last Spring, Sebastopol-based songwriter Frankie Boots and his band the County Line released the lush, laidback Leave the Light On, a full-length sophomore album that saw Boots rising to new rustic heights both musically and lyrically.

Now, Frankie Boots is back with a new solo record, Pagan Ranch, and he debuts the record’s lead single, the beautifully melancholic “Everything We Ever Knew,” here on City Sound Inertia. Listen to it now.

 

 

Boots recorded Pagan Ranch straight-to-tape at Gremlintone Studios in Santa Rosa with producer and musician John Courage. The record features Courage on several instruments, as well as Dan Ford (the Ironsides) on drums, and Kevin Carducci (Easy Leaves), and Alison Harris and Katie Phillips (Bootleg Honeys) on backup vocals.

The new single and album is bittersweet news for Boots’ North Bay family, as the songwriter is releasing Pagan Ranch right before he moves to New Orleans at the end of this year. The record will be available at the upcoming Frankie Boots farewell show this Friday, Dec 23, at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol. Click here for more details on the show.

North Bay Cabaret Says “Happy Birthday, Jesus”

Dec 15, 2016 | No Comments

North Bay Cabaret’s monthly variety show always keeps it seasonal, and this month’s Christmas-themed show is the most wonderful time you’ll have this week. Giving props to the big man up top, North Bay Cabaret says “Happy Birthday Jesus” on Friday, Dec 16, at Annie O’s Music Hall in Santa Rosa with its signature offering of burlesque, spoken word, circus acts and music that is sure to make you merry.

Headlining the show is Jamie DeWolf, host of underground troupe Tourettes Without Regrets and producer of NPR’s Snap Judgement. Other performers will include burlesque clown Snatch Adams putting on a holiday-styled unicycle routine, Santa Cruz dance group Gold Town Burlesque debuting their latest act and Cassandra Holloway, who employs live snakes in her belly dancing.

Along with the entertainment, a raffle benefitting Standing Rock water protectors will let you grab a variety of cool gifts and goodies. And a late night dance party keeps the yuletide vibes flowing until 2am.

Jam with Jesus on Friday, Dec 16, Annie O’s Music Hall, 120 Fifth St, Santa Rosa. doors at 8pm, show at 9pm. $15. 21 and over only.

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Watch Rainbow Girls Perform “The Folk Singer’s Contract” in New Orleans

Dec 13, 2016 | No Comments

Sonoma County folk group Rainbow Girls are making some of the North Bay’s most heartbreaking acoustic harmonies these days. Last spring, they drove this hardened reporter to tears during a performance at the Next Level showcase in Santa Rosa, and they continue to do so with their new batch of tunes, set to be released on the upcoming album American Dream early next year.

Such is the case with “The Folk Singer’s Contract,” a wistful rumination on a tangled web of a relationship. The above video of the song was recorded live along the New Orleans waterfront on a recent trip. Supported by gentle waves in the background, the trio shows off their vocal chops and emotional resonance on the new song. Just be prepared to grab a tissue for your tears.

In January, Rainbow Girls are taking the new songs on the road for a “Backwoods Tour” with soulful folk singer Caitlin Jemma that takes them from Bolinas to San Diego. Click here to see their upcoming dates and keep your eyes and ears peeled for news of American Dream‘s release.

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Listen to Trebuchet’s New Single, “A Confession”

Dec 9, 2016 | No Comments

Petaluma folk-rock quartet Trebuchet are finally out of the studio and ready to start unveiling their new sophomore album, Volte-Face, due out early next year. First up, Trebuchet premieres the album’s lead single, “A Confession,” which finds vocalist and songwriter Eliott Whitehurst delving deep into family memories and bringing back with him a questioning spirit.

Bolstered by harmonies from drummer Paul Haile, keyboardist Lauren Haile and bassist Navid Manoochehri, Whitehurst’s newfound lyrical longing is brought to life with slow-building acoustics expanding into a mellifluous choir. If “A Confession” is any indicator, Volte-Face looks to be a mature and introspective reckoning of an album.

Listen to the new single below, and see Trebuchet play a release show on Sunday, Dec 11, at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. That show also features new Bay Area band Mare Island, featuring members of Loma Prieta and The New Trust, and all proceeds will go to a benefit fundraiser for the victims of the recent Oakland warehouse fire. Next week, on Dec 18, Trebuchet plays their annual “A Very Trebuchet Christmas” concert in Petaluma, featuring them and several other North Bay acts performing Christmas covers and more.

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How to Help in Wake of Oakland Warehouse Fire

Dec 5, 2016 | No Comments

On Friday, Dec 2, a devastating fire broke out at a concert happening in a Warehouse-turned-arts space known as the Ghost Ship in Oakland. As of this writing, at least 36 victims have been found in the wreckage and many more people are still missing.

It’s a gut-wrenching tragedy for the community in Oakland and the entire Bay Area, the largest fire-related disaster of this kind since the 2003 Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island. And it’s still unfolding.

In the wake, many are already placing blame and pointing fingers, but at this moment, help is needed most. There are several ways you can do your part to help relief efforts and the families of those lost.

Online, there are already crowdfunding campaigns up and running to help victims and their loved ones. Gray Area Foundation for the Arts has started a donation page, and the Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders are throwing into a fund as well, each matching up to $50,000. There is also a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the approximately 20 people who lived in the warehouse space.

In addition, there are several concert benefits taking place in and around the Bay Area. On Wednesday, Dec 7, evocative indie songwriter Kimya Dawson is headlining a two-show night of music and film screenings at MidSummer Studios in Emeryville. And in the North Bay, the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa is hosting a night of music and art on Friday, Dec 9, with performers including Rags, Horders, Secret Cat and others showing their support for the Oakland community.

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Watch the Music Video for Jason Wright’s “Mendocino”

Nov 29, 2016 | No Comments

Earlier this month, North Bay guitarist Jason Wright showed up in the Bohemian’s recent cover story about heavy metal band Skitzo. Wright, who played with Skitzo frontman Lance Ozanix in Sonoma County metal act Oden Sun before joining Skitzo, is a performer full of thunder and lightning, shredding and thrashing on stage and on record.

So, it took this reporter by surprise when Wright revealed he was an accomplished flamenco guitarist as well. His identity as a “Guitarrista” shows another side to Wright’s technical prowess and natural musical sensibilities. Here, discover Wright’s flamenco chops with the video for his recent single, “Mendocino,” featuring flamenco dancer Olivia Gonzalez-Cruz.

You can see Wright live in a vineyard next on Friday, Dec 9, at Smiling Dogs Ranch in Kelseyville. Get details here and visit Wright’s site for more info and videos.

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Look Back on Lagunitas’ Latest Summer of Concerts

Nov 22, 2016 | No Comments

Last summer, Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma hosted its fifth annual “Live at Lagunitas” concert series, featuring a wide array of hot and up-and-coming indie acts. Deer Tick, the Growlers, Con Brio and others were among the highlights of the season, and now you can look back on the fun with a bunch of new videos.

Up top, rollicking outfit Deer Tick answers some personal questions while concert footage overlays selections from their set. Below, Lagunitas crafts a music video from when surf-inspired garage band the Growlers performed the classic hit “Mama Said” to an adoring crowd at the brewing company’s “MiniAmphitheaterette.” There’s plenty of other videos on Lagunitas’ site, so click over and relive the memories.

Metallica…Has a New Album?

Nov 15, 2016 | No Comments

 

Well, how do you like that? Metallica is still at it. The band offers their first new album in eight years, “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct,” on Friday, Nov 18.

If you’ve stuck with Metallica this long, you’ve probably heard talk about how the band is returning to its thrash metal roots in the new album, recorded at Metallica HQ in San Rafael. Though this is the first record to not feature songwriting contributions from guitarist Kirk Hammett since he joined the band in 1983. Apparently, Hammett lost his phone at an airport that had all his music and couldn’t get new material together in time for the album. Take that story for what you will.

Either way, the whole thing seems strange. From the glitchy ’90s font on the album’s cover, to the official(?) music video below that shows the band playing in fluorescent-lit practice spaces and riffing in office chairs, the new album seems show the group’s age while still trying to revel in the kind of disaffected youthful angst that Metallica surpassed over 25 years ago .

Listen to the album’s third single, “Altas, Rise!” and look out for Lars Ulrich’s over-the-headphones headband as you wonder what else could be in store for us when Metallica drops “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” this week.