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Love Lake County Hosts Benefit Concert Tomorrow

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015
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In the wake of the devastating Valley Fire that wreaked havoc on Lake, Napa and even parts of Sonoma County two months ago, community support has remained strong. One such support group is Love Lake County, who have helped organize relief efforts and events since September.

This weekend, Love Lake County hosts their next rocking charity event, with a gaggle of local acts taking the stage at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa to show support and gather funds for victims of the fire.

Santa Rosa rock band Girls & Boys will be bringing their energetic, power-packed music to the show. Currently  finishing their sophomore album, Girls & Boys have been touring California the past year opening for Elvis Costello, Allen Stone, Goo Goo Dolls and Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers. 

The Corner Store Kids will also be on hand, offering their lo-fi funk and jazz jams to get the dance floor grooving. Finally, soul funk outfit Marshall House Project are going to rock the night away with their uplifting sounds.

All proceeds go to Valley Fire victims, so get out and show Lake County some love tomorrow, Nov 7, at Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St, Santa Rosa. Doors at 6pm, music at 8pm. $10-$20.

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O+ Festival Takes Over Petaluma This Weekend

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015
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Mixing music and art with wellness, the O+ (O Positive) Festival hits downtown Petaluma this weekend with spirited concerts, art exhibits and community togetherness. The idea behind this fest, which also takes place annually in Kingston, New York and Chicago, Illinois, is that participating artists, musicians and volunteers exchange their contributions in return for wellness services from art-loving doctors, dentists and other practitioners.

Run by local Petaluma business and gallery owners, the O+ Festival kicks off on Friday, Nov 6, with a concert by Bay Area garage jazz band Invisible Cinema, happening at the Prince Gallery. It continues through Saturday with live art and all-day shows taking place around Putnam Plaza in downtown Petaluma. Slated to perform this year are local favorites like Lauren Ashley Brown, Royal Jelly Jive and Rainbow Girls.

Festival goers will need to have a O+ wristband to enter the Kick-Off Party and concerts at The Big Easy. Outdoor events in Putnam Plaza and American Alley are free and open to the public. This year, wristbands will be complimentary but with a suggested $10 donation.

For more information, click on the festival’s website here.

Charley Peach is Back from the Dead

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015

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It’s been years since we’ve heard from Charley Peach, the high energy and melodic rock band fronted by vocalist Kaylene Harry and guitarist Justyn Delbridge, and maybe the name doesn’t ring any bells for newcomers to the music scene. But, that’s all about to change.

From their Facebook page, the newly resurrected and reinvigorated Charley Peach last month announced a new show and new songs coming our way.

It’s been a looong time since you’ve heard anything Charley Peach related, but we’re back from the dead! We’re doing our first show in years and we would love to see you! Also, this is NOT a one off kind of thing. We’ve been jamming for the last few months, and already have a handful of new songs to add to the old ones.

Charley Peach make their return to the stage this Friday, Nov 6, at Whiskey Tip in Santa Rosa. They split a bill with Santa Rosa’s Become the Villain, a solo indie rock project from songwriter Neem Wood that’s recently seen new life as a full band. Santa Rosa alt-rockers the Tioxxaa open the show.

Before hearing Charley Peach’s new batch of songs, go on a trip down memory lane with some of their excellent older material here.

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Help Manzanita Falls Record Their Second Album

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015

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Sonoma County indie rock outfit Manzanita Falls makes compelling, emotionally-charged and infectiously addictive music. They’re also some of the nicest guys in the North Bay. So, when they ask for a little help in getting their sophomore album recorded and released, we’ll take up the call.

Right now, the band is hard at work trying to get their music to tape. This second album is a follow up to the band’s excellent 2012 debut, Vinyl Ghost. The songs on this upcoming release were written in the aftermath of a violent car crash the band suffered while touring in Texas on November 1st of 2012. Rising from the ashes of that event, this album promises to be an inspired and expressive collection.

First, Manzanita Falls needs your help in getting the record done. They’ve got an Indiegogo campaign online where you can donate and pick up some awesome perks, like wine tasting packages, green room and studio access and more. You can even get the whole band to come to your house for a day of landscaping. That’s worth it right there. Its also nice to help an authentically talented group make their art happen. Check out the video below and give the guys a couple of bucks! You’ll be glad you did.

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Watch the Music Video for Rags’ “Piece Together”

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015
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Back in July, I spoke with Santa Rosa indie folk rockers Rags about their DIY approach and upcoming debut album. That record, Grounding, finally has a release date of November 13, and today the band unveils “Piece Together,” their first music video off the album.

“Piece Together” is a beautifully melancholic acoustic dirge. Singer and songwriter Charlie Davenport’s rhythmic riffs are buoyed by the swelling cello of Jiordi Rosales, while the drums and bass of Zak Garn and Travis Hendrix fill out the spaces in between the group’s stirring vocal harmonies. Directed by Jim Shoop, the visuals here are hazy, hypnotic and intensely intimate.

Rags are celebrating the long-awaited release of Grounding with a show on Nov. 13 in Santa Rosa. Details are here.

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Seattle’s McTuff Bring Their Stuff to Sonoma County

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015

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Formed in 2008 as an ode to jazz organ great Jack McDuff, the three-part funk revival outfit McTuff are making some of the most jaw-dropping jams in their hometown of Seattle, or anywhere for that matter. The group is comprised of Hammond organist Joe Doria, guitarist Andy Coe and drummer Tarik Abouzied, and together the tightly-knit trio have been getting crowds grooving and moving at huge festivals and tiny clubs alike, always pumping out high-energy and exceptional musicianship.

Tonight and tomorrow, McTuff bring their stuff to Sonoma County, performing at Zodiacs in Petaluma this evening, and moving up the road to Bergamot Alley in Healdsburg for a Friday night blowout. The band will be playing a lot of selections off their latest release, 2015’s “Volume 3: The Root.” Click on the track below to get a feel of the smoothly addictive melodies the group has to offer and get out to the clubs for some jazzy fun.

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Phil Lesh is Battling Cancer

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015
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Grateful Dead founding member and Terrapin Crossroads owner Phil Lesh announced late last week that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

Lesh made the announcement on the Terrapin Crossroads website, stating he was diagnosed early in October and that he has spent the last several weeks being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Fortunately, Lesh indicates that the tumors in his bladder were not aggressive and that recent surgery to remove the cancerous tissue has been so far successful. From the venue’s website, Lesh writes:

I am very fortunate to have the pathology reports show that the tumors are all non aggressive, and that there is no indication that they have spread.

So thanks to my local doctor Cliff Sewell, and the incredible team at the Mayo Clinic, all is well and I can return to normal activities in two weeks from my surgery.

Obviously, this prognosis is encouraging news, though Lesh will have to cancel his two upcoming shows with Chris Robinson, originally scheduled for Oct 24 and 25 at Terrapin Crossroads. More info and the complete statement from Lesh can be found here.

Our thoughts are with Lesh and his family, Get well, Phil!

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Listen to a Perfect New Single by the Imperfections

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015

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Northern California slacker-art house garage band the Imperfections fall somewhere between the Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth in the underground rock spectrum. Their heavy distortions screams rock and roll, yet their tight rhythms and addictive hooks display a pop sensibility that’s practically (college) radio friendly.

Active since 2013, the band already has two nicely fuzzed and noisy albums under their belt, and last month, the Imperfections released their latest single, “Maureen.” An upbeat and lo-fi ditty, this throwback power pop song is toe-tapping and sunny with an awesomely off-kilter guitar solo that gets slightly shoegazing.

Tonight, the band plays Spancky’s Bar in Cotati with fellow North bay acts Flyover States and Bucc Nyfe. You can get more details of the show by clicking here. And get in the mood by listening to the single below.

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Trails & Ways Get Visual in Mill Valley

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015

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Oakland’s indie pop outfit Trails & Ways spent four years toiling in their bedroom recording set up, perfecting a bubbling, shimmering brand of ethereal pop music infused with the bossa nova sounds that songwriter Keith Brower Brown soaked up in his time in Brazil.

Those toils came to fruition this past summer when the band released their debut full-length album, Pathology, on indie label Barsuk Records. Praised for it’s infectious melodies, DIY aesthetic and sweet samba rhythms, the album is a gem.

This week, Trails & Ways bring the pop to Marin, in a special show at Sweetwater Music Hall on Friday, Oct 16, presented by the Mill Valley Film Festival. For the occasion, Trails & Ways is getting visual. The band worked with San Francisco visual artist and director Gonzalo Eyzaguirre and developed a system that takes the live stage feed from the band’s instruments and translates the audio signals into ever-changing visual shapes and patterns that plays simultaneously with the music.

To get a taste of what’s in store, watch the band’s recent music video for “Jacaranda,” directed by Eyzaguirre, and featuring a slew of trippy visuals that perfectly match the spacey music. For more information on the upcoming show, click here.

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Moonalice Headlines Upcoming Rocktoberfest

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015
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Bay Area psychedelic rock and roll veterans Moonalice are making their way to the Healdsburg Memorial Beach to play Rocktoberfest this weekend. A popular sight at major festivals like BottleRock Napa Valley and venues like Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, Moonalice’s extended jams and inventive melodies recall the hey days of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury scene from the ’60s.

Made up of guitarist Barry Sless (David Nelson Band), multi-instrumentalists Pete Sears (Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship) and Roger McNamee (Doobie Decibel System) and drummer John Molo (Bruce Hornsby), Moonalice are this time around raising money and awareness for water safety.

That’s right, though it’s dry as a bone out there right now, the impending El Nino event this winter is expected to top the dam at the Russian River’s Memorial Beach, potentially putting inexperienced swimmers and unsuspecting beach-goers in danger. In addition to information, money raised from food and refreshment sales at this event will be used to purchase life vests for youth who swim along the Russian River.

Moonalice rock the beach at Rocktoberfest on Saturday, Oct 17, at Healdsburg Memorial Beach Park, 13839 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg. 1pm. Free. Moonalice.com.