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Dan Imhoff Releases New Solo Album

Posted by: on Aug 20, 2019 | Comments (0)

Calling the North Bay home for more than 40 years, singer-songwriter, author and artisanal farmer Dan Imhoff, best known as the frontman of the Americana act Cahoots, made a big move in 2017, splitting his time between Sonoma County and Spain. Imhoff’s latest solo album, Peregrino, reflects that move, not only because it was recorded at Estudios Millennia in Valencia, Spain between May 2018 and February 2019, but it also comes as the creative result of a year living and playing music in Europe, with six original songs and inspired covers of “Working Class Hero,” “After the Gold Rush” and others.

This month, Imhoff is in the North Bay to release Peregrino over the course of three local concerts. The upcoming appearances, featuring Jaume Guerra Meneu and Amadeo Moscardó, takes place August 25, 5 pm, at Medlock Ames in Healdsburg; August 27, 8 pm, at Elephant in the Room in Healdsburg; and August 30, 8 pm, at Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley. That final show finds Imhoff performing with Tim Weed, Bobby Vega and Shea Breaux Wells. Listen to the album’s opening track, “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” below and click the link for more details on Imhoff’s upcoming shows.

Tom Waits Appears on New Folk Ballad

Posted by: on Jul 31, 2019 | Comments (0)

It’s been two years since fans heard any new music from Tom Waits, whose been busy acting in films for the Coen Brothers and Jim Jarmusch lately. Now, the longtime North Bay resident has returned to the airwaves as a featured vocalist on guitarist Marc Ribot’s newly released track, “Bella Ciao,” from Ribot’s forthcoming record Songs of Resistance 1948 – 2018, out September 14.

The song is an old Italian folk ballad that is best known as an anthem for Italian resistance fighters during World War II. In a statement, Ribot says, “I played Tom a bunch of the tunes and he immediately bonded with that one. Of course, he brings a certain gravitas to everything he does—my Italian friends say he sounds exactly like an old ‘partigiano’ (resistance fighter)!”

Watch the video below to hear Waits’ take on “Bella Ciao.” (Via Pitchfork)

Download Antiphony’s New “Guerneville” EP For Free

Posted by: on Jun 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

West Sonoma County experimental band Antiphony’s multifaceted musical journey is marked by sonically brazen and emotionally crushing works that range from hardcore rap to post-punk noise. Fronted by songwriter Anthony Jimenez, the outfit recently released it’s latest EP, “Guerneville,” as a free download, and you can still get it at their website. 

The second installment of Antiphony’s ambitious “West County Tetralogy,” (following 2015’s “Monte Rio”) this new collection features three epic songs that take the group’s emotional explorations in a new direction. Jimenez wrote about “Guerneville” on the band’s Facebook page, saying:

These 3 songs deal with the joy of truly choosing to be in life, the reunion of parts of myself that went astray, and the journey from being a victim in relationships, to reclaiming my personal responsibility in my creations, and coming to the place of being done with battling myself.

‘Guerneville’ is my favorite album that I have ever released, and I am proud to share it with you now.

Get a preview of the new EP by clicking on the video below, and download “Guerneville” for free by clicking here. 

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

Posted by: on Dec 13, 2016 | Comments (0)

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.

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

Posted by: on Dec 9, 2016 | Comments (0)

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.

Listen to Sugar Candy Mountain’s “666”

Posted by: on May 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

Oakland indie-pop band Sugar Candy Mountain describe themselves as the Beach Boys on acid, and by the sound of their latest offering, that sums it up quite nicely.

The band’s sophomore album, 666, is due out in July. In advance of that beastly release, they’re letting us in on the record’s title track. It’s a head trip of sublimely drugged out and jangly laidback guitars and vocalist Ash Reiter – a Sebastopol native – singing an ode to Satanic summers in an ethereal tone.

Sugar Candy Mountain performs this Saturday, June 4, at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol with Salt Suns and Indianna Hale. Get details here, and click on the box below to listen to “666” now.

Listen to Emily Jane White’s New Single, “Frozen Garden”

Posted by: on May 13, 2016 | Comments (0)

Singer and songwriter Emily Jane White’s mysterious new album, They Moved in Shadow All Together, is already out in Europe, but fans here in the states have had to wait patiently to hear the latest from the darkly experimental Oakland-based artist and Fort Bragg native.

Until now, as White this week unveiled the lead single from the new record, “Frozen Garden.” The song is a lush and melodic journey through dense layers of instrumental textures, with White’s voice acting as a guiding light breathlessly leading the listener ever deeper into the tangled brush.

They Moved in Shadow All Together will be released in the US on June 10 through Talitres Records. Get your copy by clicking here.

Listen to Become the Villain’s New Single, “Slip Away”

Posted by: on Jan 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

Sonoma County songwriter Neem Wood mixes together shimmering electronics, soulful guitars and heartfelt lyrics for a compelling, emotional blend of indie rock and pop under the name Become the Villain.

Wood has a new album due to be released this weekend with a show at HopMonk in Sebastopol, and he has a preview of his latest work in the form a new single, “Slip Away,” that’s available to listen to right now.

Stylistically and sonically sophisticated, “Slip Away” features Wood’s soaring vocals and dark percussions with strong pop hooks and a cathartic chorus. Click on the track below; and catch Become the Villain tomorrow, Saturday Jan 23 at HopMonk, with other local luminaries Lungs and Limbs, Horses Heaven and Charley Peach. Details are here.

Listen to John Trubee Live on Stanford Radio This Week

Posted by: on Jan 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

 

Last November, we went deep into the mind of alternative songwriter and longtime Sonoma County local John Trubee who’s spent a lifetime making music on the fringes of popular culture. Since the early 1980s, Trubee and his band the Ugly Janitors of America has challenged the masses and expressed an outsider view of a sick sad world with hilariously avant garde lyrics and sophisticated rock and roll melodies.

Living a self-prescribed heretic lifestyle in Santa Rosa, Trubee regularly records albums of material, yet he rarely performs live. So, it’s exciting to hear that Trubee will be emerging from his hideout and playing with the Ugly Janitors of America live, on the radio.

Stanford University radio station KZSU hosts the Ugly Janitors of America tomorrow night, Wednesday, Jan 20, for an in-studio performance that’s being billed as “Nifty Space Music & Outasight Surprises for the NOW GENERATION!”

Tune into the station via the world wide web at 9pm PST to hear Trubee and his cohorts get weird and wild. Unfamiliar with Trubee’s irreverent rock and roll? Get a taste by clicking on the box below.

Trubee Records can be found at johntrubee.com. To contact John Trubee about anything, email [email protected] or send snail mail to PO Box 4921, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. Trubee reliably answers all inquiries.

 

Listen to the Debut Single from Night Shade

Posted by: on Dec 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Brand new North Bay electronic rock ensemble Night Shade made their offical aural debut this morning when they released their first-ever single, the haunting and hypnotic “Mother,” on their bandcamp page.

Made up of long time music makers Darwin Meiners, Emily Jane White and Derek Owen Doss, Night Shade’s dark, glassy synths and densely layered vocals here perfectly float over a swirling beat and single strained guitar chord.

Lyrically, “Mother” is longing and emotionally penetrating, as maternal figures are taken over by the mythos of patriarchy. Musically, the song builds in scope and urgency throughout with an ending that leaves you wanting more.

Hopefully, more is on the way soon from Night Shade. Stay tuned.



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