Category Archives: Local Bands

Worthy of a Shout-Out: Cotati’s got a squeezebox festival, Rohnert Park never sleeps at night

What impresses me about the Cotati Accordion Festival, other than its mere existence, is its diversity. Bands of all genres that prominently feature accordion are invited to perform. Continue reading

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Why’d You Name Your Band That?: Grand Lake’s Oakland connection is as plain as a 50-foot, 2,800-bulb sign towering over the freeway

You need only take a look at the banner on this blog to see why featuring Grand Lake with a “Why’d You Name Your Band That?” entry has been a goal of mine since I dreamed up this little feature. … Continue reading

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Blame Sally totally blowing up: San Francisco band getting well-deserved national attention from Billboard, NPR

I’m not the only one taking notice. “Speeding Ticket and a Valentine” appeared last week at No. 38 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. Continue reading

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Newcomer’s Perspective: 10 favorite Bay Area acts I’ve discovered since moving here

It’s been a little more than six months since I relocated from Michigan to sometimes-sunny Oakland, and I’ve tried to delve into the local music scene. According to my obsessive cataloging of music in my iTunes library, there are roughly … Continue reading

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Why’d You Name Your Band That?: San Francisco retro country band The B-Stars flip-flops on all-important hyphen issue but stays true to Western vibe

The members of The B-Stars often share festival stages with rockabilly combos devoted to what came after country and blues got mashed up inside Sun Studios, but the San Francisco band sticks firmly to the pre-Elvis side of things as … Continue reading

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Why’d You Name Your Band That?: San Francisco alt-rock band The Downer Party doesn’t consume oxycodone or human flesh, but thanks for asking

When I tell them it’s The Downer Party, it’s awkward. They always ask us two things: “Do you eat each other?” or “Do you take a lot of downer drugs?” Neither of those (is true). That’s ridiculous. Continue reading

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Photos from Noise Pop: Battlehooch, Nobunny, Exray’s and The Downer Party at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco

I’m no longer a Noise Pop virgin (I was going to say something about having my cherry Noise Popped, but it just sounded gross), having attended last night’s show at Bottom of the Hill featuring local bands The Downer Party, … Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “Live it Up” by Nobunny

These are the posts where I gush about some song that I’ve got a huge crush on at the moment, and you put up with it and listen because you’re a good friend. “Live it Up,” Nobunny Disconcerting rabbit masks … Continue reading

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Why’d You Name Your Band That?: Hercules folk/R&B band 19diamonds

All The City Lights is proud to introduce a new feature, Why’d You Name Your Band That? As you can perhaps predict, this feature involves conversations with Bay Area bands about the origins of their names. The band 19diamonds graciously … Continue reading

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