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July 2015

Do some stretches, because Nashville-based Overwatcher are bringing the melodic hardcore madness, and some soft moshing is imminent.

Although a relatively new band, the guys have come out swinging with red-blooded live shows and a victory in our Band of the Month competition. The release of their debut EP "Metaphysics" will undoubtedly add fuel to their face-melting fire.
With the ample sound you'd expect from a six-piece, the guys are bringing a new vitality to the melocore scene. "Metaphysics" features the melodic exploration and merciless pulse of predecessors like Touche Amore, mewithoutyou and Defeater, with the brutal lyrical honesty and self-awareness of post-grad punk kids.
Overwatcher has created an engaging and discerning debut EP that is just as dynamic (if not more so) live. During their most recent performance at The East Room, lead vocalist Alex MacWilliam, performing through a head-wound he earned early in the set, filled up every ounce of space he could get his hands on. Often on tables and chairs, level with the crowd, even lying down, MacWilliam lead his crew through an intense, energetic set. Whether the audience is of five or 5,000, the performance remains wholehearted, and there is definitely something to be said for that.
Overwatcher is putting a refreshing spin on melodic hardcore, and "Metaphysics" is a testament to their musical prowess and clear passion for the genre. And, I can only assume this is just the beginning.  -Caroline Bowman

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Foxtails Brigade Release New Music Video - Far Away and Long Ago

The Oakland based art nouveau indie rock band, Foxtails Brigade has released a lovely and impressively shot music video for their new single, Far Away and Long Ago. This video has a crisp and touching style that is reminiscent of famed director, Stanley Kubrick´s film, Eyes Wide Shut and shares the same title as the 1918 William Henry Hudson novel. The video is sophisticated and compliments this new track´s artsong, classical vibe.

The dynamic, multi-talented group will continue an already busy 2015, having signed to OIM Records earlier this year, with their first full-band full-length self-titled studio record with producer Jeff Saltzman due out in March 2016.

Enjoy this music video for Far Away and Long Ago and make sure you make it to Foxtails Brigade´s upcoming show at Awaken Café on November 21st.


Antique Embarks on The Remember Tour

Local Oakland, CA singer-songwriter, activist and educator Candice "Antique" Davis announced the latest music single from her The Remember Project , Never Again, inspired by her visit to the slave dungeons in Elmina, Ghana.

Listen to the track here:

The Remember Project is a cultural campaign that travels all over the globe engaging artists of the African diaspora in artistic collaboration using art, music, media and dynamic facilitation to promote a Pan-African identity, particularly in countries that were involved in the Transatlantic and Arab slave trades.

Antique explains, "Visiting the slave dungeons in Elmina, Ghana, was such an emotional experience. I felt overwhelmed with grief, sadness and anger. Immediately after that, I went to the studio. I sat there crying and then I felt a rush of words. I wrote the song in 5 minutes. After I wrote it I felt unsure. Then I looked up in the sky and three hawks circling above me. I felt like that was a sign to move forward. I went in the studio and recorded it in one take. I saw it as the ancestors speaking through me."

Antique will be performing at Kingston 11 in Oakland on October 15th.


Bay Area Musician DJ and Music Writer Curates Original Mixtape

Editor´s Note:

The Bay Area veteran musician, record collector/retailer and music writer, Derek See curated a short but sweet mixtape today. We´re always into supporting local musicians who express themselves in different ways. I was personally lucky enough to have local musicians and music writers like, Joel Gion, Goldmine Sacks and Lauren Espina contribute mixtapes to my nonprofit organization, Publik / Private and Derek See has shared the latest edition of Publik / Private´s original mixtapes.

¨The Gentle Cycle is See´s current and main music project. He also plays occasional guitar with Myron & E, The Rain Parade and Chocolate Watchband.¨

Enjoy this mixtape of classics and be encouraged to put together your own mixtapes!


Hazel English Releases Day Wave Produced Track - Fix

Hazel English is a singer-songwriter from Sydney, Australia. She currently resides in Oakland where she met producer, Jackson Phillips (Day Wave) in early 2015. They began recording songs together and the collaboration resulted in creating a blend of interspersed shimmering guitars and airy melodic vocals set amongst a nostalgic, dreamy ambience. Hazel's EP Never Going Home is set to be released this fall.

It´s exciting to hear about new music and new artists landing in town to share some great music. Check out Hazel English´s new song, Fix and we´ll keep you posted on the release of her debut ep, Never Going Home.


SF´s Heron Oblivion Signs to Sub Pop Records Tours w/ Kurt Vile

The San Francisco based ¨funeral folk¨ band, Heron Oblivion has signed a worldwide record deal with the Seattle based independent record label, Sub Pop Records. Sub Pop was put on the map for releasing music from Nirvana, Mudhoney, The Shins, Band of Horses, Sleater-Kinney and more. It´s always good to see Bay Area emerging artists doing well! Keep your eyes open for their upcoming 2016 release on Sub Pop and their local shows with Kurt Vile:

Oct. 15 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
Oct. 16 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

Heron Oblivion’s origins date to 2013 in SF’s Bayview district, where its four members-- fueled by a love of 60s/70s scuzz and commune jams, folk rock, noise, and P.S.F. Japanese underground—would get together for what Miller describes as "blistering, extended free jam sessions." The four musicians realized that their initial chemistry (which was strong from the outset) was undeniable and it’s vision unified. Heron Oblivion was born.

Ultimately, Heron Oblivion fused song craft to its improvisational leanings. What materialized is a mesmeric compilation of English folk rock and earthy West Coast psychedelia spiked with feedback and explosive dissonant elements. The sum of these elements will make up their Sub Pop debut.



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