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July 2015
Overwatcher
"Metaphysics
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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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Hickey Fest 2015! June 19th-21st

We're very excited about this year's Hickey Fest! Local promoter, Ash Reiter has done it again and this year's line up is overflowing with awesome psych and folk artists. A large portion of the line up is local, so we love this fest to the fullest and think you should pack up your camping gear and head out to have a seriously rejuvenating and authentic music experience. We've got all the information here for you!

"It’s back and it’s better than ever!! We All Together Presents Hickey Fest 2015. Hickey Fest is a 3-day independent music festival featuring 25 bands, community campgrounds, psychedelic projections and other relaxing adventures held in Leggett, California in Mendocino County, just 3 hours north of the Bay Area. Named after Standish Hickey State Park, where the South Fork of the Eel River shimmers against a backdrop of majestic redwoods, Hickey Fest takes place over summer solstice weekend: Friday-Sunday, June 19-21 – the 3 longest days of the year and somehow the 3 longest nights. With group camping at Standish Hickey State Park and bands playing across the way at The Peg House, Hickey Fest is a special summer treat. The Peg House features a shaded outdoor stage and patio area, a sandwich shack with vegan options and lots of tasty micro-brews on tap, and a general store for all your last-minute camping and grocery needs. Katie Colver, the Bay Area’s own favorite musical yogi, will offer Showga (yoga accompanied by live music) each morning. Lance Gordon will be lighting up the night with his Mad Alchemy liquid light show and psychedelic projections. Get a taste of what's in store with this fun Hickey Fest Video from Arsenii Vaselenko."

Now pack your swimsuit, strap on your guitar and get ready for HICKEY FEST!!

Get your weekend pass now, shared camping included.

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It's nice to see new local bands doing well! Enjoy this summer time rock track that's perfect for jamming while heading to the beach on (rare) hot days in the Bay Area!

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Smoke Screen is a soulful electro pop duo that's going to create a nice crescendo as they'll follow GTJ on the bill. They've got a flashy Hollywood pop style, but their sound embodies more of Los Angeles' local music scene than a homogenized Hollywood version of a style they originally crafted. They're talented, polished and will be cool to experience live as well.

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