Music

Calling All Monsters, West By Swan, San Kazakgascar

Java Lounge, Sacramento Sunday, June 29, 2008 Sunday evenings for me are usually reserved for the couch, a six-pack and a movie. It’s like clockwork. So naturally I found myself in a bind when I learned there were some killer bands set to play at Javalounge last Sunday. It was…

One More Time With Feeling

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Go into the Vault on Their Latest Release During the 2004 presidential election cycle, Fat Wreck Chords head/NOFX frontman Fat Mike transformed from party punk icon to counter culture luminary. Rarely interviewed in years prior, Mike was almost ubiquitous in print and on television,…

Rogue Scholars

5th Avenue and Plush Lush Long before I knew what it meant, I remember seeing stickers around town with the Neighborhood Watch logo draped in a dookie rope and adorned in Cazals. The logo stood out and commanded attention, and most importantly sparked curiosity and made you think. It is…

Casual Fog

Nevada City’s Newest Secret It’s no secret that small town Nevada City, Calif. is full of beauty and mystery. Home to just about 2,500, Nevada City is largely populated with tall pines, Victorian homes and boasts over 93 nationally historic buildings and landmarks. The town is also no stranger to…

By Sunlight Blossoms from Bridges

Ex-Sacramento rock band Bridges has a new name and a new EP As wildfires burn throughout California, carpeting the skyline with smoke, Seattle rock band By Sunlight (formally known as Bridges) are in the middle of a two week long west coast tour that will bring them to The Blue…

Outlaw Blues

Cole Fonseca is an Old Soul In March 2007, Visalia-based bluesman Cole Fonseca entered the studio to record his latest album, Old Soul. That in and of itself is nothing spectacular; musicians record albums. It’s just the sort of thing they do. The long road that took Fonseca up to…

Butterscotch

Music Breathing With Life A good friend warned me about using the word unique, because as he said, few things actually are, but Butterscotch’s music warrants such a bold claim. Meshing her classical piano training and angelic voice with a more unconventional method of making music with her mouth, Butterscotch…

Two Sheds, Friday Mile & James Finch Jr.

Two Sheds Friday Mile Two Sheds, Friday Mile, James Finch Jr. Java Lounge, Sacramento June 13, 2008 Coffee shops have always been some of my favorite places to enjoy a few quiet moments with a book and some headphones, or to catch up with an old friend, or even to…

Mastodon Tramples On

American Metal Maestros Prepare for Mayhem With countless tours and five releases already under their belt including their 2006 major label debut, Blood Mountain, Atlanta’s progressive metal outfit Mastodon are gearing up for a busy next couple months. They recently started recording a brand new album with producer Brendan O’Brien,…

SouLifted

A Musical Melting Pot Northern California’s very own hip-hop/reggae fusion group, SouLifted are turning heads with the release of their new full-length album Higher. The group seamlessly blends classic hip-hop sounds with reggae, jazz and soul embellishments. The result is a unique sound that all walks of life can enjoy….