Music

The Girl with the Golden Voice • Bishop Briggs Speaks Her Truth

Singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs may be relatively new to the scene, but her soulful voice, exuberant presence and stirring songs have helped her build a résumé that seems far in advance of her years. Her first single “Wild Horses,” released in 2015, landed a spot in an Acura commercial that got…

Go West • Warm Brew Puts Santa Monica on the Hip-Hop Map

Any avid music fan knows Los Angeles as a city of hip-hop legends: Snoop Dogg hailing from Long Beach, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E representing Compton and countless more that have contributed to the genre in their own way. Thanks to artists like them, the early ‘90s were a golden age…

Raw Like Soosh*e! • Soosh*e! Reps Sactown Hip-Hop On and Off the Air

If listening to “My Year,” the latest, infectious single by Sacramento’s very own Soosh*e!, succeeds in shooting you upward a wave of optimism about your current state in life, it should be of special note that when he wrote it, some time ago, the song’s hopeful message rang hollow in…

Moving On • Tatiana McPhee Pours Her Heart into Debut Album

Since the recent release of Tatiana McPhee’s debut album, Mean Mama, the singer-songwriter has been trucking around Northern California from honky-tonk to honky-tonk, sharing her songs of real life heartache and heartbreak. Before going solo, McPhee cut her teeth in cover bands that played everything from Alan Jackson to Tom…

Back to the Old • Matisyahu Goes Against the Current on His New LP

Matisyahu hasn’t exactly had the smoothest ride throughout his decade-plus career. I was introduced to the artist through the clearing of a crowd backstage at Lollapalooza 2006 in Chicago, as a phalanx of Orthodox Jews walked in a mob surrounding the rapper/singer. The mysteries of the man who’d just released…