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PODCASTS. What do you get when you fuse the Bay Area’s psychedelic sound with the culture of the Caribbean coast of Colombia?  You get Bicicletas Por La Paz, the Oakland-based Latin Circus Funk band.   Friday morning on West of Twin Peaks Radio, MJ welcomes Bicicletas founder Adley Penner to the studio for a chat, […]

“Surfeando un Cometa” (Surfing a Comet) (Recorded at Hyde Street Studios – Self-released) The third LP from this nine-piece Oakland “Latin Circus Funk” band does not disappoint in range and energy.  The 11 tracks on this album all are fused with a Latin beat born in Colombia – but seamlessly combine other influences from reggae, to […]

(Self recorded and produced) The sound and the storytelling on the sophomore LP from this Oakland-based based is dreamy, hypnotizing, and soaked in some warm psychedelic influences. Bells Atlas’s brand of Bay-area Afropop borrows heavily from the sounds of the region, at once sounding both worldly and extremely local.  The vocals of lead-singer and lyricist Sandra Lawson-Ndu […]

(Self-released) This self-titled doubled LP by the SF-based The Spiral Electric is a sprawling statement by a quintessential Bay area psych/acid rock band.  But The Spiral Electric also manage to do something many similar bands do or could not – that is weave many other flavors of music and emotions (including instrumental interludes) into an 66-minute […]

Lofi Satellites Lofi Satellites (self-released.  Recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios in SF & Oakland) February 1, 2019 All four cuts from this four-piece band from Pacifica/San Mateo are solid works of psych-rock, with hint of surf.  The music is fast and loud – yet warm and fuzzy and very, well analog – which is exactly […]

Love Jerks Million Movies (self-released.  Recorded at Hyde Street Studios & Stillwater Studios) November 2, 2018 This San Francisco duo’s love story is the basis of their debut LP which is at once grand and intimate at the same time. They are simultaneously dream-pop, synth-rock and smooshy ballad ….. with a flair for the cinematic.  […]

#KXSFLocalSelection presents:   Lil’ Elephant is an unconventional Oakland ensemble bringing original tunes to stages of all sizes throughout the Bay Area and, soon, across the world. A labor of love several years in the making, this band of four motley miscreants fuses funk, rock, roll, rap, and classical influences into an exceptional and eclectic […]

#KXSFLocalSelection Presents: San Francisco singer/songwriter Bob Hillman is back with a new album after 10+ years away from the business. I had a good run in the late 90s/early 00s, releasing three albums and touring the United States and Europe, including 80 some-odd dates as the opening act on Suzanne Vega’s Songs in Red and […]

#KXSFLocalSelection presents: La Dee Da began when Rosie Steffy wrote her first song at age seventeen. She met Aaron Handler in Oakland’s thriving warehouse music scene in 2006 and invited him to play bass on an early La Dee Da cassette release called “Goaty”. A few years later she moved into a tool shed behind […]

#KXSFLocalSelection presents:   Hailing from the cold waters of San Francisco Bay, Penny Opry specializes in bringing old music back from the dead, with a sound designed to lift spirits and bring life to the party. Armed with a suitcase drum kit, ukuleles, and an antique button accordion, the group draws inspiration from maritime folk tradition, […]