Spray Tan Schools Us on Shameless, Genderqueer Slutrock

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Spray Tan Schools Us on Shameless, Genderqueer Slutrock

Oakland punk trio Spray Tan subverts heteronormativity by proudly being themselves.

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Sharmi Basu Is Decolonizing Noise

The Oakland electronic artist, who performs as Beast Nest, fosters inclusivity in underground circles that too often recreate the values and power dynamics they claim to reject.

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Miserable Indulges in Melancholia

Kristina Esfandriari channels feelings of grief and heartbreak into gorgeous, atmospheric rock on Uncontrollable, her debut album as Miserable.

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All Hail Jasmine Infiniti, the Self-Proclaimed Queen of Hell

The DJ is taking over the Bay Area's underground nightlife scene, and carving out safe spaces for trans women to celebrate themselves in the process.

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Legendvry's Upcoming EP Præy for the Weæk is a Call to Action

The Oakland rapper seeks to unify and empower his community during troubled times.

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Emily Jane White Awakens with Her New Album

The Oakland singer-songwriter confronts a number of social justice issues with her new, poetic folk-pop album, They Moved in Shadow All Together.

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LoBot Gallery, Mainstay of Oakland's DIY Art and Music Scenes, to Shutter at End of Month

The space is just the latest underground art spot to fall victim to rising real estate costs in the East Bay.

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Black Voices in Music Criticism Are Essential

There's a lack of journalists of color at publications across the country. A Black, female music critic weighs in on why the industry needs to change.

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YMTK's 'All The Right Places' is the Perfect Summer Soundtrack

The Oakland-bred, LA-based singer's upcoming album is a sun-soaked project that combines R&B, house, soul, and funk to dazzling effect.

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Oakland Rapper Siri on How to 'Gloe' Up

The emerging musician and style icon discusses finding herself in nature, cultivating her genre-defying sound, and growing up with Hieroglyphics as her family.

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Fantastic Negrito is Cautiously Optimistic in 'The Last Days of Oakland'

The roots rocker ruminates on rapid demographic shifts in a new, emotive album that hits close to home.

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Techie Blood: The Sound of the Capitalist Apocalypse

The East Bay hardcore band doesn't claim to have a political agenda, but its music is a natural reflection of the Bay Area's socioeconomic turbulence.

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On His Upcoming Album, 'Father Figure,' Rexx Life Raj Offers Some Paternal Guidance

Hot off the release of his new single "Young Wardell," the rising Berkeley rapper wants to use his music to motivate the youth.

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Rapper Elujay Is Making Protest Songs for a New Generation

The artist channels his frustration with Oakland's housing crisis and police brutality into an homage to the city's resilience in his forthcoming album, Jentrify.

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Boycotters Accuse 924 Gilman St. Project of Ethical Backslide

Critics say the storied Berkeley punk club is more interested in intimidating boycotters than remedying a discriminatory culture.

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For Tia Nomore, Everyday is 'Holloween'

The Oakland rapper's debut album, a polished collection of slappers, makes a strong case for her rise to stardom.

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