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Female artists in the Bay Area show resilience through music

Photo of Ritty Bo taken by Keni Orozco
December 18, 2020

At one point in time, which now seems like forever ago, the art scene in the Bay felt like one big family. There were parties nearly every week. With the pandemic, creatives that once thrived off coming...

What musicians have gained in the era of COVID-19

Pictured, Taylor Lee Cook. Provided by Taylor Lee Cook
December 11, 2020

Matthew Gilbert, a Stanford University graduate student researching musicology, moved back home with his parents in San Diego when shelter-in-place orders were issued in March as a response to the rapid...

Bay Area twin DJs release their most streamed song amid pandemic

November 21, 2020

Bay Area DJ duo OtebNSolrac, consisting of twin brothers Beto "Oteb'' and Carlos "Solrac'' Concha, felt the loss when the statewide shelter-in-place first happened in March. With clubs shut down around...

Rising Star Kiyomi steps into the Bay Area music scene

Rising Star Kiyomi steps into the Bay Area music scene
November 17, 2020

Union City’s own Kiyomi is bringing a new type of R&B into the Bay Area scene. After releasing her debut EP in February 2019, “Solara Sunsets,” the young, rising artist is paving her way into...

Exploring sound healing during lockdown

November 2, 2020

Finding Solace: Music is a universal language. There’s no question about it. A special power comes from rhythms, sounds and melodies of drums formed in repetition that convey emotion and allow it...

Exploring the digital frontier of large-scale entertainment

Screenshot taken during a video call with Raymond Oppenheimer exploring video manipulation
Streaming digital jams might be the closest you get to a live show
September 28, 2020

Capturing the emotional impact of a live performance through a small box on Zoom is a problem that worries the founder and artistic director of The Marsh Theater, Stephanie Weisman. The Marsh Theater in...

Top 10 albums of 2019

Top 10 albums of 2019
December 9, 2019

The best albums of the year picked by music radicals Amy Bigelow and Chloe McDaniels.  Listen to our favorite tracks on each album with the Spotify playlist provided. Chloe's top 5 albums FKA...

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