Emma Silvers

Breathing room

LEFT OF THE DIAL Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner on the band's new sound, and the doubts she overcame to create her favorite record yet. Plus: BARF #2, and Viracocha is back!

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LEFT OF THE DIAL In the spring of 2013, Jenn Wasner found herself at an unexpected crossroads.Read more »

The resurrection of Ronnie Spector

At 70, the original bad girl of rock 'n' roll is having the time of her life

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LEFT OF THE DIAL How do you address a woman who toured with the Rolling Stones as an opening act, while being chased after by a baby-faced John Lennon? Who had five singles in the Top 40 by the age of 21? Who perfected the beehive hairdo two decades before Amy Winehouse was even born?

"Call me Ronnie," purrs Ronnie Spector, age 70, on the other end of the line. You can almost hear the hairdo.Read more »

Dirty, sweet, and far from down low

Brooklyn's Cakes da Killa wants to be more than just "the blowjob rapper"

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Happy Hour: The week in music

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Hey you. Yeah, you. Are you still sitting at your desk, despite it being a beautiful day outside, and despite the proximity of large-screen TVs tuned to the World Cup inside multiple alcohol-serving establishments within three blocks of you in every direction?

Give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it. And you have less than an hour to go!

To help kill those last few minutes of clock-watching, here are some musical highlights of the past week, and a thing or two to do this weekend: Read more »

High on k.

The erstwhile suburban rap queen comes into her own -- and lands a spot on the Warped Tour

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LEFT OF THE DIAL First things first: No matter what her lyrics might imply, Kristine Flaherty — the 28-year-old, Illinois-born, Stanford-educated rapper better known as k.flay — is not sniffing glue.Read more »

Your Treasure Island Music Festival lineup: Outkast, Massive Attack, and more

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Thanks to a glitch in Ticketmaster's system (or a human who works for Ticketmaster who is now having a very bad day), we got the lineup for this year's Treasure Island Music Festival (Oct. 18 and 19) a little earlier than promoters Another Planet Entertainment were planning on announcing it. [Update as of noon-ish: The lineup's now on the festival's official website, too.] Here we go:Read more »

Gimme 5: Must-see shows this week

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Happy Monday, y'all. I know, it's rough. I hope at the very least that your weekend was better than this guy's.

If not, don't despair! Here are some rad shows to look forward to this week from the Bay Guardian team. As the late great Casey Kasem (aka Shaggy) would say, keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars. Keep your friends close, and your pizza closer. (Okay, that second part's just me.) Read more »

Shapeshifter

Oakland Afro-soul veteran steps out her own. Plus: Adios Amigo fights cynicism with Erasable Truth, and other local releases

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LEFT OF THE DIAL For Zakiya Harris, creativity has often grown out of loss. An Oakland native, Harris grew up singing in choirs, but "never really considered it a feasible career route," she says. It wasn't until college, when several people close to her passed away within the span of a couple years, that she began to pour herself into songwriting. "The music just started coming," says the singer, teacher, and community organizer.Read more »

The under-celebrated influence of Guided By Voices

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In a conversation about '90s rock staples the other day, a friend casually mentioned that he'd never really listened to Guided By Voices, a statement that provoked in me a somewhat surprising level of panic, alongside a strange sense of injustice.

"Here!" I cried, throwing on the starter-friendly greatest hits compilation Human Amusements at Hourly Rates. "Listen!" He listened politely for a few songs.

"They sound like every other lo-fi indie band from the mid-'90s onward," he said.Read more »

There is too much going on this weekend: The Congress, Not Dead Yet Fest, and more

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Y'all ever have that thing where a week or two will go by without a show you're particularly stoked on, and then all of a sudden there's one weekend where you want to go to everything? But you can't, because you're human, and science is too busy ensuring you'll have nightmares of outstanding proportions tonight to get on that teleportation thing, so you have to make all these god-awful decisions?Read more »