Author: Azucena Rasilla

Azucena is a freelance writer from Oakland. She loves the Oakland Athletics, as much as she loves The Sounds & Sam Smith. You can often catch her at shows throughout the Bay, iphone in hand live-tweeting away. You can read her shenanigans on twitter @chroniclesofazu.

Panic! At the Disco Oracle Arena, Oakland March 25, 2017 All photos by Raymond Ahner. At precisely 9:00 p.m, the screens that illuminated the stage at the Oracle Arena displayed the countdown. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… and Panic! at the Disco, led by Brendon Urie, were greeted on stage by the screams of the sold-out crowd. The band is currently on an arena tour promoting their fifth album Death of a Bachelor, an album that was written and produced by Urie, inspired by his wife Sarah and their life together in LA. Panic! at the Disco’s appeal has not…

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Tove Lo Fox Theater, Oakland February 8, 2017 All photos by Adrian Jusue. Tove Lo is an unstoppable force; the Swedish Grammy-nominated artist is currently headlining her SOLD-OUT Lady Wood Tour which is taking her all over Europe, Mexico, and Latin-America, and back to the USA for Coachella and Bonnaroo. A few days ago it was announced that she would be joining Coldplay on their tour. A Bay Area stop is set for October 4, 2017 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. While on the Lady Wood tour, she made a stop at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Despite the…

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Fantastic Negrito The New Parish, Oakland January 13, 2017 All photos by Pollen Heath. Best Contemporary Blues Album, that is the nomination you have to pay attention to when the Grammys air on February 12. Oakland’s prodigy son Fantastic Negrito is nominated for his album, The Last Days of Oakland. It was precisely in Oakland where Xavier Dphrepaulezz played a sold-out (!) show last Friday at the now iconic The New Parish. The Downtown Oakland venue is known for its extensive and eclectic musical-bliss calendar of shows, but Fantastic Negrito’s show will be remembered as the last “small place” played…

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The Sounds Fillmore Auditorium December 18, 2016 Photos by Jeff Spirer. The year 2006 brought the music world some of the most memorable Indie records of that decade: While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets by Cobra Starship, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not by Artic Monkeys, Show Your Bones by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Everything All The Time by Band of Horses. Also among these gems, Dying To Say This To You by The Sounds. On the ten-year anniversary of the release of Dying To Say This To You, Maja Ivaarsson, Félix Rodríguez, Jesper Anderberg,…

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Live 105 Not So Silent Night Oracle Arena, Oakland December 9, 2016 All photos by Adrian Jusue. Live 105’s Not So Silent Night graced the Oracle Arena this past Friday and Saturday in what has become a tradition in the December line-up of shows in the Bay Area. Empire of the Sun SF Sonic Sonic was there for both nights, and here’s everything that happened on night one. Strumbella The Strumbellas were in charge of opening night ones; the Canadian band has a sound that is the perfect harmony between country and alterative. The band was energetic on stage and…

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Now in its second year, the CLIF Bar Cykel Scramble took over the Marin County Fairgrounds on Saturday September 24th, 2016. Not only did it include a fun bike race, but also Lagunitas Brewing Company, CLIF Family Winery and Peet’s kept everyone hydrated. There were tons of local food vendors, and to top off the fun-filled day, the event wrapped up with a free concert by Portugal. The Man. Before the show, we had the opportunity to talk to Eric, Zach & Chris of Portugal the Man, here’s what they told us: SF SONIC: You guys are originally from Alaska,…

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Ozomatli The New Parish, Oakland July 16, 2016 Longevity is something that all artists aspire to for their music career, especially in the current state of the media industry where social media, YouTube, and streaming have redefined the way music lovers get their fix. Touring is the opportunity for artists to connect with their fans. Ozomatli is a band that has longevity under its belt, and one that brings the house down whenever it tours. The LA­based band played not one, not two, but three shows in Oakland this past weekend. The New Parish has become a favorite venue…

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Broods Conscious Buy Album Sophomore albums more often than not can make or break a band or artist’s career. Broods’ upcoming release of their album Conscious solidifies them in the top five acts of the indie pop and electro-pop music world. The sibling duo from New Zealand has been making a name for themselves all over the world. Back in 2014, they played a sold out show at the legendary indie club PopScene, also opened for Sam Smith at the Fox Theater, and traveled with Ellie Goulding among so many other show ventures. The first single “Free” has already racked…

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