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Photo of Triathalon. Credit: Elle Henriksen
Posted on 11/13/2018

Lo-fi pop dream world

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Photo of Sean McHugh with Mid90s cast
Posted on 11/2/2018

Through a collaboration with A24 at UC Berkeley and KALX, I had the great privilege to interview the incredible cast of Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, Mid90s, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco on October 16th. 

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TIMF photo. Credit: Maddi Ghatak
Posted on 11/2/2018

Earlier this October, Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park lay witness to an eclectic explosion of rap, EDM, funk, and indie artists in the unique package of the Treasure Island Music Festival.

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Photo of Thor and Friends
Posted on 10/10/2018

On August 15th, The Pencil Sharpener interviewed Thor and Goat of Thor and Friends at the Independent. On the way to the venue, the Pencil Sharpener found a lamp in mint condition that Thor and Friends kindly stored in the dressing room for the duration of the show.

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TIMF flyer
Posted on 10/10/2018

Looking to spend 20 hours next weekend head-banging to an amalgamation of boundary-pushing hip-hop, dance, and indie artists? Treasure Island Music Festival (TIMF)—a two-day festival occuring on October 13th (Saturday) and 14th (Sunday)—is one step ahead of you.

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Takin' Back the Bay flyer
Posted on 10/8/2018

Takin’ Back the Bay is a music festival that will be hosted at 924 Gilman on Friday, October 12th through Sunday, October 14th to raise awareness and funds to stop gun violence in America. This all ages event will have a diverse array of performances every night, as well as a voter registration booth. Proceeds will go to nonprofits working to stop gun violence.

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Photo of Johnny Marr. Credit: Elle Henriksen
Posted on 10/5/2018

Johnny Marr revives the post-punk age with a reminiscent performance at the UC Theatre.

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Photo of Blood Orange. Credit: Carmen Llerena
Posted on 9/30/2018

Blood Orange transcends cultural boundaries at Oakland’s beloved Fox Theatre. Not just a concert, but a musical performance of love and beauty.

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TINY Fest logo
Posted on 9/26/2018

The Pencil Sharpener interviewed This Is Not Your Fest (TINY Fest) founders/organizers Danielle and Marie. TINY Fest started as a direct response to a local Oakland pop punk fest, as Danielle and Marie, after calling out one of the organizers for sexually assaulting multiple women, experienced exile from the pop punk scene, bullying, and stalking from the perpetrator. All proceeds from the four-day festival will go to Bay Area Women Against Rape.

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KALX Weblog Logo
Posted on 9/10/2018

Local saxophonist and bandleader Donny McCaslin enters the KALX spotlight for a phone interview as DJ Jon the Reptilian focuses on his early musical jazz career including his collaboration with the late David Bowie.

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