On October 10th, 2019, KALX’s own Pencil Sharpener met up with the members of Boogarins, a psych rock band from Brazil, on the rainy but spirited first night of the Desert Daze Music Festival, held in Joshua Tree CA. Their conversation grazed on where tropicalia is today, the insanity of the Brazilian political landscape and the realities of touring full-time.
Earlier this Spring, Velvet Einstein interviewed Meg Remy from U.S. Girls during her tour stop in San Francisco. Together they discussed Remy’s evolution of her creative process, the influence of Springsteen on her work, as well as a theory for plastic surgery resulting from fear of death.
The Pencil Sharpener spoke with a possibly maybe majorly gifted guitarist heretofore known as Yonatan Gat on the shores of Lake Perris on a stormy Friday during the Desert Daze festival in October of 2018. This is what they talked about:
On December 17th, 2018 KALX volunteer Stormy Phoenix saw Tenacious D at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Read her take on the eccentric performance the group put on.
An excited buzz lingered in the air as a large and bustling crowd waited for Oakland native Jay Som, aka Melina Duterte, and Los Angeles based musician Justus Proffit to take the stage for a sold out show at the Starline Social Club in Oakland on November 30th, 2018. This was the first stop on Duterte and Proffit’s tour together to promote their new collaborative five-track EP titled Nothing’s Changed.
KALX volunteer Elie Katzenson had the opportunity to interview East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (EBABZ) organizers Maira McDermott and June Hong on Method to the Madness before the event took place. Get the scoop on their discussion of the importance of zines and zine-making, inclusive art events, and the ins and outs of organizing the festival.
Forget the overdone DIY lo-fi and surf punk grunge scene because neo soul band Hablot Brown is about to take over.
Everyone’s Family at The Internet
On the weekend of October 25th/26th, L.A.-based garage/surf rock band The Gooms came up to the Bay Area, playing back-to-back shows at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco and at The Yard in Berkeley. I had a chance to catch up with them on a sunny Sunday morning after they were riding high from two incredible shows.