Review by Sophia Risin. Photos from Mega Mango.
Review & Photos by Shae Lake
As soon as Tianna Esperanza took the stage, the room froze. Doused in purple lights, her long, dark dress and matching hair wrap made her look regal, otherworldly. She wasted no time, immediately launching into a brief rendition of “Backlash Blues” by Nina Simone. “Do you think all us colored folks are just second-class fools?” she crooned into the microphone, gazing out into the audience. And thus, Tianna Esperanza set the tone for the exquisite and intense performances to follow.
Review by Walker Price, photos by Sophia Risin
Review by Jackie, Photos by Skylar Heyvald
“This crowd is very mellow. This crowd would like Radiohead.” —Concerningly Drunk Father
On Thursday, February 23rd, Portland-based band Reptalienscaptivated concert-goers at the UC Theatre in Berkeley. Reptaliens created a surreal atmosphere that made everyone in the theatre feel the music throughout their bodies. They opened for STRFKR and came second in the lineup behind one-man band Das Kope at one of this year’s Noise Pop Festival concerts.
Review by Ryen Smith, photos by Maya Cooper.
The night of the 21st was exquisite as Thee Sacred Souls’ music acted as a mirror into the hearts of all persons in the crowd.
Last Wednesday, the 22nd of February, I arrived at August Hall for the White Reaper show, with Taipei Houston and Narrow Head opening. This was my first time attending a show as a member of KALX and I wanted to do my due diligence, so I showed up almost an hour early which in retrospect was probably overkill. I had just recently signed up to cover this show, so I prepared myself by listening to a couple of the top songs from each band that was going to perform. I was not disappointed.
On February 24th, Christian Kuria, an up and coming R&B artist hailing from Vallejo, California, took the stage at the New Parish in Oakland as part of the annual Noise Pop Festival. This sold out show was opened by Malia, an R&B/soul artist and Dash George, a hip hop artist. I remember hearing fans recalling how much they enjoyed the openers.
NoSo, Squirrel Flower, and Maria BC put on a bone-chilling and ethereal performance that could only be described as a haunting, warm musical experience where the audience more closely resembled swaying kelp than the typical moshing and frantic imagery associated with indie pop or rock concerts.
On February 16th, alternative R&B artist Steve Lacy brought out a crowd rivaling that of the population of a small nation. Packed like sardines in Oakland’s Fox Theater, this sold-out show attracted fans from far and wide hoping to catch a glimpse of gen-z’s latest prince of indie pop. Following a tour plagued with criticism, Lacy provided not only his signature blend of jazz inspired R&B, but also a candid glimpse into the mind, ego, and personality of the icon himself.