Tag Archives | rock

Watch Me: “Sunshine” by Nights

It should go without saying, but not every band in your local scene arrives fully realized. For every one act you’re convinced could be huge, ok indie huge, if only the right person or right website would only notice, there are countless others who need more time to get it right. Unfortunately, when you’re working [...]

Play Me: “Face to Face” by Shellshag

Even though the recipe is simple, and it rarely changes from one release to another, “Face to Face” proves Shellshag has a groove that doesn’t need any extra spice.  Just take two DIY vets –John Shell and Jen Shag, add cowbell and fuzz guitar. Mix in a smart pop melody, and shake. It’ll please every [...]

Play Me: “I Saw Her Face” by The Men

When The Men are in country mode, as they are on “I Saw Her Face,” they sound like the band I always wish Wilco would be again. Wilco has the right guitarist in Nels Cline, for buzzed out blues, but they don’t do rowdy as much as they did in their younger days. The Men, [...]


I think it’s pretty obvious from a lot of my posts, that I have a fondness for anything punk rock. Cocktails are no exception. This San Francisco quartet’s just released, self-titled EP with Father Daughter Records, pulls at all my strings…

Play Me: “Mercury Retrograde” by Purling Hiss

While there will be those who will be surprised Mike Polizze (Purling Hiss and Birds of Maya) chose to go with clean production on his Drag City debut, there will be others, those who’ve witnessed Purling Hiss live over the past couple years, who are well aware that this evolution from bedroom shredder to the [...]