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Music & Events

Second Line Vinyl to Bring Record Manufacturing to West Oakland

The first major record manufacturer in Oakland since the mid-'30s plans to offer other various music-industry resources under the name Bump Town, including a venue. A few years ago, Donny Eastland kept reading that no one made new record presses.…
Pressed on: Wednesday October 18, 2017

The Killers Are Playing Live 105's Night So Silent Night

One of the most anticipated shows in the Bay Area takes place at the Oracle Arena every December: Live 105’s Not So Silent Night.…
Pressed on: Monday October 16, 2017

The Novelists's Debut at TheBackRoom in Berkeley

This weekend, The Novelists will perform in the Bay Area for the first time.…
Pressed on: Wednesday October 11, 2017

Zola Jesus at Starline Social Club

After a three-year hiatus, Nika Roza Danilova, who goes by the name Zola Jesus, is back in business. Her fifth album, Okovi, released in early September, showcases her chillingly euphonious voice, but unlike on her earlier albums, such as The Spoils and Stridulum II, Zola Jesus sings in a more melodious style, accompanied by slower, more classically inspired music.…
Pressed on: Wednesday October 11, 2017

Omar Sosa at Freight & Salvage

As a pianist, composer, and promiscuous collaborator, Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa never stays put for long. Bay Area jazz fans witnessed his restless creative proclivities firsthand in the late 1990s when he lived in Oakland and steadily expanded his ensemble to encompass scared Santería chants, Afro-Ecuadoran rhythms, Moroccan modes, hip-hop cadences, and elliptical post-bop harmonies.…
Pressed on: Wednesday October 11, 2017

News & Opinion

A LOOK BACK: What's it like to live in Oakland?

Laurel Street Fair August 8, 2015


"One [negative news] story doesn't represent the people of Oakland. They need to be here to experience what it is."


"Working and and loving the sun."


"Living in Oakland is alot more than it's cracked up to be... on the positive side."


"I just moved back from LA and this is what I missed. You got the Oak-Landers who will always let you know who they are."


"I love it here. I feel like I'm surrounded by so much love and community."


"When I first started working here, people never said hi. But now they're mellowed out and now they say hi to me."

First Friday August 7, 2015


"I'm grateful for the opportunities to learn, to heal and to grow with and in community."

Raka Iggi

"No matter what neighbourhood you come out of, don't let negativity bring you down. Keep working for your dream. And get Iggy with it."


"Of all the places I've lived, it's the best part of the Bay. There's just so much to do."

Viva & Ian

"It's such a great mix. It's a big salad."


"Can't beat the food in Oakland. When there's diversity, there's good food."

Daria, Daniela & Wendy

"[You are looking at the face of] your future world leader."

"Los barrios no se venden."

"It's home. It's home no matter what."

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