Cult Status

He isn’t a household name in the North Bay, but Tokyo-native Shintaro Sakamoto enjoys bonafide cult-hero status in his native Japan, where he rides...

Sad But True

Last week a man in a brand-new Metallica baseball hat stood outside a West Marin grocery and asked about the breed of a peculiar...

Keep It Clean

“It’s not as cool to get smashed in public today as it was with the older generations,” says musician Kegan Stedwell, who...

Nouveau Name

North Bay native and vocalist Stella Heath specializes in evoking bygone eras of music, both in her role as the titular singer of the...

Strangers No More

North Bay bluegrass music fans likely know the name Hellman. It was Warren Hellman who founded the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco,...

Parachute Stomp

Musician and producer Jonathan Korty has been a part of the Bay Area music scene for three decades, performing in groups like Vinyl and...

Plugging In

San Francisco singer-songwriter and Petaluma-native Ben Morrison is striking out on his own with a forthcoming debut solo album and tour this summer, after...

Westbound

The term “cosmic American music” refers to a musical crossroads where country, folk and rock collide in a glorious psychedelia-kissed pileup.So it goes on...

Wild Ones

Guitarist and songwriter Billy Kingsborough was back home from college and looking to jam in 2010, when a friend introduced him to guitarist Alec...

Take a Bow

Our annual NorBay Music Awards online readers' ballot received its biggest turnout ever, and this year's winners include a lot of new faces among...