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Daniel Bromfield

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Daniel Bromfield is a San Francisco native and arts journalist whose work has appeared in the Bay Guardian, San Francisco Magazine, Resident Advisor, and various music sites. He ran the SF Rebirth blog, documenting all-ages shows in the Bay Area, from 2010 to 2013. His work can be found at danielbromfield.com

In Chuck Johnson’s ambient ‘Rain Shadow,’ a sound of high desert ecology

Oakland-based guitarist Chuck Johnson was never in the same room as his collaborators, the Portland duo Golden Retriever, during the making of their new album Rain Shadow. Given how...

His marathon rap for COVID relief broke the Guinness World Record

When George Watsky turned 33, his roommate looked him in the eye and told him it would be the best year of his life. Then coronavirus happened.  But aside from...

Mark Kozelek’s latest intricate wander, through Aquatic Park to ‘Isaac Hayes’

“Some people are gonna get it, but some won’t.” This observation about art comes from one of the countless conversations Mark Kozelek has with strangers, restaurant employees, hotel clerks,...

Is Marcos Mena the best guitarist in indie rock?

Those whose image of do-it-yourself indie rock shows is of kids struggling to tune their guitars onstage might be surprised that virtuosity—good, old-fashioned, blurred-fingers virtuosity—has had a pretty good...

From Iceland to ‘Death Stranding’ with Bay-bred indie rocker Low Roar

“Home’s so far away,” goes the first line of Low Roar’s new record ross. Right now, that would mean Warsaw, where Low Roar mastermind Ryan Karazija resides as a...

Finished with labels, Finish Ticket starts anew

Finish Ticket is finished with Elektra Records. The Alameda indie-pop band (appearing Sat/28 at Slim's, SF) was signed by the mega-label in 2014 after years on the Bay Area all-ages...

Review: Anderson .Paak’s rap showmanship lights up Bill Graham

MUSIC REVIEW More than four decades into rap’s existence, the genre still struggles with how to present itself live. The bulk of rap shows I’ve seen are more like...

Time is on Passion Pit’s side, as classic ‘Manners’ hits 10

ALL EARS When Michael Angelakos first toured Manners, the 2009 debut of his then-rising project Passion Pit, he couldn’t hit the high notes. A side effect of the anti-psychotic medication...

Please Do Not Fight reunion collects a scattered scene

ALL EARS Pursuing music often begins with a simple realization: that it could be you up on that stage. And before he started the Redwood City rock band Please Do...

Outside Lands 2019: What’s good? Welp…

ALL EARS The monster that is Outside Lands (August 9-11, Golden Gate Park) coasts less on San Francisco’s rock ’n’ roll reputation these days than when the music festival was new—which means...