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New Music from Jim Fairchild of Grandaddy

New Music from Jim Fairchild of Grandaddy

The Valley, The Mountains, The Sea: Debut album by Small Isles (featuring Jim Fairchild of Grandaddy) is out now on AKP Recordings The new instrumental project of guitarist Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy / Modest Mouse) and songwriter/composer Jacob Snider (named Best New Artist by NPR-affiliate WXPN-Philadelphia), Small Isles inhabits a rare hypnotic twilight between motion picture music and incandescent […]

By June 25, 2021 Read More →
SongwriterView: Keeping Their Composer

SongwriterView: Keeping Their Composer

SongwriterView: Keeping Their ComposerBy Patty Castillo Davis Some say that Songwriters are a bit like historians, “concerned with the continuous, methodical narrative and research of past events as relating to the human race.” I say we are seeking to catch something universal by crafting melodies and threading prose-developing and advancing the art of the song. […]

UnpluggedView: Some Like It Haute

UnpluggedView: Some Like It Haute

Unplugged View: Some Like It Hauteby Aaron Rowan I’ve always been a serious foodie, but I enjoy Burger King far more than any respectable foodie ought. Whenever I dine inside, I find their TV almost always tuned to the Food Network channel. I’ll sit and scarf my processed patty while watching their series ‘Chopped,’ the […]

By May 2, 2021 Read More →
Jazz BluesView: Blues on the Horizon

Jazz BluesView: Blues on the Horizon

Jazz BluesView: Blues on the HorizonBy Eric Benson Well, things are continuing to improve, and the weather is cooperating for getting back to the business of living and playing live music. We are trying to do more live events outside with social distancing to keep people safer. The monthly Blues Crawl returns Sunday, May 23rd […]

By May 1, 2021 Read More →
MAMAView: Red Tier Standing By

MAMAView: Red Tier Standing By

MAMAView: Red Tier Standing ByBy Middagh Goodwin It is spring, and the weather is getting warmer, and we should all be planning on what bands we are going to see. Unfortunately, even though things are getting better, we are not quite there yet. Stanislaus County has entered the Red Tier and more people are getting […]

By March 31, 2021 Read More →
Grandaddy: In a Trance Wandering Around

Grandaddy: In a Trance Wandering Around

A month or so ago after the promotion for the Grandaddy Sophtware Slump 20 year Anniversary stuff died down I decided I wanted to do some kind of online performance of piano songs. This would allow me to branch out and play some songs I don’t often play, mixed in with songs that get played […]

By March 11, 2021 Read More →
Go Modesto: Raising Cain

Go Modesto: Raising Cain

The Chris Cain Band returns out of lockdown to Cafe Urbano on the outside patio on Sunday, March 21st. Chris will be promoting his upcoming release “Raising Cain”.  Doors open at 3 pm and the music will start at 4 PM. Tickets are just $20 each, this event will sell out so you are encouraged […]

By March 9, 2021 Read More →
Equal Voice Equal Rights #sheinspires

Equal Voice Equal Rights #sheinspires

Equal Voice Equal Rights #sheinspiresBy Patty Castillo Davis Kamala Harris becomes the first woman Vice President in history.A descendant of slaves presiding as second in command in a house built by slaves-what a time to be a woman!On the heels of a year that sought to discount and destroy the achievements, freedoms, prosperity and powers […]

RockabillyView – The Pendletons are Back

Tony Trevino and the Pendletons By Chris Murphy Something wonderful in the local music world has happened. As we talk about Women’s History Month, one of Modesto’s adopted greats is Rose Maddox. In 1938, she and her brothers, Fred and Clay, began a band on KTRB that would be hillbilly boogie, later with her family, […]

UnpluggedView: Homeward Bound

UnpluggedView: Homeward Bound

UnpluggedView: Homeward Boundby Aaron Rowan When I grow up, I want to be like George Clooney in ‘Up In The Air’ and travel full-time for a living. This is one of my favorite movies. Modesto even gets mentioned as one of Clooney’s destinations. Much like his character, I am most at home when I’m out […]

By November 3, 2020 Read More →
Music in the Nineties

Music in the Nineties

BigView: Music in the NinetiesBy Middagh Goodwin Original music in the early nineties shifted, hair metal and new wave were old news and grunge, punk and Ska had not taken a stranglehold just quite yet but they were all circling and making waves. This was certainly the case in places like Modesto and the 209. […]

By October 2, 2020 Read More →
Unplugged View: Red Alert

Unplugged View: Red Alert

Unplugged View: Red Alertby Aaron Rowan You may have read about the recent lighting up of music venues across the nation in a coordinated crimson distress call, in the hopes that Congress will pledge funding to pull them back from the brink. As faithful an arts patron as I am, I can’t say I approve; […]

By September 28, 2020 Read More →
Keeping Composer

Keeping Composer

Songwriting View: Keeping ComposerBy Patty Castillo Davis Creativity can flourish anytime and anywhere. Even when an artist is not focused on bringing art to life- it grows. Inspiration flows from all spaces and time. It does not understand if it is born out of chaos. Now we are finding ourselves adapting a new routine, even […]

By September 3, 2020 Read More →
StrayHeart Memories

StrayHeart Memories

StrayHeart Memories The 1980’s music scene in the greater Modesto area kicked off with a bang on the heels of an already growing, electric 1970’s music scene led by area band legions like the Milk house Boys, Silvermoon, Homegrown, The Lights and so many others. I moved to the Central Valley from the Bay Area […]

Unplugged View: The Lind That Time Forgot

Unplugged View: The Lind That Time Forgot

Unplugged View: The Lind That Time Forgotby Aaron Rowan There is an old mining town up in Calaveras called Jenny Lind, named after the ‘Swedish Nightingale,’ one of the most highly regarded opera singers of the nineteenth century. Her U.S. tour from 1850-1852 was backed by circus master P.T. Barnum and launched a wave of […]

By July 31, 2020 Read More →