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Oaklandish x Wine & Bowties Zine Launch Party at June First Friday!

Oaklandish x Wine & Bowties Zine Launch Party at June First Friday!

Artistic movements from across The Town are coming together this First Friday for a very special edition of First Friday at Oaklandish Downtown. In addition to having live performances from Main Attrakionz, the Youthful Kinfolk Collective, and beats from Dion Decibels, we’re celebrating the launch of OakZINEish: Vol. 3 – our annual zine. This year we […]

Hiero at Oaklandish this Friday!

Hiero at Oaklandish this Friday!

This First Friday, September 7th, will go beyond the bounds of reason. Oaklandish will be hosting a show by the legendary hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics. They’re fresh off the success of the very first Hiero Day, a celebration of everything good in Oakland: music, food, block parties, and original underground culture. In the words of Tajai, […]

The Bay, Abridged

The Bay, Abridged

Oakland now is like a great old blues singer. She knows how to moan and cry, but the bad times behind her make her know how to savor the good times. Maybe she’s got some scars, but when she gets cooking she can still shake things up, and she can sing the pants off the […]

The Sounds of the Town

The Sounds of the Town

We have Oakland pride every day, but from 7 – 11 this Friday, our praises will be louder than ever. Music has always been one of Oakland’s most celebrated exports, and on March 2nd the incomparable DJ Dion Decibels will release a mix of the greatest sounds to ring out from our fair city. The […]

Get Down, Give Back!

Get Down, Give Back!

Get down at The New Parish on December 7th, and make the holidays a little brighter for your neighbors in need. Your ticket will help buy your fellow Oaklanders a hot meal, a safe place to sleep, and an extra present under the tree. The Town’s best talent is coming together to give back to […]

Art Rock: The Warehouse Party

Around 2001 you began to see a thriving arts based West Oakland warehouse scene, where noise experimentalism reigned. These bands defy easy summary, but are tied together by electronic influences, a progressive rock mentality, and an anything-goes aesthetic. Featuring: Numbers, Erase Errata, Deerhoof, Experimantal Dental School, Gravytrain!!!, Paris King, and Drunk Horse. 25 minute mp3 […]

Oakland Rap Tracks Vol. 1

More well documented is Oakland’s contribution to Hip Hop. These tracks were unavoidable during the golden age, when these beats were heard booming out of car trunks city wide. (Before the early 90’s no-cruising laws were passed). There are way too many influential artists to fit in one mix, so here we just started with […]

East Bay Thrash Metal

East Bay Thrash Metal

In the 80’s Heavy Metal music began to get harder & faster, as local bands were inspired by their punk compatriots. The all ages night club ‘Ruthie’s Inn’ was a breeding ground for this musical fusion, dubbed ‘Thrash Metal.’ At this time the members of Metallica lived together in a house in El Cerrito, and […]

Oakland’s Nu-Jack Swingles

OAKLAND’s NU-JACK SWINGLES New Jack Swing is defined as R&B or Soul style vocals produced with Hip-Hop style rhythms. It was popularized by a wave of radio friendly pop artists in the late 80’s, including most notably Oakland’s Tony!Toni!Tone! The follwing mix honors that era & style, while including some acts that predated the scene […]

East Bay Punk Rock

East Bay Punk Rock

The cooperative run Berkeley venue ‘Gilman Street’ was the epicenter of the Bay Area’s thriving punk scene. On any given night there in the late 80’s you could see a multitude of influential & energetic young bands, many of whom would later go on to become international rock stars. This mix is a snap shot […]
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