Seven years ago, Angi Lemucchi had a notebook full of lyrics and chords and a desire to turn them into songs.
Over a decade ago San Jose/Santa Cruz rapper Kung Fu Vampire started fusing straightforward hip-hop with a live band and dark theatrical elements of vampires and kung fu. It took several years, but when the Insane Clown Posse’s fanbase (known as juggalos), heard him, they embraced him full on.
Sibling rivalry is an age-old rock ’n’ roll trope; just ask the Beach Boys, the Kinks or Oasis. Ben Lomond alt-rockers and brothers George and Henry Chadwick went so far as to reference it in their band name, My Stupid Brother—a name they came up with after a fight.
Ponderosa Pines, the debut release by local band Painted Horses, is a gorgeous record. They’ve taken an old-timey folk aesthetic and given it a mellow vibe, with subtle texturing of soft backing instruments. According to band leader Denys Kozakis, the songs are also quite personal.