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Overland Closes while Riptide Ramps Up Its Music

Overland Closes while Riptide Ramps Up Its Music

Jose Segue October 21, 2017 0

It’s official, Overland, at the foot of Broadway in Oakland, has closed. A few months ago, Paul Hayward, Overland’s owner/manager Overland, had expressed his concern to HWS that there were too few residential dwellings near Jack

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The Science Behind Why Popular Music Is So Awful

The Science Behind Why Popular Music Is So Awful

Jose Segue October 3, 2017 0

Science says, "The Millennial Whoop combined with brutally repetitive drum tracks and banal lyrics has reduced pop music to sonic wallpaper."

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Podcast: SFBA Americana and Hippie Country Throwbacks, HWS on KALW

Podcast: SFBA Americana and Hippie Country Throwbacks, HWS on KALW

Jose Segue July 3, 2017 0

The downloadable track below is the 90-minute Hicks with Sticks broadcast that aired on Fathers’ Day weekend with Jose Segue sitting in for Peter Thompson on KALW’s “Bluegrass Signal.”  Most songs are western swing, honky-tonk and alt-country

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Music, Millennials and the Spotify Effect

Music, Millennials and the Spotify Effect

Jose Segue February 14, 2017 0

What can music mean when anybody can access 30 million songs via a device the size of a pack of gum? No cover art, lyrics, liner notes, band members, instrumentation, songwriters’ names, or production credits: call it the Spotify Effect where

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