Top 10 Bay Area And Central Coast Bands To Look Out For In 2016

Top 10 Bay Area And Central Coast Bands To Look Out For In 2016

Creating a new playlist has never been so easy.
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Are you constantly looking for new music to add to your growing repertoire? Have you exhausted all of your Kanye and T-Swift? Are you looking to support more of your local bands and artists? Well, you've come to the right place. Here are the top 10 Bay Area and Central Coast bands and artists to look out for 2016, in no particular order. You won't be disappointed.

1. Kizmet - Alternative/Rock

Performing out of Gilroy, CA, Kizmet is an alternative rock band made up of Zachary Freitas (vocals and guitar), Maxim Crist (piano), Matt Virak (drums), and Kelvin Shamy (electric guitar). Kizmet's unique sound, mixed with the band's years of friendship and incredible song writing skills, makes for an album worth listening to. Kizmet's music is a nice blend of Folk, Blues, Punk, and Rock. You can find them playing in venues across the bay area, and most recently at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA. Go ahead, give their Facebook page a "like," or even check them out on their Instagram: @kizmetband. You might even want some of their awesome merch!

2. Hill Man - Folk/Indie

Are you looking for a new and unique indie artist? Look no further. Hill Man, otherwise known as Dewey Rogge, captivates his listeners with his folk-inspired songs. Hill Man music is unique for its, “lush, anthemic guitar and complex rhythms,” that will to draw you in and have you listening all night. Located in San Jose, CA, Hill Man can be found performing at the hottest spots around town. Be sure to check out #hillmanmusic to hear all of the latest songs and collaborations. There is new music coming your way, and you can don't want to miss it. Stay updated through Hill Man's Facebook page.

3. Couches - Indie/Rock/Grunge

Based out of San Francisco, CA, Couches has a chill Bay Area vibe that leaves you excited to see what they come up with next. With a bio that describes them as "real lazy," Couches has a great grunge feel that'll take you back in time. Their latest EP, Slackin' Since The 80s, is sure to have you on your feet. You'll find this musical trio traveling up and down the west coast performing their latest releases. With recent shows in Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR, you're sure to find Couches performing near you. Follow them on Facebook to see where they'll be next. Head on over to their website and grab some of their awesome merch like a limited edition 12" vinyls, or cassette tape.

4. Jillian Shaw - Country

Coming from Hollister, CA, Jillian Shaw has performed all across the Bay Area, as well as in Nashville, TN. Her raw talent will draw you in leave you wanting more. Jillian Shaw writes her own music, and her clever lyrics will have you singing along. You can find out more about Jillian Shaw on her Facebook page, and check out some of her new music on her SoundCloud. Be sure to find out where she is performing next. You don't want to miss out.


5. Eager Seas - Rock

From San Luis Obispo, CA, Eager Seas have created amazing songs that will have you rocking out and singing along. Their eclectic mix of sounds and instruments makes for an incredible collection of music. You'll find yourself sharing their music with everyone you know. With new songs coming out, Eager Seas are a must have on your 2016 Rock playlist. Be sure to stay updated on their upcoming shows and releases through their Facebook page, and be sure to check them out on Twitter.

6. Xochitl (So-chee) - Indie


Xochitl (So-chee) is a wonderfully talented artist who tours all across the Bay Area singing and songwriting. Not only does she write her own music, but Xochitl does some great covers of other popular artists. Over the years, Xochitl has toured throughout San Diego, CA, Austin, TX, Portland, OR, and up and down I-5 in California. Though her music takes her all across the country, her heart will always remain in Sacramento, CA. With an indie feel, you'll find yourself singing along to her new album Lion Heart. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @xochitlofficial.

7. Among the Torrent - Metal

Among the Torrent is a well known metal band based out of San Francisco, CA. They have electronic and symphonic influences that are "blended with intense black/death" metal elements. Among the Torrent's music will keep you on the edge of your seat. You'll find Michael Coney on guitar and vocaols, Kiera Pietrangelo on guitar, Dave Perga on bass, and Jake Klimchuk on drums. Check them out on their website, or their Facebook page for more information on upcoming shows and music. Be sure to grab some awesome merch to rep this local band.

8. The Bitter Buffaloes - Blues/Rock/Psych

Known for their performances across Santa Cruz and San Jose, CA, The Bitter Buffaloes are making a name for themselves with their creative song lyrics, their rock vibe, and their clever name. You can find Josh Hewett on drums and vocals, Chris Halasz on guitar and vocals, Henry Fabian on bass, and Curtis Murphy on the keys and synth. The Bitter Buffaloes will be performing at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, CA on November 28th. If you're in the area, you be sure to see them perform live. They will put on a show that you will never forget. You can find out more about The Bitter Buffaloes through their Facebook page and their Instagram account: @thebitterbuffaloes. You can also stay updated on their music through their SoundCloud and their Twitter.

9. Starover Blue - Experimental Indie

Starover Blue is a "five piece experimental indie-rock/folk ensemble" from San Jose, CA. With an entrancing sound, amazing lyrics, and beautiful cover art, Starover Blue will win you over with their aesthetically pleasing albums. In January of 2016, Starover Blue will be releasing their brand new album called Spacegeist, that is a "must have" on your 2016 playlists. Be sure to check out their website to hear their title track and get a sneak peak of the album. You'll hear Kendall Sallay on guitar and vocals, Joel Zelaya on lead guitar and ambient effects, Dirk Milotz on synth, guitar and piano, Maxwell Rogers on bass, and Jerald Bittle on drums. Be sure to check out their website! Also, head on over to their Facebook page and Twitter for more information about the band. While you're there, go ahead and grab some awesome merch like the Limited Edition Starover Blue Galaxy Pendant!

10. Minor - Christian/Church Music

Based out of Gilroy, CA, Minor aims to worship and praise God with their "church music." You will be moved by their soothing sound and meaningful lyrics, especially in their new single, "Love That Conquered Me." This single is on their new album, Sovereign God, that will be released in mid-December. You will find Max Monte on acoustic guitar and vocals, Zac Monte on electric guitar, Evan Rickel on bass, and Matt Kastle on drums. Stay updated with the band on Twitter, as well as on Facebook. Together, #weareminor.

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The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.


3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.


6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.


7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.


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The Breath of Solitude

A Poem With A Prologue // Polar Viewpoints.

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Prologue:


She smacks your parted lips,

sucking the dry,

open cracks to a seal.

Pumping energy into your chest

and sending a continuous shiver

from lung to navel.


You can't help but cough,

as your lungs tighten and twist.

Ringing the frosty sensation out –

slipping through your parted lips.


The same parted lips that

allowed her deliberate fingers

to crawl inside

where she can escape her own dimension

of solitude.




The Breath of Solitude


All I know

is solitude.


We chat

every day

in conversations that circulate

behind the backs

of the present.


Solitude grinds my coffee beans,

as we sit

with our legs crossed,

waiting for dawn

to explode over our opaque landscape.


Solitude runs my bath,

bubbling

as the Sun crashes

against the diminishing horizon.


But none of this is reality.

I am above

the dimension of reality.

Not theoretically,

but physically.

I am only a tool

to be used in the dimension

of your reality.

Drifting in and out,

twirling through your negative space.

My only purpose

is found through your breath;

but what do I do

when you stop breathing?


I wait for your fingers,

less deliberate than mine,

but filled with that

that I lack.


I cannot see the blood

that sloshes through the veins

in your innocent hands.

The blood that energizes

those fingers

upon which I wait.


But I know

the blood is there.

It isn't

what you do.

It isn't

the way you move.

Simply put,

it is

the way

that you exist.


The sheer fact

that you have a bursting burgundy waterfall

streaming,

not only through your fingers,

but engulfing all of you

in its rich,

rooted,

energy.


The only waterfall

that I encompass

is the waterfall

that you imagine.

I have no blood;

I have no way to exist.


And so I

wait for your fingers,

less deliberate than mine,

but filled with that

that I lack.


I wait for your fingers

to filter the heat

to a state of regulation,

a state of production,

a state in which I can exist.

The peach fuzz

that sleeps on the bridge of your nose

begins to rise

when your fingers initiate the flame.

The temperature reacts,

as would my heartbeat,

if I had a bursting burgundy waterfall,

or some type of life source

inhabiting my chest cavity.


As the heat

starts to melt

my metaphorical skin,

I become reality.

I don't have a face to smile,

or eyes to produce tears.

But I have thoughts.

I have words to say,

I have feelings to express.


I still can only drift,

in and out,

twirling through your negative space,

but now spiraling

into your positive space,

as well.


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