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.

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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Overcast views create a moody view from the top floor of a residence hall.


The Hello Walk is a serene view at dusk.


The white flowered trees blossom to surround the Engineering Fountain.


The campus is coated in fog and mist after a humid day.


The arch casts magnificent shadows during any time of the day.


The sunset glows down University Street from the top of Grant Street parking garage.


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The sun during golden hour shines brightly on the Bell Tower.


Bright lights shine down on the Ross-Ade Stadium during a football game.


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3 Reasons 'Black Panther' Is A Black Cultural Icon

The cultural significance behind the celebration of blackness

Nobody ever denied the Marvel Cinematic Universe's influence over the masses, and one could look no further than the box office to understand that. Eighteen films in a franchise, though, and you'd be remiss if you thought superhero fatigue would've settled in by now.

Enter 2018, and this most recent "superhero flick" prioritizes political intrigue, race relations, and moral ambiguity in Ryan Coogler's Black Panther film, the highest-grossing film of 2018, seventh in the United States, and twentieth of all time.

The biggest debut by an African American director boasts a predominantly black cast, the best reviews (beating out both Nolan's The Dark Knight and Iron Man) for a superhero movie, and yet still garners the question: What makes Black Panther so engaging to audiences? First, let's start with

1. The Director

Ryan Coogler is a well-renowned film director, similar in vein to Quentin Tarantino only in the fact that both produce, comparatively to other high-demand filmmakers, very few but powerfully-influential works.

His first feature film, Fruitvale Station, gathered acclaim and the majority of audience/grand jury awards in 2013's Sundance Film Festival, a feat he built upon when co-writing and directing Creed, the seventh installment in the Rocky film franchise, and from both films a collaboration with actor Michael B/ Jordan further flourished.

The fact that Black Panther's director who, since the age of twenty-one served as a counselor for the incarcerated youth in San Francisco's Juvenile Hall, has very much so lived out the same life he so often realizes in his films, only further adds to why Marvel's latest feature film rings truer to its audiences.

Coogler is a founding member and avid supporter of Blackout For Human Rights, a campaign designed for the specific purpose of addressing racial and human rights violations in America.

Not simply a film director making a "quick buck" or even just passionate about filmmaking as an art form, Coogler has time and again used his cinematic voice to convey the thoughts and feelings of people of color across the silver screen for all to see. Secondly, we must consider

2. The Ethnocentric Emphasis

While many filmgoers are no stranger to race relations being confronted in a film, this was a case wherein a major company, Disney/Marvel, took it upon themselves to challenge the status quo for mainstream audiences.

This wasn't BET(Black Entertainment Television), a rap video, or a stand-up comedy routine, all of which are tried-and-true methods for people of color to communicate to a wider audience; this was Marvel, the biggest name in movies today, and they were making a move.

For a time, myself included, there was fear the message would become misconstrued or miss the mark entirely, what with impeding studio interference already having plagued prior Marvel movies.

Luckily, the black representation allowed for a rare opportunity for young black children to have a superhero they could not only empathize with, but physically resembled family they already idolized.

This in no way takes away from the many fan-favorite white superheroes, but does provide a comic book character for a subdivision of audiences marginalized on a national and even global scale.

Linking back to Coogler, the director set his sights on the advanced sciences, heightened technologies, and rich cultures envisioned within Wakanda's waterfalls and warring tribes, in contrast to other films centered around black pain and suffering.

The piece handles the racial identity of itself was dignity and pride, a welcome step forward in cinema that highlights the positive blackness can offer. Last, one cannot disregard the impact that came from

3. The Control of Characters

Think back to any Marvel movie, and you can name the Chosen One protagonist, Supportive Sidekick, and Snarky, Smarmy Love Interest-type caricatures with ease, but Coogler's sense of pride and admiration for blackness with a focus on the ethnocentric vision for Wakanda brings the people of his fictional place to life.

All these fully-realized characters make for an exciting, engaging film phenomenon where, as critics have pointed out, even central antagonist Killmonger (Erik Stevens, portrayed by Michael B. Jordan) is cast in a sympathetic light.

It is not hero v. villain(again), but a dueling of two ideologies colliding in a struggle that transgresses the physical combat and becomes a philosophically-intriguing debate that, by the film's conclusion, makes for two sides forever changed.

No one character is painted in a negative fashion, or without redeemable qualities, and again creates persons both for and against immigration, in favor of and against union between "people that look like us across the globe"(black) and "colonizers" (white).

Black Panther is a monumental movie with ties to other racially-motivated pieces, a la A Raisin in the Sun, that posits African-Americans in a heroic scene. It is personal favorite of mine, and hopefully, this helps you understand exactly.

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