The breakthrough soul of Sam Ravenna

On this latest eponymously named album, Sam Ravenna brings together all the influences and experiences of a prolific Lake Tahoe producer and virtuoso musician....

Dainesly Shines in Parting

Sometimes the best decisions in life are the hardest ones to make. Such is the theme of Dainesly’s debut album “Snatching Defeat From the Jaws...

‘Dirt Circus’ | A freaky speakeasy menagerie

“As on all the tracks, Roelle doesn’t just sing and play; he paints a picture and invites you to join him for dance and...

Moondog Matinee: Reno Garage Rock at Its Finest

In late 2015, Reno hard-rock stalwarts Moondog Matinee released both a live EP and full-length studio album. The recordings demonstrate the raw, emotional power...

Dead Winter Carpenters releases best album yet

From the first bluesy Telecaster strains of the new Dead Winter Carpenters album, “Washoe,” I knew that Tahoe’s favorite “local band done good” had...

Easy Giant Churns Out Dreamy EP

The album, “Sierra Sierra,” starts out with a wavy synth gradually growing in volume until untamed drums crash 23 seconds in. Two bars later...

Easy Giant flies “To the Moon”

By the time you read this, Chris Emmington will be overseas writing music. The one-time staple of funky, hard-rocking, local cover bands has traded...

Serina Dawn Finds Her Silver Lining

When your grandmother was a famous burlesque dancer named Gay Dawn and your dad built Robosaurus, do you have any chance of a normal...

Easy Giant’s “Holy Wave”

The most exciting local album release of 2015 has to go to Easy Giant’s debut album “Holy Wave.” The brainchild of Thick Newton and...

Richard Blair recreates Truckee history in song

The opening track on Richard Blair’s newest album begins with deftly fingerpicked acoustic guitar. His smooth, yet weathered, voice enters in harmony on “Pony...