Bay Area Beats

3:02pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Matt Jaffe & The Distractions

Mill Valley's Matt Jaffe, of Matt Jaffe & The Distractions.

 

“You know, you can only paint a painting once. But a song, you can replay, re-envision, re-imagine virtually an infinite number of times,” says Matt Jaffe. And that’s one reason he wants to devote himself to music.

This Mill Valley singer-songwriter has opened for the legendary Mavis Staples and will do the same March 7th for Megan Slankard. One thing he couldn’t do, if he wasn’t on stage, is legally attend many of his own shows; Matt Jaffe is only 19.

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6:17pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Gautam Tejas Ganeshan

Berkeley-based singer Gautam Tejas Ganeshan plays Carnatic music -- a devotional form traditional to South India. But he's bringing a local twist to this centuries-old sound.

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5:02pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Madeline Tasquin Trading Company

Photo by Peter Earl McCollough

Berkeley-based musician Madeline Tasquin has been singing all her life -- first back in Canada with her opera-singing mother and gold-mining father, and later here in the Bay Area with bands like Whiskerman and Antioquia. Now she’s working on a new LP with her band, Madeline Tasquin Trading Company, and getting ready for a European tour. We caught up with her for this episode of Bay Area Beats.

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5:42pm

Wed December 3, 2014
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Rapping assistant principal uses music to connect with students

Some of all Parts, is a San Francisco rap group made up of old high school buddies Carlos Teasdale, Daniel Velarde, and Joe Truss. Truss is Assistant Principal at San Francisco’s Academy of Arts and Science. He says he was skeptical about joining a rap group at first. He wasn’t impressed with a lot of mainstream rap out there at the time.

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6:15pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Striving to be the Ellen Degeneres of music

Clarissa Bryant a.k.a. Reesez.

In San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood, there’s a small building that’s a big part of some young people’s lives. Sunset Youth Services provides teenagers, transitional age young adults, and their families with support like violence prevention programs, parenting classes, and food assistance. And tucked away in a corner upstairs is the youth-run music studio, Upstar Records. That’s where teens learn to record their own songs, produce beats, and shoot music videos.

Twenty-four-year-old Clarissa Bryant has been recording there since she was sixteen, just one year after she came out at school. KALW’s Audrey Dilling brings you the story in this installment of Bay Area Beats.

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