“Purity Ring-meets-Little Dragon”

– Kirsten Spruch, Baeble on The Tambo Rays

“Produced by Jeff Saltzman (the Killers) and mixed by Eric Broucek (the Drums), Soaked takes the band in a new direction towards colorful, hook-heavy dream pop tracks.”

– Maya Eslami, What Youth

“Hot Flash Heat Wave have made a glowing record about moving on—a rare album that sighs with wistfulness while still having fun.”

– Steven Edelstone, Bandcamp

“Mirroring the upbeat sound, the video is full of fun filled psychedelic imagery shot in an East Oakland warehouse. Exhibiting some of front-woman Sara DaMert’s wildly catchy dance moves, the uplifting video reflects the positive pop-rock feel of the upcoming EP.”

– Wonderland

“They’re a pop-rock band who would have hit my Strokes/Weezer/Phantom Planet sweet spot back in 2002 (I mean that as a major compliment) and who are giving me pleasant memories of that era 15 years later.”

– Chris DeVille, Stereogum

“The band is led by saccharine-voiced Sara DaMert, who lends a cherubic, innocent feel to the Tambo Rays’ bubbly, indie-pop jams.”

– Jessie Schiewe, SF Weekly

“Produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers’ Hot Fuss) and mixed by Eric Broucek (The Drums and Classixx),  Soaked douses a little dream pop on the band’s punched-up garage riffs.”

– Emily Manning, i-D.VICE

“With a playful sophistication, Hot Flash Heat Wave remind us of The Drums‘ strong pop mentality and Smith Westerns‘ slacker attitude.”

– Brontë Martin, Earmilk

“[Be Calm Honcho] delivers in a big way. It’s the kind of song [Bad Man] that’s meant for staring out the window, pondering the big things, and hoping everything will be okay tomorrow.”

– Alex McCown-Levy, A.V. Club

Go to an indie music concert in Oakland or listen to a record from a local band, and you won’t see or hear Sarah Sexton — but chances are she’s the woman behind the scenes who made it happen.

– Cyrus Moniker, KQED

“In a year where it’s tough to find good news, Oakland’s OIM Records is working to reverse the narrative of a declining Bay Area music scene.”

Steven Edelstone, SF Weekly

“In a time when everyone and their grandma seems to be bemoaning the dissolution of the Bay Area’s music community, OIM Records has assembled an unpretentious collection of caffeine-rush rock that provides a refreshing alternative to the malaise.”

– Max Savage Levenson, Bandcamp

“The band’s new single, “Get It Right Now,” is a great example of what they do: propulsive, bouncy indie pop that gleams like a toothpaste commercial smile.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“The band’s music, much like their name, hits like a sweltering and sudden heat wave — the kind that doesn’t deter you, just makes you want to pour water on your head and keep on going.” Consequence of Sound

Tavella & Galloway utilize their harmonic duet blends, calls, & responses to sew together the buzzing keys, & electric chords that clasp together like cymbals of lightning collected like fireflies in a wine bottle or mason jar. – Sjimon Gompers, Impose Mag

“The band’s third full-length album serves as a confirmation of the band’s blend of indie and chamber pop, melding together percussion and synths with cinematic arrangements and guitars.”  – Billboard

“With their fusion of baroque pop, eclectic rock, and hints of classical flourishes, San Francisco pop-rockers Foxtails Brigade are making us very happy.” – Baeble

“It doesn’t happen often these days, but the video for Waterstrider’s song “Frayed” will make you sit up and go WOAH” – Kim Taylor Bennett, Noisey

“Vocalist and guitarist Nate Salman tells PopMatters, “‘Frayed’ came from an experience of pure bliss and confusion bundled together: the un-satisfaction of temporary romance, and the struggle to maintain sanity in the midst of a magical moment.” – Brice Ezell, Pop Matters

“The seams between shots are visible and give the clip a stilted, puppeteered feel that contrasts nicely with the song’s funk-pop longing and elation.” – Caitlin White, Stereogum

“OIM Vol. 1 flaunts a very well-produced and inspired mix of local bands, that flashes the potential of the indie rock scene from both sides of the Bay.” – Adrian Spinelli, SF Weekly

“OIM: Vol I casts a wide net to document the vivid menagerie of acts emerging on the East Bay scene” – KQED Arts

“She [Laura Weinbach of Foxtails Brigade] takes a more forceful stand on “No Fate,” a noisy rocker that finds her going face to face with the chaos of modern life with a chip on her shoulder and a smirk on her lips.” – Relix Mag

“OIM has been an instrumental force in cultivating, expanding, and generally living and breathing the Oakland music scene”< – Jody Amable, The Bay Bridged

“In each song off the upcoming self-titled third album… the band melds acoustic guitar with horns and strings to create experimental freak-folk even Joanna Newsom would approve of.” – SF Weekly

“For their third proper album, the band pulls out all the stops to bring forth Foxtails Brigade’s ecstatic visions that run the continuum between adversity and absolute hysteric euphoria.” – Impose Magazine

“‘All The Beauty’ is Lila Rose’s Most Cathartic Song Yet” – SF Weekly

“Lila´s new single All The Beauty is out now, if you think Kate Bush meets Björk sounds like a wonderful mix. Listen up!” – Palace of Rock

“Lila Rose makes some of the most cinematic indie rock on the planet.” – Ellenwood

“[Foxtails Brigade, We Are Not Ourselves is] a creeping orchestral pop song brought to life by the menacing vocals of Laura Weinbach as she somehow sweetly serenades you to your doom.” – Paste Magazine

“This is an album you’ll want to listen to from start to finish. The name Nomad speaks volumes about its contents; it has no specific home, it is meant for everyone.” – 1340 Mag

“NOMAD, the new album by Whiskerman, is a truly remarkable recording. Imagine the melancholic, orchestral country of Lambchop, blended with the luminous mysticism of Mind Games-era John Lennon and you’ll be close to the mark.” – The Big Takeover

“Oakland’s four piece Whiskerman are touching perfection with Perfect, a song taken from their recent Nomad LP. Here unfolds a deep soulful, ‘70s soft rock ecstatic listening that roots its flavor in a bluesy and hazy pop lullaby while it fades within a string orgasm between the glory mountains!” – Sound Injections

“OIM: Vol I casts a wide net to document the vivid menagerie of acts emerging on the East Bay scene” – Rachel Milani, Do The Bay

“It is [Youngblood] Dark And On The Move, and in my lonely quiet, I felt the urge to pull on a carmine cape and head off for a midnight wander through an abandoned city. A deep, dark, delicious solitude.” – Anne Bacon, SF Critic

“The album [OIM Vol. 1], while firmly standing on an undercurrent of rock, is cohesively experimental in nature.” – Sjimon Gompers, Impose Magazine

“While the styles of music represented are diverse, Saltzman’s methodical recording process and the indie garage style are common threads, making the final product [OIM Vol. 1] more than just a disjointed mixtape.” – Sam Levine, East Bay Express

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