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For the musicians reading this, you are probably familiar with a variety of recording programs. Video editing programs are basically the same thing. Music deals with the tone, rhythm, and raw materials, and so does video. It has been a really fun exploration for me to see how creating videos has informed my umbrella of...
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This summer Balanced Breakfast has the pleasure of spending the week at Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival in Big Fork, Montana. We witnessed first hand the positive effect the festival had on guitar players looking to get better at their craft
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Glad to have caught Milo Greene this month after finding out last minute about them doing a show at Brick & Mortar as part of a Jukely event.  The last time I saw them was at a Culture Collide festival back in October for a stripped back acoustic set at The Swedish Music Hall. Looking...
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With the face of singer Doug Tieman alternately basked in sunlight and obscured in the shadow of the brim of his hat, the dapper gentlemen of Blood & Dust whipped with the sound and energy of a steam engine. The clanking rhythm of the tune could only have been further exemplified were it recorded live...
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I ran into these two gentlemen first at my open Mic at the Riptide. Affable, funny, energetic, they caught my eye immediately. Once they got up to the mic, that’s when they exploded. These guys are younger in age but wiser in the brain. I’m excited to see their progression. True artists.   About Amplified &...
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Diamond Heights released their debut EP City Charms early this month to a sold-out crowd in the downstairs bar at Neck Of The Woods. The band emitted a powerful modern twist on CBGBs era Pretenders/Blondie. Get to know them with this behind the scenes video I shot at Hyde Street Studios with Ted Maider of “Evergreen”. Follow it up by listening to the...
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Ghost Tiger is as hip as their hometown, beautiful and relaxed Santa Barbara, where the surf is up and the sun is out. It’s the sort of music that alternates between moving you and getting you moving within the first 10 seconds. Accessible & repetitive bass and drum mixes with top-brained treble that comes at...
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If you haven’t heard of Dangermaker by now, then you haven’t been reading San Francisco blogs, and probably haven’t been clued into what Balanced Breakfast is … yet! Light the Dark I – EP by DANGERMAKER (This isn’t a dig at you, mind you, more of an acknowledgment that I’ve written about them before. In...
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As a youth, Duncan ‘DonCat’ Nielsen’s grandma gave him an odd pile of European released Beach Boys tapes, which lead him to the record store searching for other oddities. Coming from a family of music enthusiasts, including a dad with a penchant for Cream and the blue shades of Jimi Hendrix, a brother with drum...
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I had the honor and pleasure of communicating with Holly Stell. A Vacaville artist who at a young age started singing and continues to follow her dreams in the music industry. Q&A with Holly Stell Maggie Guevara [MG]: When did you start singing? Holly Stell [HS]: Age 3. First voice lesson when I was 9....
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I don’t know where “Boom Town” is but I wish it was somewhere near SF. This last week I was in Portland for pleasure. No agenda… but to my delight, I discovered it was Music Fest NW  and Widmer was having their Oktober Fest a month early. (Likely very unrelated) I went for the beer...
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I love getting photos of drummers… but sitting in the dark 10 feet behind the lead singer makes getting a good shot really hard!!! A couple of months ago I purchased a GoPro camera to capture my notes at SF MusicTech. My friends made fun of me for using an HD camera (which is normally...
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