+ Mara Hruby is a local you MUST be watching. She’s not only an Oakland local with confidence and a powerful style, but she has a voice to match. Mara has been collaborating with some truly great musicians– for example, she was recently featured on a song by Big K.R.I.T.

+ Whirr is an Oakland shoegaze band that’s gotten some press on major music websites. While good press on Stereogum, the best thing about the press on Pitchfork was that it spawned a highly amusing tumblr titled WhirrHatesPitchforkCheck out their split EP with Philadelphia-based band, Nothing.

+ Sam Lefebrve, music editor of the East Bay Express, wrote a thought-provoking piece on Pandora and royalty payments. How much are listeners contributing to the devaluation of musicians through the use of inexpensive online streaming? Spoiler: lots.

Riot Grrrl in games? DIY inclusiveness and thought-provoking content is entering gaming through Twine, and this Oakland developer is making waves by creating unique, independent games.

What can Oakland’s music scene learn from Baltimore’s music scene? The Bay Bridged weighs in on the difference between the two cities in regard to the cohesion between musicians in disparate genres. As the piece briefly suggests, the cost of living might play a significant role in the apparent success of the two scenes.

About The Author

Katie is the Music Editor at OL. She's a music geek, culture junkie, massive A's fan, and Oakland native. When she was six, she stood for five minutes with a felt pennant stuck under Chris Mullin’s armpit. Check out her Oakland music listings at www.oakampd.com, follow on twitter/instagram as @craziesthawk, or contact at katies@oaklandlocal.com

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