This week we chatted with Zej Kozlowski and Calen Perkins of Zej & Calen, an acoustic guitar-driven duo based in San Francisco. In the latest installment of our interview series, Zej and Calen discuss their global backgrounds, their new album, and SF as an indie music breeding ground.

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This week we chatted with John Isaac Watters, one third of the Los Angeles-based folk band, COYOL. In the latest installment of our interview series, Isaac discusses growing up in the Southwest and Mexico, his new album, and his musical idols.

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This week we chatted with Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf of Goodnight, Texas, a folksy band with an old-fashioned sound rooted in both San Francisco and North Carolina. In the latest installment of our interview series, Avi and Patrick discuss their Civil War era aesthetic, their sources of inspiration, and working from both coasts.

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This week we chatted with Shannon Harney, a pre-med student and musician based out of San Francisco. In the latest installment of our interview series, Shannon discusses her new album, her inspiration, and what she does in her downtime.

Twenty Two: Let’s start with the basics. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Shannon: I’m a galactic sky-walker, first of all. I turn 25 on Monday. I grew up in the redwoods above Half Moon Bay and aside from my stint as a pre-med student at UC Davis, I can’t seem to tear myself away from the Bay Area. I like to spend a lot of time staring really closely at natural design… rock formations, flowering bodies, tree-lines. Most of my curiosity about the world stems from a fundamental fascination with evolution and natural history. I think we learn a lot about human relationships by observing the innate cycles around us. Also, I really really love pickles, and spicy food, and crafty cocktails and vintage clothes.

Twenty Two: Have you always been interested in music and performing?

Shannon: Yup. I started doing musical theatre when I was really small and most of my performing until college was on the stage. I sang in plays, but I don’t have a trained technical voice, so it never really went anywhere. I thought I was kind of a lackluster vocalist until I started listening to Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor and I was like, “Nice! I don’t have to do vibrato to be awesome!” But my shows now definitely have an element of theatre to them. I can’t help it. I never really grew out of being an ostentatious five-year-old.

Twenty Two: How would you describe your sound?

Shannon: Seriously. I always sweat over the “genre” and “tagging” part of this business. I mean, in short, folk. Or indie-folk. I’ve been calling it forest-folk recently. It’s all very lyric driven, very communicative and emotive. I’m not writing to make people dance or as background music in a bar. I really want to talk to my audience, to look them in the face and tell them a story. If my fingers accidentally knock against some piano keys in the process, then that sounds nice, too.

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For last week’s edition of Ask the Panel, our panelists shared their must-read book recommendations. Some suggested great American novels along the lines of The Great Gatsby, while others opted for classics like Lolita. Others chose books that spark the reader’s creativity or even influence their personal finances.

This week, we want to know which musicians our panelists can simply not get enough of. Without further ado, we’ll continue the series with the following question:

Who are your all-time favorite musicians?

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This week we chatted with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Jim Greer, one half of the quartet that makes up U.S. Elevator. U.S. Elevator features husband-and-wife duo Sarah Lee and Johnny Irion and Brandon “The Bastard Prince” Arnovick and Jim “Diamond Jim” Greer of the Rondo Brothers. In the latest installment of our interview series, Sarah Lee and Jim discuss their group’s sound, their bi-coastal influences, and their favorite musicians at the moment.

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For the latest installment of our interview series, we’ve invited our new music writer, Elaine Jones, to interview Chloe Chaidez of the Los Angeles-based band, Kitten.

Surely these LA rockers are bringing the angelic aspect back to The City of Angels. Lead by the mesmerizing vocals of sixteen-year-old Chloe Chaidez, Kitten manages to beautifully pull off a sound that is at once sassy and hauntingly ethereal. The band may be young, but there is no frivolity here. Kitten is going to be everywhere soon. I can feel it.

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