Pomegranate is a three-piece band based in Oakland, California. Their music may best be described as alluring shades of darkness broken up by slivers of bright sunny pop. Renowned for their intense live performances, Pomegranate moves easily between heavy-hitting rock and intimate pop.

Early on Pomegranate attracted attention outside their base of the Bay Area when the influential college radio station KCRW in Los Angeles began playing the band's first 7" single, which featured "Down Around Her Ankles" and "Wicked Wind." Soon thereafter the band performed live on KCRW's acclaimed "Morning Becomes Eclectic" radio show.

Pomegranate originally signed to the short-lived label Treat & Release Records , a subsidiary of A&M Records, which released their debut album "Don Ron." Pomegranate released their second and third albums "Larry Lane" and "Outside of This" on their own label, Drainpipe Records.

Pomegranate's latest release is the six-song EP "Ahead and Behind" which is also on Drainpipe Records.

Tender Mercies

It all began in San Francisco at the Hotel Utah. I was fresh out of college and looking to play my songs around town wherever I could. After hearing my demo, Patrick Winningham, the venue manager, booked me to play. Little did I know at the time that it would set me on my life's musical path.

After meeting Patrick and playing the show, a friendship was quickly born. He was a staple in San Francisco's thriving music scene, playing around town with many of the local SF greats such as Chuck Prophet and Jeff Trott (of Sheryl Crow fame). At that point in time, I was next in line to take on guitar duties on the songs that would end up on the Tender Mercies disc. Also in the lineup was the quiet bass player Kurt Stevenson, who wrote songs with the timeless quality of chestnuts like "Circle Be Unbroken." On keyboard was Charlie Gillingham, who played with many bands at the time (including my own when I played solo). Meeting Charlie changed my life. A year or two later he quit all the bands he was in and hooked up with a new band on the scene. The band was Counting Crows.

Be Brave Bold Robot

"Acoustic-folk popsters Be Brave Bold Robot make amusing music. Whether it's Dean Haakenson spitting out humorous tongue-twisting lyrics or the imagery those lyrics provide (the description of the traditional minivan family in "Gridlocked" is subtly hysterical) - there is much to enjoy. The group's wordplay is also quite clever: The potentially provocative rhyming opportunities on "Take a deep breath" veer in unexpected directions. combining folk pop with viola and banjo, these guys create engaging tunes."

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