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Aiko is a high school English teacher, runner, and music enthusiast. After living in Seattle for twelve years, she relocated to Oakland, California, the city where she was born but never lived. She explores urban landscapes by foot on evening runs, and musical landscapes by seeing as much live music as possible. She has a BA in English and an MA in Teaching from the University of Washington.

HalcyonaireOakland’s Halyconaire plays dark country rock that channels both the intensity of the Bay Area and the loneliness of vast desert landscapes

Welcome back to Untapped Cities’ Listen series. Today, we profile Oakland-based band Halyconaire, one of the most interesting bands performing in the Bay Area scene right now.  Writing dark country rock that evokes the solitude and eerie, expansive beauty of the Southwestern deserts, they are a band that is keenly attuned to the natural and manmade influences of their environment.

After recently relocating to Oakland from the San Diego suburb of Escondido, CA, Halcyonaire’s singer and songwriter Chris Damien talked to Untapped Cities about the the song that tells the story of their migration, the outdoor performance space they would love to build, and the taco trucks where you can find a member of their band on any given day.


Welcome back to Untapped Cities’ Listen series. Today, we profile San Francisco based Mikal Cronin, who has been getting widespread recognition for his skillfully crafted, smart, catchy power pop. Here, he shares about his dream music venue, feeling overwhelmed in the city, and where to get the best piece of Ninja Turtle style pizza in San Francisco.

UC: How does San Francisco influence your music?

MC: I feel like San Francisco is a very interesting place culturally and artistically, and obviously has a lot of history of creative people. Now, there is so much of everything in a relatively small area and it feels like the environment changes almost from street to street. (more…)

Untapped Cities talked to songwriter and guitarist Todd Goldstein, of New York’s indie rock band ARMS, about how place influences him, the airplane hangar he’d like to build, and how a burned-down bar in Brooklyn is his favorite place in the city.

UC: How does New York City influence your music?

TG: I’ve been living in New York for about ten years now (a fact which, no matter how many times I say it, still feels insane), but I think I’ve only recently been able to acknowledged the city’s influence on my music.  It’s less in the stylistic sense—I don’t think of my music as being particularly beholden to the storied lineage of “New York rock” (more…)