Photo by Vicky Fong

In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week, Gregg Kowalsky and Marielle Jakobsons of Date Palms gives us the scoop on Oakland, California. Date Palms’ new album, The Dusted Sessions, came out June 11 via Thrill Jockey.

Oakland is in the process of gentrification—seems like it’s trying to be the West Coast Brooklyn. DIY spaces have been struggling or closing down, while more expensive venues have been sprouting up, for better or worse. It’s a time of transition, the meeting of two worlds between the old school and the priced-out immigrants from San Francisco. The music scene is equally mixed, with strong roots of the experimental outsiders, Mills College, and multiculturalism crossing with indie rockers from SF.

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