Gabriela Groth
Gabriela Groth is the Arts & Life Photo Editor and Music Desk Editor for The Stanford Daily, and she enjoys reviewing and photographing live music events. She has covered Treasure Island Music Festival, Austin City Limits, FYF Fest, and BFD. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gabriela is a film lover, music enthusiast, and television aficionado. She is pursuing a Master’s in Computer Science. To contact her, please email gngroth “at”

San Francisco’s Geographer enthralls at the Fox Theater

The grand terra-cotta ceilings and gold ornamentation that covers the interior of the Fox Theater in downtown Oakland made for an impressive backdrop to Friday night’s Geographer show. The San Francisco-based indie band helmed by lead singer Michael Deni filled the theater with layers of atmospheric, bittersweet and, at times, ethereal sounds. The concert, part…

Sam Smith takes San Francisco on a journey of heartbreak

For an artist with so many self-described “depressing love songs,” Smith expertly played with tempo and mood to keep up the energy throughout the night. The lights shifted with the tempo, from soothing blues to exciting strobes and passionate reds, as he presented his beautiful voice, dramatic compositions and charming personality.

Top five Stanford alumni in the music industry

In addition to CEOs, politicians and Nobel Prize winners, Stanford also has distinguished alumni in the music industry. Pomplamoose Despite the recent controversy over its profits as a touring indie pop duo — or rather, lack thereof — Pomplamoose, whose name comes from the French word for “grapefruit,” is an ode to the wonderfully quirky…

The top five songs of 2014 that coined catchphrases

While pop music is increasingly one-dimensional and unoriginal, 2014 did bring some new flavors to the radio waves. Beyoncé went in a more experimental direction with her fifth album and Iggy Azalea came on the scene with her take on southern hip-hop. Some of the best contributions of pop music this year though were the…

Jamestown Revival brings Americana to California

Austin-based duo Jamestown Revival gave a warm, thoughtful performance of southern folk and bluegrass-inspired rock Saturday night at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. They primarily performed songs from their first full-length album “Utah.” Written by bandmates and childhood friends Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance, the album chronicles their move from Texas to Los Angeles to…

Treasure Island Music Festival

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Treasure Island: the beauty of a small festival

Last weekend, Treasure Island Music Festival took over Treasure Island, in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, for its eighth year running. The festival brought acts – such as Outkast, Massive Attack, alt-J and Janelle Monae – to play against the backdrop of the Bay Bridge, the city skyline and the Golden Gate. Halfway…

Austin City Limits: The good, the bad and the delicious

Austin City Limits took over Austin, Texas, for the last two weekends, bringing thousands of visitors and over 100 bands to Zilker Park. What differentiates good festivals from great ones can be split into three categories: the performances, the people, and what I’ll call “the fixings,” which includes food, shopping and general production. Here’s a…

FYF Fest: The Pains and Pleasures of a Growing Music Festival

Logistical snafus nearly overshadowed the great performances at this year’s FYF fest. Now in its 11th year, FYF has evolved from a one-day, 14-act affair at local venues in Echo Park to a full-fledged, four-stage festival in its first year at the LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park. This expansion unfortunately has come with some…

Next Fest brought a taste of Sundance to LA last weekend

Last weekend in downtown Los Angeles, Next Fest, Sundance’s two-year old film festival, featured a small selection of films previously screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January, which were each paired with either a conversation with the filmmakers or a musical performance. Each day of the three-day festival concluded with a musical performance chosen to complement the preceding movie and for many of the films, music was a prominent component. The festival was held at the newly renovated theater at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The theater was recently retrofitted with a projection and sound system for both movie screenings and musical performances. The location felt very angeleno with the hipster Ace Hotel coffee shop and restaurant as one in-between-show snack option as well as a taco shack with criminally delicious $1.50 tacos next door. Here are a few highlights of the weekend.

Miniature Tigers gave a great show in LA en route to their First City Festival performance later this month

Miniature Tigers have been around since 2007, but unlike a lot of bands that make it big seemingly overnight, this band has slowly but surely built a loyal fan base over the years. They were joined by Australian band The Griswolds last Friday night at The Echo in Los Angeles. The Miniature Tigers will next be visiting Northern California on August 23 for the First City Festival in Monterey.

Beyoncé and Jay Z ‘On The Run’ to AT&T Park

Beyoncé and Jay Z are on their way to AT&T Park in San Francisco on August 5 and 6 following two nights at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. If Instagram feeds are any indication, the On The Run tour was the place to be this past Saturday and Sunday nights in Los Angeles. The two-and-a-half hour show was a non-stop journey through some of Bey and Jay’s most memorable and popular songs. Due to their extensive catalogues of hits, they chose to do mashup versions of a number of their songs. This choice allowed them to pack in all of the fan favorites into one show, as well as to marry their respective bodies of work into one cohesive experience.

Local Band Profile: French Cassettes

A youthful, bright aesthetic, a sound that makes you yearn for summer and the ability to get a crowd dancing with just a few riffs of their catchy tunes have garnered the French Cassettes a loyal local following in the Bay Area. We spoke with lead singer Scott Huerta about the band’s writing process, the changing music industry and his love for the San Francisco music scene. Check these guys out at the Local Band Stage at Live 105’s annual BFD music festival on June 1.

Local Band Profile: The Hundred Days

With a new EP full of slick riffs, catchy melodies and beats that make you want to dance, The Hundred Days are ready to take the Local Band Stage at Live 105’s annual BFD music festival this Sunday. We sat down with the “dark, dance-y and poppy in all the right places” band after their energetic performance at The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco to talk about writing music, the local music scene and how they’ve evolved as a band.
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