Category Archives: KFOG Presents

KFOG Studio Sessions: Houses

KFOG Studio Sessions: Houses

Composed of husband and wife duo, Dexter Tortoriello and Messina Messina, Houses’ haunting electronic ballads are akin to a deep sigh after a long breath.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades Around the Bay

St. Patrick’s Day Parades Around the Bay

Don’t get pinched! St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re looking to hit a parade with the fam, friends, or your doggo, here’s a couple cool parades to check out this weekend!   168th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Where: San Francisco When: Saturday, 11:30 am What: The West Coast’s largest Irish event…

Where to Live Stream the Chili Peppers’ Performance at Egypt Pyramids Tomorrow

Where to Live Stream the Chili Peppers’ Performance at Egypt Pyramids Tomorrow

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 08: Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at Spark Arena on March 08, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Tomorrow, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will join the handful of artists that have had the opportunity to perform at the Pyramids of Giza.…

Watch: Billie Eilish Discusses New Music and More While Eating Hot Sauce

Watch: Billie Eilish Discusses New Music and More While Eating Hot Sauce

“It’s the show with hot questions and even hotter wings,” Hot Ones host Sean Evans explains. If you haven’t checked out the unique and spicy YouTube series Hot Ones yet, you gotta binge-watch all the episodes today instead of doing work. The show’s host Sean Evans sits down with celebrities of all kinds: musicians, celebrity…

Listen: The Black Keys Release First New Song in Five Years

Listen: The Black Keys Release First New Song in Five Years

The music gods have smiled upon us today. This morning, The Black Keys gifted us with a brand new song called ‘Lo/Hi’; a buzzy, electric track that’s reminiscent of their earlier days. It’s been five years since their last album, Turn Blue, was released and we’ve missed Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney dearly. ‘Lo/Hi’ is…

Hear a Snippet of Arcade Fire’s ‘Baby Mine’ from New Dumbo Movie

Hear a Snippet of Arcade Fire’s ‘Baby Mine’ from New Dumbo Movie

Tim Burton’s live-action spin on the Disney classic Dumbo hits theaters March 29th. Bring a box of tissues and someone to hug; it’s going to be a tear-jerker. The movie will feature music from Arcade Fire, a beautiful and modern cover of “Baby Mine” that will be played during the end credits. They recently released a…

Have You Been Singing These Blink-182 Lyrics Wrong This Whole Time?

Have You Been Singing These Blink-182 Lyrics Wrong This Whole Time?

  What’s the lyrics again? There’s a definite chance you’ve been singing the lyrics to “What’s My Age Again?” wrong your whole life. Over the weekend, Mark Hoppus sent out a tweet that confused and stunned fans. He made reference to the opening lines of the song, tweeting:   Due to personal reasons I will…

Watch: Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard Stars in Weezer’s Cover of ‘Take On Me’ Video

Watch: Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard Stars in Weezer’s Cover of ‘Take On Me’ Video

What has Finn Wolfhard been doing in between shooting Season 3 of Stranger Things and touring with his band Calpurnia? Hanging out with Weezer, of course! Recently, Weezer surprised fans with the Teal Album, a collection of covers everyone knows and loves, including A-Ha’s “Take On Me”. Weezer teamed up with Wolfhard and his band for the…

Ditch The Fancy Dinner: Alternative Valentine’s Dates in The Bay

Ditch The Fancy Dinner: Alternative Valentine’s Dates in The Bay

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday. And, yes, dinner by candlelight staring into your special someone’s eyes is sweet and all, but what about exploring a museum after dark? Or hitting up a video game night? OR cuddling with baby goats?! Here’s just a couple fun things worth checking out in the Bay Area this Thursday:…

Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito wins Grammy for latest album Please Don’t Be Dead

Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito wins Grammy for latest album Please Don’t Be Dead

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Fantastic Negrito, winner of Best Contemporary Blues Album for ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’, poses in the press room during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy) Oakland’s own Fantastic Negrito…

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KFOG Studio Sessions: Houses

KFOG Studio Sessions: Houses

KFOG Studio Sessions are presented by Marin General Hospital, proudly delivering exceptional care in a healing environment.


Composed of husband and wife duo, Dexter Tortoriello and Messina Messina, Houses’ haunting electronic ballads are akin to a deep sigh after a long breath.

The band originally started after the two met in Chicago where they quickly decided to move to Hawaii to live off the land. While practicing sustainable living they began writing music and the songs they wrote would become their first album. After three months they moved back to Chicago where Dexter would refine the material they had created.

Tortoriello and Messina moved to LA in 2012 to work on their sophomore album, A Quiet Darkness, which was written around sounds collected from adbonded houses on the side of California’s highways. Following the album’s 2013 release, the band then took a hiatus as Dexter wanted to start focusing on ghost writing for other musicians. However, Tortoriello found the rules of that world cumbersome and recently the band has come out of their respite for a US and Canada tour on heels of their new 2019 single Fast Talk.

While the bands first record focus on swelling chorus soaked in dreamy reverb, their second record was grounded more in traditional songwriting as Tortoriello and Messina’s voices and lyrics became more prominent in their work. Regardless the music always seems to have an air of wonder and love likely stemming from the couples 10 years together.

“I’ve been with this guy for 10 years. He’s the love of my life,” Messina said. “I’m just so happy to be up here playing with him. It’s just such an honor to watch him grow and develop in his profession and and to be able to join that is really amazing.”

Houses joined us for a KFOG Studio Session where he played for a few lucky KFOG radio listeners. KFOG Studio Sessions are exclusive live music events for KFOG radio listeners; the only way in is to win tickets!

Listen to KFOG on-air and follow @KFOGRadio on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Winners get to see an intimate live set, and meet the musicians after the show.

Check out recordings of previous shows here.

Where to Live Stream the Chili Peppers’ Performance at Egypt Pyramids Tomorrow

Where to Live Stream the Chili Peppers’ Performance at Egypt Pyramids Tomorrow

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 08: Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at Spark Arena on March 08, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Tomorrow, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will join the handful of artists that have had the opportunity to perform at the Pyramids of Giza.…Continue Reading

Watch: Billie Eilish Discusses New Music and More While Eating Hot Sauce

Watch: Billie Eilish Discusses New Music and More While Eating Hot Sauce

“It’s the show with hot questions and even hotter wings,” Hot Ones host Sean Evans explains. If you haven’t checked out the unique and spicy YouTube series Hot Ones yet, you gotta binge-watch all the episodes today instead of doing work. The show’s host Sean Evans sits down with celebrities of all kinds: musicians, celebrity…Continue Reading

Listen: The Black Keys Release First New Song in Five Years

Listen: The Black Keys Release First New Song in Five Years

The music gods have smiled upon us today. This morning, The Black Keys gifted us with a brand new song called ‘Lo/Hi’; a buzzy, electric track that’s reminiscent of their earlier days. It’s been five years since their last album, Turn Blue, was released and we’ve missed Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney dearly. ‘Lo/Hi’ is…Continue Reading

Hear a Snippet of Arcade Fire’s ‘Baby Mine’ from New Dumbo Movie

Hear a Snippet of Arcade Fire’s ‘Baby Mine’ from New Dumbo Movie

Tim Burton’s live-action spin on the Disney classic Dumbo hits theaters March 29th. Bring a box of tissues and someone to hug; it’s going to be a tear-jerker. The movie will feature music from Arcade Fire, a beautiful and modern cover of “Baby Mine” that will be played during the end credits. They recently released a…Continue Reading

Have You Been Singing These Blink-182 Lyrics Wrong This Whole Time?

Have You Been Singing These Blink-182 Lyrics Wrong This Whole Time?

  What’s the lyrics again? There’s a definite chance you’ve been singing the lyrics to “What’s My Age Again?” wrong your whole life. Over the weekend, Mark Hoppus sent out a tweet that confused and stunned fans. He made reference to the opening lines of the song, tweeting:   Due to personal reasons I will…Continue Reading

Watch: Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard Stars in Weezer’s Cover of ‘Take On Me’ Video

Watch: Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard Stars in Weezer’s Cover of ‘Take On Me’ Video

What has Finn Wolfhard been doing in between shooting Season 3 of Stranger Things and touring with his band Calpurnia? Hanging out with Weezer, of course! Recently, Weezer surprised fans with the Teal Album, a collection of covers everyone knows and loves, including A-Ha’s “Take On Me”. Weezer teamed up with Wolfhard and his band for the…Continue Reading

Ditch The Fancy Dinner: Alternative Valentine’s Dates in The Bay

Ditch The Fancy Dinner: Alternative Valentine’s Dates in The Bay

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday. And, yes, dinner by candlelight staring into your special someone’s eyes is sweet and all, but what about exploring a museum after dark? Or hitting up a video game night? OR cuddling with baby goats?! Here’s just a couple fun things worth checking out in the Bay Area this Thursday:…Continue Reading

Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito wins Grammy for latest album Please Don’t Be Dead

Oakland’s Fantastic Negrito wins Grammy for latest album Please Don’t Be Dead

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Fantastic Negrito, winner of Best Contemporary Blues Album for ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’, poses in the press room during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy) Oakland’s own Fantastic Negrito…Continue Reading