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A joyful noise

Christopher Owens embraces his country and gospel roots with sophomore solo work 'A New Testament'

Still Steppin’

Bay Area soul-funk-jazz legend Oscar Myers turns 70 — with no signs of slowing down

Treasure hunting

Our picks for the Treasure Island Music festival

Strictly speaking

A chat with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass's booker, as San Francisco's crown jewel of free festivals gears up for its 14th year

Ruinous beauty

With a hook-filled, hard-charging new record, Bob Mould explores loss, acceptance, and looks, as always, to the future

Good bad things

Hookup songs should be the sonic equivalent of a good blowjob — plus, a few tunes you might want to skip

The Breeders barrel on

With a slew of solo work under her belt and new full-band songs on the way, Kim Deal slows down for no one

Don’t call it retro

Bart Davenport on musical thrifting, the influence of palm trees, and how he just can't quit the Bay Area

Infinite loop

With a new record and a whole new generation of fans, Oakland's Souls of Mischief take it back to the old school

20th street soul

LEFT OF THE DIAL: Noise Pop's 2nd annual shindig-in-the-streets features Myron & E, dumplings, everything else good

Outside Lands 2014: The view from the photo pit

Our favorite live shots from SF's biggest summer party

Grown-up GRMLN

The pop-punk whiz kid comes of age. Plus: More festivals!

Treading water

In the midst of a severe drought, the Soundwave art and music biennial encourages reflection on our most precious natural resource

Breathing room

LEFT OF THE DIAL Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner on the band's new sound, and the doubts she overcame to create her favorite record yet. Plus: BARF #2, and Viracocha is back!

The resurrection of Ronnie Spector

At 70, the original bad girl of rock 'n' roll is having the time of her life

High on k.

The erstwhile suburban rap queen comes into her own -- and lands a spot on the Warped Tour

Shapeshifter

Oakland Afro-soul veteran steps out her own. Plus: Adios Amigo fights cynicism with Erasable Truth, and other local releases

To the desert and back

The Fresh and Onlys' Tim Cohen ditches the city for rural Arizona and returns with a new record — and new tensions

Nature kids

Bay Area bands breathe new life into a salty, windswept West Coast tradition

In my room

Doe Eye retreats to her high school bedroom and emerges with a full-length debut. Plus: Papercuts' Jason Quever on writing, catharsis, and how he's not as depressed as everyone thinks

Gettin’ festy

Summer in the Bay means music festival season — hold on to your butts (and your wallets)

Swimming solo

Birds & Batteries' frontman steps dreamily out on his own. Plus: BottleRock 2.0, and The Chapel says "everyone chill"

California, from scratch

A new band from Bay Area punk veterans — with members of Green Day and Jawbreaker — wants to earn your fandom on its own terms

Shot of Coachella

esilvers@sfbg.comIn case you were on some kind of self-imposed social media hiatus last weekend (early, tech-centered Lent ritual?), you're probably aware of a little...