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Kiesza storms the pop scene at the Rickshaw Stop

September 2, 2014
By Rob GoszkowskiIt’s entirely possible that Kiesza outgrew her gig at the Rickshaw Stop a few minutes after it was booked. Those in attendance...

Chuck Prophet to Scott Wiener: Shut the fuck up about Duboce Triangle

August 29, 2014
Musician and historically outspoken SF resident Chuck Prophet, who'll be gracing us with his brand of ramblin' rock and roll at this year's Hardly...

A show a day: Your fall music calendar

August 28, 2014
What's going on in Bay Area music these next three months? Glad you asked. Like a daily multivitamin wards off the sniffles, getting the SFBG's...

Catching up with The Presidents of the United States of America

August 26, 2014
Though they hit the peak of their fame in the mid-'90s post-grunge era with hits like "Peaches" and "Kitty," the Presidents of the United...

Your official Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lineup is here

August 26, 2014
Ah, fall in San Francisco. The kids go back to school, the pumpkin beers and lattes make their first appearances, the leaves...um, mostly stay...

Live Shots: Jack White rocks so hard he sprains his ankle at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

August 25, 2014
With the opening chords of “Fell in Love with a Girl,” Jack White took to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium stage on Friday night...

Not just an Animal Collective side project: Entering the Slasher House with Avery Tare

August 22, 2014
In spite of music videos that are more than vaguely reminiscent of the horror film genre — not to mention the band's name —...

Little Dragon roosts at The Fox

August 21, 2014
By Rob GoszkowskiJanet Jackson was in heavy rotation when Little Dragon went to work on Nabuma Rubberband, the album they released in May. That’s...

Hump day music news: The Masonic gets a facelift, that dancey new Toro y Moi side project, and more

August 20, 2014
-- The venue formerly known as the Nob Hill Masonic Center will re-open next month as "The Masonic," a 3,300-seat music venue booked by...

Live Review: The Coup’s provocative ‘Shadowbox’ marred by sound problems

August 19, 2014
The Coup's new multimedia project Shadowbox was at least partially inspired by bandleader/MC Boots Riley's experience walking into a Theater Artaud performance as a...

Paul McCartney bids Candlestick a fiery goodbye

August 15, 2014
My earliest memories of Candlestick are formative ones. Like any Bay Area kid who cut her baseball teeth on Giants games at the notoriously...

Snarky Puppy brings sweet fusion to the SF Jazz Center

August 13, 2014
By Paul Kenyon KrantzWhile hordes of people were packed into Golden Gate Park for Outside Lands Aug. 9, the all-American quasi-collective known as Snarky...

Listen: The trainwreck pop parodies of the Westboro Baptist Church

August 12, 2014
In case you don't stay tuned to the comings and goings of the fearful, hate-filled, how-is-this-a-real-thing-and-not-a-caricature-of-extreme-right-wing-lunacy shitshow that is the Westboro Baptist Church, your...

Outside Lands 2014: It’s Yeezy season

August 11, 2014
Were you there? Were you among the approximately 200,000 human bodies smashed together for warmth at Golden Gate Park this past weekend, because you...

Locals Only: Tom Rhodes

August 11, 2014
There are artists who are known for being shy and reclusive — for producing their best work while holed up in their room, or...

Here are some shows that have nothing to do with Outside Lands

August 8, 2014
What's that you say? VIP wristbands for $600, special-issue high-end ice cream, and tiny cups of organic sulfite-free wine aren't exactly your thing? We're headed...

Capitalism, performance art, and a whole lot of ass-shaking: Notes from a Beyoncé and Jay Z show

August 6, 2014
First off: To review a Beyoncé and Jay Z show, in the traditional way that music writers generally review live music — assessing and...

Marc E. Bassy on breaking down musical boxes

August 5, 2014
As a member of 2AM Club and a songwriter for artists like Chris Brown and Sean Kingston, San Francisco-raised Marc Griffin is an experienced...

Happy Hour: The week in music

August 1, 2014
Happy Friday, friends, and welcome to August. We're only about a month away from summer weather!As happy hour draws closer, here's a look back...

Watch: Lil B’s “No Black Person Is Ugly”

July 30, 2014
Because we've all been proving in this space lately that we're intelligent, forward-thinking adults who can talk about ethnicity with nuance, sensitivity, and a...

Tears, beers, and bruises at Slim’s with Andrew Jackson Jihad

July 30, 2014
Andrew Jackson Jihad may be the most important punk band in America, but they sure don't look like it. They're cheerful and (relatively) clean-cut....

Catching up with David Kilgour

July 29, 2014
A couple of years ago, on a warm summer evening in the city of Blue Lake, California, I stopped by my friend’s house after...

Monday music video mayhem

July 28, 2014
Just in case you've been living under a rock slightly behind on your local music coverage for the past couple weeks, allow us to remind you of...

Here are some things that happen when you interview hip-hop legend Biz Markie during a promotional celebrity appearance at...

July 25, 2014
Tonight's game starts at 7:05, at which point Biz Markie, the “clown prince of hip-hop,” most famous for his hit sing-songy single “Just a...