Noise

Kiesza storms the pop scene at the Rickshaw Stop

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 at the Pop Scene-presented show were fortunate to see the...

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

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 Strictly Bluegrass fest, got a little fired up today after...

A show a day: Your fall music calendar

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 official recommended dose of live shows is crucial to maintaining...

Catching up with The Presidents of the United States of America

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 States of America have enjoyed a more fruitful and fascinating...

Your official Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lineup is here

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 the same color, and the weather usually gets a little...

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

With the opening chords of “Fell in Love with a Girl,” Jack White took to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium stage on Friday night at what seemed like 100 miles per hour at staggering...

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

In spite of music videos that are more than vaguely reminiscent of the horror film genre — not to mention the band's name — the “jazz power trio” of Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks are...

Little Dragon roosts at The Fox

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 the Janet-era Janet — the sexy, sultry version of the...

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

-- 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 Nation (as it was before), with new bars, food...

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

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 child. The performance was a treatise on AIDS, but Riley...

Paul McCartney bids Candlestick a fiery goodbye

My earliest memories of Candlestick are formative ones. Like any Bay Area kid who cut her baseball teeth on Giants games at the notoriously frigid stadium, I thought every family prepared for sporting events...

Snarky Puppy brings sweet fusion to the SF Jazz Center

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 Puppy made the walls of the SF Jazz Center made...

Listen: The trainwreck pop parodies of the Westboro Baptist Church

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 favorite homophobic nut jobs are in the Bay Area today...

Outside Lands 2014: It’s Yeezy season

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 somehow couldn't stand the idea of wearing anything but your...

Locals Only: Tom Rhodes

There are artists who are known for being shy and reclusive — for producing their best work while holed up in their room, or in a cabin in the woods, or on a solo...

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

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 to the park momentarily to support some of our favorite...

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

First off: To review a Beyoncé and Jay Z show, in the traditional way that music writers generally review live music — assessing and critiquing the sonic experience, the songs performed, the technical skill...

Marc E. Bassy on breaking down musical boxes

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 pop music craftsman. But as Marc E. Bassy, solo artist,...

Happy Hour: The week in music

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 at the best music and music news we heard and...

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

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 deep understanding of the history of class issues and race...

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

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. They don't want you to crowd-surf. They don't move around...

Catching up with David Kilgour

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 work. A man with a curly mop of hair was...

Monday music video mayhem

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 a crazy little 48-hour contest called the Music Video Race,...

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

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 Friend,” off the 1989 album The Biz Never Sleeps, will...