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Telegenic Band Check: Shannon Harney

SFBG videographer Ariel Soto-Suver caught up with Shannon Harney at the Convent, a communal living space in Lower Haight that actually once was a convent, for this installment of Telegenic Band Check. 

SF’s Cocktails shout ‘Hey Winnie’

I'm loving this video by newish San Francisco power-pop (or "power-slop") band Cocktails for "Hey Winnie," off the group's debut self-titled EP. The video has the playful vibe of 1990s alternative spots (when power-pop...

Telegenic Band Check: Roem Baur

Roem Baur performed for SFBG videographer Ariel Soto-Suver at St. Luke's Church on Van Ness, where he also does an open mic event.

Nite Trax: Roasting SF club legend Timmy Spence

If you think you're cool (or merely interesting) -- please drop everything and watch this clubkid-packed 1981 video masterpiece by scene terror Timmy Spence. He's being shamelessly and publicly roasted on the occasion of...

SFBG TV: Dinner with Cassava

"This place just sort of fell into our lap" says Yuka Ioroi, who opened the Richmond neighborhood's Cassava Cafe and Restaurant earlier this year with husband Kristoffer. "We always wanted to have our own...

Simple H2O makes it go (into your head and stay there)

We salute Los Angeles' Mark Bedol, inventor of the battery-free, water-powered clock, for bringing the ditty-centric production values of local cable TV ads to the Internet. The lil' timekeeper comes in pink, red, blue,...

Damn, that’s crazy: Frankie Quinones’ TV debut on Nickelodeon

W. Kamau Bell's recent success notwithstanding, when it comes to Bay comics, we love Frankie Quinones as our stand-up ambassador. His shows -- including a packed-to-the-brim gig a few we attended months ago in...

Rupa and the April Fishes re-‘BUILD’

The ethereal San Francisco global fusion band released this video for the title track of its new album, BUILD, last week. Tonight (Fri/9) it plays an album release show at the Great American Music...

City Editor Steven T. Jones on where to get rowdy, dramatic, and/or historically significant for Election 2012

Sure you voted (you voted, right?), but do you know where your election night party is? After as many years as he's been in the field, City Editor Steven T. Jones has some tips...

Telegenic Band Check: Elegy

After spending an afternoon with Bay Area punk band Elegy, I learned that the band will not only rock your socks off, they can also style your hair, give you legal advice, and probably...

Macklemore’s hip-hop for thrifters is on

At the absolute risk of sounding like a f***in' hipster, we swoon for Seattle hip-hop team Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' track "Thrift Shop." Because if you haven't worn a new score to the club...

End of days for Uzi Rash

Finito. Doneski. Kaput. Well, that may be putting it harshly, but Uzi Rash’s five years of fame is just about up. So says frontman Max Nordile who is winding down this East Bay band...

Hunx’s Halloween wish list

Our very own Hunx (you know, of and His Punx) has officially got me excited for Halloween with this new video to an older song in the grand spooky holiday tradition of "Monster Mash,"...

Michele Myers is coming … to slay (slightly NSFW!)

Our favorite pretty psychopath, Michele Myers, is back and cruising the bushes (for blood) as she brings a her hilarious horror musical to SF, Oct. 19-31. It's a mashup of Halloween and other horror...

Telegenic Band Check: Emily Jane White

Emily Jane White played an acoustic concert in a tiny living room in San Francisco and talked about her dark, moody lyrics, before she heads to Portugal next month for a live performance. 

“The f*cking building was looking like a f*cking jail. But now it’s like a museum.”

A guy who is on the board of the Oakland Museum of California buys an abandoned 36,000 square foot warehouse (1350 Fourth St., Berk.) He doesn't realize the structure is a hot spot for...

Who says sailing’s not a spectator sport? Hot America’s Cup action

We brought nautical-themed beer and outfits to Crissy Field for the America's Cup preliminary races, and had a great view of one of the turning points of the really big boats before the winning...

Black Cobra’s ‘Crimson Blade’ video

Local sludge-metal duo Black Cobra just released its first video off last year's Invernal. The video for "Crimson Blade," which is mostly based in ominous shadows with snippets of the story flashing along with...

Video premiere: ‘With You’ by Oakland’s DRMS

Eclectic local eight-piece DRMS (formerly Dreams) today released a haunting video for “With You” off the band's self-titled debut LP. The album release party takes place Sat/28 at Rickshaw Stop. The video for “With...

SF bragging rights (and ass) galore in Double Duchess’ brand-new “Bucket Betch”

Blatant disregard for traffic safety be damned (really, the bike-riding sparklers past the Castro Theatre shot is magick), the new Double Duchess video for "Bucket Betch" looks like something I'd show to my friends...

Cosmic hip-hop group Copperwire in the studio

Porto Franco Records caught cosmic local hip-hop group Copperwire in the studio in this video that shot just before the release of the band's debut record, Earthbound.Back in May, singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero discussed her...

Bachata morning, courtesy of Joan Soriano

Surely when Joan Soriano left his Dominican fishing town for the bright lights of bachata central Villa Mella -- at 13! -- he couldn't have anticipated that a San Francisco culture writer's fireworks hangover...

A quick glimpse into the SF Mime Troupe’s history

The amazing SF Mime Troupe has been part of San Francisco so long, it basically is San Francisco. In honor of 53 years of guerilla theater (and new show "The Last Election"), the troupe...

Video premiere: Tim Carr is 3-D in space (and catchy, too)

Fans of local hottie chanteur Tim Carr, rejoice -- the new video for "Give Me the Light" offers emo aliens, a nice Placebo-esque rave-up, and the hunky Mr. Carr himself in a bathrobe. (Also:...