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This Week’s Picks: June 18 – 24, 2014

June 17, 2014
raucous as it is tenderWEDNESDAY 18  Zara McFarlane You've got to be plenty ballsy to venture a cover of "Police and Thieves," the immortal 1976...

Tropical impressions

A few picks from YBCA's New Filipino Cinema 2014

The Damned on playing small venues, headgear that protects you from spit, and why they won’t stop ’til the...

June 3, 2014
For nearly four decades now, legendary British rockers The Damned have been haunting stages around the world with their brand of gothic-inspired punk.Since storming...

Where evil grows

A small-town hero discovers his dark side in Jim Mickle's pulpy 'Cold in July'

Gettin’ festy

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

Summer fairs and festivals

May 20, 2014
MAY 24-25Carnaval San Francisco Festival: Sat/24-Sun/25, entertainment begins at 11am, free, Harrison between 16th and 24th Sts, SF. Parade: Sun/25, 9:30am, free, starts at...

It’s all reel

SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW: The YA adaptations, heroes and villains, and many explosions of Hollywood's summer. Plus: local film festivals

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger on going electric and the timeless combination of marijuana and Pink Floyd

May 19, 2014
By Rebecca HuvalThe Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is out to topple everyone’s expectations. The two-piece band has rather public identities to overcome:...

SFIFF 57: Strange love, Varda, Swedish grrrls, and more!

The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival runs through May 8; all the details are here. Guardian correspondent and confirmed film fest addict Jesse...

Happy Hour: The week in music

May 2, 2014
-- The 2014 Music Video Race, the competition that pairs local bands with filmmakers for the 48-hour speed-creation of music video magic, is now...

Live review: Mastodon at the Fox Theater

May 2, 2014
They still exist: big metal bands that go on old-fashioned tours, rather than exclusively playing festivals or headlining package tours (aka shows that start...

Spring chickens

'Tis the season for new releases, featuring a bumper crop of Bay Area bands. Plus, an identity crisis: Bay Area surf-mariachi-punks bAd bAd defend their honor against LA electro-pop kids badbad

New direction

SF Film Society head Noah Cowan settles into the job — and eagerly awaits his first SFIFF

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...

A few last thoughts from Coachella

April 15, 2014
Words and photos by Eric Lynch. If Friday was about jorts and flower crowns and Saturday was about sandstorms and solid "lesser" acts, then...

Based on Earth

Thinking ahead to 2050, voyaging solo across the Pacific, celebrating earth Day ... Our new environmental column looks at how we're living within the natural world

Coachella for agoraphobics: How to do the festival without leaving your house

April 11, 2014
Fun fact: I'm bad at festivals. It's not that I don't enjoy them, per se: there's live music, the outdoors, fried food, great people-watching.It's...

Get action

CAREERS + ED ISSUE: Local film schools prepare students for reel life

Stayin’ put

Don't let SXSW-fueled FOMO get to you — there's plenty going on right in our own backyard

I watched Rebelution next to Dusty Baker

February 27, 2014
“Put in this story that you watched Rebelution next to Dusty Baker,” said Dusty Baker. As I stood against the railing on the upper...

Gimme 5: Must-see shows this week (Noise Pop edition)

February 24, 2014
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the festivals of San Francisco. Or something like that. SF Beer Week is over, dear readers, but...

Happy Hour: The week in music

February 21, 2014
Dearest clock-watchers! If you hadn't noticed, it's almost the weekend. In the event that your excitement is currently tempered with social anxiety about which...

Sundance, fin: more from the Native Forum

Running into Chris Eyre was easily one of the most exciting moments of this year's festival. Following his 1998 Audience Award-winning debut, Smoke Signals,...

A very Indy decade

Plus: The West Coast re-emergence of Aa, local label love at the B.A.R.F.