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Live Shots: La Sera at the Chapel

November 13, 2012
It was nice to see that “Kickball” Katy Goodman hasn’t grown up too much since leaving the Vivian Girls. Her big smile, bubbling stage...

Raise your skinny fists

Savanna Jazz struggles to keep its building, Clarion Alley Block Party is coming, Dirty Three and Saint Vitus hit SF, Godspeed releases its first album in a decade

Party Radar: SFDJ Showcase to pave way for massive local fest

October 7, 2012
It's strange to me, in the wake of Lovevolution lesving the city a few years ago, that we have all these music-oriented street festivals...

Reborn on the Bayou

The birth of Preservation Hall West, the death of Warren Hellman, the life of Toys That Kill, more music

Our Weekly Picks: October 3-9

WEDNESDAY 3Spring Standards The musicians who comprise the Spring Standards got their start playing small folk festivals and around the campfire back in high...

Heads Up: 6 must-see concerts this week

October 1, 2012
So much to talk about this week, but the biggest news of course is both Hardly Strictly Bluegrass' return – for the first time...

Heads Up: 7 must-see concerts this week

August 27, 2012
It just so happens that some of the screamiest, gnarliest, most brutal sludge, grindcore, and hardcore acts born of the 1990s (and still out...

Are free Golden Gate Park events fading away?

August 24, 2012
San Francisco's countercultural community was built at least partly through free concerts and gatherings in Golden Gate Park, including the legendary Human Be-In and...

ABCs of tuneage

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Follow the sonic alphabet of SF

Hardly Strictly hints

July 25, 2012
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass released its first of four teaser medleys today, take a listen and start tallying the acts. Everyone loves a guessing game,...

Crucial Noise: Stern Grove kickoff, Ty Segall tour, Emily Jane White album, and more

June 12, 2012
Important bits and pieces, odds and ends of Bay Area music news. Or, what's in my inbox?Return to the misty grove with Anita Baker...

2012 Summer Fairs and Festivals

Carnaval, Maker Faire, Eat Real, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Folsom Street Fair ... Our annual comprehensive guide to outdoor and community affairs

San Francisco honors the memory of Warren Hellman with a free daytime concert

February 17, 2012
San Francisco will honor the memory of philanthropist Warren Hellman this weekend with a fittingly free, live bluegrass showcase. The event includes performances by:...

Conversation on Golden Gate Park concerts continues

February 15, 2012
“I call for this hearing each year,” said District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar. The focus of the hearing was large events in Golden Gate...

Live Shots: Fitz and the Tantrums

January 27, 2012
A steady backbeat. The swirling organ. Lots of saxophone. Two singers who double as dancers. One skunk striped haircut. Without a doubt, Fitz and...

Money and values

Warren Hellman played a unique role in San Francisco and left a void that needs to be filled

Editor’s notes

Havel, Kim Jong-Il, and Hitchens all passed last week, but it was Warren Hellman's death that affected us the most

Warren Hellman, the 1 percent exception

December 19, 2011
San Francisco lost a piece of its soul when Warren Hellman died last night. In a deeply polarized city, where Occupy’s paradigm of the...

The Performant: Cinéma contradictoire

October 10, 2011
While I spent a good deal of time out of doors last weekend taking in, among other things, an obligatory pilgrimage to Hardly Strictly...

On the Cheap Listings

October 4, 2011
WEDNESDAY 5Poetry World Series Play-Off San Francisco Public Library, lower level, 100 Larkin, SF. www.sfpl.org. 6 p.m., free. Has the Giants' lackluster season struck...

The Hangover: Sept. 30-Oct. 2

October 3, 2011
Jounce with us, if you will, through the Guardian staff's frenzied weekend. Here's our live reviews, hot raging, random sightings. **The wonderfully energetic (and...

Hardly Strictly’s fresh blood

September 29, 2011
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a badge of San Francisco life. You move here and inevitably in your citywide journeys you're part of a conversation...

Music Listings

September 27, 2011
WEDNESDAY 28ROCK/BLUES/HIP-HOPActive Child, Chad Valley, Silver Swans Bottom of the Hill. 9pm, $12.Adios Amigo, Nikki Lang Rickshaw Stop. 7pm, $15-$20.Cabin Project Hotel Utah. 9pm,...

Our Weekly Picks: September 7-13

September 6, 2011
WEDNESDAY 7MUSICThe Jim Jones Revue On its new album, Burning Your House Down, the Jim Jones Revue has seemingly perfected its rowdy mix of 1950s...