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Left of the Dial

A joyful noise

Christopher Owens embraces his country and gospel roots with sophomore solo work 'A New Testament'

Strictly speaking

A chat with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass's booker, as San Francisco's crown jewel of free festivals gears up for its 14th year

Ruinous beauty

With a hook-filled, hard-charging new record, Bob Mould explores loss, acceptance, and looks, as always, to the future

No thanks, Bono

Three new albums that should magically appear on your iPod in place of Songs of Innocence

The Breeders barrel on

With a slew of solo work under her belt and new full-band songs on the way, Kim Deal slows down for no one

Don’t call it retro

Bart Davenport on musical thrifting, the influence of palm trees, and how he just can't quit the Bay Area

Infinite loop

With a new record and a whole new generation of fans, Oakland's Souls of Mischief take it back to the old school

20th street soul

LEFT OF THE DIAL: Noise Pop's 2nd annual shindig-in-the-streets features Myron & E, dumplings, everything else good

Locals only: Outside Lands edition

A cheat sheet to hometown pride at the year's biggest, priciest party in the park

Of borders and love songs

Diana Gameros brings her unique musical perspective to the YBCA's MEX I AM Festival

Grown-up GRMLN

The pop-punk whiz kid comes of age. Plus: More festivals!

Treading water

In the midst of a severe drought, the Soundwave art and music biennial encourages reflection on our most precious natural resource

Breathing room

LEFT OF THE DIAL Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner on the band's new sound, and the doubts she overcame to create her favorite record yet. Plus: BARF #2, and Viracocha is back!

The resurrection of Ronnie Spector

At 70, the original bad girl of rock 'n' roll is having the time of her life

Dirty, sweet, and far from down low

Brooklyn's Cakes da Killa wants to be more than just "the blowjob rapper"

High on k.

The erstwhile suburban rap queen comes into her own -- and lands a spot on the Warped Tour

Shapeshifter

Oakland Afro-soul veteran steps out her own. Plus: Adios Amigo fights cynicism with Erasable Truth, and other local releases

Nature kids

Bay Area bands breathe new life into a salty, windswept West Coast tradition

In my room

Doe Eye retreats to her high school bedroom and emerges with a full-length debut. Plus: Papercuts' Jason Quever on writing, catharsis, and how he's not as depressed as everyone thinks

Gettin’ festy

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

Swimming solo

Birds & Batteries' frontman steps dreamily out on his own. Plus: BottleRock 2.0, and The Chapel says "everyone chill"

California, from scratch

A new band from Bay Area punk veterans — with members of Green Day and Jawbreaker — wants to earn your fandom on its own terms

East Bay Beats

A new Oakland music festival aims to bring art downtown. Plus: If you still believe in college radio, KUSF still needs you

The Milkman delivers

CAREERS + ED ISSUE: How one guitarist's passion became a means of San Francisco survival