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Imelda May on motherhood, rockabilly influences, and when to say “Screw it”

October 9, 2014
Taking the sounds of traditional rockabilly, blues, and jazz and giving them an injection of her own infectious energy and style, Irish chanteuse Imelda...

The funkmaestro of Vulfpeck on gaming Spotify, German pronunciation mishaps, and Google search optimization

September 10, 2014
By Jonathan KirchnerMembers of the band Vulfpeck describe themselves as a "half-Jewish German-American rhythm section." Creators of severely catchy, mostly-instrumental grooves, the four-piece — who...

Owen Pallett on integrity, having his boyfriend as a manager, and the baroque pop of ‘In Conflict’

September 8, 2014
You probably wouldn’t assume that someone who’s been putting out solo material for nearly 10 years would be best known for their contributions to...

Kiesza storms the pop scene at the Rickshaw Stop

September 2, 2014
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...

Catching up with The Presidents of the United States of America

August 26, 2014
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...

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

August 22, 2014
In spite of music videos that are more than vaguely reminiscent of the horror film genre — not to mention the band's name —...

Little Dragon roosts at The Fox

August 21, 2014
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...

Catching up with David Kilgour

July 29, 2014
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...

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

July 25, 2014
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...

Carletta Sue Kay on strip clubs, literature, and dumpster-diving after art exhibits

July 23, 2014
Not long after I sat down with Randy Walker, the male, non-performing ego of one of San Francisco's most undefinable musical acts, vocal powerhouse...

Thick as blood: Sibling duo Broods are the next kiwis on the rise

May 15, 2014
“Kiwis tend to hold back and be too humble. They don’t want to be over-confident, but I think people are starting to...

Telegenic Band Check: Corpus Callosum

December 6, 2011
SFBG videographer Ariel Soto-Suver met local SF band and performance troupe, Corpus Callosum, in their studio to record a live set and learned all...

Think this is Judas Priest’s final concert? You’ve got another thing coming

October 27, 2011
With some of the most memorable and recognizable heavy metal anthems ever put to tape or performed live, Judas Priest has been at the...

Big Harp on writing lyrics, Saddle Creek, and touring with kids

October 19, 2011
I listened to Big Harp's debut album, White Hat, without any preconceived notions, and fell in drippy, folky, love. I fell into the...

We want the airwaves: KFJC’s birthday party

October 18, 2011
At 8 p.m. on Oct. 20, 1959, the first words spoken on local college radio station KFJC came pumping through the air waves. It...

Feminist dance pop: Q&A with MEN’s JD Samson

October 5, 2011
Just as she did with Le Tigre, JD Samson blurs the lines between feminist theory and modern pop music with her most recent musical...

The instruments of my life: Q&A with Beirut’s Zach Condon

September 30, 2011
Zach Condon, the pied piper of Beirut, is known for a great many things – his quavering voice and heart-tugging music (watch the new...

Sound and environment: Moving beyond tropical bass with Chief Boima

February 4, 2011
A couple weeks ago I shot a long-winded email to former Bay Area DJ and producer Chief Boima. I had just finished speaking to...

Q&A: The unexpurgated Books

December 16, 2010
Accurately summing up the music The Books create is a tall order. Folktronica, indie-pop, cut & paste, experimental -- all these tags can loosely...

Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard talks emotional lyrics, covers, and 80s pop

October 15, 2010
Hot Chip's Joe Goddard has had one helluva year. He and his bandmates released their highly-anticipated LP One Life Stand in February and took...

Next stop Mustaine: rappin’ with the Megadeth man

August 31, 2010
Dave Mustaine has seen more than his fair share of difficult obstacles to overcome throughout his musical career due to his past drug and...