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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

Scruff love

Mr. Scruff brings us six hours of love. Plus: SF Drag King Contest, Heartthrob, Odyssey, Coyu, more

Guardian Intelligence: July 23 – 29, 2014

J-POP ROCKEDThe annual J-Pop Summit in Japantown drew a lively crowd of anime and other Japanese pop culture treasures to Japantown last weekend (including...

Party Radar: Hardkiss Brothers celebrate 1991, “Flowers Blooming”

June 19, 2014
It's a tribute to the resiliency of SF's classic Hardkiss Brothers -- and the soul of the SF house music scene -- that, after...

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...

Bleached offers up Halloween ‘Love Spells’

October 31, 2013
Just in time for Halloween: LA beach-punk sister duo Bleached released a graveyard and zombie-filled video for the track “Love Spells.” Stick it on...

In the year of worms

Grass Widow's Hannah Lew offers Cold Beat tales of 'death, paranoia, and science fiction'

Talkin’ loud

BBC radio personality Gilles Peterson champions rare gems of acid jazz, dance music, and beyond

Author (and former strip-club DJ) Dee Simon talks ‘Play Something Dancy’

March 18, 2013
Former SF resident Dee Simon wrote a very funny, very raunchy book of short stories about his experiences spinning tunes at local strip clubs;...

Party Radar: Terracotta Warriors come out to plaaa-aay

February 20, 2013
I've dreamt of traveling to Xi'an, China and witnessing the ancient army of buried terracotta warriors practically my whole life. The uncanny...

The Performant: One for the road

Baxtalo Drom's happy trails -- and the Performant's faves of 2012With 2012 finally behind us, apocalypse thwarted, we have to get back to the...

The Performant: Unsilent is the night

December 20, 2012
Ring the bellsObservant or not, there’s no escaping the Festivus Chrismakwanzakah season, and while you might be grinching it alone with the holiday spirit...

Nite Trax: Ana Sia, back on home court

December 13, 2012
For those of you who haven't been listening: Ana Sia is kind of a big deal. One of those quaintly San Francisco nightlife things...


An interview with Obama's DJ

Nite Trax: Re-enter Kingdom

September 21, 2012
You can't talk contemporary American bass music without starting right off at Kingdom, a.k.a. LA's Ezra Rubin. (He appears here Sat/22 at the Lights...

Snap Sounds: Bibi Tanga and the Selenites

September 19, 2012
BIBI TANGA AND THE SELENITES40 DEGREES OF SUNSHINE(NAT GEO MUSIC)From the bright electro-funk pulse of the opening track, "Poet of the Soul," sunlight infuses...

Snap Sounds: Laetitia Sadier

September 13, 2012
LAETITIA SADIERSILENCIO(DRAG CITY)In her 20 years as the lead singer of Stereolab, Laetitia Sadier has dependably imparted a vital, earthy humanity to her band's...

Snap Sounds: Midnite Snaxxx

September 5, 2012
MIDNITE SNAXXXS/T(RED LOUNGE RECORDS)Midnite Snaxxx are like the quintessential cool girls of high school, in an alternate garage-punk universe. Clad in tough leather jackets,...

Nite Trax: DJ Deevice wraps up summer, digs deep

August 22, 2012
Ours was another SUMMER OF BASS. I love it, of course -- who doesn't like their buns to get a rumblin' in the club?...

Best of the Bay 2012: BEST EDIBLE PLAYLIST

We've heard the phrase "chefs are the new rock stars" enough to make us (s)cream. Turntable Kitchen both embodies this sentiment and finely chops...

Best of the Bay 2012 Editors Picks: Arts and Entertainment

Best of the Bay 2011 Editors Picks: Arts and Entertainment BEST HEAVY METAL STITCH WIZARDGuardian photo by Brittany M. Powell He's the mustachioed maniac who...

Snap Sounds: Guantanamo Baywatch

July 19, 2012
GUANTANAMO BAYWATCHCHEST CRAWL (DIRTNAP RECORDS)Thick, wet reverb lays the sexy underwater groundwork for most Guantanamo Baywatch songs. Those surfy chords echo forever then build...

Exchange is good

A retro art form is alive (and thriving!) thanks to the San Francisco Mixtape Society

Snap Sounds: Sébastien Tellier

July 10, 2012
By Irwin SwirnoffSEBASTIEN TELLIERMY GOD IS BLUE(RECORD MAKERS)His last record was called Sexuality, and tapped into the most up front and direct body moving...