Q&A

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on his first novel, unreliable narrators, and the joys of getting real mail

September 26, 2014
John Darnielle’s brain seems like it runs at just a slightly higher RPM than other people’s.One could get this impression from listening to the...

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...

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...

Marc E. Bassy on breaking down musical boxes

August 5, 2014
As a member of 2AM Club and a songwriter for artists like Chris Brown and Sean Kingston, San Francisco-raised Marc Griffin is an experienced...

New Zealand flow over Detroit beats: Ladi6 hits the Bay for the first time

July 18, 2014
By Rob GoszkowskiThere’s a commonality to a large segment of New Zealand music, much of it with a dubbed-out vibe that one would expect...

Fuck Buttons on their wildly visual live show, the writing process, and bringing “fuck” to the world stage

June 24, 2014
“I think I’ve heard of them before,” is the kind of spineless response you’ll never hear if you ask someone about Fuck Buttons.  If...

Muni sickout: Q&A with transit union president

It's fair to say San Francisco is sick of the sickout.Three days after hundreds of Muni workers called in sick to work, crippling the...

Elbow’s Craig Potter on iPads, tour fatigue, and hitting #1

May 29, 2014
By Andrew BlairIf you don’t know of Elbow by now, you should probably stop reading this and go spend some time under a tree,...

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:...

A tUnE-yArDs phone date from the road

May 6, 2014
Being weird in a good way seems like a more difficult status for artists to attain than it used to be. We can...

José James on Ice-T, moving forward, and stone-cold jazz

April 24, 2014
By Micah DubreuilYou might not be alone if you do a double-take when hearing José James’ new single for the first time. The song,...

Juana Molina on the value of repetition and how music is like cooking with an audience

April 23, 2014
By Rob GoszkowskiIn the past, Argentinean singer-songwriter Juana Molina took her time to craft carefully looped and layered beatscapes before her audiences. Her approach...

Q&A: Queer Rebels on accessibility, representation, and the challenges queer people of color still face

It’s not that Modern Family and your Gender Studies reading list aren’t doing anything for queer and trans representation -- but there are still...

Q&A: Punk veteran Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham

April 3, 2014
After more than 20 years of playing an important role in the formation and evolution of a variety of bands including the Cadillac Tramps,...

Ana Tijoux on motherhood, Breaking Bad, and un-learning colonialist history

March 17, 2014
By Rebecca HuvalIf you’re tired of mainstream Latin hip-hop — which, right now, is disproportionately made up of reggaeton beats, male MCs, and bitter...

Dispatches from SXSW: Painted Palms

March 14, 2014
After a long day of waiting in line in the sun, catching various 15-minute sets, and just being downright baffled by the enormity and...

No shame: Activist-rockers the Shondes celebrate Halloween in SF

October 28, 2013
The Shondes are a dream come true for music-lovers with a political consciousness. The world can be a rough place, but doom-and-gloom is not...

Q&A: Blouse on the Dream Syndicate, forest life, and going synth-less

September 19, 2013
Blouse, may have ditched the synths and drum machines of its 2011 debut self-titled album with new Captured Tracks full-length, Imperium, but the sound...

San Francisco Homebrewers Guild Q&A: A mashing good time

September 18, 2013
For this week’s cover story, I profiled one particular homebrewer -- my husband -- on his quest to DIY kegerator glory. But there’s more...

Grouplove talks Haight love, the Seesaw Tour, and spreading rumors

September 10, 2013
Grouplove’s existence is a strong argument for fate. In 2009, Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi met on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Feeling...

Q&A: If Sebadoh was a meal, it’d be chili over spaghetti

July 26, 2013
Many things have changed since Sebadoh released its last full-length album, The Sebadoh, 14 years ago. We’ve seen three respective presidents hold terms, have...

Jello sounds off

July 24, 2013
When setting up an interview with Jello Biafra, I got this light-hearted warning: “There is no such thing as a short interview with Jello.”...

Video Q&A: Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown

July 23, 2013
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown are tearing up the stage, and people are taking notice. The Nashville-based country and blues-rock group released its well-crafted,...

Q&A: Dita Von Teese on gaining sexual confidence, creating beauty on her own terms

June 24, 2013
She is classy, beautiful, and sexually poised. She’s seductive, creative, and ambitious. She is world-famous burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, and she is coming...