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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...

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

Locals Only: Tom Rhodes

August 11, 2014
There are artists who are known for being shy and reclusive — for producing their best work while holed up in their room, or...

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...

Push the Feeling party organizers launch Push the Feeling, the record label

July 3, 2014
If you've ever walked out of a dance party wishing you could take the party home with you, Push The Feeling has a solution...

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...

The pedestrian pop of Sylvan Esso

June 4, 2014
Upon first listen, Sylvan Esso kind of takes hold of you. Nick Sanborn’s melodic, layered, driving electronic beats pair perfectly with Amelia Meath’s blissful...

The Damned on playing small venues, headgear that protects you from spit, and why they won’t stop ’til the...

June 3, 2014
For nearly four decades now, legendary British rockers The Damned have been haunting stages around the world with their brand of gothic-inspired punk.Since storming...

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:...

Kitten Grenade on why you shouldn’t underestimate the ukulele

April 30, 2014
By Rebecca HuvalKitten Grenade takes the ukulele seriously. Katelyn Sullivan picked up the instrument when she was lonely and unhappy in Los Angeles, jonesing...

Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order altered the course of pop music, go see him live

September 26, 2013
Three decades after its initial release, New Order's Power, Corruption, & Lies (1982) might sound deceptively ordinary. From the early '90s successes of Happy...

Oakland’s Negative Standards support future punks

September 24, 2013
The band Negative Standards is essentially a crust art project.While maintaining d-beat chords and sludge-like breakdowns, the Oakland-based group makes use of non-instrumental noise...

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...

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...

Bomb the Music Industry!’s Jeff Rosenstock: Poster boy for manic depression in DIY rock’n’roll

August 7, 2013
To get a feel for why Jeff Rosenstock plays the way he does, you have to go back almost a decade to the sweaty,...

Lia Rose lets go on new album ‘Bricks and Bones’

July 16, 2013
Bay Area country-folk artist Lia Rose is a ball of sunshine both on stage and off. But if you listened to her songs, you’d...

Ex-Girls singer Christopher Owens on the real Lysandre, and being ‘a bit of a loner’

March 19, 2013
Last year was a momentous one for San Francisco band Girls. Still riding the high from their critically fawned-over and publicly adored sophomore full-length...

Flip on the Night Light: free show alert

March 8, 2013
We've been hearing a lot about the Night Light thanks to its hosting of quality local shows; in the past year there have been...

Dark side of the Dude

January 8, 2013
More than a year ago, in his rundown on “top substances that have influenced music,” promoter-DJ Marco De La Vega said this: “I...raid my...

Will John C. Reilly be the secret guest at Lavender Diamond’s Chapel show?

December 4, 2012
You know Lavender Diamond, right? The whimsical LA-based electro-folk band fronted by crystal-clear vocalist/tree fairy Becky Stark? The group plays SF's newest venue, the...

Kitty Pryde on Riff Raff, candy, and going viral

November 7, 2012
What exactly does it mean to be a pop star these days? Does it mean you have masses of eager (young) fans, breathless feature...

The Grannies flaunt their finest digs for a good cause

June 22, 2012
The Grannies know how to have fun. After over a decade of raucous good times, including two European tours and years of stage antics,...

Danzig on Doyle, his fans, Verotik, and that Metallica anniversary

May 24, 2012
Glenn Danzig has spawned a cult following with his dark and brooding voice, and the sinisterly seductive imagery of his lyrics. From the early...

SF duo Tidelands returns with even more flugelhorn

May 23, 2012
We’ve Got a Map boasts the title of experimental folk band Tidelands’ upcoming sophomore album – and do they ever. You may remember seeing...