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

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

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

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

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

“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

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 Stones do

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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’

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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