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Live shots: A hot and sticky Hardly Strictly

October 6, 2014
In keeping with Hardly Strictly weekend weather of years gone by, this past weekend was the most summerlike the Bay Area's been all year....

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

Our Weekly Picks: Oct 1-8, 2014

September 30, 2014
THURSDAY 2  Great Gatsby Loft Party Dust off that swanky flapper dress, feather headband, and Grandma's pearls, or go as a gangster with that...

This Week’s Picks: September 3 – 9, 2014

September 2, 2014
WEDNESDAY 3  WestWave Dance Festival In its 23rd year, the WestWave Dance Festival, now under the auspices of SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, has come...

A show a day: Your fall music calendar

August 28, 2014
What's going on in Bay Area music these next three months? Glad you asked. Like a daily multivitamin wards off the sniffles, getting the SFBG's...

A show a day: Your fall music calendar

FALL ARTS 2014 Like a daily multivitamin, your recommended dose of live shows through November

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...

Your official Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lineup is here

August 26, 2014
Ah, fall in San Francisco. The kids go back to school, the pumpkin beers and lattes make their first appearances, the leaves...um, mostly stay...

This Week’s Picks: August 13 – 19, 2014

August 12, 2014
THURSDAY 14 Kevin Morby If you're enough of an indie rock fan, you might have heard Kevin Morby's work without knowing it. He's played bass...

Rick Stevens & Love Power – 2nd Year Anniversary at Slim’s August 9

August 6, 2014
This Saturday at Slim's! Dr. Rock & Latin Rock Inc. Present: Rick Stevens & Love Power - 2nd Year AnniversarySaturday, August 9 doors 7pm/show...

Tears, beers, and bruises at Slim’s with Andrew Jackson Jihad

July 30, 2014
Andrew Jackson Jihad may be the most important punk band in America, but they sure don't look like it. They're cheerful and (relatively) clean-cut....

This Week’s Picks: July 23 – 29, 2014

July 22, 2014
WEDNESDAY 23  Man or Astro-Man? Auburn, Ala.'s Man or Astro-Man? has spent decades perfecting their sprawling surf-rock. Incredibly imaginative and extremely prolific, the group has...

Gimme 5: Must-see shows this week

July 9, 2014
Hello friends and festival-goers! Did you just get back from High Sierra? Does your hair still smell of patchouli? Are you sad that you...

This Week’s Picks: June 4 – 10, 2014

June 3, 2014
WEDNESDAY 4  'Mr. Irresistible' Multifaceted showman and irrepressible art-dragster D'Arcy Drollinger, the brains and falsies behind such contemporary camp classics as Shit & Champagne and...

Wigging out with Stephen Malkmus

Post-Pavement reunion and adventures abroad, the indie icon talks Beyoncé, Portland fishbowl syndrome, and embracing his classic-rock upbringing

On the Rise: Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony

"Freddie Mercury and Tom Waits in a cliff-diving competition"

This Week’s Picks: December 18 – 24, 2013

December 17, 2013
Keep the season safe from Gary Busey.WEDNESDAY 12/18 "Noir City Xmas" Fans of sultry dames, smoking guns, and sinister characters — as well as anyone...

Teen dream machine

THE YEAR IN MUSIC: Teen girls (and fierce young women) rocked the world in 2013

Rattlin’ bones and sugar plums

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band rolls into town. Plus: Happy Diving, the Weirdos, more music

We give thanks

EDITORIAL We offer a lot of criticism here on the Guardian's editorial page, which is probably inescapable given the obvious failures of our political...

Geeking out on Kathleen Hanna’s the Julie Ruin at Slim’s

September 18, 2013
After explaining that the next song would be about how there are thousands of feminists, all around the world, and driving home the obvious...

Killer vermouth

BEER + WINE ISSUE: The aperitif ace up Carl Sutton's sleeve

Stage listings

September 10, 2013
Stage listings are compiled by Guardian staff. Performance times may change; call venues to confirm. Reviewers are Robert Avila, Rita Felciano, and Nicole Gluckstern....

Get to the show, weirdos

FALL ARTS: MUSIC From Rock the Bells to Kate Nash, a sonic smorgasbord of can't-miss upcoming concerts