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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...

Hump day music news: The Masonic gets a facelift, that dancey new Toro y Moi side project, and more

August 20, 2014
-- The venue formerly known as the Nob Hill Masonic Center will re-open next month as "The Masonic," a 3,300-seat music venue booked by...

20th street soul

LEFT OF THE DIAL: Noise Pop's 2nd annual shindig-in-the-streets features Myron & E, dumplings, everything else good

Paul McCartney bids Candlestick a fiery goodbye

August 15, 2014
My earliest memories of Candlestick are formative ones. Like any Bay Area kid who cut her baseball teeth on Giants games at the notoriously...

Outside Lands 2014: The view from the photo pit

Our favorite live shots from SF's biggest summer party

Listen: The trainwreck pop parodies of the Westboro Baptist Church

August 12, 2014
In case you don't stay tuned to the comings and goings of the fearful, hate-filled, how-is-this-a-real-thing-and-not-a-caricature-of-extreme-right-wing-lunacy shitshow that is the Westboro Baptist Church, your...

Patronize me

CAREERS + ED A new site from SF musicians aims to get artists paid for their work — using the oldest idea in the book

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...

Here are some shows that have nothing to do with Outside Lands

August 8, 2014
What's that you say? VIP wristbands for $600, special-issue high-end ice cream, and tiny cups of organic sulfite-free wine aren't exactly your thing? We're headed...

Capitalism, performance art, and a whole lot of ass-shaking: Notes from a Beyoncé and Jay Z show

August 6, 2014
First off: To review a Beyoncé and Jay Z show, in the traditional way that music writers generally review live music — assessing and...

Locals only: Outside Lands edition

A cheat sheet to hometown pride at the year's biggest, priciest party in the park

Happy Hour: The week in music

August 1, 2014
Happy Friday, friends, and welcome to August. We're only about a month away from summer weather!As happy hour draws closer, here's a look back...

Watch: Lil B’s “No Black Person Is Ugly”

July 30, 2014
Because we've all been proving in this space lately that we're intelligent, forward-thinking adults who can talk about ethnicity with nuance, sensitivity, and a...

Of borders and love songs

Diana Gameros brings her unique musical perspective to the YBCA's MEX I AM Festival

Monday music video mayhem

July 28, 2014
Just in case you've been living under a rock slightly behind on your local music coverage for the past couple weeks, allow us to remind you of...

Here are some things that happen when you interview hip-hop legend Biz Markie during a promotional celebrity appearance at...

July 25, 2014
Tonight's game starts at 7:05, at which point Biz Markie, the “clown prince of hip-hop,” most famous for his hit sing-songy single “Just a...

Grown-up GRMLN

The pop-punk whiz kid comes of age. Plus: More festivals!

Jimmy Cliff high-kicks his way through 50 years of music at the Fillmore

July 21, 2014
Jimmy Cliff is a goddamn maniac. It's about 45 minutes into his 90-minute set at the Fillmore on Saturday night , and while the sheer...

Everything is terrible, let’s go hear some live music

July 18, 2014
Dear readers! In case none of your coworkers has made any kind of Dilbert-ready joke by the water cooler yet today, let us fill...

On your mark, get set: The Music Video Race is off and running — and expanding

July 16, 2014
Everyone knows that true artists do their best work right before deadline. Now in its third year, the Music Video Race is an annual...

Start your engines

The little SF music video contest that could is all grown up — and expanding

Treading water

In the midst of a severe drought, the Soundwave art and music biennial encourages reflection on our most precious natural resource

Video Premiere: Dangermaker’s “The Light”

July 15, 2014
San Francisco's Dangermaker is a roughly five-year-old band that has always seemed to deal in the dark arts of the indie world.Driving hard-rock percussion...

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...