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LEFT OF THE DIAL Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner on the band's new sound, and the doubts she overcame to create her favorite record yet. Plus: BARF #2, and Viracocha is back!

The resurrection of Ronnie Spector

At 70, the original bad girl of rock 'n' roll is having the time of her life

Dirty, sweet, and far from down low

Brooklyn's Cakes da Killa wants to be more than just "the blowjob rapper"

Happy Hour: The week in music

June 20, 2014
Hey you. Yeah, you. Are you still sitting at your desk, despite it being a beautiful day outside, and despite the proximity of large-screen...

High on k.

The erstwhile suburban rap queen comes into her own -- and lands a spot on the Warped Tour

Your Treasure Island Music Festival lineup: Outkast, Massive Attack, and more

June 17, 2014
Thanks to a glitch in Ticketmaster's system (or a human who works for Ticketmaster who is now having a very bad day), we got...

Gimme 5: Must-see shows this week

June 16, 2014
Happy Monday, y'all. I know, it's rough. I hope at the very least that your weekend was better than this guy's.If not, don't despair!...


Oakland Afro-soul veteran steps out her own. Plus: Adios Amigo fights cynicism with Erasable Truth, and other local releases

The under-celebrated influence of Guided By Voices

June 10, 2014
In a conversation about '90s rock staples the other day, a friend casually mentioned that he'd never really listened to Guided By Voices, a...

There is too much going on this weekend: The Congress, Not Dead Yet Fest, and more

June 5, 2014
Y'all ever have that thing where a week or two will go by without a show you're particularly stoked on, and then all of...

Listen: Katie Day’s anti-tech bro jam “San Francisco (Before the West Falls)”

June 3, 2014
Between POW!'s "Hi-Tech Boom," the schticky "Google Bus Song" from Cachebox, and Violent Vickie's "Fuck You!!!!!", it's safe to say San Francisco musicians —...

Nature kids

Bay Area bands breathe new life into a salty, windswept West Coast tradition

Losing our religion: The Lost Church says farewell — for now

May 28, 2014
With all the tears shed and (Internet) ink spilled bemoaning the death of the Mission District at the hands of the tech bubble, it's...

In my room

Doe Eye retreats to her high school bedroom and emerges with a full-length debut. Plus: Papercuts' Jason Quever on writing, catharsis, and how he's not as depressed as everyone thinks

Watch: Papercuts’ “Life Among the Savages”

May 27, 2014
Papercuts, the indie-folk output of San Francisco songwriter-producer Jason Quever, has been a San Francisco staple for a decade now. By turns stark and...

Not even Sean Lennon’s gear is safe in SF

May 21, 2014
Via Mission Mission: Earlier today, someone broke into the van carrying equipment for Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, which played...

Gettin’ festy

Summer in the Bay means music festival season — hold on to your butts (and your wallets)

Go do this thing tomorrow: Speak up for Viracocha

May 19, 2014
If you've ever set foot in Viracocha, the Never-Never-Land-esque antiques store/typewriter shop/arts space/music venue at 21st and Valencia, you know it's a pretty magical...

Bimbo’s 365 club

Guardian Small Business Award winner has been rocking the city for 85 years

Gimme 5: Must-see shows this week

May 13, 2014
Is it hot in here, or is it just -- sorry, no, that's all of San Francisco, doing that delightfully freakish 85-degree Actual Summer...

Swimming solo

Birds & Batteries' frontman steps dreamily out on his own. Plus: BottleRock 2.0, and The Chapel says "everyone chill"

Some fans are bigger than others

May 8, 2014
How big of a Morrissey fan are you?Would you do anything for a Morrissey hug?Would you shut down a Morrissey show for a Morrissey...

A musician grows on Market Street

San Francisco's wunderkind "Trumpet Kid" on the musical education he's gained from playing in the city streets

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...