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Concert and music festival highlights from air guitar to Woodsist this season 

Soul sounds

The Weeknd and Hype Williams navigate music and identity in 2011

Snap Sounds: Jessica 6

April 12, 2011
JESSICA 6"White Horse" and "Fun Girl"(Peacefrog)Siren of the dance floor Nomi Ruiz is looking and sounding even better outside of Hercules and Love Affair;...

Sinisterism and lost hills: The Slow Poisoner joins forces with Fantomas in San Francisco

April 8, 2011
In conjunction with the continuing "Fantomas by the Bay" series presented by City Lights, the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France, and...

First Thursday: Deathly portraits, cubic rams, smudgy painted mutts, and Aids 3-D

April is usually one of the liveliest months for the make-your-own-maze blitz of art openings that is "first Thursday," and this year is no...

Alexis Blair Penney, “Lonely Sea”

This past weekend Honey Soundsystem held a release party for the 7-inch single release of Alexis Blair Penney's "Lonely Sea." Now the video for...

Snap Sounds: Arnaud Fleurent-Didier

April 7, 2011
ARNAUD FLEURENT-DIDIERLa Reproduction(Columbia/Sony Music)If you're a lover of chanson-tinged pop and you found Benjamin Biolay's recent double-LP a letdown, then there's bittersweet relief to...

Snap Sounds: Silk Flowers

April 6, 2011
SILK FLOWERSLtd. Form(PPM)There's something endearingly ungainly about Aviram Cohen's singing, but Silk Flowers is most successful in instrumental mode, and the majority of Ltd....

Smooth criminal: Fantomas slinks into San Francisco!

Tonight is the kickoff of City Lights' "Fantomas By the Bay" series, with absinthe-soaked readings (by Brian Lucas, Andrew Joron, and others) and performances...

Snap Sounds: Beach Fossils

April 5, 2011
BEACH FOSSILSWhat a Pleasure(Captured Tracks)Beach Fossils' music possesses a brisk energy that -- while sonically akin to great '80s records on labels such as...

Tome time

The 30th Northern California Book Awards honors the best in Bay Area publishing

Lookin’ forward to the weekend: Berkeley Art Museum faces a “Pigeon” invasion

The "L@te: Friday Nights at BAM/PFA" series has brought some great programs since its inception, and this Friday's promises to be one of them....

Snap Sounds: Peter Gordon

April 5, 2011
PETER GORDONLove of Life Orchestra(DFA)With Arthur Russell duly sainted, the New York City avant-disco revival turns to this extensive, expansive studio project and its...

From East Coast to West

Kurt Vile and Cass McCombs stare down America

Tennis’s top three switch positions: A final look at the BNP Paribas Open

“For me, you are the greatest player ever.” So said Novak Djokovic to Rafael Nadal after defeating him in the final of the BNP...

Umbrella weather: A glimpse of the future during the BNP Paribas Open

 In San Francisco, you need an umbrella for the rain. In Palm Springs, you need an umbrella for the sun. Under a solar glare,...

Sister Liz : A loving look back at “Liz: Unhinged”

This review originally appeared (as "Liztrionics: Taylor blows hinges off YBCA!") in the Dec. 5-11, 2001 issue of the Bay Guardian:"Elizabeth Taylor is my...

Lucky charms, safe journeys

Yukako Ezoe reimagines the nature of self-portraiture in "Bahama Kangaroo"

Satisfying crunch

Local rockers Midnite Snaxx bring the 12 o'clock rock to Burger Boogaloo fest

Teenage ghosts

Dirty Beaches and Hunx and his Punx hold a séance for the lost spirits of pop past

Lit: A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness

This review originally appeared in the Jan. 7-13, 2009 issue of the Bay Guardian:John Gall's art for A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation...

The net: Young victory and top-ranked tennis musings at the BNP Paribas Open

The process of parking and getting to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a bit of a roundabout involving dusty lots and a bus...

Looky-loos and show ponies: A day in the life at the BNP Paribas Open

On one side of the main stadium at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, white picket fences separate the players, their entourages, and assorted tour...

Beth Ditto, “I Wrote the Book”

One of our favorite Katy Perry-shredders, Beth Ditto serves a "Justify My Love"-era Madonna look and the kind of sound Madonna lost touch with...