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Matthew Dear presents Audion, in a shipping container of LED triangles

February 28, 2014
At this point I have no idea when this show is going to start, but it’s 9:22 and there’s another loner type rubbing the...

Yeezus stares down yetis, climbs volcanoes, is born again at the Oracle Arena

October 24, 2013
Kanye West is at an enviable place in his career. Everyone knows who he is. He’s reached near iconic, almost mythic status. The problem...

Brave new world

Mobile concerts apps vie for your credit card love and attention — what's next? And why should we care?

Live Shots: Phono del Sol 2013 with Thee Oh Sees, Marnie Stern, Surf Club

July 15, 2013
John Dwyer stood holding his guitar, smiling and making small talk with the crowd, having been asked by a Phono del Sol staffer to...

Hot Chip, Converse, and why Google Glass could save our show-going sanity

June 26, 2013
I fully expected the Hot Chip show last night to be a giant advertisement for Converse. In the last few weeks I’d been noticing...

Live Shots: Chvrches at Mezzanine

May 30, 2013
The night started with shrieks. Well, back up. It actually started sedate. Opener Still Corners had cancelled at the last minute, due to visa...

Talkin’ loud

BBC radio personality Gilles Peterson champions rare gems of acid jazz, dance music, and beyond

Skate or die

Improvisational pianist Jason Moran brings the skatepark to the jazz hall

Hot Chip off the old block

With New Build, Al Doyle pulls back layers from LCD Soundsystem and that other favorable act

Live Shots: Flume at the Rickshaw Stop

March 29, 2013
Every time I've been to Popscene in the last few years, and I mean every time, I see the same guy. Deep 30s, clean...

Live Shots: The Robert Glasper Experiment at New Parish

March 12, 2013
It really wasn't a question whether the Robert Glasper Experiment would be any good at the New Parish on Friday night  – but how...

Live Shots: Passion Pit, Icona Pop, Matt and Kim at the Bill Graham

March 11, 2013
Swedish duo Icona Pop made the typical announcement about being really happy to finish up its tour in San Francisco, last Thursday at the...

Noise Pop 2013: YACHT, Shock, and Future Twin at Slim’s

March 6, 2013
When I went to see YACHT, a couple years ago during the Treasure Island Music Festival, it was playing outdoors in the afternoon, and...

Do want

New York electronic artist Autre Ne Veut chips away at layers of R&B harmonies and futuristic free jazz

Noise Pop 2013: The Crystal Ark at the Mezzanine

March 4, 2013
"Dude, a satchel? That's the gayest shit I've ever seen.""What?" I asked."Your purse," he said, pointing to my camera bag, as his apparent girlfriend...

Noise Pop 2013: !!!, White Arrows, the Mallard at Great American Music Hall

March 1, 2013
It's hard to be Nic Offer. Not because he's a tortured artist struggling with celebrity or some other cliche, but because he busts it...

Noise Pop 2013: R. Stevie Moore is cool, plays Bottom of the Hill

February 28, 2013
R. Stevie Moore is cool. When was the last time you saw a 60-odd-year-old* man standing on stage shouting "where my bitches at" and...

Harmon’s way

Dan Harmon charts his own course through the comedy universe

He likes to talk: extended Dan Harmon interview

January 22, 2013
Note: don't miss Ryan Prendiville's article on SF Sketchfest's Harmontown event in tomorrow's paper."I like to talk," Dan Harmon said at the end of...

YEAR IN MUSIC 2012: Bottom line

The majors, streaming sites, and independent artists dance to the tune of economic decline

Live Shots: Death Grips at Slim’s

December 6, 2012
When I first saw Sacramento's Death Grips — about a year or so ago at 1015 Folsom — they had to work especially hard....

That special Christopher Owens show at the Lodge

November 13, 2012
The show was being filmed for a music video, and the crew told people in the front row that they might get photographed for...

Live Shots: AU at the Independent

November 6, 2012
It was my first time seeing Portland's AU live Saturday night, and I had some important questions I hoped the show would answer. First...

Live Shots: Crystal Castles at the Fox

October 23, 2012
Arriving early to the Crystal Castles show Monday at the Fox Theater, discovering that one opener, HEALTH, had canceled its performance, and that the...