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Noise Pop 2012: New Orleans' Big Freedia will make sure there's "Azz Everywhere."

Live Shots: Los Campesinos! and Parenthetical Girls at Great American Music Hall

February 14, 2012
When I last caught Parenthetical Girls in SF, singer Zac Pennington closed the show in a memorable way: traipsing around the room with a...

Unintelligible genius: looking back at all four shows of the Reggidency

February 8, 2012
When Reggie Watts first came to my attention, through a series of appearances on Conan O’Brien’s show a few years back, I didn’t know...

Reggie Watts melts minds at SF Sketchfest’s Reggidency kickoff

February 1, 2012
“Welcome to Sketchfest,” Reggie Watts said, in what appeared to be his natural voice, “it’s going to be a big night for all...

Live Shots: Fitz and the Tantrums

January 27, 2012
A steady backbeat. The swirling organ. Lots of saxophone. Two singers who double as dancers. One skunk striped haircut. Without a doubt, Fitz and...

How to celebrate MLK Jr. Day in the Bay

Community day in the Yerba Buena Gardens, youth spoken word, civil rights movie screenings, and places to volunteer (it's called a service day for a reason, people)

Live Shots: Phonte and 9th Wonder at New Parish

January 11, 2012
I’ve heard complaints that the Occupy movement doesn’t have a clear message, but Saturday night you could read it from a passing car. At...

How to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the Bay

Use your national day of service wisely --  jump in one of of the day's volunteering fairs, take in a black history flick, catch some awe-inspiring...

Live Shots: Mara Hruby at Yoshi’s Oakland

December 30, 2011
The nice thing about playing a major stage in your hometown is that you can count on support from old friends. On the other...

Live Shots: José James at New Parish

December 12, 2011
A couple of phrases used (and possibly made up) to describe José James’s show Friday night: swoontastic and baby-making-music. The rising neo-crooner gigged in...

Live Shots: Dan Deacon at New Parish

December 4, 2011
You go to Dan Deacon in a bad mood – a no-good-reason sort of bad mood, where you’ve been sleeping a lot just to...

Live Shots: They Might Be Giants at the Fillmore

November 18, 2011
They Might Be Giants wrapped up a busy weekend in the Bay Area last Sunday night, playing a second night at the Fillmore on...

Holy Ghost! proves it’s worth the wait at Slim’s

November 16, 2011
I’d been worried about making it to the Holy Ghost ! show at Slim's on time, so it was a relief to see the...

Shrouded in black, Lykke Li makes eye contact with us at the Fox

November 11, 2011
Lykke Li doesn’t want you. Let’s just get that straight.Lykke Li wants me. Or at least I think so. Because even though it’s a...

Dam-Funk brings modern funk and futuristic shoulder synth to Mezzanine

November 8, 2011
The Mezzanine wasn’t packed to capacity Saturday night, but there was a point about a quarter into Dam-Funk’s set when things started to get...

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman get intimate at the Palace of Fine Arts

November 7, 2011
There’s no real way of knowing how much crossover there was between the fans of Dresden Dolls singer/solo artist Amanda Palmer and fiction writer/poet...

Live Shots: Anamanaguchi at Slim’s

November 3, 2011
The self-proclaimed “nerds” behind me in the will-call line at Slim’s Sunday night were lamenting the theft of their culture. “I hate it when...

Live Shots: Soulwax at the Independent

October 31, 2011
Whether more or less true in other places, the crowds at shows in the Bay Area can be disappointingly savvy regarding encores. They know...

A very Nobunny Halloween turns crazy, quickly

October 31, 2011
It’s a little nerve-wracking going out in costume for a show when it’s not quite yet Halloween. What if no one else dresses up...

Live Shots: Gold Panda at the Independent

October 26, 2011
The endangered giant panda. The vulnerable red panda. But, the most rare variety of all, the elusive Gold Panda, emerged under the cover of...

Live Shots: Anika and Peanut Butter Wolf at the Independent

October 21, 2011
“Sound check,” some dude yelled after the first song on Wednesday night. His voice was particularly loud, because at the Independent, there wasn’t much...

Frothing group hugs at Metronomy’s Rickshaw Stop show

October 17, 2011
It’s safe to say that next time Metronomy comes to town, it will be playing a bigger venue. Friday’s show at the Rickshaw Stop...

Live Shots: The Rapture play Blow Up Forever II at the Factory

October 10, 2011
Blow Up is reputed to be the best party in the city. I’ll say it’s almost certainly the best regular event for the 18+...

Jens Lekman, penguins, and choice words for Kirsten Dunst at the California Academy of Sciences

October 3, 2011
Last Thursday, two girls rushed to the front of the stage at the California Academy of Sciences, one visibly shaking with a mix of...