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Imelda May on motherhood, rockabilly influences, and when to say “Screw it”

Taking the sounds of traditional rockabilly, blues, and jazz and giving them an injection of her own infectious energy and style, Irish chanteuse Imelda May can make listeners swoon at a ballad or jump...

Holy crap is there a lot of good new music coming out of the Bay this week

Looking for something to get you past the hump of Hump Day? Well put down that "which Disney princess is your dog" quiz right this second, for a straight-up ridiculous amount of good new...

Find your fangs: Total Trashfest is upon us

I can already envision the sound of Shannon Shaw's voice singing Metallica's "Enter Sandman," and it's music to my ears. The James Hetfield-penned classic is the stuff of nightmares, and with "Rocktober" officially here,...

Live shots: A hot and sticky Hardly Strictly

In keeping with Hardly Strictly weekend weather of years gone by, this past weekend was the most summerlike the Bay Area's been all year. Ooo-weee, it was hot out there.While you're chugging your coconut...

Social Distortion digs up its roots

Although they got their start in the fast and loud world of the southern California punk rock scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Orange County rockers Social Distortion have long embraced American...

Chuck Prophet on glam rock, his new record, and how the Castro is turning into a strip mall

Chuck Prophet's been around the San Francisco music scene long enough to make a name for himself in a few regards: He can be counted on for rock 'n' roll story-songs, for startlingly visual...

The Aislers Set reunion welcomed with open arms, nostalgia at The Chapel

By Rebecca HuvalAfter an 11-year hiatus, dream-pop lovables The Aislers Set played to a sold-out room swooning with nostalgia at The Chapel Sunday night.Singer-songwriter AV Linton sang catchy melodies backed by a curtain of...

Two-fer Tuesday: New music videos from Cathedrals and The Stone Foxes

Because nothing showcases the breadth of music being made in the Bay Area better than some chilled-out electro R&B followed by a driving blues-rock sprint of a song: Here are the latest music videos...

Live shots: Modest Mouse sweat it out at the Masonic

Modest Mouse got hot and heavy at the Masonic Sept. 26, and we were there to catch them in all their sweaty glory. Mimicking Birds (first photo below) opened.All photos by Emily Sevin.

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on his first novel, unreliable narrators, and the joys of getting real mail

John Darnielle’s brain seems like it runs at just a slightly higher RPM than other people’s.One could get this impression from listening to the tightly crafted mini-universe he creates inside each track on a...

Arca underwhelms at Gray Area

By Ryland Walker KnightGray Area Arts & Technology is a newish venue, admittedly a work in progress, with construction and renovation continuing when the doors are closed, but they are already booking unique electronica...

Tough decisions ahead: The Bay Area Record Fair, the Oakland Music Festival, and more

Ever get so overwhelmed by all the awesome events in the Bay Area on a given weekend that you give up on trying to decide between any of them and find yourself just hanging...

Live shots: Beck christens the new Masonic

It's not often that you get to see a new venue on opening night — so yeah, even if Beck hadn't been part of the deal, we would've been stoked to spend Friday evening...

Double Duchess is back, and this time they’ve brought Kelly Osbourne

Is the drab Friday weather outside getting you down as you gear up for a weekend full of leather- and whip-filled debauchery?Never fear! You just need a dose of Double Duchess, the Bay's favorite...

Folsom Special: Zbörnak wants to rock your “Dikpix”

"Expect glitter, expect Twitter (don't expect Twitter), expect foul language and talking about dicks, expect body dysmorphia, but like in the opposite direction. The greatest expectation, however, should be all-killer-no-filler face-melting community building," says...

Folsom Special: Guerrilla Queer Bar returns as leather “Pop-Up”

Picture it: the Marina, 2000, a club called Trap Door playing goofy throwback hip-hop, shirty dudes and "woo" girls playing the heter-mating game with hetero-abando.In strut a gaggle of rough and ready queers, me...

Locals only: Split Screens

There's something overwhelmingly dreamlike about Jessie Cafiero's songwriting, to the point that it makes a listener feel like they're sleepwalking: The ebbs and flows of cinematic, orchestral pop conjure a surreal sense of nearly...

Party Radar: Whip it good at Folsom Week parties

Folsom Street Fair is coming hard upon us -- don't be left hanging upside down without a solid party plan. The following picks will help you whip your way through the lame into the...

Viracocha is legit! Here are five things from the past five years that we wish we could’ve written about

As you may have heard by now, Viracocha — everyone's favorite Never-Never Land of a music venue/spoken word performance space/speakeasy/antiques store/beautiful place to stop and use the bathroom should you find yourself having to...

Go do this thing tonight: Tell Supes Chiu and Campos how to make SF nightlife better

Are you sick of San Francisco being a town that shuts down at 2am (and more realistically about an hour earlier)?Are you annoyed that people keep moving next door to music venues and then...

The funkmaestro of Vulfpeck on gaming Spotify, German pronunciation mishaps, and Google search optimization

By Jonathan KirchnerMembers of the band Vulfpeck describe themselves as a "half-Jewish German-American rhythm section." Creators of severely catchy, mostly-instrumental grooves, the four-piece — who first met in a German literature class at the University...

WATERS sign to Vagrant, drop new single “I Feel Everything”

Van Pierszalowski, the songwriter and primary ringleader of SF's WATERS, has always seemed like a guy on the brink of wide(r)spread stardom. The band's music is an ear-pleasing mix of guitar-driven rock riffs and...

Owen Pallett on integrity, having his boyfriend as a manager, and the baroque pop of ‘In Conflict’

You probably wouldn’t assume that someone who’s been putting out solo material for nearly 10 years would be best known for their contributions to other artists’ work, but Owen Pallett shows us that it...

Local love: Fresh fall jams from Cathedrals, Terry Malts, The Seshen, and more

You know that feeling where, if you see one more headline about how all the artists and musicians have fled San Francisco and the city's dead and we should all just throw in the...