For the past 15 years, Oakland's DJ Haylow has maintained a philosophy of "being a messenger to share music with others who love music." His involvement in ventures such as the groundbreaking Bay Area hip-hop TV show Distortion 2 Static and the Roy Ayers Project demonstrate his never-ending desire t ... More >>
So, okay, Phillip Phillips, the American Idol winner, wasn't awful at the National Anthem before last night's World Series Game 1. And tonight's singer is Matthew Morrison, who plays a character on another Fox TV show some people watch, called Glee. After that, though, the singers doing "The Star S ... More >>
And here it is. The vocal talent show that America neither needed nor wanted. The only talent involved that we actually wanted to watch (Lionel Ritchie) is no longer part of the show, but we're ready to suffer through this nonsense regardless. 0.00.3: A ridiculous plethora of dancers throw sha ... More >>
We were touched this past week to see both Aretha Franklin and Steven Tyler get engaged (not to each other, obviously). It stands as heart-warming proof that you're never too old or flamboyant to find love. In the midst of celebrating the Aerosmith frontman's exciting engagement, however, we also re ... More >>
Soul and funk guru The Selecter DJ Kirk has been dubbed the unofficial mayor of San Francisco by friends and peers. Born and raised in S.F., he is recognized for his all-embracing knowledge of soul music through the decades, his extensive record collection, and for producing events like Soul ... More >>
The Band Perry, apparently on the set of the "Losing My Religion" video. You don't have to see the numbers to get that country radio skews female these days. The hatted hunks who a generation back might have had ramblin' fever now sing of sunny-forever fidelity that would be right at home o ... More >>
A sometime jazzman tackles American folk, and leaves his own imprint.
Few photographers become as legendary as the performers they capture, but Jim Marshall was a different breed of camera man. He was San Francisco's portal into a classic era of jazz and rock 'n' roll, his portraits of Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones, and, perhaps most famously, Joh ... More >>
Random dude, possibly subjected to 311 hold musicYesterday in this space, we wondered how a city that bills itself as "world-class" -- which we do, a lot -- could possibly subject people to string quartet versions of "Love Me Tender" when placing them on hold. On Sunday, when we asked the operator a ... More >>
It's hard to be nostalgic when you can't remember anything. And a handful of San Francisco's top political consultants are now pondering if it's possible for President Barack Obama to have delivered a "memorable" address when they had trouble recalling its specific lines even 15 minutes after he utt ... More >>
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