So it's a gorgeous October Friday, and there's a free music festival in the park where famous people are playing good music, and it all sounds just great. Only problem is that you're still stuck in the office, watching the clock tick away while the boss drivels on about TPS reports. Clearly this is ... More >>
It's officially September, which means the biggest (and free-est) music festival in San Francisco is only a month away. Today, after dropping plenty of hints online, the organizers of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass announced the lineup for the festival's 13th year, which takes place Oct. 4-6 in Golden Ga ... More >>
By CORY SKLAR It's Oscar season again, which means close to nothing to music nerds. Most of the time, of course, the Oscars bring very little to the table in terms of great music. Sure, they have their Best Original Song and Best Score categories. And sure, sometimes Three 6 Mafia, Trent Reznor, or ... More >>
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happened yesterday. Which we're sure you know already. If you missed it, however, you may have missed some of the weirdest details. So here, for your convenience, is a timeline of events. Get comfortable, 'cause this thing was a three-and-a-half-hour carnival of absurdi ... More >>
Bob Weir and RatDog last night in Marin. All photos by Ashley Jordan Gordon. RatDog Jan. 25, 2012 Tamalpais Research Institute Better than: The Internet sensations of today. Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir put the finishing touches on his live HD webcasting venue and studio, San Rafa ... More >>
Chrissy LoaderJohn PrineHardly Strictly Bluegrass, Golden Gate ParkFriday, Oct. 2, 2009Better than: Listening to John Prine indoors, minus a box of cold beers and the scent of funnel cakes around you. Golden Gate Park has played host to numerous music events over the summer, from the gigantic Out ... More >>
Fruit forward: Lynch's upcoming CD.It promises to be a multi-dimensional Boomer blowout when a founding member of Berkeley's Delicious Revolution goes all blues rocker. On Wednesday, October 7, at the Great American Music Hall, wine import maverick and a hobbyist musician/tunesmith Kermit Lyn ... More >>
Among the certifiable legendary musicians residing in the Bay Area are bluesman-folkster Taj Mahal and singer/slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt. The two (both of whom need multiple shelves in their living rooms to hold all their Grammys) have a long association, going back to 1973, when Mahal co-produced ... More >>
With Step Brothers, Ferrell, Reilly, McKay, & Co. still don't wanna grow up. And thank God for that.
Hooker (Shout! Factory)
What do you mean you didn't keep score while watching the Grammys? We did.
Two young theater bunnies behind us discuss existentialism versus spiritualism
If you weren't at this landmark blues concert, Lightning in a Bottle will do
Leave the car at home and get to work on two wheels
Zakiya Hooker preserves the legacy of her father, blues legend John Lee Hooker, plans her own musical career -- and tries to keep tradition from suffocating both
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British neo-traditionalist bridges the folk music gap
Jim Greer fights the shrinking music scene and an indifferent industry with a smile and a song
At the Cotillion
Tom Mazzolini speaks proudly of his San Francisco Blues Festival. But each musician is proud for a different reason.
Paul Pena,who's played with everyone from Jerry Garcia to B.B. King, is coming out of the musical shadows, thanks to the award-winning documentary Genghis Blues. He's also blind, and sick, and entirely tired of living.
The Bay Area bluesman's influence was recognized as massive eventually
For 40 years, Arhoolie Records' Chris Strachwitz has worked to make unknown roots music (almost) famous
Delbert McClinton has something better than a record deal a sound all his own
Environmentalists have all but won their fight to save the Headwaters Forest. Somehow, that's not enough to bring Julia Hill down from her treetop perch.
Mitchell Froom provided the sonic boom behind some of the '90s' best records
Hype! surpasses its title