Zeena Parkins is a quintessential 21st century musician, equally adept as a performer (her custom harp is augmented with a whammy bar) composer, and bandleader. She takes on a remarkably diverse array of roles, including touring with Björk, composing for dance troupes, improvising with electronic a ... More >>
Cosa Brava"There is an interesting kind of movement emerging in the Bay Area music scene right now, and it revolves around...telling stories, both with and without words," says composer and musician Fred Frith, leader of the band Cosa Brava. "There's something going on..." What that "someth ... More >>
Andrew W.K. and Calder QuartetWednesday, Oct. 7, 2009Swedish American HallBetter than: Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony.Hours before he took the stage, Andrew W.K. was amping up his fans. His Twitter feed was bursting with typical AWK excitement: "PARTY MINDSET OF THE DAY: Remember that e ... More >>
Weasel Walter sneezes and a new song comes to life
SF Weekly writers pick their favorite Bay Area records of all time
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Americana/Folk/Country DJ/Turntablist Electro/Electronic/Experimental Hard Rock Hip Hop Indie Rock/Noise Pop Jazz Soul/R&B World Music Music Video
Performance art for homebodies
You may have graduated, but Ida's still playing its pristine college rock. Plus, Coltrane gets taken "out" by an "Orkestrova."
What the Bay Area's world-class improvisational music scene is doing to put more butts in the seats
What looks like a mangled guitar sounds, in Paolo Angeli's hands, oddly beautiful
Walking in a hellish Santaland
The Cotati Accordion Festival isn't your grandmother's accordion festival. Well, yes it is. But it's more. Lots more.
A Clarinet Thing, mammalian minxes, and a Valentine's Day Fabulous Disaster
A galaxy-spanning journey through space and sound!
Powerful patriots, newer wave glories, Gypsy wedding partyers, and train-hopping hobos
Local artist, label honcho, and festival organizer Ernesto Diaz-Infante sings the gospel of the experimental scene
Fred Frith expands the boundaries of what guitar can be
An S.F. Jazz Festival showcase takes music where it's never gone before
An exotic adventure into the mysterious world of sound!
Taking the Idiot Flesh model to even more illogical extremes
Wet Gate conjures up magic sounds with its all-projector orchestra
Tribute to Billy Wilder; No Categories; John Cage Memorial Barbecue; Bellyachers; Persephone's Bees
Happily, Zmrzlina's members aren't sure what their own music sounds like
Glenn Spearman Music Festival
Oliver DiCicco founded Mobius Operandi as a showcase for his experimental instruments. They're beautiful to look at. But is it music?
Chris Cutler and Thomas Dimuzio
Master Musicians of Jajouka, OtherStarPeople, "Musical Atrocities and Eccentrics, 1926-52," and New Music on the Mountain
John Zorn's Painkiller and the Denison/Kimball Trio rewrite the rules of jazz