From piano to xylophone, Bay Area-based house DJ Ron Reeser has dabbled in music since he was seven years old. As a teenager, he frequented clubs like DV8 and the Sound Factory, and was inspired to start his own musical career upon seeing the captivating power that kick-drums and melodic progression ... More >>
Hey, so remember how Grammy-winning rapper 2 Chainz was robbed at gunpoint in SOMA on Sunday, hours before going onstage at KMEL Summer Jam? Yeah, it really happened. And now, TMZ has posted a nutso video -- two nutso videos, actually -- of the deed going down in the 800 block of Howard Street. It s ... More >>
Greensky Bluegrass with Sam Bush Friday, March 15, 2013 The Fillmore Better than: Knocking around a hacky sack in Golden Gate Park. Greensky Bluegrass is one of the nation's leading newgrass bands. What's that mean? Essentially, they bring world-class musicianship to old-school hippie-rock jams. T ... More >>
Swedish House Mafia remade rave music in rock's image — and got America listening.
It's a well-known fact that the worst time of year for music is Christmas. Christmas songs, by and large, stink to high heaven. They reek of sleigh bells and Santa references and tree dressing and mistletoe. They are overly sentimental and frequently border on sickly. Occasionally, however, there co ... More >>
In his 15-year career, Los Angeles-based DJ and producer Dave Audé has made 80 No. 1 Billboard dance hits, including remixes of pop stars such as Madonna and Rihanna, as well as bands like Korn. Nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for his remix of Dean Coleman's "I Want You," Audé's extensive resume al ... More >>
The Avett Brothers Jackie Greene June 23, 2012 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley Better than: Nearly every other folk-rock family act you'll see this year. North Carolina's Avett Brothers, arguably the most ubiquitous folk rock act in the country right now, kicked off the Greek Theatre's summer season o ... More >>
Calle 13 Bang Data Saturday, May 12, 2012 Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: Watching Pitbull, another short, bald dude with Caribbean roots, try to rap. Puerto Rico natives, Calle 13 (pronounced Kah-yeh-trehs-seh), are most recognized for their 2005 dance anthem "Atrevete-te-te." The song enti ... More >>
See also: * The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians, Nos. 20 to 16 Here we are with the second installment of our list of the 20 greatest San Francisco musicians ever. (If you missed yesterday's first edition, check it out here.) Note that to qualify for this list, artists had to have a strong ... More >>
Ani DiFranco on Rush Limbaugh, Protest Songs, and Being a Mom
If you thought Ani DiFranco has mellowed out and gone away just because she got all jazzy, became a mom, and won a Grammy for Best Recording Package, then you haven't heard ¿Which Side Are You On?, her best and most politically-charged album in many a year. In conversation she's no less artfully ... More >>
So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>
A-Trak is one of the world's most effective musical tastemakers. These days, the Montreal-born DJ and producer is part of the braintrust behind the Fool's Gold label, which has a proven record of picking up artists like Danny Brown, The Cool Kids, and Kid Sister long before larger labels show intere ... More >>
Jim-E Stack plays Monarch on Friday We're not going to lie: Christmas exacts a heavy toll on San Francisco nightlife. The weekend of Dec. 23-25 is pretty much the only no man's land in the world of local partying. Even still, the city offers quite a few choices for those of you that find you ... More >>
TrainFrom SF Weekly's latest print edition: Derail the Train: You know the song. You'd recognize it from the gently rolling piano chords that start it off, or the opening lyric -- "Now that she's back in the atmosphere/ With drops of Jupiter in her hair," sung in Pat Monahan's signature nasa ... More >>
Beloved English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died in her London home on Saturday at the age of 27. Police have not yet determined the cause of death, but several outlets have reported that there were no signs of foul play. Winehouse enjoyed a brutally short legacy akin to that of several ... More >>
Good evening, Mr. BondBritish composer John Barry has died at age 77 of a heart attack, leaving behind three ex-wives and a widow, four Grammys, a few Oscars, an Order of the British Empire, and -- most importantly -- a wealth of lush, evocative film scores. You'd surely recognize his work from t ... More >>
Cedric AngelesVieux Farka TouréThe nonprofit SFJAZZ announced its lineup today for the 28th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, which runs from September 14 to November 20. Tickets go on sale Sunday, July 11, and prices vary for each concert. Highlights include:Taj Mahal, Toumani Diabaté and Vi ... More >>
Metallica December 12, 2009 HP Pavilion At San Jose Better than: Getting drunk with your boss at the office holiday party. Still alive and kicking out the jams more than a quarter of a century after making Kill 'Em All, Metallica doesn't really have anything left to prove. The band members are ... More >>
New Year's Eve options abound for both champagne and beer budgets.
Retro Chic: Raphael Saadiq November 18th will be a homecoming of sorts for Oakland native Raphael Saadiq. Ray Ray, as he is known, is arguably the most prolific and talented male soul/R&B artist around today--equally seasoned at singing, playing several instruments, and producing. Saadiq has ... More >>
Zap Mama The headliners for this weekend's Outside Lands festival--Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band, Black Eyed Peas, Thievery Corporation, Tenacious D, and M.I.A.--need little introduction. But what about the undercard? One of the coolest things about this event is the sheer number of acts play ... More >>
Todays R&B is pure garbage.
Vintage winners immortalized
Outsider artists scream "Death to Electric Guitars!"; neo-burlesque's best step into Broad Daylight.
Seeking an experienced live band? The Blind Boys of Alabama boast 60+ years of show-stopping soul.
Politics of the Business
Trumpeter Nicholas Payton gives Louis Armstrong a vivacious overhaul
Saxophonist Joe Lovano's tribute to 52nd Street swing and bop.
Blue is the color of my true love's head
Reality Check; "Tribute to William Shatner"; Urban Iditarod; Thor
Stinky's Peep Show Four-Year Anniversary; The Gossip; "Live From the 215"