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 >>
By WILL BUTLER Meet Snowboarder, the left-field, secret side project just unveiled by Jason Kick of S.F. synth-shredders Maus Haus. It's loud, buzzy, and carefree -- like Maus Haus -- but it's far more hectic: Imagine the Fresh & Onlys on a bender in a German industrial club at 10 a.m. on a snowy S ... More >>
Having already established that official Olympics anthems are often tours de merde -- a reality that British maximalists Muse did more than their share to demonstrate with this year's contribution -- we'd all but given up hope for good tunes to soundtrack the sweat, tears, heartbreak, and triumph o ... More >>
Naytronix is the solo project of Nate Brenner, best known as being the bassist of Oakland art-pop heroes tUnE-yArDs. We've gushed previously about the freaky electro of Naytronix's first EP, which came out this spring, and here is a new video for "Robot," the first single off Brenner's solo debut, D ... More >>
As Memorial Day approaches, so does the extended pleasure of a three-day weekend. While it might be tempting to turn off your phone and barbecue straight from Friday to Monday, we strongly urge you to look over this short list before checking out completely. Read on -- your weekend awaits. Friday, ... More >>
While previous diagnoses of the death of disco have come off as somewhat premature in the wake of countless rivals, it now seems we're a step closer to a definite end. Donna Summer, the vocalist known as the "queen of disco," has died of cancer at the age of 63. A five-time Grammy award winner, her ... More >>
San Francisco hasn't exactly been a hotbed of activity for cutting-edge dance music in the past 10 years. The city still has a ways to go, but the past year or so has seen the rise of a crop of producers that are breathing new life into the Bay Area music scene. Here are 10 tracks from local produce ... More >>
Casual For his latest project, the Oakland-raised rapper Casual has anointed himself a rap god. It's a lofty and arrogant title, but one that the Hieroglyphics crew's undisputed battle champ has earned the right to coin, having now clocked up a near-20-year recorded career with new album He T ... More >>
Julio Bashmore killed it in '11 It's been a good year for dance music in the Bay Area. Last week, we took a look at the 10 best releases from local producers. This week, we've turned our attention towards the year's biggest dance tracks. These are the tunes that have kept San Francisco's mos ... More >>
Last night, as I put our 23-month-old twins to bed and flipped on A Child's Gift of Lullabies, or Sleepytime Lullabies, or Sing Me to Sleep, or Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Fat Joe, or Baby's Dental Drill from the Pure White Noise series, or whatever the heck CD is sonically drugging ... More >>
Cold Cave at Great American Music Hall last night. Cold Cave Austra July 25, 2011 @ Great American Music Hall Better than: Actually trying to play dance music in a leather jacket and combat boots. The thought of a New York goth electro bedroom project producing a song called "Icons of Summe ... More >>
A proposition: Finding gems of underdogs far down in the CD pile is way more fun than picking the best of anything. Look around at most Top 10 Albums lists this year, and you'll likely be bored by the (admittedly warranted) sameness. Glaze over at our Top 10 soon (there will be some surprises!) but ... More >>
Afrika BambaataaFor those who haven't heard of Afrika Bambaataa, the Godfather of hip-hop, his resume looks something like this: 1969-1971: Warlord, Black Spades, Bronx River Houses, Bronx NY. Responsibilities included: Tagging turf; crossing enemy lines to forge relationships with other gangs ... More >>
How the hipster set learned to shake their skinny jeans.
Luba RonissNastyNastyJasper Reeder is San Francisco lazer-bass aficionado NastyNasty, a vital asset to our city's increasingly vibrant electronic music landscape. He contributes his speaker-wobbling tracks to a handful of labels, including local institution Frite Nite, and can be seen regularly r ... More >>
Jonas ReinhardtThis weekend we suggest you get soaked in the potential sauna of Underground S.F.'s oft-smokin' dancefloor with a handful of disco's most dedicated lovers, and go on a cosmic journey with a few of San Francisco's retro-minded music-makers. Just remember: Having fun is all up to y ... More >>
League510's high-energy, synth-fueled hip-hop.
Nicholas Dawson has been hard at work for over five years on the musical project Bookworms. In that time, Dawson has churned out a couple of EPs and the full-length LP The Hidden Staircase on Solos Records, in addition to remixing local favorites Mi Ami and Lemonade. His style is hard t ... More >>
Trevor TraynorRichie Cunning With SF Popfest firing up this Thursday -- and spring tour season in full-bloom -- show-goers should anticipate plenty of hot opening bands this week. Here are five that deserve a solid effort on your part to get there early. Remember, you'll have the whole summer to ... More >>
Alps of New South Whales @ the Hemlock Australia's Chris Hearn has long made music as Alps, although he's currently going by Alps of New South Whales. The name is a play on the Aussie state of New South Wales, where he's based, and is also the name of his third album. Incidentally, every track o ... More >>
DJ Centipede claims the distinct honor of having really brought down the dance floor. Literally. As the dude tells it, he was DJing a party in Oakland a decade back and the entire floor collapsed from people bouncing on it. Talk about dropping some bass.You can catch Centipede on Tuesdays (when he's ... More >>
Lindstrøm's cosmic aerobics.
You looking for someone to DJ your next dub club night, hip-hop birthday party, or disco bar mitzvah? DJ Romanowski has, oh, 15,000 slabs of vinyl in his collection to choose from. Those records have informed his life not only making and spinning music, but also as a visual artist. He says his libr ... More >>
How musician royalties are being pocketed by SoundExchange
Couture breezes through downtown S.F.
Bobby Conn serves up Serge Gainsbourg by way of Motörhead, all while chastising Dubya
A rap-war documentary, the old new wave, and Gypsy-fied French noir
Cornelius makes his Point, reconfiguring pop in unpredictable ways
Adult.'s dispassionate synth-pop, and Si*Se's diaphanous trip-hop
604 (Emperor Norton)
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With their DMT project, Eddie Def and DJ Cue are trying to rewrite the rules of hip hop
Jonah Sharp, aka Spacetime Continuum, strives to uncover the meeting point of jazz and techno