Popular, influential, and cult musicians come through San Francisco every day. But it isn't every day when an event comes along that you know will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and serve a good cause. On Monday, Philip Glass' Days and Nights Festival and local promoter (((folkYEAH!))) presen ... More >>
Sure, I heard bad things about MDNA, but when's the last time critics actually jumped for Madonna? In the pre-"poptimist" era of 1999, with Ray of Light, I'm pretty sure. Music was a billion times better, and the oft-cited failure American Life is actually pretty strange and fun (vocoder and rapp ... More >>
Listen to this while high: Vex Ruffin's Crash Course EPBehind the buzz: Vex Ruffin is the next whiz kid out of L.A.'s celebrated Stones Throw Records, signed after an unsolicited demo and now being touted as a split of the considerable difference between Ruff Ryders and The Cure. Such flacker ... More >>
What pisses me off is not that Lou Reed is collaborating with one of the more overrated bands of my lifetime, or doing his batshit Lou Reed thing (I rather enjoy his batshit Lou Reed thing) -- it's that he hasn't made a normal record since Ecstasy, one of my favorites of that year. Animal Se ... More >>
Erika M. Anderson You could call the sound recordings that Erika M. Anderson makes "music" -- they bear a fair resemblance to some of the more creative strains of indie rock -- but even she's not sure that's what her sound art is. And that disregard for the rules of pop music may be the best ... More >>
Adam Turner/WikimediaGil Scott-Heron at SF's Regency Ballroom in 2009 Poet, author, proto-rapper and political soul/jazz singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron died Friday, May 27 at the age of 62. The cause of death has not been confirmed as of press time, but the BBC has reported that he had fal ... More >>
Their flower power is no match for my glower power After a decade or so ensconced in Montreal's honor-festooned indie rock scene, including stints with The Dears and The Social Register, Jonathan Cohen started his own eponymous collective. Not that "The Jon Cohen Experimental" should conjure ... More >>
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 >>
Music takes the stage at the Film Fest.
Stuck for ideas? These events should keep you busy till Christmas.
Datarock's cheeky dance-floor heatwave
Dropping names for the sake of art
A monthlong celebration of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora
What does an androgynous New York City cabaret singer have in common with the burgeoning freak-folk movement?
A choreographed weaving of music and words with slow-motion gesture
Pressed fairies, effete torch singers, and highly techy pop acts
Gogol Bordello's debauched Gypsy ferocities, and the Transcinema Festival's mind-altering new media
An Exit Theatre festival pays tribute to the classic prima donnas of song
With synth pop and agitprop, Memory Systems imagines a post-futuristic world
Room evokes Virginia Woolf -- and any author struggling to create
Insomniac authors, poignant performance artists, and Viennese lounge lizards.
Teutonic new wave, Dutch sample-pop, junkyard blues, and snarling post-punk
Funnyhouse of a Negro & Virtual Motion
S.F.'s Other Minds Festival continues to blur the boundaries of modern composition
Jim Ryan's experimental jazz and the Boom Boom Room mural controversy part II
Performance artist Laurie Anderson puts a modern musical spin on a classic American novel
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
Amy X Neuburg & Men commandeer the technology of the future to leap headlong into ... the past