Sparks Tuesday, April 9, 2013 The Chapel Better than: Going all the way to Coachella to see them! If you don't know about Sparks, here are the essentials: - The band is led by the two Mael brothers. Ronald on keyboards and Russell on vocals. - They have been around for 40 years and have released 2 ... More >>
Thirty years ago today, Sony unveiled the first commercially available compact disc, Billie Joel's 52nd Street, designed for the Sony CD-101P, the first commercially available CD player. Since then, compact discs have grown from audiophile specialty to world-ruling music format to anachronistic punc ... More >>
From this week's Bouncer column: I'm the only person I know who didn't get into The Wire or Treme, shows that have been dubbed "city symphonies." They remind me of donuts, which are my least favorite food, despite their amazing ingredients -- bread, sugar, and fat. These shows have great ac ... More >>
Eric SungNew music ensemble REDSHIFTClassical music is dying, woe, woe. We've heard the dirge so many times, but nobody seems to know exactly where all the classically trained, tux-adorned musicians are going. They aren't completely extinct yet. Instead of dying out, it seems that this endangered ... More >>
Let's play Tetris. Wolfgang Gartner April 7, 2011 @ Ruby Skye Better than: Sitting through an interpretive dance ceremony.How many elbows to the head would you take to catch your favorite artist? If your answer is fewer than ten, then you might not have made it to see electro- ... 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 >>
Wes RoweBased on the buzz around Sugar and Gold, it's no surprise that they hail from a city that enjoys all things fabulous: ours. Their sophomore release Get Wet! is disco-pop perfect for this summer's parties. Disco-synth inspired tracks like "Feels like Fire" and "Stay Soft" are guaranteed to ... More >>
New York's Vulture blog recently posted a link to the music Carl Sagan helped provide for robotic probes Voyager 1 and 2 back in the early days of space exploration. According to Lapham's Quarterly, Sagan was part of a curatorial crew that etched a soundtrack perfect for galaxy viewing into a "12-in ... More >>
Zoe KeatingThe Bay Area is at the center of one of the most radical movements in music these days: the joyful destruction of the boundary between so-called "classical" music and "popular" music. The two worlds have been cross-fertilizing for years -- see Lou Reed and John Cale hanging with minima ... More >>
Brothers Anton and Lewis Patzner of Judgment Day got their start playing together on the streets of Oakland back in 2002. Highlighting heavily the fact that there are no guitars in Judgment Day, they are a trio of violin (Anton), cello (Lewis) and drummer John Bush. Playing what they call "stri ... More >>
Being a cheapskate is easy in this city -- there's plenty of culture to be had for less than the price of a fancy farmer's market cocktail. Below, our picks for a low-budget weekend.Dead Meadow at McLaren Park on SaturdayHex Dispensers @ Annie's (Friday) Loud, fast, and macabre: That seems to be the ... More >>
Stuck for ideas? These events should keep you busy till Christmas.
Ed Harris cuts loose in Copying Beethoven, but a poorly composed script lets him down
As the San Francisco Conservatory of Music moves to fancy new digs, its students struggle with a shrinking professional marketplace.
What the Bay Area's world-class improvisational music scene is doing to put more butts in the seats
Desert Island Jazz
Stretching Beethoven's Ninth Symphony into a 24-hour experience
Deborah Hayden's new book, Pox, pulls the covers off famous people with syphilis. That's right: syphilis.
The Cypress String Quartet explores modern classical traditions
Stinky's Peep Show Four-Year Anniversary; The Gossip; "Live From the 215"
Thanks to the sound library, background music is coming to the forefront
Letters from September 27, 2000
Compared to the original, the new Fantasia is funnier, with fewer scary patches.
Gianni Gebbia's out-there saxophone mastery masks a deep and surprising respect for all musical genres
Kronos Quartet blends history, cultures, and classical music
The Hub, the world's first computer network band, trailblazes the field of making music on -- and with -- computers