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 >>
San Francisco Electronic Music Festival Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 Brava Theater Better than: Front 242. The last night of the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival featured two openers sourced from the Mills College electronic music department, Chuck Johnson and James Fei, before main attraction Neg ... More >>
The ethics of consent is becoming a hot, vital topic of discussion in alternative sexuality communities. While talking about consent is something that never quite goes away, especially in BDSM communities, a lot of the dialogue doesn't stray much beyond making sure that everyone is over 18 and kn ... More >>
From Seventeen Evergreen's "Polarity Song" video. Ah, the music video: In three decades, these modest clips went from insider promo tool, to prime-time TV staple, to Internet meme-generator. And despite all the online noise and bustle of 2011, a good music video is still a fantastic way to gr ... More >>
A summer reading list should be about more than Steven King and Jackie Collins. The Bay Area's growing canon of local music history books takes many twists and turns beyond straight-up non-fiction narratives, including even poetry and cookbooks. Not only is this collection of titles a wide-rangin ... More >>
Oakland's Hottub's got its start rather randomly three years ago, and has quickly formed into one of the Bay Area's biggest draws. Although the press occasionally mistakenly tags the band as an all-girl group, the female MC's of Hottub--Nicole Feliciano (aka CoCo Machete), Amber Griffin-Royal (ak ... More >>
Four Electronic Pieces, 1959-1966 (Sub Rosa)
Local albums you may have missed. This week: computer-music master Chris Brown's Talking Drum.
Americana/Folk/Country DJ/Turntablist Electro/Electronic/Experimental Hard Rock Hip Hop Indie Rock/Noise Pop Jazz Soul/R&B World Music Music Video
What the Bay Area's world-class improvisational music scene is doing to put more butts in the seats
Mills' passel of playful art
Unmarketable inventions, often called orphan technology, are generally considered useless. Paul DeMarinis considers them precursors to art.
For All Time
Our critics weigh in on local theatre
Walking in a hellish Santaland
"I haven't made out with anybody in 36 hours!"
Other Minds' Eyes & Ears film festival
A photographer turns common objects -- shark teeth, human organs, onions -- into art using high technology
Caveh Zahedi, who is making a video diary of his life, thinks even driving to the bank can be art
Barbatrulos (Freedom From)
Ethan Iverson and Scott Amendola
Bay Area electronic musicians have finally decided to hold a festival for their work. Forget the dancing shoes.
Douglas Ewart's "3 on 3 Music Is the Game"
Creatingmusic.com, "Silver Apples," and Morton Subotnick
Glenn Spearman Music Festival
A guide to the explosive new avant-jazz scene
The Rova Saxophone Quartet blows hard and dense
The Hub, the world's first computer network band, trailblazes the field of making music on -- and with -- computers