Get ready, this week's edition of Signal to Noise packs a bit of a punch. Not content with our usual format, Bus Station John decided to send over a list of his five favorite female divas (plus a little bonus pick you'll need to scroll through to the end to see). Why all the extras? Well, it boils d ... More >>
With a record-collecting father and a Studio 54-era disco queen mother, DJ Chucky Brown had a musically rich childhood. Originally an NYC native, he frequented fixtures of the early '90s dance scene such as the Paladium and Danceteria, and began his DJ career by leveraging the vast collection of vin ... More >>
Today is officially Jimi Hendrix-Winterland Day in San Francisco, which is a fine excuse to soundtrack the rest of your afternoon with a dose of Hendrix's classic guitar grooves. But beyond the deceased guitarist's own oeuvre, his music has received a second life as the sample source for a f ... More >>
Kreashawyn's "Gucci Gucci" is blowing up. The video to the song from the Bay Area-raised female rapper, which features cameos from members of Odd Future, is on track to top over a million YouTube views since its release last week. It's a high point in Kreashawyn's short career so far, as she attempt ... More >>
Guess one man really shouldn't have all that power.If you're wondering why twenty-somethings all over the city are sulking and moping their way through today, it's because they hesitated to buy tickets for yearly Coachella music festival and yesterday it sold out, denying them an opportunity to s ... More >>
You trust this guy's opinion about headphones?It's CES time again, that once-a-year event when every consumer tech company that you have (and haven't) heard of flocks to Las Vegas to reveal this year's lineup of middling products they're sure will drive profit margins up. And, building on re ... More >>
Sugar and Gold has been giving retro-futurist pop a funky home in San Francisco for over five years now. The upbeat tunes that comprise the quintet's repertoire epitomize the "free love"/"if it feels good, do it" nature of our city. Now, three years after the release of Sugar and Gold's sultry, s ... More >>
It's Up to Q: Quincy Jones From NYC tipsite Idolater comes this interesting tidbit (thanks to SFW Music Editress Jen Maerz for passing it on): One day after Vibe magazine announced 50 employees would be laid off and print operations would cease, founder (and Michael Jackson producer) Quincy ... More >>
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An East Bay filmmaker documents the life of Invisible Man author Ralph Ellison
British duo Zero 7 rode its chill vibe to the top of the U.K. charts. But will its mellow electronica play in America?
Holiday Event Lisitngs
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Billy Nayer Show, Brendan Perry, and more
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