Don't discount the power of radio, or at least, don't in Tim Sweeney's case. The New Yorker started Beats in Space, his now famous WNYU radio show, in the late '90s, and has since developed a fanatical global following of dance music aficionados. His weekly broadcasts offer concise snapshots of diff ... More >>
Maybe you've heard about Radio Rewrite? It's the next orchestral piece by Steve Reich and is due to premiere in London next March. With Radio Rewrite, Reich hopes to remake two Radiohead songs. Which begs the perfectly fair question: what makes Reich any different from your housemate's shitty band? ... More >>
The Mountain Goats (John Darnielle, solo) Thursday, June 28, 2012 The Swedish American Hall Better than: A roomful of suicide. Artists who habitually sing about their own (and others') brain troubles are sometimes hard to take, but the Mountain Goats' searching, quietly pained songs have consisten ... More >>
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 >>
Listening to Portland-based producer and DJ Etbonz's live analog sets and cosmic techno jams makes one suspect that he can channel music from the future. As if embarking on a musical space odyssey, Etbonz employs physical synths and sequencers to play a mix of Italo-disco and sci-fi-sounding tracks, ... More >>
Steve Reich's memorial composition WTC 9/11 -- out tomorrow, Sept. 20, on Nonesuch -- starts with the ferocious beeping of a phone left off the hook, doubled by David Harrington, violinist of the Kronos Quartet. Layers of strings pile on, and then: "They came from Boston - Goin' to L.A. - an ... More >>
Composer Steve Reich has retracted the artwork for his new album WTC 9/11, which is scheduled for release this September. The original cover art featured Masatomo Kuriya's infamous photograph of the second plane flying into the World Trade Center on 11 September, 2001. The photo was darkened ... More >>
Barn Owl San Francisco's Barn Owl makes densely layered guitar music that is equal parts heavy and beautiful. Guitarists Jon Porras and Evan K. Caminiti arrived at their textured sound six years ago while students at SF State, munching vegan tofu burritos and taking in music by rock god Neil ... More >>
Jennifer ChaneyAyelet WaldmanNew York Times best-selling author and Berkeley resident Ayelet Waldman released a new book today called Red Hook Road. She and her husband, Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, have been called "a famous- ... More >>
Winni WintermeyerAs one of the founding members of San Francisco's krauty, dubby, polyrhythm-toting Tussle, Nathan Burazer has seen his fair share of musical trends and scenes come and go. And while the expansive instrumental jams his band has continued to write for almost a decade have never bee ... 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 >>
Lindstrøm's cosmic aerobics.
Ghost Rock (Ubiquity)
Terry Riley: The Cusp of Magic (Nonesuch)
Two contemporary music giants descend upon the Bay
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
TAIGA (Thrill Jockey Records)
A haunting mix of Indonesian music and Shakespearean mystery
Q: How is indie darling Sufjan Stevens going to write 50 albums about all 50 states? A: One great record at a time.
DJ Krush lays down the moody beats; "Remember" takes you all the way back to the '70s, for better or worse.
Crimp your hair and borrow your dad's Chevy: You've been invited to Kunst-Stoff's "The Prom"
If six avant-garde musicians get together in an art gallery, does it make a sound? You betcha.
Blectum From Blechdom's fractured electronic universe comes back together -- with a little help from the Olsen twins
Machine Soul: An Odyssey into Electronic Dance Music, Ohm: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music
S.F.'s Other Minds Festival continues to blur the boundaries of modern composition
Creatingmusic.com, "Silver Apples," and Morton Subotnick
From minimalism to Nixon in China to the pop musical, Berkeley composer John Adams has gleefully ignored the boundaries of composition
A decade after their first collaboration, Steve Reich and Kronos Quartet rediscover the art of the ensemble composition
Trailblazing composer Terry Riley still seeks out new sources for improvisation
Stereolab takes a thrift-store approach to Muzak