Whether you preferred the dancefloor at Mighty, the plush environs of Bimbo's 365 Club, or the dewy late-night fields of Outside Lands, there were plenty of great concerts in San Francisco and the Bay Area in 2012. We reviewed many of them, from "secret" shows at semi-legal clubs to sprawling, three ... More >>
As a Filipino kid growing up in the Bay Area during the '80s, Marky Enriquez, aka Proof, was intent on being part of the region's famed mobile DJ scene, where breakdancers and DJs competed for notoriety at every party. Upon discovering that he couldn't quite master the moves, he found his talents be ... More >>
It was around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night at Outside Lands, when Stevie Wonder and his band went into "Living For the City," that the festival's reverence for the past became most painful.
Over on the Twin Peaks stage, Skrillex, the black-clad millionare monster at the top of EDM food chain, was just ... More >>
Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012
Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco
Stevie Wonder, in theory, is an American artistic treasure. He's more than our Beatles or Rolling Stones; he's our Dickens or Dalí: a figure of impassable recognition, discussion, talent, love, and national pride. In theory. ... More >>
Scheduling a festival like Outside Lands is never easy -- there's always going to be some fans who want to see two acts that happen to be playing at the same time. But judging by the set times released today, festival organizers have done a pretty decent job of minimizing the conflicts. As we wrote ... More >>
So, 2 Chainz and Kanye West just saw fit to join forces to write a birthday song. Called "Birthday Song". What the ball-sack were they even thinking? It's a well known fact that there are only three birthday-related songs in the history of music that are actually good. One is Loretta Lynn's "Happy B ... More >>
Oh, the hallowed and hyped Superbowl halftime show. This Sunday, we will bear witness to the unholy alliance of Madonna, M.I.A., and Nicki Minaj performing together, which will be -- well, beyond interesting, we're not quite sure. Sometimes, though, the stars align and something truly magical hap ... More >>
Establishing his career in the days of the 8-track, New York producer and selector DJ Spinna rose to fame during the height of the '90s golden era of hip-hop. Working with artists like Mos Def and Pharoahe Monch, he not only cemented his presence as a producer, but also gained renown as a DJ ... More >>
DJ Spinna plays Wonder-Full this Saturday at Mezzanine
Following in the fashion of every other weekend for the past couple months, this weekend offers a diverse and excellent grouping of parties that ought to cater to just about everyone's tastes. Read on, your weekend awaits.
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Funny thing about Drake: I'm forced to care. This goes beyond my duties as a music writer; rap now is in a state where someone like Drake or Rick Ross becomes the sun and everyone surrounding becomes an orbiting satellite. I'm a huge fan of co-Money Youngins Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, and I ... More >>
Since you've been living under a rock (or maybe you just bought a Pet Rock and think it's really distractingly cool), we wish to remind you that tomorrow night is SF Weekly's All Shook Down Music Fest at the Regency Ballroom. It's not too late to snag a ticket and catch some great entertainme ... More >>
Trevor TraynorThe easiest way to recognize local rapper Richie Cunning in a crowded room is by the Giants hat he's probably wearing. Born and raised in San Francisco, Cunning often raps about the city he calls home, the city he loves.
In a few weeks, he'll be spitting rhymes at SF Weekly's A ... More >>
Jacobo "DJ Hakobo" Juarez began his DJ career 13 years ago, performing at Berkeley house parties. Love for a large variety of music has been a prime motivator throughout his career: He was a promotional pioneer in San Francisco's party scene and now owns and operates Som Bar. Below, he discusses ... More >>
Claire Marie VogelWhat's it like to see the world through the eyes of a touring musician? Probably largely the same as seeing the world through the eyes of a touring non-musician, unless we're talking about Stevie Wonder or something, but why would you even say such a thing? Too soon. For al ... More >>
Coda, the upscale Mission music venue and restaurant that's played host to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Liz Phair, and some of the city's best jazz musicians, will close its doors Dec. 31, a victim of the tough economic times.Coda replaced Levende Lounge at 1710 Mission St., opening its doors on A ... More >>
Neil Young.We missed Neil Young's benefit show for the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Nob Hill Masonic Center Wednesday night, which was too bad: Among others, Stevie Wonder, Will.I.am, Joe Montana, Colin Powell, and, of course, performers Neil Young and Joanna Newsom showed up. The event ra ... More >>
Bill EvansJazz Mafia, with Adam Theis front and center.Tonight at Mezzanine, Jazz Mafia celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a special concert featuring rappers Lyrics Born and Lateef (as Latyrx). Jazz Mafia was founded in San Francisco a decade ago by composer and multi-instrumentalist Adam T ... More >>