There's a glorious sense of mystery, a rightfully rarefied air, reserved for the masters of American soul. It's not just that the genre is called "soul," although that's got to be part of it. The greats of the music are held in special regard because playing soul well is something akin to magic, a l ... More >>
This Week: Cruise down McLemore Avenue with Booker T. & the MGsBehind the buzz: Loosened from Stax Records' leaky grip by the recent avalanche of Beatles-related reissues is this 1970 reconfiguration of Abbey Road. As leader of the house band for the Memphis soul giant, Booker T. Jones wa ... More >>
Mission-based indie rock band Upstairs Downstairs juxtaposes dark, atmospheric lyrics with lush folk-pop melodies, crafting the perfect soundtrack for foggy, rainy days in the city. The year-old act will be recording its first EP this December. Title pending, the disc will be a collection of cu ... More >>
Sonny Smith pens intriguing tales of his city
ASCAP's legal threats kill a thriving local music scene
Harold Ray doesn't exist. But he and his band are one of S.F.'s best live acts.
The Rova Saxophone Quartet once again honors the freewheeling spirit of Bay Area jazz improvisers