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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Is San Francisco's Music Scene Doomed?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

click to enlarge John Vanderslice owns Tiny Telephone Studios in the Mission but is building a new studio in Oakland. He says Tiny Telephone will eventually get pushed out of S.F.
  • John Vanderslice owns Tiny Telephone Studios in the Mission but is building a new studio in Oakland. He says Tiny Telephone will eventually get pushed out of S.F.

From the latest SF Weekly:

Our cover story: There's a question being asked today in San Francisco, between sets at concerts, between takes in recording studios, and after band practice:

Is the music scene here doomed?

Given this city's storied reputation for music and the arts, it seems inconceivable that it could not have a vibrant scene -- that it wouldn't host experimental jazz jams and scrappy shows from local rock bands, that it won't lure ambitious players from all over the world, that it may no longer launch artists into the upper echelons of the music industry.

But then, plenty that once seemed inconceivable in San Francisco has come to pass.... [continue reading]

The Space Lady: Susan Schneider's ethereal synthesizer arias as the Space Lady hearken to distant planets, supernatural planes, and psychedelic journeys. Such phenomena haunt the core of the 66-year-old electronic musician's sound, an aesthetic honed over a lifetime of busking, travel, and isolation. Orbiting the fringes of society, living in caves or hiding from the federal government, Schneider focused more on feeding her family than artistic validation. Now, with an acclaimed reissue of Schneider's sole album, The Space Lady's Greatest Hits, and a first proper tour, she has both. As Schneider says of her life's most important terrestrial locale, "In San Francisco I was acknowledged as the authentic artist I had become without even realizing it. [continue reading]

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and lows from the week in S.F. music.

And we recommend shows!

The Phenomenauts at the New Parish, Saturday, March 15.

Forest Swords with How to Dress Well at the Independent, Monday, March 17.

Cool Ghouls and Cellar Doors at Amnesia, Tuesday, March 11 (and every Tuesday in March)

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