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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Why It Matters If S.F. Loses Its Musicians

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge The loss of a vibrant art scene threatens to turn the city into a museum piece. - PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY AUDREY FUKUMAN
  • Photo illustration by Audrey Fukuman
  • The loss of a vibrant art scene threatens to turn the city into a museum piece.

From the latest SF Weekly:

Tour of Venice: As we debate the struggles of musicians and artists in San Francisco, one question frequently arises: Why does it matter if many of them leave for the East Bay? They'll still be more or less "here," as opposed to the bigger loss of them departing for L.A. or elsewhere. Is it really such a bad thing if working musicians can't afford to live in S.F. anymore, as long as they stay in the Bay Area? Does the city really lose? [continue reading]

Gather 'Round the Vinyl: In the center of René de Guzman's office at Oakland Museum of California, stacks of exhibition catalogs and trade journals form an improvised table. Crates of records rest nearby, with jackets jutting out at odd angles like the haggard shared collection in a party house living room. The haphazard ephemera and vinyl seem to clash with the title "senior museum curator," but Guzman's lack of preciousness towards his media is telling. He describes the Oakland Museum's upcoming exhibition, "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records," not as a lofty, rarefied cult of object-worshippers congratulating themselves, but as an endeavor to build community and relationships. "The turntable and the record is the fire around which we gather," he says from across the magazine plateau. "It attaches to a basic, primordial need." [continue reading]

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

Hidden Agenda: Small, weird performances and events to check out this week, chosen by Sam Lefebvre

And we recommend shows!

Mogwai at the Regency Ballroom on Friday, April 18!

Tinariwen at the Nourse Theater on Saturday, April 19!

Dillinger Escape Plan at DNA Lounge on Wednesday, April 23!

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