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Music, BeatBox Toddla T: Show Preview

Toddla T: Show Preview

Hailing from Sheffield, England, Tom "Toddla T" Bell was just 10 years old during the heyday of the breakbeat sound that is part of the foundation of his rhythm, alongside grime, dubstep, garage, electro, and dancehall. Now 26, he has…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Reaffirming the Social Contract at Cotter's Corner

Bouncer: Reaffirming the Social Contract at Cotter's Corner

Cotter's Corner is a dive that sits at the corner of Cotter and Mission streets in the Excelsior. By most accounts, there is never anyone inside, which might explain why the bartender bent over backward to accommodate our party of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stream of Unconscioussness

Stream of Unconscioussness

Be glad you're not inside the comedian's head at “Will Franken: Third Saturday in Extraordinary Time.” It's a vast movie studio lot where thousands of unrelated scenarios play out alongside each other. He guides us through this maze, finding common…
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Music, Hear This Show Preview: Christian Fennesz

Show Preview: Christian Fennesz

Austrian experimental musician Christian Fennesz is the Jimi Hendrix of digitally treated guitars, a master whose instrumental compositions marry faint, glitchy frequencies with harmonic waves that hum, buzz, and swirl. A compositional cousin of Beach Boy Brian Wilson and Brit…
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Music, BeatBox Club preview: Carte Blanche

Club preview: Carte Blanche

Brought together by fate, the Eurostar, and a mutual love of the kickdrum's irresistible pulse, DJ Mehdi and Riton are Carte Blanche, a collaboration in celebration of unadulterated, Chicago-style house music, but with a Continental savoir faire. Capturing the pressurized…
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Music, Hear This Slumberland Records Anniversary

Slumberland Records Anniversary

As Oakland's Slumberland Records continues its 20th anniversary celebrations, it's easy for fans to wax nostalgic about the imprint's influential early catalogue. American fuzz-pop pioneers Velocity Girl, Powderburns, and Black Tambourine staked a claim on territory established by U.K. acts…
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Dining, The Mix

The Mix

There's always something in the air when you step into a hot new bar. It might be excitement, attitude, marijuana smoke, or all three, but at Valencia Street's The Phoenix, the most striking thing is good old-fashioned heat. The place…
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