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News, Feature HSBG Preview: Pokey LaFarge

HSBG Preview: Pokey LaFarge

Though he's only made albums for the past 10 years, Pokey LaFarge mines a wayback sound that feels much older. Some may call it retro, while others might deem it old-timey, but neither of these quite hits the mark. There's…
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Music, Hear This Hear This: Rising Appalachia at GAMH

Hear This: Rising Appalachia at GAMH

Rising Appalachia’s singing sisters Chloe Smith and Leah Song dig into the mountain string band traditions with a 21st century pickaxe. Think Gaia hippie love meets conscious hip-hop meets modern primitivism. Releasing a half-dozen albums and globetrotting for years on…
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Music, Hear This Hear This: Tim Berne's Snakeoil at 2133 University Avenue

Hear This: Tim Berne's Snakeoil at 2133 University Avenue

Veteran New York City saxophonist Tim Berne plays a mystical kind of avant-garde jazz that aims to transport listeners to uncharted soundscapes. Channeling the massive power, geometric shape-shifting, and pan-cultural fusion of avant-garde pioneers like Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, and…
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Music, Hear This T Sisters: Show Preview

T Sisters: Show Preview

Oakland's T Sisters mine a vocal tradition that likely dates from the earliest campfire jams: sibling song-making. From first-wave country superstars the Carter Family to bluegrass pioneers the Monroe Brothers, folk music's legendary heroes have often taken advantage of the…
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Music, Hear This Daniel Lanois: Show Preview

Daniel Lanois: Show Preview

Daniel Lanois is best known as a world-class producer. His credits include pop-progressive luminaries (U2, Peter Gabriel) and Americana masters (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris). Given this stylistic range, one might expect the Canadian musician's latest album, Flesh and…
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Music, Hear This Shovels & Rope: Show Preview

Shovels & Rope: Show Preview

It's disconcerting when you realize one of your favorite folk rock bands — let's say, Charleston duo Shovels & Rope — is hardcore Christian. At first glance, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst come across as a lovable pair of…
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Music, Woodland Creatures: Identifying the Various Musical Species at This Year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Woodland Creatures: Identifying the Various Musical Species at This Year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman has sadly been gone for three years, but his epic gift to the city of San Francisco continues to thrive. This annual free festival in Golden Gate Park draws roughly half a million concertgoers…
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Music, Hear This Myra Melford: Show Preview

Myra Melford: Show Preview

There's epic adventure in the works in Oakland this weekend with two consecutive nights of world-class jazz improvisation. First up: drummer Han Bennink, Dutch pioneer of the "free music" movement of the 1960s, and celebrated pianist Myra Melford, a 2013…
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Music, Hear This The Devil Makes Three: Show Preview

The Devil Makes Three: Show Preview

The Devil Makes Three has come a long way from its early days as a U.C. Santa Cruz party band. A half-dozen albums and a decade of touring have led to near-mainstream success for this dirty roots string trio. Its…
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Music, Big Family, Local Roots: The Brothers Comatose on the Realities of Touring

Big Family, Local Roots: The Brothers Comatose on the Realities of Touring

San Francisco's grooviest folk-roots combo the Brothers Comatose is among a handful of local bands playing this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. With a pair of tuneful albums, a YouTube channel with nearly four dozen videos, and a feverish Bay…
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Music, Hear This Satoko Fujii: Show Preview

Satoko Fujii: Show Preview

Pianist Satoko Fujii embodies the concept of jazz as an international language like few other contemporary composer-improvisers. Half the musicians in her new quartet, Kaze, hail from Japan, while the other two come from France. The instrumentation is unusual as…
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Music, All Shook Down Robert Plant and Grace Potter Seduce the Greek Theatre, 6/29/13

Robert Plant and Grace Potter Seduce the Greek Theatre, 6/29/13

Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters Grace Potter and the Nocturnals June 29, 2013 Greek Theatre, Berkeley Better than:Playing those scratchy old Zeppelin records. Grace Potter says the most star-struck moment of her life was when she first met…
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Music, All Shook Down Old Crow Medicine Show Does Roots Music Right at the Warfield, 6/27/13

Old Crow Medicine Show Does Roots Music Right at the Warfield, 6/27/13

Old Crow Medicine Show Dale Watson June 27, 2013 The Warfield Better than: Anything CMA-endorsed. Modern country music sucks. That's the sad truth. On a good day, you might get almost-catchy pop songs with the slightest twang. More often, contemporary…
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Music, Hear This Mt. Tam Jam: Show Preview

Mt. Tam Jam: Show Preview

The Mt. Tam Jam brings live music to Mt. Tamalpais's century-old amphitheater for the first time since the Summer of Love. Back then, it was a hippie-art freakout with the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and Captain Beefheart. Now, it's gonna be…
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Music, The Pine Box Boys Celebrate 10 Years of Bloody Bluegrass

The Pine Box Boys Celebrate 10 Years of Bloody Bluegrass

Light acoustic music with ties to bluegrass, country, old-time, and folk is more popular than ever in indie circles. But the flipside of this trend is far more compelling. In San Francisco, the leaders of the darker, rowdier, underground acoustic…
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Music, Hear This Skatalites: Show Preview

Skatalites: Show Preview

During the revolutionary '60s, the Skatalites first proselytized "Freedom Sound," a positive-vibration combo of groovy beats, soulful horns, and improvised solos. Their breezy international approach to dance music fused island sounds like calypso with American R&B. Hardcore Bob Marley fans…
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Music, All Shook Down Greensky Bluegrass and Sam Bush Jam Out at the Fillmore, 3/15/13

Greensky Bluegrass and Sam Bush Jam Out at the Fillmore, 3/15/13

Greensky Bluegrass with Sam Bush Friday, March 15, 2013 The Fillmore Better than: Knocking around a hacky sack in Golden Gate Park. Greensky Bluegrass is one of the nation's leading newgrass bands. What's that mean? Essentially, they bring world-class musicianship…
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Music, Hear This Greensky Bluegrass: Show Preview

Greensky Bluegrass: Show Preview

The name says a lot: Greensky Bluegrass. So sky is the limit when floating on clouds of intricate melodies, strings, and more strings. We're talking banjo, mandolin, dobro, upright bass, and acoustic guitar with earnest, laid-back vocals. Ten-minute jams speak…
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Calendar, Night&Day Local and Vocal

Local and Vocal

One-of-a-kind string ensemble Kronos Quartet celebrates the global infusion of San Francisco culture in Listen Local, a program of dynamic new works by the city’s top composers, including Nathaniel Stookey, Dan Becker, Stephen Prutsman, and notably, Pamela Z, a fearless…
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Music, All Shook Down Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Lead a Rock 'n' Roll Revival at the Fox, 11/3/12

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Lead a Rock 'n' Roll Revival at the Fox, 11/3/12

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: Believing rock is dead. Grace Potter is an old-school rockstar. With golden locks veiling her eyes and mile-long thighs in leather short-short shorts, she calls to…
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