When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
We've all had that day: the one where you accidentally hit "Reply All" on an email intended for one or get rear-ended as you're backing out of the veterinary clinic where you've just spent your life savings to find out that the results on your cat's blood work are "inconclusive."
There comes a time in many a noise-rock performer's life when he desires to play music somewhat more user-friendly and less confrontational. In 1998, Melvins drummer Dale Crover established the side-project Altamont, taking the lead as guitarist/singer (he also plays bass and drums, on occasion). Monkee's Uncle is Altamont's third release. With frequent, albeit brief, bursts of dissonance, the record is unlikely to reach mainstream radio, but Uncle has potential to warm the hearts of fans of '70s proto-metal. Altamont evokes a less-slick version of Ozzy-era Black Sabbath, mixed with the monolithic riff-driven thwack of early Killing Joke and the ominous melodic quirks of Blue Öyster Cult. To listen to Uncle is to visualize a concert full of stoner hordes pumping their fists along with the strutter "El Stupido" and the sneering adolescent 'tude of "Pedigree." But the record is saved from the "retro metal" tag by its seething psychedelic squall, exemplified by the trippy, fuzz-toned guitar soloing found on "The Bloodening" and Cro- ver's melodious, sardonic singing. Altamont represents a merrily uneasy alliance betwixt headbanging and finesse.
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"