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
Though Drunk Horse is often lumped in with the Sabbath-worshipping stoner-rock hordes that the band's original label, Man's Ruin, was responsible for releasing indiscriminately, the Oakland quartet has always genuflected at the altar of ballsy, Southern-fried boogie. Evoking the chugging tempos and muscular six-string heroics of early ZZ Top, Foghat, and more obscure blues-rock bashers like Cactus, the group maintains its reputation as one of the bay's best exponents of guitarcentric mayhem with its fourth album, In Tongues. Where past efforts sometimes drifted into the "riff in search of a song" dilemma so common among bong jockeys, this latest offering serves up the act's most focused batch of tunes yet. The album rarely strays from the furious pace set by the opening track, "Strange Transgressions," a workout that gets pushed into the red by some blinding slide licks from former nine-string guitar wizard for the Fucking Champs Josh Smith. "Self-Help" and "Vatican Shuffle" offer shades of Thin Lizzy thanks to Eli Eckert's vocal swagger and his adroit melodic interplay with second guitarist Joel Robinow. In Tongues brims with the kind of sounds that scientists during the '70s statistically proved would make teenagers drive at unsafe speeds and shotgun beers in 7-Eleven parking lots.
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.'"