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
It's hard not to admire Riff Raff. The 34-year-old dude — born Horst Christian Simco — grew up in a shitty suburb outside of Houston, the second-oldest of four children in a blue-collar family where his mom worked as aMore >>
"Shibui" is a Japanese word used to describe an aesthetic that is simple and subtle, but at the same time covertly complex, with hidden details and depths. It is also the perfect word to describe Ben Harper's music. On itsMore >>
Remember the claw machine at the pizza parlor? Few things compared to the sheer joy of managing to snatch not one but two prizes with a single play. Well, the Alabama Shakes' upcoming concert at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre mayMore >>
Well, this is one of the better local bills in a long time. French Cassettes, O (f.k.a. Black Cobra Vipers), and Hot Flash Heat Wave represent the best of San Francisco's current indie-rock scene, each occupying slightly different subgenres. TheMore >>
Though they don't exactly sound like Kings of Leon — they have more of a Southern, retro sound — Canadian blues rock sextet The Sheepdogs owe a lot to that band. It was through playing Kings of Leon covers thatMore >>
Fuck being funny. Twenty-one-year-old Lucy Dacus is tired of "feeling like the odd man out" and would rather be "the cute one," "the best dressed," "the smartest," or "the artist." Or so she says in her rough, unpolished, and string-filledMore >>
Vic Mensa is young — 23 — so he's still figuring shit out, namely his musical style. His first two mixtapes, Trap House Rock (2012) and Innateape (2013), are filled with rapid-fire bars over clangy, bass-heavy instrumentals. But his debutMore >>
There are a lot of black female singers whose names start with a K: Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Kelis, Kehlani, Kelela, and Keri Hilson. And then there's K. Michelle. Yes, she sings lovelorn R&B songs like the others do andMore >>
It's time to get dirty — old school dirty, that is. Formed in 1977, Dirty Dozen Brass Band is widely lauded for introducing nontraditional sounds — namely funk and R&B — into New Orleans' jazz scene. Not only has theMore >>
The brainchild of Kirkpatrick Thomas and a shifting cast of wildly talented musicians, Spindrift has spent the last two-plus decades as an integral part of the West Coast psychedelic rock scene. Since it formed in 1992, Thomas and company haveMore >>
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.'"