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
A contemporary of fellow underground hip-hoppers Zion I and Crown City Rockers, Bay Area crew Psychokinetics has been rocking stages and dropping eclectic sounds for a solid decade. Filled with guest spots from members of those outfits and other luminaries, the group's sophomore full-length forgoes past experiments with drum 'n' bass and downtempo to embrace more straightforward beats while retaining a sense of adventurousness. After the electro thump of opening dance-floor affirmation "Feeldismusik," MCs Spidey and Celsius 7 thread together cerebral battle rhymes, social commentary, and soul-searching introspection over several tunes with a late-night, freestyle-cipher vibe. The album's energy level spikes midway through with "Approach," a track that creatively grafts the opening guitar from AC/DC's "For Those About to Rock" onto a pulsing keyboard bass line and the rappers' infectious, singsong delivery. Principal producers DJ Denizen and the Vapor Child maintain the momentum through the funk-laced beats of "Disky Refund," but it's the MCs' vivid storytelling and self-deprecating pickup-line duel on the equally bumping "Done" that makes for entertaining repeat listens. Even if things get too sensitive and syrupy on the confessional closer, "Under the Sun," Seven League Boots spotlights Psychokinetics as yet another local product the bay can be proud to call its own.
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.'"