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
With the press release accompanying Heaven's Pregnant Teens painting it as an album of "unrelenting musical psychosis" adding "new dimensions of brutality," I was a bit apprehensive of this latest offering by San Diego hardcore quintet Some Girls (featuring members of the Locust, Give Up the Ghost, and other aggro outfits). Bracing for an eardrum-scraping wall of pain, I was surprised to find the 13 tracks familiarly catchy in an old-school punk manner. Many songs sound akin to something you'd hear while tooling around a mid-'80s thrash pit; "You'll Be Happier With Lower Standards" brought to mind Bad Brains. The standout cut here is a cover: a Flipper-ish take on Public Image Ltd.'s 1978 screed "Religion II." The disc terminates with the relentless nine-minute pummel of "Deathface," at the end of which singer Wesley Eisold yells the word "ape" 177 times. It's compelling at the very least, and not as annoying as you'd think. While Heaven's Pregnant Teens resembles much that has come before, the guys in Some Girls do their thing exceedingly well, and they probably kick unholy butt live. Plus guitarist Charles Rowell has a cool last name.
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.'"