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
If you accidentally came across the video for Little Joy's "Next Time Around" -- grainy Super-8 shots of boys with beards and girls singing in Portuguese -- you might think it captured some long-forgotten band from the '70s. Instead, Little Joy is the latest Strokes offshoot, formed by that group's drummer Fabrizio Moretti, along with Los Hermanos' singer/guitarist Rodrigo Amarante, and Moretti's girlfriend Binki Shapiro. The band began thanks to a chance meeting between Moretti and Amarante at a music fest in Lisbon and then at recording sessions for Devendra Banhart's Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, which led to recording sessions and the eventual release of last year's eponymous disc on Rough Trade. Much like the video, Little Joy sounds like it's from an earlier era, full of the same kind of boozy singing and breezy melodies as Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime." Amarante mumbles in a mushyheaded voice that's similar to the Strokes' Julian Casablancas, but Little Joy's music is far mellower, full of bossa nova rhythms and Shapiro's occasional sweet crooning. As Jack Dishel -- Moretti's replacement for this tour while he records with the Strokes -- says, Little Joy plays "sweet ball breeze music" which is "what you hear when you're on the beach with your shorts open, trying to figure out what went wrong in the city." Well put.
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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.'"