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
I can't even imagine the confusion during marketing meetings at Yep Roc headquarters as the staff tried to figure out which indie-pop niche to target with The Fast Rise and Fall of the South, the fourth full-length album in six years from North Carolina quintet the Kingsbury Manx: fans of the cosmic Byrdsian revival of Beachwood Sparks and Dios (Malos)? The dusty, skewed rock made by My Morning Jacket, Acetone, Wilco, and Sparklehorse? The oddly charming Brit psych-folk of Donovan, the Kinks, Nick Drake, and early Pink Floyd, as interpreted by Of Montreal and Neutral Milk Hotel? How about every one of them? Because the Manx covers all of that ground and more, and makes a game of Spot the Influences about as challenging as a fishing derby at a trout farm, while adding few new tricks in the process. Over an all-too-familiar arrangement of picked guitar, piano, Hammond organ, and gentle percussion on "Harness and Wheel," singer Bill Taylor coos like David Gilmour; same on both the lazily droning "Greenland" and "Nova." Elsewhere, Taylor gets mega-Tweedy during the sock-hop chamber-pop of "What a Shame" as French horns sound their approval, and invites the spirit of Elliott Smith to possess him on "Snow Angel Dance." South is skillfully recorded and hardly lacking in pleasant melodies, but certainly not distinctive enough to leave much of a dent in your memory banks.
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.'"