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
Why Jack and Meg chose "Blue Orchid" as the first single from their latest full-length is a bit of a mystery. The song is crammed with unexciting '70s guitar riffage and even less exciting falsetto vocals, devoid of any hooks whatsoever. Fortunately, we only have to sit through less than three minutes of that bland tomfoolery before the beauty of Get Behind Me Satan begins. Heavy on the shakers, pianos, and marimbas, the rest of the record is a colorful hodgepodge of classic rock crooners, '60s soul, and psychedelic folk, with surprises that lie behind every verse and chorus -- evil guitar stabs at odd intervals, sparse minor-key piano lines when you're expecting quiet and pretty. The title's mention of the prince of darkness is certainly apt here, as Jack's voice throughout sounds like he's just committed some primal sinning. Despite the different instrumentation, the record possesses the sonic fingerprints we've come to expect from the band: Meg's loud, sloppy drumming and Jack's bluesy phrasings. But the Stripes on Satan have grown beyond the strict confines of their decades-old influences, certainly not completely, but enough that they haven't simply made another White Blood Cells. Bravo for that.
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.'"