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
Two Gallants open for Les Claypool on Friday, June 29, at 8 p.m. Admission is $26.50-28.50; call 567-2060 or visit www. livenation.com for more info.
Best known for playing boozy Southern blues shot through with punk ethos and for getting tasered by Houston police after a nightclub fracas last fall San Francisco duo Two Gallants steer clear of all things electric on this five-song EP. Instead they opt for maudlin, rust-dappled indie-folk that nods to early Dylan, Magnolia Electric Co., and Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska. The innards are acoustic but rarely sparse, and frequently evocative: Lead track "Seems Like Home To Me," for example, opens with raw, warbly vocal harmonizing from Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel. The pair promptly bring in a rising symphony of guitar picking, country fiddle, piano, and drums that nudge the lost-love sentiments into a back-porch-at-dusk scene, replete with trees swaying from an oncoming storm. Soon after comes a torrent of lyrical anguish: "You'll go, I'll stay, I'll begin again/ Just as you had planned/ 'Cause I've known lonesome things you can't come back from/ I hope I never see your face again," Stephens laments in "All Your Faithless Loyalties." It's the disc's best track, and the harsh words follow a good minute of wistful, Boss-lovin' harmonica. In fact, all of Farewell's goodbyes are bitter and bleak, but the beauty of these forays into the heart of darkness is undeniable.
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.'"