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
The 42 songs on this three-CD Yo La Tengo career retrospective aren't sequenced chronologically, but it wouldn't much matter if they were. The two-decade tale of Hoboken, N.J.'s finest indie rock band resists a linear celebration; rather than an evolutionary journey, it's one of vast eclecticism and experimentation, wherein the husband-and-wife core of guitarist Ira Kaplan and drummer George Hubley, along with their various cohorts (bassist James McNew stabilized the trio in 1991), have donned, sloughed, and revisited all sorts of musical styles over the years, never settling on just one, ever circling. And so the first two discs (a compilation of previously released material) weave strangely and wonderfully through Sonic Youth-y freakout skronk, densely layered shoegazer bliss, Velvets-and-krautrock-inspired drone-rock, Brit Invasion garage groovin', loping country jangle, Moog-flavored head trips, and skewed pop of the dream, power, and acoustic varieties. Fun as that is, it's the 16-track, 74-minute third disc of outtakes and rarities that makes this collection a must-have, particularly the punky crash of "Bad Politics" (YLT's 1994 cover of the Dead C song), a tender 1997 run-through of "Decora" on KCRW, and a transcendent nine-minute remix of "Autumn Sweater" by My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields.
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.'"