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
Who knows why, but this has been the year for reunions. Throughout 2010, we've seen some of early emo's finest, the forefathers of stoner metal, alt-rock radio favorites, a handful of obscure bands, and even a few truly old-school names reconvene for 'just one more tour.' Some groan at the thought, others rejoice, and others still couldn't be bothered to remember why they liked those artists in the first place. Regardless, that doesn't stop us (those of the music press) from telling you all about it. So, here's another addition to the ever-growing list of acts to reunite in 2010: U.K. shoegaze quintet Chapterhouse.
Chapterhouse has been around since the late '80s, getting its first break supporting fellow U.K. outfit Spaceman 3 before going on to record two highly influential records, Whirlpool and Blood Music. Listening to those records, you can hear the guitars of early Radiohead, the beats of Portishead's first two albums, and the basslines of "Blue Monday"/"True Faith"-era New Order mesh into a spacey blend of poignant, danceable rock. Chapterhouse may be no My Bloody Valentine, but the band remains a serious influence on much of the swirling indie rock being made these days.
This Saturday night, the five members of Chapterhouse will take the stage at Mezzanine after disbanding nearly 16 years ago. We suggest you get to know this band -- or reacquaint yourself with its classic music -- before it performs with Ulrich Schnauss and A Shoreline Dream. Check out the videos in this post and read a recent interview XLR8R magazine did with frontman Andrew Sherriff, here. Also, we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. Be the first person to comment with the name of the label that released Chapterhouse's Blood Music, and you'll win! Please remember to include your full name in the comment. See you at the show!
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.'"