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 was sad for like 5 seconds upon hearing that Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique dropped from the Treasure Island Music Fest (TIMF) lineup ("due to unforeseen circumstances"), until I saw that her replacement is the radiant FKA Twigs.
I gotta hand it to APE and NoisePop, this is a lineup upgrade. Look, I'm not gonna try to debate the merits of Robyn, who's a timeless electro pop act versus FKA Twigs, who's at the forefront of a totally new and unpredictable electro pop movement. I'll just say that this is a pretty damn good replacement.
Twigs is one of the most interesting artists on the planet right now and she's been fairly tireless as of late. She dropped her M3LL155X EP about a month ago and has been sprouting up viral performance videos regularly. Shit you not, 10 minutes before this announcement, I was watching her BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of Sia's "Elastic Heart" that came out today. Don't worry, I gotchu:
Feel me? Look... It's not like it was even gonna be a Robyn solo set anyways. I'm sure there woulda been her banger singles sprinkled here and there, but still. My guess is that this is a Saturday night act and I'm told that single day tickets (and lineups) are "coming soon."
And finally, I had the pleasure of photographing FKA Twigs at FYF Festival three weeks ago in L.A. and it was one of the most spellbinding experiences of my year. I'll leave you with Exhibit A and Exhibit B below and yes, see you on the island.
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.'"