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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kanye West to Bring His Saint Pablo Tour to Oracle Arena on October 22 and 23

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 11:07 AM


Oh happy day! Kanye West will be heading to Oakland's Oracle Arena on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, as part of a nationwide tour in support of his newest album, The Life Of Pablo.

It's been three years since the 22-time Grammy Award winning artist has embarked on a tour. In 2013, he toured in support of his album, Yeezus, but this time around, he'll be promoting his newest — and dare I say best — album, The Life of Pablo, which made history as the first album to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart based on streaming only. The rapper took to Twitter early this morning to announce the news with one word: TOUR. 
The 32-date tour kicks off on August 25 in Indianapolis and will end October 29 in Las Vegas. 

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 18, at Tickets range from $29.50 to $149 (for general admission floor tickets). 

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Tickets for the 59th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Go On Sale Today

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Tickets for the 59th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, held in September at the oak tree-studded 20-acre Monterey County Fair and Event Center, go on sale today.  On eight stages throughout the tree day event (which occurs September 16 through 18), over a hundred artists will perform, including Kamasi Washington, Gregory Porter, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Pat Metheny, and The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman. 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Keep Experimental Art Alive: Help The Lab Build a New Model for Working Artists

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 11:37 AM

click image The hallucinogenic work of Jader, a San Francisco artist who is offering a studio transformation of a patron as one of The Lab's Kickstarter rewards. - JADER, JADERVISION.COM
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  • The hallucinogenic work of Jader, a San Francisco artist who is offering a studio transformation of a patron as one of The Lab's Kickstarter rewards.
Surely you've heard: SFMOMA is on the verge of reopening. We're excited and for good reason: SFMOMA is a gem of a museum, something we, as San Franciscans, ought to be proud of.

But what are museums for? Art — right? Yes, but — where are the working artists?

Generally, not in museums. Institutions with a capital "I," museums are places we go to canonize the artists we idolize, but not to see art being made — or rules being broken.

The Lab, a 31-year-old arts and performance space located in the Mission at 2948 16th St. (aka the Redstone Building, a storied building with a long history in San Francisco's labor movement), is a place where you can go to see (or hear, or feel, or smell, or touch) art being made before your eyes.

And it needs your help, by the end of today (Wednesday May 4).

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Some Of Your Favorite Musicians Will Be Playing Shows in Saratoga For The Next Five Months

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 1:54 PM


Though it may sound odd, there's a winery in Saratoga (The Mountain Winery) that will be hosting over 50 concerts of big name artist from May to October.

The bulk of the artists are mega stars of yore, like The Beach Boys, Cyndi Lauper, Jewel, Chris Isaak, and The Isley Brothers, but hey, that's still cool. What's most surprising about this five-month music festival is just how many extremely famous and well-known artists and bands they were able to cajole into playing at the festival. Seriously, in addition to the above, artists like Jill Scott, Pat Benatar, Michael Franti, Ziggy Marley, Diana Ross, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name but a few, will also be there. 

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 18 at 10 a.m. More info here. 

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Girl Power in the Form of a Music Industry Conference

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 1:43 PM

If you're a female who works in the music industry, then you're in luck because there's a conference this weekend geared specifically for you. The third annual Girl Power! Women Working in the Music Industry Conference is all about addressing the unique needs and challenges of being a woman in the entertainment industry and providing women with education, resources, and networking opportunities. This year's theme is "Blending Careers in Entertainment and Technology" and the keynote speaker for the Saturday, April 16 conference is superstar drummer Kiran Gandhi.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Here's Your Chance to See Pussy Riot Ham It Up at The Warfield on Wednesday Night

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM

click image PUSSY RIOT, "CHAIKA"
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Most bands don't get assaulted by civilians, publicly beaten and maced by police, or imprisoned for protesting against Russian President Vladamir Putin. But then again, most bands aren't Pussy Riot.

On Wednesday night, the Russian feminist punk-rock group will head to The Warfield for a conversation with SF-based Russian-American writer and spoken word artist Zarina Zabrisky. No, this is not a show, it's a talk. But don't let that bum you out. These are fascinating, fearless women who (as evidenced above) do more than just make music. At the event, you'll get to hear their thoughts, insights, and opinions on basically everything, which is a rare opportunity indeed. 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Catch Hunter Hayes, Fall Out Boy, and Skrillex For Free This Week (Thank You, Super Bowl 50)

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 3:09 PM

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Three big-name acts, Hunter Hayes, Fall Out Boy, and Skrillex, will be playing free shows at the Regency Ballroom this week thanks to Super Bowl 50. The shows are sponsored by an app called Go90 that requires an app download in order to get a ticket for each free show. The downsides are that only the first 560 people to register get free tickets and both Hunter Hayes and Fall Out Boy are already sold-out. 

The good news is that Skrillex's show on Saturday, Feb. 6, has not yet gone on sale, so you still have a chance to snag free tickets to that one. They go on sale starting Wednesday, Feb. 3, so if you want to see the bespectacled DJ, you better download the app today and register for a validation code. 

(Update: All the performances will also be streamed on go90's website for those who can't make it (or get tickets) to the shows.)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tons of Local Acts Added to Noise Pop's 2016 Lineup!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 1:22 PM


Noise Pop Festival has added new artists to their 2016 lineup today and they don't disappoint. In addition to  iLoveMakonnen, Wax Idols, and Andrew St. James, the lineup will include local acts, Day Wave, Hot Flash Heat Wave, and Rin Tin Tiger. The 24th annual event will also include artists, such as Metric, Kamasi Washington, Vince Staples, Natasha Kmeto, Carly Rae Jepsen, and American Football. 

The event takes place February 19 to 28 at venues throughout the Bay Area. More info here. 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Test Out Wearhaus' Headphones, Crossfader's DJ App, and Subpac's Pulsing Bass Pack For Free at Westfield Mall

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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If you like 1) free things, 2) sensory experiences, and 3) anything related to music, then we hope you're free this Thursday and Friday afternoons. S.F. startup, Wearhaus, is setting up a pop-shop at Bespoke in the Westfield Mall where visitors can try on their syncable, wireless, touch control headphones (that light up!) for free.

In addition to testing out the Wearhaus Arcs, which go for $199 a pop, visitors can try out two other new startup products. Crossfader is a DJ app that, with the shake or twist of a smart phone, mixes two songs into one, and Subpac is a wearable device, sorta like a flat backpack, that transfers frequencies to your body so that you can feel the pulsing of the music physically. 

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Check Out Who Will Be Playing (Free) Shows at The Levi's City Stage in Super Bowl City

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM


Today, Levi's has officially announced the full lineup for The City Stage, the main entertainment stage in Super Bowl City. The shows are free and include performances by Grammy Award winning singer and pianist, Alicia Keys; Oakland R&B songstress, Goapele; pop band, One Republic; Grammy Award winning country group, The Band Perry, and more. The City Stage is located in Sue Bierman Park, with shows scheduled from Saturday, Jan. 30 to Sunday, Feb. 7. Check out the full performance schedule below. 

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