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
Taylor Swift's open letter to Apple, which she penned Sunday, seems to have been the death blow for Apple Music's customer acquisition plans. Early today, after reading Swift's letter, Senior Vice President of Internet Services and Software Eddy Cue tweeted that the company had decided to change its course, and pay songwriters and artists for streams acquired during customer's free three-month trial period.
The folk-rock trio, featuring singer-guitarist Derek Schultz, bassist Tim Vickers, and drummer Lucas Siobal, stays true to their signature blend of emo and indie but experiment with more layers of decorative melodies and push progressive rhythms throughout the album. The groovy, jam-rock feel recalls indie bands Minus the Bear and Circa Survive, with a jazz-like drive. But there are also hints of world-fusion sprinkled throughout the album, creating serene moments of realization that are almost spiritual. And because the group rocks acoustic instruments, adding mostly ornamental electric guitar, reverb soaked piano, and an occasional bow across Vickers' upright bass, Owl Paws finds themselves in a shuffle suitable for fans of the Shins and the Arcade Fire.
Overall, Owl Paws' Reservoir is nostalgic, yet fresh — simple, but unbelievably technical.
Wayne Skeen (Founder, on the left) and Toby Gabriner (CEO, on the right).
MAGNIFI is a venture-backed, Bay Area-based music streaming startup that grew out of local indie music label Ninth Street Opus. It focuses on connecting touring acts with fans in various local scenes by allowing fans to stream tracks (for free) by bands coming to town soon. So if you’re looking for a show you can just hop on MAGNIFI, peep some tracks, and then (if you dig the tunes) click a few buttons and you’ll have tickets to see the band live.
We sat down with MAGNIFI CEO Toby Gabriner, who previously CEO’ed Adapt.tv (a video technology company acquired by AOL in Sept. 2013 for $465 million) to talk about the launch of the latest dog to enter the music streaming fight.
San Francisco's Gray Area Art & Technology foundation had a huge weekend.
In celebrating the proverbial finish line for the renovation of its new facility in the Grand Theater on Mission street, the foundation, which champions "...the gray area between the arts, technology, and design," closed out a three-day conference with performances by Shigeto and Teebs, two artists who straddle that very same gray area of creativity.
Teebs, who puts his music out on Flying Lotus' L.A.-based Brainfeeder label, was manning the decks on the left side of the massive room; the Grand Theater's old main show-space, but without the seats and leveled off to expose the gargantuan projector screen. Standing in the front of the room, Teebs dropped hard, core-rattling boom clap bass tracks and smooth electro wavelengths — the signature Brainfeeder future-hop sound. But there was a subtle anxiety in the air as everyone stared at the lonely drum set on the main stage, that would soon be manned by the evening's star from Detroit.
WATERS debuted a new video for "What's Real," an anthemic pop rock tune about fake (and real) friends, yesterday.
The video opens with frontman Van Pierszalowski in front of a green screen, appearing bewildered by his surroundings. The Bay Area band, originally formed in 2011 in Oslo, Norway, dances enthusiastically in their everyday attire as the power-poppy, guitar-driven song kicks into high gear.
The label-mates are not only gearing up for their albums, but a joint tour as well. They hit the road May 1 with hardcore legends Terror and emo, indie rockers Souvenirs in Santa Ana, and end the month-and-a-half-long stretch at The Fillmore June 13.
Lil B, aka The Based God, recently released his latest app: the TYBG Meme Creator. The new app lets devoted followers of Lil B easily create Based God-approved memes (without any of those annoying tags) to share with their friends.
This isn’t The Based God’s first foray into the tech world – he’s released emoji and vegan food apps in the past – but this new meme creator is perhaps the best (and most fitting) app from the enigmatic Bay Area rapper so far.
One review of the app reads as follows:
"Before lil b blessed us with this ultra-rare meme creator I felt like life had no meaning. I went though the day dreaming about based god memes, but I never got to make them. But now I can make them anytime I want! It is hard for me to articulate how incredible this app truly is. I hope every one in the world is able to get this app. TYBG. PROTECT LIL B AT ALL COSTS."
We used the app as an excuse to speak with The Based God himself about his new app, technologization, and the earth.
Never let subtlety get in the way of a good press release. Much like the Grateful Dead's interminable shows, a release sent out yesterday about the band's "farewell" concerts in Chicago (and now also Santa Clara) is overblown hyperbole, to put it mildly. The release goes so far as to suggest those shows will be the biggest concert event "of all time."
The surviving members announced in the notice — which repeatedly refers to the band as "Grateful Dead Original Members" — that the shows will be broadcast live via Pay-Per-View on cable, satellite, and online streaming devices. It'll also be in movie theaters around the country.
Yup, pretty much anything that has a screen on it can transport you to the last Grateful Dead Original Members concerts, which take place nearly 20 years after the Dead last performed with Jerry Garcia, the band's late lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter.
Hosting the bounce of UK bass and the grit of contemporary techno, Icee Hot is one of a handful of parties on the forward edge of San Francisco nightlife. It's been that way since it first started as a project of XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo, producer Ghosts on Tape (a.k.a. Ryan Merry), DJ Rollie Fingers (a.k.a. Will Fewell), and Lazer Sword member Low Limit (a.k.a. Bryant Rutledge). Always one step ahead, the party celebrates its third anniversary this weekend and next with a two-part party at Public Works that features Martyn and Jacques Greene on Saturday, Jan. 19, and Basic Soul Unit and Space Dimension Controller on Saturday, Jan. 26. We caught up with the boys behind the party and asked them a few questions in anticipation of their big week ahead.
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.'"