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
Friday rolled in with cloudy skies, and I was losing steam. Luckily enough a musical moment of inspiration enlivened my tired form, as The Zombies took the stage at the Jackalope for the Deli Radio day party. As eager fans crowded the corner stage at the unassuming bar on Sixth street, keyboardist Rod Argent joked: “Wait I thought this was an area gig?” No Rod, it was a dive bar, and perhaps the most intimate setting the band has ever performed in since forming in 1961. They played all the hits and even a couple new songs, accompanied by the news that the band was recording a new album. This will be your year, fellas.
Thursday started with Brooklyn Vegan’s annual day party, held inside and outside at Red 7. The New York -based music blog hosted some of their favorite bands starting around noon and I spent a couple hours there, firstly catching shoegaze feels from Elvis Depressedly. Ultimate Painting from the UK, who channeled Brian Jonestown Massacre with catchy guitar hooks and very British psychedelia.
The screeching of airplane wheels hitting tarmac jolted me from my power nap. Landing in Austin, SXSW was spread out before me like an all-you-can eat buffet. My seat neighbor Ca$hew Carter, a rapper from Atlanta, was getting ready for his first-ever trip to Austin for the perennial music and everything else festival.
Hello again from the heart of Austin, Texas, where yesterday the green beer flowed down Sixth Street and packs of wandering drunk people sporting laminates of various colors and levels of self-importance started arguments with door guys as the sun set over the horizon.
Bill Baird will bring his charmingly weird self to SXSW.
Line-up announcements for major festivals such as Bottle Rock, Coachella, and Bonnaroo have been clogging up newsfeeds and trending all over social media during the past couple weeks, prompting hopeful festival-goers to plan their summer escapes early.
SXSW is never one to be left out, getting in on the line-up action by announcing its third round of showcasing bands yesterday. We combed through the list for you to pick out the Bay Area acts making the journey to showcase their music in Austin:
We discussed some highlights from the first SXSW lineup announcement in October, and just yesterday the perennial music, media, and free-stuff-you-don't-really-need festival announced its second round of bands participating in official showcases. A testament to the diversity and distinction of our music scene, it's no surprise that musicians from the Bay Area, across a variety of genres, will be well represented in Austin come March . Here's a quick preview of what to expect from the local talent making the long trip to Texas:
Bad Vibes (Oakland)
Bad Vibes are Oakland's glam and party rock revivalists, and members all play in at least three bands. Lead singer and guitarist Tennent McCabe belts out ballads of lost love through a tangled vine of blond hair, and whips his head back to charge through dizzying solos. Frequent visitors of The Hemlock, Knockout and The Night Light, they went to SXSW last year to play house parties, BBQ's, and Hotel Vegas. Looks like they only destroyed half the town and got invited back.
The Stone Foxes, who kick off a residency at The Chapel Nov. 1, are already getting in shape for Austin.
Yeah, yeah, we know. South by Southwest is, like, totally over. It stopped being cool in whatever year was the year after you went, right?
Yogi Berra might as well have been a hip young Missionite talking about SXSW when he delivered his famous "Nobody goes there anymore — that place is too crowded" line. But despite annual declarations that the fest has jumped the shark, the crowd continues to grow every year, with 2013's throng seemingly reaching a breaking point in terms of what the festival's infrastructure was designed to handle. The drunk driver who tragically took the lives of four people last year caused Austin's Urban Transportation Commission to announce it was taking steps to revamp transportation and other safety measures around the city to accommodate the churning, drinking, music-hungry masses, who will presumably be out in full force in 2015 to give SXSW back its good (fun, light-hearted) name. Will you be among them?
The crowd at Third Eye Blind's Friday-night SXSW showcase.
In case you think you're the only one who furtively savors "Semi-Charmed Life" or "Jumper" or any other tunes from S.F. pop-rock '90s breakout Third Eye Blind, let us assure you: You aren't.
See, for example, the band's Friday night showcase at this year's South by Southwest conference, which took place at an outdoor venue on Fifth street in downtown Austin -- and conveniently, across the street from a multistory parking garage. Third Eye Blind began playing to a not-full crowd, but the audience quickly grew. Security stopped letting people into the venue, so onlookers piled up along the major thoroughfare. Meanwhile, smarter viewers climbed up into the parking garage for an arena perspective.
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.'"