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
Glam rocker Kat Robichaud didn’t have puppets in mind when she distilled her thoughts about lovers’ quarrels into the song, “Uh Oh,” but her collaboration with goth puppet master Dave Haaz-Baroque on other projects led to the creation of the song’s puppet-filled music video, which premieres here on All Shook Down.
The video opens with Robichaud sitting on a vintage love seat, surrounded by pop and geek culture artifacts, including a science textbook, a Sherlock Holmes-style magnifying glass, a toy Dalek, and a pith helmet and goggles hanging over a framed charcoal drawing of a feathered dinosaur.
Kat Robichaud, the glam rocker best known for her time spent on The Voice, is the subject of our feature music story this week. We're proud to premiere her new anti-slut-shaming video, "The Apple and the Knife" on All Shook Down.
Earl Sweatshirt was accosted from behind during a performance in Sydney, Australia over the weekend. In a video, posted below, a crazed fan sneaks up behind the rapper and grabs at his face — perhaps in over-enthusiastic attempt to hug him, or maybe in a Beatlemania-esque attempt to devour the rising star. Running Clip notes that the event could have been sparked by the stage invader's previous attempts at stagediving, which saw the fan kicking fellow concert-goers in the head and Sweatshirt calling him a "fucktard."
Oakland's Fantastic Negrito debuted the official video for “Lost in a Crowd,” the song for which his live performance earned him the title of NPR Music’s first-ever “Tiny Desk Concert Contest” winner, today. Images from the video will look familiar to local concert-goers, since it was shot at the Boom Boom Room, Mindseed Records, and the Clubhouse of the East Bay Dragons
Antwon dropped a video for "JACUZZI" today ahead of his new EP Double Ecstasy, which is due out later this fall.
The rapper, originally out of San Jose, has strong ties to the Bay Area punk community he grew up in, which explains why the press release for the new video included references to Infest and power-violence. Now based in L.A., the rapper can be seen in the video chilling in Long Beach, wearing a Nothing shirt, and chatting simultaneously on two cellphones.
Action Bronson's music has always garnered a lot of Ghostface Killah comparisons, and rightfully so. Bronson does sound a lot like Ghostface, who once joked after hearing Bronson's voice that he thought it was one of his own verses.
Rihanna's new video for "Bitch Better Have My Money," which opens with bloody female legs sticking out of a trunk, flips the script on the media's portrayal of women by slowly revealing to the viewer that (spoiler alert) instead of just being another image representing a slasher flick-esque damsel in distress, the blood belongs to an accountant that cheated Rihanna out of some serious money.
Phono Del Sol is next weekend, July 11, at Potrero Del Sol Park. But before you head over there to catch some tunes and grab a bite to eat, you need to watch Tanlines' new video for "Palace."
The electronic indie rock duo kept the Netflix theme from its hilarious website going by enlisting the help of Natasha Lyonne (from Orange Is The New Black) to star in the new video alongside Alex Karpovsky (from Girls). The video follows the couple through its various disputes, moments of reconciliation, and fantasies in a way that's both humorous and poignant. It also pokes fun at the idea that Tanlines frontman Eric Emm looks exactly like Karpovsky.
Check out the video, and its highly danceable, melodic, synth-heavy tune below. My favorite part is the one involving extension chords:
Tanlines play Phono Del Sol next Saturday, July 11. Tickets are $30-$60.
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.'"