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News, Feature Who to Hear: Soltrón

Who to Hear: Soltrón

Every Tuesday, as the 12 members of Soltrón begin their weekly rehearsal at a house in Bernal Heights, they pause for a few minutes to check out the breathtaking views, talk about everyone's day, maybe even vent a bit. They…
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Music, All Shook Down City Does Music Venues A Solid With New Noise Protection Law

City Does Music Venues A Solid With New Noise Protection Law

At 1015 Folsom, electronic dance music and international music can be heard in five rooms that, in total, can hold roughly 1500 people. The South of Market dance club has been at the same location for 30 years and…
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Music, Sammy Miller and The Congregation Specialize in Jazz With a Twist

Sammy Miller and The Congregation Specialize in Jazz With a Twist

The song starts with a patter of drum taps. Then comes a guttural yawp from every member of the band. Then more taps, another yell, and the sequence starts anew. This is the 1927 jazz composition "Black and Tan Fantasy,"…
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News, Feature HSBG Preview: Chicano Batman

HSBG Preview: Chicano Batman

This August, after opening for Alabama Shakes in Boise, Idaho, Chicano Batman was approached by a white codger who told the band it reminded him of music he'd heard in the '60s and '70s. "I get what you're doing," the…
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Music, All Shook Down The Bad Plus Pianist is Taking Requests

The Bad Plus Pianist is Taking Requests

You cannot play jazz without playing standards. They form the bedrock of American music, and therefore must be listened to and learned. But standards can easily feel tired and uninspired in the wrong hands. Because it's jazz, an art form…
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Music, Vince Guaraldi’s Jazz Mass Re-Created

Vince Guaraldi’s Jazz Mass Re-Created

It's impossible to think of the animatedPeanutstelevision show without also thinking of the music of Vince Guaraldi. His pensive bossa nova-inspired piano playing provides melancholy but sweet backdrop (and theme song) for Charlie Brown, a child protagonist with adult-sized portions…
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Music, All Shook Down Vince Guaraldi's Jazz Mass Re-Created for Grace Cathedral

Vince Guaraldi's Jazz Mass Re-Created for Grace Cathedral

It's impossible today to think of the animated Peanuts television shows without also thinking of the music of Vince Guaraldi: his pensive but accessible bossa nova-inspired piano playing provides an appropriately melancholy but sweet backdrop for Charlie Brown, a…
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Music, All Shook Down Amy Winehouse: On Exhibit, Onscreen, and Onstage

Amy Winehouse: On Exhibit, Onscreen, and Onstage

A video screen mounted on a pink wall at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum screens a loop of British retro soul singer Amy Winehouse performing a stripped-down version of her hit song, "Back to Black" alongside a guitarist and bass…
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Music, All Shook Down The Coup = The Clash + Sly and the Family Stone

The Coup = The Clash + Sly and the Family Stone

The Coup's 1998 release, Steal This Album, was once called the best hip-hop record of that decade, and yet frontman Boots Riley never really identified with rap music from that era. Riley has always had his hand in a range…
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Music, All Shook Down Louis Armstrong Tribute at SFJAZZ

Louis Armstrong Tribute at SFJAZZ

In a thousand years, people will still be listening to the music of jazz artist Louis Armstrong. At least, so says singer and bandleader Catherine Russell, who will perform Armstrong's music with her band for four nights at the SFJAZZ…
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News, SF Weighs Late-Night Transit Options

SF Weighs Late-Night Transit Options

San Francisco may be a world-class city, but its public transportation system is showing its age — especially after dark. A recent survey about the city's transit options found that 92 percent of people polled named lack of late-night BART…
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    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.'"

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