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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lessons From Four Years of Covering S.F. Music

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

[image-1]From the latest SF Weekly:

What Happens Here Gets Heard: In four years of covering music for SF Weekly, there were many nights I had the feeling that something important was happening here. Yet increasingly, it seemed that others -- media, industry, and fans outside the Bay Area -- had that feeling, too. In the local music landscape that's developed over the last half-decade or so, many of our one-off events and annual festivals get covered and praised across the country. Many of our local acts find success, sometimes wildly so, on national and international stages. Outside attention comes to local artists earlier in their careers, whether they can capitalize on it or not. And even our weirdest upstarts often command the headlines, if not always the praise, of the national media. It's not the '60s all over again, but there has been marked change from the early 2000s. Bay Area music, like the region itself, has a higher profile now than it did a decade ago -- one that comes with its own problems... [continue reading]

Reflections From Our Dance Music Columnist, Who Is Leaving Now Also: So here we are at the end of the party. The people have all gone home, the DJ has played his last record, the balloons are all deflated, and everyone left over is enjoying one of those sweet, illicit, post-4 a.m. cocktails at the bar. I mean this metaphorically, of course, because it really only applies to me: After 12 years of living in this city and almost four years of writing about parties for this paper, I've decided to embark for Berlin. Sadly, that means I will be leaving SF Weekly. But before I begin the next chapter of my life, I'd like to close this one by sharing what I've learned about San Francisco nightlife -- and nightlife in general -- in these past few years of attending and writing about parties every week.... [continue reading]

Interview: Melissa Etheridge Isn't Stopping Now: Etheridge is not only keen on touring more, she is, in fact, trying something new. Her current run finds her alternately playing solo and with symphony orchestras in select cities. We recently spoke with Etheridge about performing with the San Francisco Symphony and what she thinks is the next frontier of American civil rights... [continue reading]

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