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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Catch UnderCover Presents' Tribute to Radiohead's Kid A

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 11:52 AM


If you caught UnderCover Presents' re-imagining of Green Day's Dookie in February, then you know what to expect from their upcoming tribute to Radiohead's seminal, fourth album, Kid A, from June 3 to 5 at The Independent. 

Every song from the Grammy Award winning album will be played at the three-night event, but don't come expecting them to sound like the originals. Instead, come prepared to hear bands from disparate genres reinterpreting the tracks in new styles, tempos, and melodies. 

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Zone Out at The Crepuscular San Francisco Tape Music Festival This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM


Ignore the name: It's misleading. This is not a festival about/for/of cassette tapes as one would think, but it's still a rather cool event. Tape music, or musique concrete, is a genre of experimental, electroacoustic music that was created in France in the '40s. The San Francisco Tape Music Festival has been going on for the last 10 years and consists of various experimental, neo-classical compositions (and some wax cylinder recordings from the late 1800s, to boot) that are played over a few dozen loud speakers in a pitch black room.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Moment of Truth: 8 Thoughts After SF MusicTech

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 2:35 PM


Moment of Truth is SF Weekly's Hip-Hop column, appearing every week on All Shook Down. 

SF MusicTech descended upon the Kabuki Hotel in Japantown for its 18th Summit this past Tuesday. This was an opportunity to get a snapshot of the crossroads between tech innovation and musical creativity in our unique Bay Area climate. On the surface, SF MusicTech wasn't much different from other tech conferences, pinning together like minds to foster business connections and deal-making. But it was unique at its core, in that it put the music industry at the center of every single discussion. 

I largely looked at the day from my hip-hop lens, but often stepped outside of that to fully appreciate what went down across the board. With that, here's some highlights:

A disconnect exists between tech companies and artists

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Weekend Concert Picks: Waterstrider, Phono del Sol, and FEELS 3

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 10:11 AM


This is a ridiculous weekend for live music in San Francisco — especially Saturday. So we've taken the liberty of laying out three kick-ass events, that are A) Awesome B) Cheap C) not-sold out and D) Don't overlap. Are you ready? Here we go:


KALX and OIM Records presents Waterstrider w/ The Seshen & Foxtails Brigade at Great American Music Hall

We're big fans of the East Bay indie scene and Waterstrider has been buzzing all year. The Oakland band will be playing songs off its new album Nowhere Now, but keep your ears peeled for "Frayed" off of the OIM Records compilation. (In fact, the evening is a celebration of that very compilation's vinyl release.) Also on the bill, is SF's indie-soul explosion, The Seshen, who is oh so sweet, and the up-and-coming chamber pop band Foxtails Brigade. It's a solid primer for the weekend with three quality local bands at the always lovely Great American Music Hall for less than $20. Get there!

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Tonight's Best Bet: Trails and Ways Album Release Party at The Independent

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 8:28 AM

  • David Wallace

Have you heard Oakland's four-piece multilingual indie-pop outfit Trails and Ways yet? Here... before we go any further, press play on this:

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Canadian Electro-Pop Artist Mas Ysa Added to Phono del Sol Festival Lineup

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Mas Ysa, the Canadian electro-pop artist who released the catchy single "Margarita" yesterday, has been added to the Phono del Sol lineup. 

The song is great to listen to while daydreaming about eating a beautiful, fully baked California Pizza Kitchen margherita pizza. Oh what? That's not what this bouncy pop tune is about? Fine, whatever. I suppose I'll have to buy Ysa's upcoming debut LP Seraph out July 24 on Downtown Records to find out more. 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Maximum Rock N' Roll Presents: A Day of Punk and Hardcore Gigs Worldwide

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 1:36 PM


The internet killed the 'zine star.

San Francisco's Maximum Rock N' Roll started as a radio show in the 1977, but is most known for its ubiquitous newsprint 'zine that has served as the defacto scene bible for many punks around the globe for over 30 years.

Before the internet, and its seemingly endless amount of punk and hardcore blogs, if you wanted to learn about the punk scene you went down to the local record store and bought a copy of MRR (or maybe Punk Planet or some smaller local 'zine). Sure, you didn't always agree with it — especially if you were in Agnostic Front — but you read it.

At least, that's what the old guy in the back of the room told me before rambling on about how the kids today have it all wrong.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Go Do This Thing Tonight: Can Music and Art Survive In San Francisco?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Go get some knowledge about how to help S.F.'s arts scene survive, and get an Owl Paws show to boot.
  • Go get some knowledge about how to help S.F.'s arts scene survive, and get an Owl Paws show to boot.

It’s not breaking news that the state of the music scene in San Francisco is cause for heated debates on the regular. Well, the group over at Project Amplifi — a new Bay Area non-profit that connects good music to good causes — is putting on an event this evening about just that: the ongoing conversation about the arts vs. the significant lack of affordable living in the most expensive city in the world. 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Go Do This Thing Tonight: A Meeting to Help "Save the Elbo Room"

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM


Finally, a place to direct some of the energy half of S.F. has worked up over the last couple months while being angry about the Elbo Room's seemingly imminent closure to make way for (what else?) condos — and/or a condo-shaped retirement home for the building's owners. A group of concerned neighbors, patrons, and friends of the bar will be meeting at the Elbo Room tonight at 6:30 p.m. for a strategy session. Via Facebook:

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

World Music Re-Imagined at OneBeat SF

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 1:01 PM

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San Franciscans will be treated to a distinctly fresh version of world music next week, when OneBeat, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, partners with the Global Lives Project to present OneBeat SF. 

The evening of free music at Public Works is a preview to OneBeat's upcoming festival tour through the Southwest and along the West Coast, and marks OneBeat's first musical project on this side of the nation. The music at the event is a unique re-imagining of "world music," with several original works composed and produced exclusively for the event.

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