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Monday, July 18, 2016

J-POP Star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on Her Music, Her Image, and Her Olympian Aspirations

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 10:31 AM


Five years is a long career for anyone in the music business, particularly for women, but Japan’s pop princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has reached the half-decade mark and is still going strong. She just released her first compilation album, KPP BEST, which she’s supporting with her "KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016" — and appropriately enough, she's kicking off the 2016 J-POP SUMMIT Festival this Friday at the Regency Ballroom. Also, capitalization is rampant in Japanese pop culture. Deal with it.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Noise Pop's Annual 20th Street Block Party is Chock-Full of Local Acts

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 11:30 AM


The lineup for Noise Pop's annual 20th Street Block Party has been announced and it's loaded with local acts. At the free one-day event, which takes places Saturday, August 20 from noon to 6 p.m., two Oakland-based artists and one San Francisco band will perform, as well as a handful of other acts from Los Angeles, North Carolina, and even Australia. 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Get Your Hillbilly on Throughout the Month of July at Plough and Stars

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Throughout the month of July, head to Plough and Stars for its annual Summer Hillbilly Music Series. A bevvy of country, bluegrass, honky tonk, and folk artists and bands will perform, including country singer Mike Hellman, Mariposa string band The Mountain Men Collective, and San Francisco's own Slow Motion Cowboys. 

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Stern Grove Festival Starts This Sunday With a Headlining Performance From Janelle Monáe

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 2:59 PM


Stern Grove's 79th festival season starts this Sunday, June 19 with performances by Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe and the San Francisco funk band Midtown Social. Throughout June, July, and August, the event will host free (!) musical performances from a wide-range of genres, including hip-hop, funk, soul, classical, pop, and indie-rock, every Sunday afternoon starting at 2 p.m. at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. Make sure to catch the Bay Area rap crew Hieroglyphics in July, Oakland indie-rock band Astronauts, etc. in August, and the San Francisco Ballet on Sunday, July 31. 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Check Out The Full Lineup For This Year's Treasure Island Music Festival (Spoiler Alert: Young Thug, Kamaiyah, Kelela, and Ice Cube Will Be There)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 10:05 AM

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What's four months away and two days of fun, with a name that sounds like it could be a pirate-themed event? Treasure Island Music Festival! 

Well, today the lineup for this year's festival — its tenth since 2007 — was announced, and ooh-wee, it doesn't disappoint. The headliners are Icelandic rock group Sigur Rós, as well as Ice Cube, who will perform onstage along with fellow N.W.A. members MC Ren and DJ Yella. 

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Friday, June 3, 2016

How Haywyre Punked Our Journalist at Lightning in a Bottle and Other Interesting Facts About the Electronic DJ

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 12:06 PM

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Haywyre has a sense of humor.

When our intrepid journalist Eric went backstage last Saturday at Lightning in a Bottle to interview the DJ, he didn't know what Haywyre looked like. And he got punked.

Instead of interviewing Haywyre, Eric unknowingly interviewed one of his friends, while the real DJ sat nearby watching the whole thing. Eric did an entire interview with the impostor before Haywyre's manager broke the news to him. 

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Conversation With Dirtybird DJ Justin Jay: "The Deep Satisfaction Comes From the Process and the Journey, Not the Destination"

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 11:44 AM

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At Lightning in a Bottle last Saturday, Justin Jay, Dirtybird's Los Angeles based deep- and tech-house DJ, played a rollicking set for a packed crowd at the festival's Woogie Stage. The energy was electric and Jay's thumping, melodic beats were exactly what the doctor ordered.

After the 23-year-old's marathon two-hour set, SF Weekly met with him backstage to ask a few questions about how he got into making music, his college days, and what's up next. 

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Festival Recap: Superlatives and Field Notes from BottleRock 2016

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 1:53 PM

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For some, Memorial Day weekend is a time for backyard BBQs and the first beach trips of the season, while for others, it means three days of music and wine with a hundred-thousand of their closest friends at the 2016 BottleRock Music Festival in Napa.

On paper, this year's lineup for BottleRock Music Festival in Napa may have seemed a tad milquetoast, but come the day of the event, this wasn't the case. The various stages built across the Napa Expo fairgrounds gave concertgoers an easy time of dashing from act to act, and the smaller line-up meant longer sets and a chance for most of the artists on stage to really shine. In a time where discourse on the appalling lack of female headliners at festivals has reached a fever pitch in the music journalism world, let it be noted that BottleRock bucked the trend by having the supremely talented Florence + the Machine close out the event’s second night. Two sub-headliner acts – Rodrigo & Gabriela and The Lumineers – also featured female artists, and Friday night brought diversity in the form of Lenny Kravitz ceding the mainstage to Stevie Wonder.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Desert Trip: Coachella Promoters Assemble All-Star Roster of Old White Men

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 11:45 AM


Apparently not content to transform the otherwise tranquil town of Indio, Calif. into utter chaos for only two weekends a year, Goldenvoice CEO and Coachella founder Paul Tollett will now give locals a third reason to run for cover later this fall.

A passion project years in the making, yesterday Tollett officially announced Desert Trip, a once-in-a-lifetime collection of talent targeted at the older subset of music lovers who may not what a "Coachella" is.

The Desert Trip's lineup is a gaudy assortment of rock icons, featuring the collective talents of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Roger Waters. Taking place from October 7-10, each night will feature two acts back-to-back. Tollett has confirmed that no other musicians will take part in the bill.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What Do Oysters and Live Music Have In Common? Not Much, But You'll Find The Two Of Them At Oysterfest On May 7

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 4:04 PM

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If you're thinking of heading to Oysterfest in Golden Gate Park on May 7, you should bring your honey because the combination of edible aphrodisiacs and live music will definitely put you in the mood to, well, you know... 

Random though it may be to combine live music with oysters, this is still a great chance to see a killer lineup for less dough than a one-day pass to Outside Lands. (General admission tickets are only $45.)  This year's event, which will be the festival's twentieth year in operation, is headlined by Chromeo, with performances by Iamsu!, Kinky, De Lux, Miguel Migs, and Johnny Maxwell. Past Oysterfests have featured Cheap Trick, Stone Temple Pilots, Flogging Molly, Thievery Corporation, Devo, Cake, and Michael Franti. 

So, whether you come for the oysters or the eclectic lineup, chances are slim that you'll be disappointed. (But given the "more than one million oysters from oyster farms throughout the Pacific Coast" that the festival boasts, chances are high that you'll leave full.)

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