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The Mother Hips: A beam of light in the...

The Mother Hips have played their unique blend of music—a freewheeling mixture of rock...

Chillingsworth Surfingham

Chillingsworth Surfingham is a giant teddy bear who plays upbeat surf music to help...

Roll Over, Beethoven: Sarah Cahill’s ‘The Future is Female’...

The names Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn and Margaret Bonds don’t resonate the way Robert...

Sonny Smith: A ‘New Day’ dawning and Rocks in...

Sonny Smith is one of the Bay Area’s most creative artists. His innovative approach...

Virgil Shaw: Country songs that illuminate the heart

Songwriter, singer and guitarist Virgil Shaw loves all kinds of music, but it was...

Pardoner: Good times, good vibes and vigorous noise

Pardoner came together in the dorms at San Francisco State, drawn together by their...

Claudia Combs Carty: Songs of darkness and light

Claudia Combs Carty just released her impressive debut, Phases. The nine-song collection by the...

‘Cook Together, Eat Together’: LaRussell’s latest album harkens back...

“I like this, LaRussell—this dope. It got a good swing to it, very soulful,”...

Chime School: Bright chiming meditations on relationships and capitalism

Chime School’s eponymous debut album is a celebration of the creative impulse that drives...

Consolidated: Thirty Years On, It’s Still The Same Song

Consolidated is back and the music they’re making is still confrontational and defiant. Their...

It’s Easy: Filipino rapper Nump enters cannabis delivery service

From carrying his own cannabis brand, “Nump’s Smackers Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich” and Sideshow Tone’s FHUF Suckaz, to providing all sorts of other cannabis, Bolo CBD, edible, pre-rolled and indica goodies like “Grape Pie” and “Grape Sorbet,” Perfetto lives up to his promise made back in 2005: He really has grapes. And, perhaps more importantly, he’s doing it as a proud Bay Area Pinoy.

Los Tangueros del Oeste: The sensuous grooves of Argentina,...

Los Tangueros came together four years ago. They honed their sound playing clubs, concert halls and milongas—tango dance parties that take place every night of the week. El Valenciano, in the Mission District, has hosted a weekly milonga for more than 20 years. When everything came to a halt during the pandemic, Jacobsen decided to use his time to produce 'Alma Vieja' (Old Soul,) the band’s debut album.

Tommy Castro: A bluesman comes to town with a...

“I’d been toying with the idea of a blues opera for a while. I like rock operas like Green Day’s American Idiot and the Who’s Tommy. I began imagining a romantic blues adventure, based on the hero’s journeys from Greek and Roman mythology. A kid in rural America is dreaming of a different life. When a bluesman comes to town, he’s changed forever. After hearing the blues, he decides to start a band and go on the road. I ran the idea past Bruce Iglauer, head of my label, Alligator Records. He didn’t think it was a bad idea, so I pursued it."

KC Turner: Bringing it all back home

“In the summer of 2020, Megan Slankard, one of my favorite singer/songwriters, told me about someone bringing music to people on their doorstep. That got me thinking about backyard concerts: private events, with 10—maybe 15—people, if you had a big yard. We’d have strict rules; everyone masked and socially distanced. I have battery-operated BOSE speakers, so we wouldn’t need to run a cord into your house. We could do it for a flat fee, and pay artists. I could get off unemployment and bring joy to live-music fans.” As soon as Turner put the word out, the shows filled up.
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