Interview: Angelo Moore

July 30, 2014

For SF WEEKLY: A 2010 documentary, “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone,” made it abundantly clear that despite the accolades, the Los Angeles band Fishbone never achieved the high level of success of peers like No Doubt, Jane’s Addiction, and Sublime, and suffered deeply from inner-band turmoil and depression. The band’s ironic sense of humor, […]

Live Music in SF Just Got Cheaper

July 29, 2014

For SF WEEKLY: A new Plaza Program, approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors June 3 and signed by the mayor June 13, aims to reinvigorate under-used city plazas by making it easier for things like music, art, farmers markets, and movie nights to happen in those public, outdoor places. The plaza program is an […]

Shabazz Palaces: “astral suites”

July 23, 2014

For SF WEEKLY: Hip-hop’s “golden age,” said to be from the mid-to late-’80s through the early- to mid-’90s, is widely credited as innovative, eclectic in its use of samples, eccentric, and political. Many said hip-hop had another much needed artistic revival by the time 2010 rolled around: The music of Tyler, the Creator and Kendrick […]

Anatomy of a Song: Zoe Keating

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Anatomy of a Song: Budos Band

July 17, 2014
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PODCAST: Budos Band baritone saxophonist Jared Tankel discusses the song “Budos Rising,” from the band’s 2009 album, Budos Band II. Budos Band is an instrumental band based in Staten Island, New York. Their earlier material was rooted in interpretations of funk, soul, afrobeat, and Ethiopian Jazz. Newer material is influenced more by Black Sabbath and […]

Anthony Friedkin: Not Journalism

June 27, 2014
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For the ECONOMIST: LAWS legalising same-sex marriage are (or soon will be) in effect in 17 states in America and in more than a dozen countries worldwide. These include Luxembourg, whose openly gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel, recently helped pass same-sex legislation that will go into effect early next year. Interpride, the umbrella organisation whose […]

Preview: Quantic in Oakland

June 24, 2014

For SF WEEKLY: The English producer, DJ, composer, and musician Will Holland spent the past seven years writing, performing, and recording music largely in Cali, Colombia, surrounded by local and regional artists, designed mostly for home listening. But Holland, aka Quantic, was itching to combine all of the rich Caribbean, South American, and African music […]

Anatomy of a Song: Zoe Keating

June 17, 2014

PODCAST: Cellist and composer Zoe Keating discusses her song, “Optimist.” Keating uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layers of cello, creating intricate music. She is known for her use of technology – which she uses to sample her cello onstage – and for her DIY approach: she releases her music online without […]

José James: Jazz via Hip-Hop

June 16, 2014
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For SF WEEKLY: Singer José James is a go-to example, in the 2010s, of how jazz is — and always has been — a music that consistently redefines itself. James, 36, who has collaborated with the experimental producer Flying Lotus and appeared on The Tonight Show, brings a soulful baritone singing voice and disparate music […]

Craigslist is My Music Scene

June 16, 2014
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For THE ATLANTIC: In his speech celebrating the E Street Band‘s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, bandleader Bruce Springsteen said something striking: “Real bands are made primarily from the neighborhood. From a real time and real place that exists for a little while, then changes and is gone forever. […]

Brown Sabbath: Metal Latin Funk

June 12, 2014

For SF WEEKLY: Black Sabbath is widely considered the pioneer of heavy metal: the band played blues-influenced music via downtuned guitars and eerie lyrics. When performed by Brown Sabbath, a Latin funk-rock band from Austin, the music becomes a new beast — psychedelic, percussive, symphonic. The thought of such a project — Black Sabbath covers […]

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