Stories about music and the musicians who make it

Music Tech: “Good” Music Still Required

October 2, 2013

For SF WEEKLY: The SF MusicTech Summit, which drew more than 1,000 people to the Hotel Kabuki in Japantown on Tuesday for its 14th event, has become a hub for entrepreneurs, artists, and music industry folks who have — or want — a say in how the broken music industry could or should redefine itself. […]

Jazz Jams: San Francisco

September 22, 2013
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For SF WEEKLY: San Francisco jazz fans are relatively lucky: a handful of jazz clubs, such as the SFJAZZ Center and Yoshi’s in San Francisco and Oakland offer year-round jazz programming that includes big-name acts and up-and-coming talent from around the world. But tickets can be expensive, and with that ticket price comes higher expectations […]

Music Review: Terence Blanchard

September 6, 2013

For SF WEEKLY: Terence Blanchard plays his trumpet like a seasoned athlete: his shoulders expand and rotate before big, loud bursts of high notes; he leans back and holds his horn up high for moments of majesty; when subtlety is called for, he bends at the waist and knees and creeps forward and backward with […]

Show Preview: Whirr

August 29, 2013
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For SF WEEKLY: Whirr refers to itself as a punk band from Oakland, but even at its most aggressive, Whirr is not textbook punk. The music is loud and layered with thick electric fuzz, but it’s also sincere and pensive: There’s no mistaking its melancholy ’90s shoegaze influences. This is not a wall of sound, […]

Interview: Oakland’s Whirr

August 27, 2013

For SF WEEKLY: Music genre revivals have the innate ability to polarize listeners: they’re easily written off as pastiche or unoriginal, but yet can reinvent idioms by adding new, unexpected layers or constructs. Whirr, which identifies as a five-piece punk band from Oakland, plays music that could be mistaken for ’90s college radio shoegaze, except […]

Film: Pussy Riot, Documented

August 8, 2013

For the ECONOMIST: FOR about 30 seconds in February 2012 members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk-art collective, staged a protest at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Wearing bright clothing and balaclavas they danced and shouted “Mother Mary please drive Putin away”. Security stepped in, but not before footage of their criticism of the […]

Show Preview: Sun Ra Arkestra

August 1, 2013
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For SF WEEKLY: It’s been 15 years since the Sun Ra Arkestra last played San Francisco, and saxophonist Marshall Allen, the group’s bandleader, isn’t exactly sure how the group’s upcoming performance will go. He’s held rehearsals with core members of the Arkestra, and they’ve practiced their way through a vast repertory of songs, but surprise […]

Glastonbury 2013: Five Acts to See

June 27, 2013
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For NEWSWEEK: To play the Glastonbury Festival is to participate in a piece of musical history that has been going on since 1970, just a year after Woodstock set the worldwide stage for popular music. The annual event is still largely considered hallowed ground, not just for British music but for musicians and fans worldwide: […]

Does SF Still Need the SF Jazz Festival?

June 13, 2013
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For SF WEEKLY: For 30 years, the nonprofit organization now known as SFJAZZ has curated the San Francisco Jazz Festival, an annual showcase of live performances by well-known artists, more obscure ones, and local acts at venues throughout the city over the course of multiple weeks. This year’s festival, from June 12 to June 23, […]

On-Demand Touring: Go Where the Fans Are

June 12, 2013
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For the ECONOMIST: TALK about the music industry these days is fairly grim. More people may be listening to more music than ever before, but no one seems to know how to make money out of the business. So what can be done about it? This was the question before the entrepreneurs and developers who […]

Review: Dum Dum Girls

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