Posts Tagged ‘ Music ’

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 […]

Auditorium Jazz: Quality vs Intimacy

May 7, 2013

The new SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, a swank 700-seat concert hall with stadium seating and tall ceilings, begs the question: is it more important that live jazz be intimate or sound good? The San Francisco nonprofit group SFJAZZ, which has been hosting jazz events at various venues in the city since the 80s, and […]

Bonobo: Show Review + Audio

May 7, 2013

For SF WEEKLY: Electronic dance music, when paired with live instrumentation, can have disastrous results: a tenor sax player, wearing Tevas, soloing endlessly over a pre-programmed keyboard pattern; a live drummer struggling to stay in sync with looped beats; a confused audience. But joined onstage at the Warfield on Friday by brass, woodwinds, string players, […]

Bonobo: Show Preview

May 2, 2013

For SF WEEKLY: Electronic dance music shows often have a similar vibe: A DJ on a stage above a large dancefloor or tucked away in a small booth you can’t quite see. A sea of head-bobbing, dancing fans. Flashing lights, high volume, heavy bass, even heavier beats. Depending on your personality, such an experience can […]

Podcast: Opening Bands vs. Headline Bands

April 22, 2013

What expectations do audience members have for opening bands? How do expectations change for the headline band? Been thinking recently about the roles of both, after attending recent shows featuring the Mike Dillon Band, Marco Benevento, Afrolicious, and the Budos Band.

African Punk: an Anti-Apartheid Soundtrack

March 20, 2013
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For the ECONOMIST: IT IS not difficult to understand why South Africa‚Äôs restless youth in the 1980s may have been drawn to punk music. A young, liberal generation, looking to rebel against apartheid, was empowered by the anti-establishment lyrics and up-tempo, aggressive rhythms of the popular British and American punk groups, and inspired to start […]

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Podcast: Opening Bands

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I write about music and culture. I teach journalism. BLOGOWITZ is a file cabinet for my stories, podcasts, photos, and teaching.

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