The Boulevard Ear – Special Bulletin, HSB: Who Knew?

Welcome back to the Boulevard Ear, a regular feature on The Bay Bridged, where our man about town examines a community's live music offerings. What is it like to be a show-goer whose experiences are dictated entirely by location? Follow Todd as he explores Bay Area music venues by neighborhood, finding a variety of independent music along the way. The post-Hellman era of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass began with a lineup heavily weighted towards old favorites, though not lacking in coverage of the up and coming. However, the years have taught us that it is not about the slate: we are [...]

By |October 8, 2013|Tags: |

The Boulevard Ear; 9/21/13: Raging in a Quiet Corner

Welcome back to the Boulevard Ear, a regular feature on The Bay Bridged, where our man about town examines a community's live music offerings. What is it like to be a show-goer whose experiences are dictated entirely by location? Follow Todd as he explores Bay Area music venues by neighborhood, finding a variety of independent music along the way. We find ourselves of late wandering the small, finger-shaped corner of the Mission around Franklin Square. It is a curiously peaceful hotbed. While it recalls the quiet evenings of the working families who have long occupied its wood-frame single family homes, [...]

By |September 23, 2013|Tags: |

The Boulevard Ear, 8/11/13 – Special Bulletin: Outside Lands

Welcome back to the Boulevard Ear, a regular feature on The Bay Bridged, where our man about town examines a community's live music offerings. What is it like to be a show-goer whose experiences are dictated entirely by location? Follow Todd as he explores Bay Area music venues by neighborhood, finding a variety of independent music along the way. We received, at the sizable largesse of a valued friend, access to Outside Lands 2013. As your observer of the larger picture, the scene from which the music springs and whence it takes place, we undertook to view the festival from [...]

The Boulevard Ear, 6/8/13 – Two Curmudgeons Attempt to Attend a Sold-Out Show

Welcome back to the Boulevard Ear, a regular feature on The Bay Bridged, where our man about town examines a community's live music offerings. What is it like to be a show-goer whose experiences are dictated entirely by location? Follow Todd as he explores Bay Area music venues by neighborhood, finding a variety of independent music along the way. In our attempts to record the essential essence of what is was like to live in these times, the following was noted: South Van Ness and Division, 9:25 PM "Did you get my email?" "About Hanky Codes?" "Yeah." "I did, thanks. [...]

The Boulevard Ear, 3/30/13 – The Rounds

Welcome back to the Boulevard Ear, a regular feature on The Bay Bridged, where our man about town examines a community's live music offerings. What is it like to be a show-goer whose experiences are dictated entirely by location? Follow Todd as he explores Bay Area music venues by neighborhood, finding a variety of independent music along the way. Venues new and old hosted our weekend wanderings in the rain-buffed asphalt wonderland of Inner Mission-under-off ramp. Some remarkable music was to be had as well. We intend to investigate, at our leisure, the full slate of new venues that have [...]

Review & Photos: KUSF in Exile benefit with Carlton Melton, Disappearing People @ The Lab, 3/29/13

For many, KUSF - one of only two decent SF independent radio stations alongside KPOO - disappeared overnight, leaving a dull, queasy unease about the subpar state of broadcast music in our culturally fertile hometown. But, as with all things community here in SF, KUSF did not go quietly. They have been delivering the same program quality online (may we recommend our favorite show evah evah, "Off the Hook," Mondays noon-3pm?) and mounting a legal challenge to USF's sale of the 90.3 bandwidth to a classical station. (Listen to shows, get caught up and find out how you can help [...]

The Boulevard Ear, 3/17/13 – Festa di San Patricio

Welcome back to the Boulevard Ear, a regular feature on The Bay Bridged, where our man about town examines a community's live music offerings. What is it like to be a show-goer whose experiences are dictated entirely by location? Follow Todd as he explores Bay Area music venues by neighborhood, finding a variety of independent music along the way. We are not averse to convention. Nay, it is the truly free and unrestrained wanderer who cares neither for being ordinary nor extraordinary. However, we cannot deny that imbibing green beer behind barricades whilst the revelry careens towards holding one's friend's [...]

By |March 20, 2013|Tags: |

Review & Photos: Aaron Bennett's Electro-Magnetic Transpersonal Orchestra; Musician's Union Hall, 2/10/13

The Outside Presents musicians' collective has for several years been quietly acting as one of the city's sole promoters of experimental music: jazz; electronic; and otherwise. They run two music series: the Luggage Store New Music Series, "most" Thursday nights at the gallery of the same name on Market; and the Static Illusion Methodical Madness Music Series (aka SIMMS Series) alternate Sundays at the Musicians' Union Hall, and anonymously fronted studio space on 9th street and Mission. This is community music - where you pay a donation into the cash box and partake from the coffee urn that is aroma-ting [...]

By |February 12, 2013|Tags: |

The Boulevard Ear, 2/4/13 – A Beacon in the Desolate Dark

Welcome back to the Boulevard Ear, a regular feature on The Bay Bridged, where our man about town examines a community's live music offerings. What is it like to be a show-goer whose experiences are dictated entirely by location? Follow Todd as he explores Bay Area music venues by neighborhood, finding a variety of independent music along the way. Some nights, it's the texting, the planning, dining, catching up and driving around discussing the impact of NWA on the primacy of Public Enemy whilst surfing broadcast radio (with, if you have our luck, almost impossibly charming company) - which turn [...]

Harkenbacks, The Get Down Boys, Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman, Outbound at Cafe du Nord, 1/15/13

The Harkenbacks - "The Mongrel" SF's Bluegrass and Old Time music festival will host The Harkenbacks' CD release party at Cafe du Nord this coming Tuesday, January 15th. The Get Down Boys headline, with two other acts (Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman and Outbound) rounding out what should be a heaping helping of rowdy roots music. A local supergroup of sorts, The Harks boast twin lead vocals from Cory Dodson, who has appeared with numerous Bay Area country-fried bands, and Ray Wilcox, gunslinger and music impresario extraordinaire. Paul McElwee on fiddle and mandolin, and Jeremy Steinmeier on upright bass, round [...]

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