Airbnb adds intimate concerts at unique venues to its range of experiences

Sol Development performs Airbnb Concert hosted by Zoo Labs of Oakland Since its inception 10 years ago, Airbnb has changed the face of lodging, offering  4.5 million listings for short-term rent in 81,000 cities worldwide. Now Airbnb has its sights set on live music. The company is offering concerts for small audiences in unconventional places. In November 2016, Airbnb expanded beyond accommodations when it launched its Trips platform, offering about 500 experiences in 12 cities. “Our company does much more than homes. We offer end-to-end trips. That’s our vision, to create trips that are magical and easy and part of it [...]

Hollie Cook sits atop tropical pop with a Sex Pistols pedigree

(photo: Ollie Grove) British singer-songwriter Hollie Cook grew up in a musical family and kept the company of rockers and pop stars. Amid her storied exposure to musical luminaries, Cook crafted her own tropical pop sound and shares it on her third solo album Vessel of Love. Cook was 10 years old when she first saw the Sex Pistols perform at a 1996 reunion show. She was familiar with Sex Pistols records and aware of the punk band’s impact on music history. But that show, Cook has said, marks the moment she finally got “to see what the fuss was [...]

By |March 23, 2018|Tags: |

They Might Be Giants might actually be giants

Photo by Shervin Lainez When it comes to sheer productivity, diversity of projects, and embracing innovation, there is no doubt that They Might Be Giants is a giant among bands. John Linnell and John Flansburgh formed as a duo with a drum machine out of Brooklyn in 1982. Since TMBG’s 1986 self-titled debut album, the alt-rock band has written, recorded, and released music nonstop. At one point, the group released three albums over 12 months: the rock album Glean in April 2015, the children's album Why? in November 2015, and the pay-what-you-want album Phone Power in March 2016. It’s just two months [...]

By |February 28, 2018|Tags: |

Review: Original members of Bananarama perform for the first time ever in San Francisco

Even though the female British pop trio Bananarama formed in 1981, the band’s founding members have never toured together until now. Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward, and Siobhan Fahey had multiple chart-topping songs, made four albums packed with hits, and achieved international acclaim. Then Fahey left the group in 1988, one year before Bananarama’s first worldwide tour. Fans went bananas when the women announced plans to hit the road together for the first time in their history. The Original Line-up Tour consisted of about 20 dates across the United Kingdom in the fall of 2017 and just four North America dates [...]

By |February 23, 2018|Tags: |

Joshua McClain shares his journey with the cello as his voice

Oakland avant-rock cellist and composer Joshua McClain left his fast-paced, senior-level tech job to spend a month in the Amazon jungle, where he worked with shamans and participated in ayahuasca ceremonies. He emerged from the rainforest on a newfound path of self discovery and driven to make his instrumental concept album, Coming Home. Though Coming Home features eight tracks, it can be considered a single body of music with an overarching theme. The album is meant to be heard in its entirety as a comprehensive journey based on McClain’s life experiences. With the cello as his voice, McClain takes listeners [...]

By |February 14, 2018|Tags: |

Jessica Lea Mayfield breaks her silence through song

Jessica Lea Mayfield continued performing and touring while she privately endured pain and trauma from years of domestic violence. At home in a small apartment she shared with her husband, the alt-rock artist quietly wrote songs on an acoustic baritone guitar as her marriage fell apart. With their strikingly honest lyrics and emotive melodies, the songs Mayfield crafted revealed glimpses of her harmful relationship and helped her process the hurt and abuse. Music gave her a voice to address her ordeal, perhaps even before she could speak of it. And so began her harrowing path to healing, reclaiming her identity, [...]

By |January 22, 2018|

Rick Springfield to highlight new blues album at SF Sketchfest

When Rock Solid host Pat Francis sits down with a guest for his comedy podcast about all things music, the conversation is as much a chat with a friend as it is an interview. And as a friend of Francis, you talk about music both classic and new; listen to songs both hits and long-forgotten B-sides; and share rock star stories. Through his affable manner, depth of music knowledge, and love of artists and their craft, Francis celebrates the careers of guests from Melissa Etheridge to Dweezil Zappa, and in doing so unearths treasured backstories. “What’s fun about the podcast [...]

By |January 11, 2018|Tags: |

Whiskey Shivers’ “trashgrass” is fiddle-picking good

Whiskey Shivers bandmates plan to come in costume for their Halloween gig at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, but nothing can mask their sheer merriment when playing music and putting on a raucous hootenanny. The band has earned a reputation well beyond its Austin home base as a jovial, energetic group of barefoot revelers who often get right up in the middle of a crowd to tear up the fiddle, shred the banjo, and scrape that washboard. Foot-stompin’ and fast, their music will get you dancing. Fiddle player and singer Bobby Fitzgerald says the band wants people at [...]

By |October 26, 2017|Tags: |

SF MusicTech Summit tackles streaming, artist pay and more

The 19th SF MusicTech Summit brought hundreds of musicians, entrepreneurs, publishers, developers, and attorneys together at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco this week to discuss and debate the ongoing challenges and trends of the industry. Despite divergent backgrounds and ideals, creative artists and technical startup founders, business-minded label reps and progressive investors united over a common love of music and desire to bridge the music-tech landscape. It was a chance to cultivate change and to “meet, greet, and do deals,” as summit organizer Brian Zisk put it. The daylong gathering offered an abundance of presentations and panels on topics [...]

Marshall Crenshaw packs pair of reissues, film project, 3 Bay Area shows this week

The first time Marshall Crenshaw performed out west was at the Keystone in San Francisco. It was June 4, 1982, and he burst onto the popular music scene with his self-titled debut album that had been released just a month or so before. His single “Someday Someway” was reverberating across the country, climbing the charts as it went. “I remember that people liked us and got on board with us. That was a relief,” Crenshaw says. “It was our first time west of the Mississippi. It was our first night on tour. We were just venturing out into the world. [...]

By |September 19, 2017|Tags: |
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