SXSW Day Four: The life-changing magic of Lizzo

Lizzo (photo: Ian Young) Photos and additional reporting by Ian Young and Norm deVeyra Ian's Highlights At this point, I'm not really sure what day or time or year or planet it is. It feels as if I've been abducted by aliens and this is all a simulation where everything kind of feels real but also kind of feels off. SX is kind of a music festival... but it's also kind of just a huge marketing ploy where music is the free koozie that we join some mailing list for. The most convincing case this is all a fantasyland? I [...]

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Live This Month: December 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: December 2018 (Podcast #436) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. Local musicians are performing at wealth of great concerts in the Bay Area through the end of the year. Having recently released his latest album, SF singer-songwriter Andrew St. James will be appearing at a Camp Fire benefit show at the Great American Music Hall this month, one of a number of opportunities this month to hear some local music and support fire relief efforts. Speaking of [...]

Review + Photos: Snail Mail at Swedish American Hall

Snail Mail (photo: William Wayland) So, here we are: my first San Francisco show since moving away for graduate school one year ago. I'm back for the summer, or at least part of it, and it feels good — good to tire myself out walking up and down hills, to reunite with my one true love the Pacific Ocean, and to (finally!) eat a really good burrito. I first saw Snail Mail live when the band — the project of Lindsey Jordan — opened for Waxahatchee at the Fillmore. Then, as now, I was struck with the apparent clarity in Jordan's [...]

Mixtape: Bay Area Musicians to Watch in 2018

This episode first ran on Download: Mixtape: Bay Area Musicians to Watch in 2018 (Podcast #421) Despite the many challenges that unfortunately failed to disappear at the end of 2017, one bright spot for 2018 is the wealth of emerging Bay Area musicians and bands poised for significant growth this year. This mix showcases fourteen of our picks for local artists to watch in the coming months, with highlights in a variety of genres, including hip hop, electronic pop, folk and punk. Several of the acts included here released acclaimed projects in 2017. Rose Droll's debut EP Photograph [...]

Rose Droll emerges with “A Little Blue,” plots shows, debut EP

(photo: Greg Edwards) The first time I heard Rose Droll was on Instagram. When I saw my friend Valerie’s post, I stopped dead in my tracks. I only heard a few seconds of music, but it left an oversized impression. Last month, I had the chance to see Rose perform a set of new material at Amnesia along with her friends Travis Vick and Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts. It’s hard to express the feeling of hearing music that simultaneously sounds like you’ve known it forever and is completely new. I remember the chills I felt when I saw Arcade [...]

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What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Feb 13 ― Feb 16

See if David Duchovny's songwriting skills match up to his acting this Wednesday night at Social Hall SF. Monday, February 13 Trendy Dad @ Milk Bar San Francisco snotty punk rock giving King Tuff a run for their money. Thundercat @ The Independent Thundercat's latest single "Show You The Way" is a down-tempo synth-laden R&B tune featuring Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. Kush Jones @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall A member of the 11-member Juke Bounce Werk crew, Kush Jones focuses on juke and Chicago's footwork. Tuesday, February 14 The Lovemakers, Planet Booty @ Starline Social Club We recently premiered [...]

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