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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

The Boulevard Ear, 10/1/12 – The HSB Strategy

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. Planning for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is, for many, an artist-driven process: circling the names of one's favorite acts and intiriguing prospects, and arranging blanket hopping accordingly. For a professional wanderer, however, it is the moving about that matters, especially when memories [...]

The Boulevard Ear; 8/24/12 – East Portal

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 over the course of one evening. 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 hope you have not been too lost in your wanderings without our usual companionship and sage advice. We have been on assignment in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, home of cheap silk and [...]

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The Boulevard Ear; 6/26/12 – The Wee Hours

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 over the course of one evening. 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.

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