Music Features

Candy apples and razor blades

SSION, Crypts, Hunx, and Misfits cover bands bring out our Halloween spirit

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Crucial sounds

Artists and techies beat down the old system at SF MusicTech

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MUSIC Can the declining sales from physical albums ever be replaced by digital music apps and services? Can an independent artist make a decent living from services such as Pandora radio, BAMM.TV, or SoundCloud? Will the starving musician finally get a good meal?Read more »

Living the dream of the 1840s

Big whale, lusty tale in SF Opera's 'Moby-Dick'

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MUSIC There's no better time for local composer Jake Heggie's 2010 opera Moby-Dick to wash up on our shores, especially in terms of men's fashion. Seriously — peacoats galore, henleys-and-suspenders perfection, button-up trousers, glorious galoshes, and perfectly nor'easter-tousled haircuts, not to mention a stubbly wealth of seafarin' beards. The whole cast, outfitted by ace costume designer Jane Greenwood, might have dropped onto the stage from this fall's All Saints Spitalfields lookbook. Read more »

Raise your skinny fists

Savanna Jazz struggles to keep its building, Clarion Alley Block Party is coming, Dirty Three and Saint Vitus hit SF, Godspeed releases its first album in a decade

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

TOFU AND WHISKEY Sitting on a pilled blanket out in Golden Gate Park, watching Australia's folk-noise instrumental outfit Dirty Three tear shit up on violin, petting my SPCA-adopted chug and sipping my homemade beer, I thought, "this is magic." And then, "I'm pretty drunk." And finally, out loud, "I'm a cliché right now."Read more »

Cynic cave of actualized dreams

Underground musician-comedian George Chen, Club Chuckles, stand-up and burritos, Treasure Island Music Fest, Sic Alps, more music

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Tetris of awesome

Amon Tobin's ISAM Live tour is some serious next level

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MUSIC "We've done the ISAM show in venues as big as the Sydney Opera House and as small as a local rock venue, but we're basically holding our breaths every time. Someone could plug in their iPhone charger and blow the whole thing. In Coachella, the act on the field opposite had the idea of turning on floodlights for half their set, which washed us out for a good part with the ambient light."Read more »

Reborn on the Bayou

The birth of Preservation Hall West, the death of Warren Hellman, the life of Toys That Kill, more music

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Tofu and whiskey is music editor Emily Savage's new weekly music column.

emilysavage@sfbg.com

Tofu and Whiskey There are loud grinding noises and those cinematic electric sparks shooting from a machine below a church pew-like balcony. It's musky and filled with dark bordello wood. The arched main room, the one you see when you walk in the front door of 777 Valencia Street and turn a quick corner, is outlined in bright, bloody red, and there's a stage.Read more »

Smells like team spirit

Are hyphy progenitors Clyde Carson and the Team bigger than ever?

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MUSIC "This is our biggest song by far," Clyde Carson says wearily at his hotel room in San Jose. The song, "Slow Down," features Clyde alongside his newly reconstituted group, the Team, and we're waiting for Kaz Kyzah and Mayne Mannish to show. Mayne turns up, along with "Slow Down" producer Sho Nuff, but Kaz remains MIA, and the difficulty of keeping three rappers on the same page probably explains why the song is credited to "Clyde Carson featuring the Team," though it appears on the crew's reunion EP, Hell of a Night (Moedoe, 2012). Read more »

Haunted house

Emerging from the bedroom, Ariel Pink unifies a fragmented musical landscape
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arts@sfbg.com

MUSIC After a decade of tinkering on the fringes of lo-fi experimentalism, Ariel Pink has become synonymous with a distinctive production sensibility: submerging effortless, sun-drenched pop hooks in a queasy, viscous haze, like an impulsive, basement-dwelling Phil Spector for the 21st century.Read more »

Pop love

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, chickfactor throws parties for music nerds

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

MUSIC There was a time, not so long ago, when the fanzine was a glittering portal. It was the best avenue for learning about new, underground, innovative music across the country, before the all-powerful grip of the Internet forced us to idly click our way through back catalogs. The ink and paper projects were passed to friends in the same manner one traded handmade mixtapes.Read more »