Music Features

Get to the show, weirdos

FALL ARTS: MUSIC From Rock the Bells to Kate Nash, a sonic smorgasbord of can't-miss upcoming concerts

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FALL ARTS There are so many things competing for your precious time: long lines for pricey gourmet coffee, civic responsibilities and volunteer work, actual work, glazed fake cronuts or whatever the kids are into these days. Make live music a priority as well — your days will float by on a pink cloud of fuzzy, hangover-fueled memories.Read more »

Flyin' high

Oakland metal faves Ovvl keep it (almost) all in the family with a new album and upcoming tours

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cheryl@sfbg.com

MUSIC If you've been to a local metal show in recent months, chances are Ovvl was on the bill. If not, there was probably an Ovvl member standing next to you in the crowd. But hesher, stop now if you've been taking 'em for granted. With a new album and tours on the horizon, the four-piece is about to be mighty scarce around these parts.Read more »

mbv4-ever

Two decades after its landmark album, My Bloody Valentine returns to SF

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arts@sfbg.com

MUSIC This is the reunion for which we dared not hope. Until this year, My Bloody Valentine's genre-defining masterstroke of the shoegaze movement, 1991's Loveless, was the last we had heard from the Irish-English band, and as a result, it was canonized as one of those pristine, "perfect" albums, frozen in time and untainted by inferior follow-ups.Read more »

Brave new world

Mobile concerts apps vie for your credit card love and attention — what's next? And why should we care?

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Ex-pat

Alexis Blair Penney celebrates the release of debut album 'Window,' and mourns a personal loss 

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

TOFU AND WHISKEY The moody "drag-pop" songs on Alexis Blair Penney's debut album, Window, were written with an ex-boyfriend in mind — Seth Bogart, aka Hunx — yet in a cruel twist of fate, they'll come to memorialize the death of another man, a best friend, collaborator, and roommate.Read more »

It takes a village

Paige & the Thousand stands out, Icky Boyfriends rise up, and more

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

TOFU AND WHISKEY Paige & the Thousand is the new solo project from singer-songwriter Lindsay Paige Garfield. Or wait, she has also gone by just Lindsay Garfield professionally, as with her former seven-piece indie-folk group Or, the Whale. But what's in a name?Read more »

Boom boom

Rye Rye plays the "After Party," a debut from WOOF, plus Al Lover, Lightning Dust, and more

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

TOFU AND WHISKEY Rye Rye went underground for a blip there. Discovered at 15 in a Baltimore club by Blaqstarr, then later introduced and signed to MIA's Interscope imprint, N.E.E.T. Recordings, the burgeoning dancer, colorful fashion icon, and hip-hop artist seemed destined for immediate stardom. Then she got pregnant, and her debut album, originally slated for release in 2009, was delayed.Read more »

Milo grows up

The Descendents' Milo Aukerman on dead rock stars, caffeine addiction, and biochemistry

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arts@sfbg.com

MUSIC The Descendents have been around since the early 1980s, writing fast, coffee-driven punk music with lyrics about trashy, tongue-in-cheek rebellion in songs like "My Dad Sucks" and "I'm Not a Loser." The group has undergone various lineup changes, losing drummer Bill Stevenson to Black Flag for a while, and periodically losing lead singer Milo Aukerman to his pursuit of higher education and biochemistry (which the band named its most popular record after).Read more »

Damaged goods

MUSIC: Jello Biafra on the 'Dot Com Holocaust' and 'White People and the Damage Done.' Plus, new band Yassou Benedict delivers shoegaze dreampop.

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

TOFU AND WHISKEY Jello Biafra could be your theatrical political science professor. The still-charismatic frontperson and song-composer has long spewed knowledge deep from the underbelly of political theater, from his influential early 1980s Bay Area punk band Dead Kennedys, and projects like the band Lard, through his nine dense spoken word albums, and up to his newest musical endeavor, louder than ever in his 50s, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine.Read more »

Soul-savers

Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote gets some love from Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, and Questlove

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arts@sfbg.com

MUSIC "That's it, I'm done. In love." This is what Erykah Badu had to say, late last year, upon discovering Hiatus Kaiyote: an unsigned "future soul" ensemble from Melbourne, Australia, with a Bandcamp page, a single EP to its name, no marketing budget, and everything to prove.

Now, less than a year later, the band has found itself reissuing its self-released debut LP via Sony (with a newly added guest spot from Q-Tip, no less) and co-headlining a highly anticipated bill with D'Angelo and Badu herself, in Detroit later this summer.Read more »