Music Features

Girls like us

The Julie Ruin's Kathleen Hanna on finding strength through music 

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TOFU AND WHISKEY Before Le Tigre but after the demise of Bikini Kill, Kathleen Hanna created a mystical lo-fi electropop solo project called Julie Ruin. It was a difficult time for the riot grrrl icon; having recently flown the Pacific Northwest coop for Brooklyn, she let the ache out in song.Read more »

Snap Sounds

The fall albums we've been playing on a loop

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Elegant alchemy

 Happy accidents, strange coincidences, unexplained phenomena: Catching up with dark chanteuse Jill Tracy

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cheryl@sfbg.com

MUSIC Though San Francisco musician Jill Tracy is deeply fond of the macabre, "gloomy" is not an accurate word to describe her personality. The day I speak to her, she's in exceptionally high spirits, having just wrapped up a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign.Read more »

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 »