Music

In the SXSW green room

A DIY potstar runs down her favorite medical marijuana moments from Austin

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HERBWISE DIY pop star Lisa Dank doesn't smoke marijuana to help with her art — smoking weed is her art. The Seattle singer-producer — known for her florid, handmade costumes and gonzo stage presence — crafts odes to cannabis (check out her aural fixation at www.soundcloud.com/lisa-dank), and has a day job at 4Evergreen Group, a patient network that supplies legal and educational resources to its members, as well as physician recommendations for medical marijuana.Read more »

Garage troubadour

The collected works of San Francisco's own Ty Segall

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MUSIC "I did something really stupid," was pretty much the first thing Ty Segall said to me as we walked to Philz Coffee in the Mission. Originally the plan was to sit at El Metate, but that got nixed as we agreed an afternoon jolt of caffeine was more important.Read more »

Basic bitch

k.flay skips the kitsch, gets straight to the rapping

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caitlin@sfbg.com

MUSIC The contrast was almost too much to bear. There she stood atop a pile of glittering, emoticoned video shares: Kreayshawn, repping for white girls in Oakland 'til the cows come home. Her N-word spouting sidekick and dookie gold everything, the perfectly-packaged "Gucci Gucci" video and swag-pumping ovaries. Everywhere, just everywhere.Read more »

Tradition!

A Jewish record store is coming to the Mission — briefly

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

MUSIC Row after row of sentimental — sometimes kitschy, sometimes renowned — vinyl albums are lining pristine white walls in a small storefront, waiting for the opening of a record store that will exist for just one month.

Quite possibly the world's first Jewish pop-up record shop, it's in San Francisco on the edge of Mission and Bernal, in rotating art-music space, Queens Nails.Read more »

Island time

From Angolan kuduro and gauzy psychedelia to local garage punk and silent disco: It'll be a packed weekend of Treasure Island Music Festival's chords and beats

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MUSIC Now in its fifth year, the Treasure Island Festival maintains a mystifying balance: it's both big enough to attract larger acts (Death Cab for Cutie, Empire of the Sun), and small enough to make the event feel intimate (with eyes closed, it's you alone dancing in the Silent Disco). There are rarely timing issues, one act stops, another begins. Precision and organization enrich a festival, whodathunk?Read more »

Mystic wanderings

Gardens & Villa navigates the road often traveled

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

MUSIC Hermann Hesse's 1930 novel Narcissus and Goldmund is, more or less, the story of man who wanders Medieval Germany after leaving the monastery in search of the meaning of life. He finds organic pleasures like art and the empowering touch of beautiful women. Eventually given the choice of joining an artists guild, he bows out, instead favoring the freedom of the road less traveled.Read more »

Classic style

Genre-defying local act Extra Classic plays retro-grooves on its new LP

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MUSIC "We were listening to these old [Jamaican]records that were just incredibly psychedelic and very alive — breathing and pumping with groovy consciousness," says Alex deLanda, bassist of San Franciscan outfit, Extra Classic. "But they were recorded on four-tracks."Read more »

Peter, Bjorn and John want to stuff you with treats

Swedish pop trio touring through USA

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MAXIMUM CONSUMPTION Looking to gorge on super-sweet, Swedish-made indie pop? Peter, Bjorn, and John, the nearly-twee trio who made whistling cool again for a minute in 2006 with indie hit "Young Folks," is returning to the States for a thematic "All You Can Eat" tour. The band's food-friendly jaunt includes multiple nights in each city, and specialty food truck tie-ins. I spoke with John Eriksson via phone while he hovered near a grilled cheese truck:Read more »

No shushing

Deerhoof at SFMOMA, heavy metal at YBCA

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

MUSIC Something unexpectedly noisy is happening in the museums of San Francisco. There are two shows taking place in the next couple of weeks that will defy expectations of appropriate gallery sound levels.

The idea for one event was born when artist-quilter Ben Venom wrote a proposal to bring heavy metal music to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Venom's massive heavy metal quilt, See You on the Other Side, is currently on display in between two motorcycle gang-inspired jackets as part of the ongoing BAN6 exhibition.Read more »

Miami sound machine

South Florida's ANR whips beats into foot-breaking hurricanes

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

MUSIC Michael John "MJ" Hancock is in a silly mood. Out on the road with his band ANR (which stands for Awesome New Republic), the drummer-singer picks up my call and says, "Awesome New Republic answering service." I give pause, waiting a tick for the beep, assuming this was an answering machine. But he was there, in the van in Grand Rapids, Mich., on the phone after a "long, deep night drive." Flustered from the confusion, I chattily ask about the current tour.Read more »