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Photos: Smiles and Sunshine at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Photos: Smiles and Sunshine at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass was back for its 14th year amid a heat wave that brought the warmest weather in recent memory to Golden Gate Park. We were there Saturday as hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed the weather and a diverse lineup that ranged from…

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‘A New Testament’ and a New Chapter for Christopher Owens

‘A New Testament’ and a New Chapter for Christopher Owens

San Francisco’s Christopher Owens returns to the stage for a hometown show this week with A New Testament, a new gospel-country record that continues his musical evolution since the breakout success of his band Girls.

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Interview: Fink’s Fin Greenall Brings ‘Hard Believer’ to The Independent

Interview: Fink’s Fin Greenall Brings ‘Hard Believer’ to The Independent

Fin Greenall, lead singer and songwriter for Fink, has explored many avenues of music, playing everything from DJ sets to solo shows with just a guitar. Hailing from Bristol, England, Greenall’s unique musical sensibility has led to him to co-write songs with John Legend and…

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Culture Collide Festival Announces Tech, Music and Burrito Panels

Culture Collide Festival Announces Tech, Music and Burrito Panels

In addition to two days of music in the Mission District, San Francisco’s new Culture Collide festival announced panel discussions that will address a variety of topics during the festival. The Creative Summit component of Culture Collide, arriving Oct. 14-15th, will feature several local tastemakers…

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Review: The Pixies Show No Signs of Slowing at the Masonic

Review: The Pixies Show No Signs of Slowing at the Masonic

Alt-rock veterans the Pixies showed no signs of slowing at the revamped Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium on Tuesday with a set that lasted nearly two hours. The band didn’t waste any time as it opened with one of its most famous songs “Debaser.” Frontman Black…

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Sea of Dreams New Year’s Party Expands to Two Nights With Pretty Lights

Sea of Dreams New Year’s Party Expands to Two Nights With Pretty Lights

The first wave of lineup confirmations have been announced for Sea of Dreams NYE 2015, taking place this year December 30-31 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with back-to-back headlining sets from Pretty Lights. California mid-tempo trailblazers The Glitch Mob, who were last in San Francisco…

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Giveaway: What was the Highlight of Your Summer?

Giveaway: What was the Highlight of Your Summer?

It didn’t take long for fall the make its presence felt with a storm last week that marked the official changing of the seasons with San Francisco’s first significant rain fall in several months.

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Schedule, Set Times

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Schedule, Set Times

San Francisco’s largest free music event of the year returns this weekend with the 14th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival at Golden Gate Park. The action starts Friday with Ryan Adams, Yo La Tengo and Conor Oberst before continuing on Saturday with Deltron 3030, Social…

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Review: Sam Smith Shines at Oakland’s Fox Theater

Review: Sam Smith Shines at Oakland’s Fox Theater

British singer-songwriter Sam Smith delivered a delicate and dazzling performance Sunday night to a sold out crowd at Fox Theater, charming onlookers with raw emotion while maintaining a poised bravado comparable to a veteran showman. As one of the hottest emerging voices in the mainstream…

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Best Coast, Sonny & the Sunsets to Play Free Show in SoMA

Best Coast, Sonny & the Sunsets to Play Free Show in SoMA

With Hardly Strictly Bluegrass already bringing a full weekend of free music to San Francisco, the final stop of the JanSport Bonfire Sessions is hosting a free concert with Best Coast, Sonny & the Sunsets and Meatbodies in SoMA. The concert at SoMa StrEat Food…

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Photos: Wu-Tang and Souls of Mischief at the Warfield

Photos: Wu-Tang and Souls of Mischief at the Warfield

The Warfield transformed into the “Wu-Field” on Saturday with Wu-Tang’s logo taking over the venue’s facade before the crew hit the stage. Performing in advance the new album, A Better Tomorrow, due sometime before the end the year, the group stuck to mostly Wu classics…

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Lyrics Born, Zigaboo Modeliste Join New Mastersounds for TL Benefit

Lyrics Born, Zigaboo Modeliste Join New Mastersounds for TL Benefit

It’s about to get funky in the Tenderloin this weekend with Lyrics Born and the Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste joining UK jazz-funk band New Mastersounds for a two-day concert to benefit the homeless. “The Payback” starts tonight at Great American Music Hall with East Bay…

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