Steven Short

Reporter/Producer

Steven has been with KALW News since it’s beginnings in 2004. His history, art and public interest stories have won awards for Breaking News, Feature Writing and Explanatory Journalism. Some of his reports have aired nationally on NPR.

He is responsible for The Source, a recurring feature on the origins of Bay Area place names. He also researches most of the listings for the Crosscurrents local music calendar and compiles the weekly online Cannabis News Round-up.

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Dark times expected with Attorney General pick ... Some dispensaries selling recreational cannabis ahead of 2018 ... LED lighting helps sustainable growers ... Emerald Cup, and more.

Today’s local music is by Matt Jaffe & The Distractions from Mill Valley. They’re a bit unique these days because they actually play and sing live, with no computer enhancement: what you see on stage is what you get. 

The sunny sounds you’re hearing now come from four native San Franciscans who call themselves The She’s. They list their influences as their surroundings, surfer boys, and each other. 

New Attorney General nominee raises concerns ... They’re coming for your guns, pot smokers ... Global leaders call for total decriminalization ... A possible solution to the cannabis banking problem ... and more.

This music? It’s the latest from Be Calm Honcho from San Francisco. They take West Coast pop and mix it with jangly “indie rock” to create what they call “a dark magic.”

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Today's local music is by Zion I. This Oakland hip-hop crew says their new album is meant to be "looking inward at the shadow self, and seeking awareness in the darkness of one's own psyche.”

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More clarification on Prop. 64 ... Oakland re-examines permits ... No smoking on UC campuses ... Warning for Californians driving to Nevada ... Business, Health, and more.

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Today’s local music comes to us from Sun Kil Moon, a band started by singer and guitarist Mark Kozelek. Sun Kil Moon was in Europe and Japan earlier this year promoting their latest album.

Today’s local music is by Jay Som, a name that translates as “Victory Moon." Jay Som crosses the bridge from Oakland on Friday, Nov. 18 to perform at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. Music begins at 9 p.m.  

All you need to know about passage of Prop. 64 ... Marijuana at work? ... Better eye sight with pot ... and more.

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The music you're hearing now is being played by banjo master Bill Evans, when he was a guest of “A Prairie Home Companion.” He's also the author of the instructional book, Banjo for Dummies.

Today’s music is by The Conspiracy of Beards. They’re a local male choir that performs a-cappella versions of songs by Leonard Cohen.

Today's Local Music: "Del Sol Quartet"

Nov 8, 2016
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The music you’re hearing today is by the Del Sol Quartet from San Francisco. The New York Times says they create “a hypnotic sound-world, well worth exploring.” 

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City of Oakland endorses Prop. 64 ... Parental concerns against Prop. 64 ... More towns enact temporary bans ... Israel prepares for Green Rush ... and more.  

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Our music today is by Roy Zimmerman, who specializes in his own “funny songs about ignorance, war and greed.” Joni Mitchell has said, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.” 

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"No other electric bass player around today has been as successful (as Reed Mathis) at incorporating mind-blowing and mondo-effects into a personal voice on the instrument." That's what Bass Player Magazine says about Reed Mathis, formerly with the band Tea Leaf Green. 

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The "San Francisco Renaissance Voices" group marks the day after Halloween: All Saints Day. 

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Berkeley Patients Group finally in the clear with Feds ... Cities move to slow legal cannabis ... Opposition to Prop. 64 includes Dennis Peron ... Nine states voting on cannabis ... U.S. pot smuggled to Mexico ... A 50-year-old musical warning ... and more.

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Madeline Kenney of Oakland has two goals for her music: to produce feelings of vulnerability, and joy. 

Madeline Kenney appears at The Knockout in San Francisco tomorrow (10/26). She’s part of an evening of Indy Pop, which starts at 9pm.

Today's Local Music: Lauren Hulbert

Oct 24, 2016
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The languid voice you’re hearing now belongs to Lauren Hulbert. She taught herself to play guitar, but having ten years of classical piano lessons probably helped with that exercise.

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Fear of “drugged driving” if Prop. 64 passes ... San Jose changes the rules ... Cannabis helps Parkinson’s patients ... Ancient cannabis shroud discovered in grave ... Voter guide ...  and more.

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Growers in Calaveras County fear robberies after addresses published // abc10.com

  

This music is being played by the Ives Collective. They specialize in “performances that venture beyond the familiar,” often featuring works that are rarely heard. The Ives Collective has a performance Sunday (10/23) at the Old First Church on Sacramento Street in San Francisco. Music begins at 4 p.m.   

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Today’s local music is by Bobbie “Spider” Webb. He’s not native to San Francisco, but pretty close: his family moved here when he was five. He has his own band, but is happy to sit in with other Bay Area musicians too.

The Hipwaders

Oct 13, 2016

The music we’re featuring today is by The Hipwaders.  You may not have heard of them, but children you know probably have. The School Library Journal, for example, says, “This Bay Area band’s latest album should be in every library’s music collection.”

Tycho is one of several performers appearing at this weekend’s (10/15+16) Treasure Island Music Festival. If you’ve thought about going but never have, this may be the year to do it, because it’ll be the last year the festival is in its namesake location.

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These are the sounds of The T Sisters, from Oakland. They’ve only been singing full time since 2014, but their credits already include an appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion,” and singing the national anthem at a Giants game.

Have you ever seen a ghost?  A Pew Research study asked that question last year around this time, and 18 percent of the American respondents answered yes.

I haven’t seen one, but I think one sat on top of me in bed once.

 

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Cottage growers protected by state law ... Oakland equity plan may violate laws ... Beware of Prop. 64: Colorado health manager ... Pop quiz and more.

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Today’s local music is by the Adrian West Trio. They take on serious topics in a lighthearted way in their original tunes, which feature acoustic rock and world music influences.

Photo courtesy of the San Francisco History Room, San Francisco Public Library.

It’s easy to navigate the streets in San Francisco’s Bayview District once you realize that they’re alphabetical. Avenues, for example, go McKinnon, Newcomb, Oakdale, Palou, etc. Streets go Mendell, Newhall, Phelps. 

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