Steven Short


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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In the beginning, there was Barbara Dane. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Barbara Dane’s pioneering folk-and-blues roots go back to the 1950s. But she’s not looking backwards: she has a new album out!

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This is Bay Area singer/songwriter Paul Griffiths. Jim Bruno (musician and college instructor) describes Griffiths' lyrics as 'insightful and eloquent.' 

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Who’s singing this song? That would be Astronauts, Etc., from Oakland.

Astronauts, Etc. has a free show at Stern Grove in San Francisco. The band will debut a new composition, sponsored by the Stern Grove Festival’s Local Artist Commission Series. The performance begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday (8/21).

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Who’s this? It’s the Atomic Love Bombs, from San Francisco. 

The Atomic Love Bombs take part in this weekend’s International Pop Overthrown Festival at Hotel Utah in San Francisco. They're performing Saturday. Show starts at 7:30pm. 

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If this music sounds familiar, than you probably know the Britney Spears version. But this isn’t Britney. This is The Klipptones from San Francisco.

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The Bye Bye Blackbirds describe themselves as 'torchbearers for harmony laden guitar pop in the 21st century.'

This Saturday, August 6th, they will be playing at The Ivy Room in Albany. Music starts at 9 pm. 

Today we feature San Francisco's Kronos Quartet. For more than 40 years they've combined musical exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagine what a string quartet can do.

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Today we feature the pop-rock sounds of Felsen, from West Oakland.

Felsen will be playing the Ivy Room in Albany on Saturday, July 30th. Music starts around 9pm. And remember their motto: Felsen loves you.

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We feature a lot of string-based music on Crosscurrents, but not today. Today it’s all brass, courtesy of a band called Brass Magic.

Brass Magic is from Oakland, and they will be playing at the Joe Henderson Lab in the SFJAZZ center on Thursday, July 28th, starting at 8pm. It’s a standing room only show — that’s the way they like it, so the audience is sure to dance!


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This voice?  It belongs to Bay Area singer/songwriter Joe Bagale.
Joe Bagale has a free show on Thursday (07.28). It’s part of this year’s Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, starting at 12:30 in the afternoon.


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Well, what do we have here?  This would be the San Francisco soul and funk band called Midtown Social.

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This music?  It’s by Junk Parlor. They perform their style of music from Eugene to Los Angeles, Reno to Seattle, but mostly focus on home base here in the Bay Area.

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This song is by Bay Area blues powerhouse Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley performs Friday, July 15th, at Miner Auditorium, in the SFJazz Center. And she’s also a fan of karaoke, so you may encounter her in one of those clubs sometime!

Her Friday show starts at 7:30pm. 


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Today’s local band is called The Lemon Hammer.  This Berkeley group says their most representative song lyric is, “You’ll be fine, if you are who you say that you are.” 

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Today’s local music is by Cathy Lemons. She’s been part of the Bay Area blues scene since the 1980s. Her singing has been compared to Tracy Nelson and Gladys Knight. But there’s no confusing her voice with anyone else. You can hear Cathy Lemons at The Saloon on Grant Street in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood next Thursday (07/14).

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What’s this you’re hearing? It’s a track from Hieroglyphics.  Their website says they’re an “underground Oakland hip-hop group.” But they’re playing San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival. That’s makes them “above ground,” doesn’t it? 

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We’ve heard of crashing waves, and crashing cars, but this is the first time we’ve heard of Crashing Hotels, the band you’re hearing now. 

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Today’s local music comes to us by way of…Cuba! Tito Gonzales, who you’re hearing now, first started playing music with fellow cab drivers in Havana, but he has called the Bay Area home for the past dozen or so years.

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Now here’s something you don’t hear every day. It’s a blues harmonica, but it’s a big chromatic harmonica, which is rare in the blues world.

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Comments due Monday on medical regulations // CalNORML

The Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR) will close its feedback survey on Monday, June 20. The bureau hopes the public will provide comments, suggestions, or concerns. 

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It's the weekend, and you can't decide whether to go to the circus or to the symphony. Well, the California Symphony of Walnut Creek has solved that dilemma with this year's benefit called Cirque du Symphonie.