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.



Tue October 22, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Tainted Love

Halloween in the Bay Area extends well beyond the final evening in October. That’s why Tainted Love, the ‘80s tribute band you’re hearing now, is getting an early start this Friday, October 25th at the Fox Theater in Redwood City. 

The Tainted Love show starts at 9:30pm, following a set with DJ Dinero, which begins at 8:30pm. And the band says if the audience drags out their, like, best – or worst – outfits from, like, 30 years ago, it'll be, like, totally awesome!

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Mon October 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: DU UY Quintet

This band is called the DU UY Quintet, led by San Francisco native Danny Cao, who some people know from the band Vinyl. 

The DU UY Quintet is impossible to categorize because their stated goal is presenting “new, interesting and diverse original music.” You can find out for yourself what that means on Thursday, October 24th, when the band returns to The Cigar Bar on Montgomery Street in San Francisco.

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Fri October 18, 2013
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: October 18, 2013

Cannabis leaf
Portable Network Graphics

Supreme Court rejects appeal to reclassify cannabis… Governor Brown vetoes drug sentencing bill… Lt. Governor Newsom heads ACLU legalization panel… Safety warnings… Dalai Lama warns against “crazy mind”… and more.


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Thu October 17, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Antwon

Summer may be over, but the outdoor festival season isn’t.

Rapper Antwon, who you’re hearing now, is coming up from San Jose as part of Day One of this year’s Treasure Island Music Festival. Antwon’s live shows are known for having the energy of a punk band -- even down to including a mosh pit. Spin Magazine included his “End of Earth” mixtape in their Top 40 Hip Hop Albums of 2012.

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Wed October 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Tiny Television

Jill Gerstenberger

“Americana” is the catch-all phrase for the sound of a lot of hairy musicians these days. But San Francisco’s Tiny Television, who you’re hearing now, has been playing this style longer than that term has existed. As one reviewer says, “Their sound is so familiar, but feels undeniably new.”  Tiny Television is the opening band for Kelly McFarling on Saturday, October 19th, as part of the SF Live Arts series happening at St. Cyprian’s Church in San Francisco. Music starts at 8:00pm. 

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