Local Music

The band Void Boys, who you’re hearing now, describes their sound as “like going to the beach on an overcast day.” And that lets you know right away that they’re from San Francisco.

They also describe their music as “loud.” But you can figure that out yourself by going to El Rio in San Francisco this Saturday, September 6th.  Music starts about 9:00pm. 

The music you’re hearing now is by Bay Area performer Mike Sugar. He describes himself as “a road-dog touring musician turned studio hound.” When he plays with a band, they’re called Jambay. And when he’s playing solo, he calls that Acoustic Sugar Music.

Mike Sugar plays solo tomorrow, September 4th at Café Trieste on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, starting at 7:00pm.

Is your entertainment budget a bit tight just now?  If so, we have a suggestion: go to hear some of the bands performing for free at this year’s "Union Square Live" presentations.

The next show is tomorrow, September 3rd, when you can hear the Bay Area blues band known as Crosscut. They’re influences range from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago’s electric blues.

Crosscut takes the stage at 6:00pm. And remember, it’s a free show. 


What would you call a blend of soulful lyrics, heavy percussion and thoughtful arrangements?  Bells Atlas, the band you’re hearing now, calls it "Kaleido-sconic Soul Punch." That sounds tasty!

Bells Atlas will be crossing the bridge from Oakland tomorrow, August 29th, when they’ll be heading the bill at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. Music starts about 8:30pm.

The band you’re hearing is called The Mantles, with members from both Oakland and San Francisco. They’ve been around since 2007, when they were part of the garage rock music scene. They still like to color outside the lines, but their sound has been cleaned up some since those early days.

The Mantles have a show planned on Friday, August 29th at The Night Light in Oakland. The music starts about 9:00pm.

The band you’re hearing now, Bayonics, has become known over the past decade as a Latin hip-hop fusion band. Now, they’re turning their talents to reggae.

Bayonics will be featuring their new sound when they play on Sunday, August 24th at San Francisco’s Union Square. The show is part of Union Square Live, a series of free concerts. This one starts at 2:00pm.

Anna Larina

If you’re looking for something to help you get through the rest of the week, you might listen to The French Cassettes, who you’re hearing now. (Click the player above.)

 You can hear the summery sounds of French Cassettes live on Thursday, August 21st. They're playing at The Chapel in San Francisco. Music starts at 9:00pm.

Many musical styles have washed up on the shores of the Bay Area, and LoCura – the band you’re hearing now – has scooped up several of them, swirled them together, and created their own sound from these diverse ingredients.

LoCura will be performing at Stern Grove on Sunday, August 17th, opening for Sergio Mendez. The Stern Grove Festival has been presenting “concerts free to the public and for everyone’s enjoyment” for 77 years.

Matt Jaffe may be tiring of comments about how young he is. “Your birthday is no measure of your age,” he sings in “Young Enough.” But there’s no way around it: hearing a performer this good at 19 years old is notable.

Matt Jaffe & The Distractions have a strong live performance. They are not kidding around, yet it is clear that they are also having a lot of fun.

Emily Kiyomi

The music you’re hearing now is from the new release by the band Mr. Kind, from Oakland.

You can hear this and other songs, old and new, when Mr. Kind plays at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on Friday, August 15th. They are the second of three bands that evening. Music starts at 9:00pm.