Local Music

Today's Local Music: Curt Moore

Apr 25, 2013

You are listening to the drum-heavy sound from the Curt Moore Quartet.  Moore has played with everyone from The Count Basie Orchestra to the Turtle Island String Quartet. And this Sunday, April 28th, his own quartet will be playing at Nick’s Restaurant on Rockaway Beach in Pacifica. Expect a wide range of jazz styles to be represented. Music starts at 4pm. 

Today's Local Music: Whisky Pills Fiasco

Apr 24, 2013
Whisky Pills Fiasco

  Do you have a hankerin’ for some twang? Well, the Whisky Pills Fiasco can deliver it. They admit that they’re more hamburger than steak, but sometimes a good juicy hamburger is all you want. They’re doing an early show on Sunday, April 28th at Pier 23 Cafe, right on the water in San Francisco, starting at 5 pm.


Today we're featuring Ken Ueno, a composer and vocalist, currently on the faculty at UC Berkeley. He specializes in what is known as “extended techniques,” such as overtones and Tuvan throat-singing. Next Tuesday, April 16th, he joins two other Bay Area musicians who use “extended techniques” as part of the “SF Sound Salon Series.” This takes place at the Center for New Music on Taylor Street in San Francisco. And please note: the performance begins at 7:49pm. 

Jenny Kerr

Apr 8, 2013

The music you’re hearing now is the high energy, foot stompin’ sound of San Francisco native Jenny Kerr. She’s a regular on the festival circuit in Europe, but you only have to go as far as Half Moon Bay to hear her this week. She and the band are appearing Friday, April 12th at Sam’s Chowder House, playing from 5:30 to 8:30pm.


Local Music: Duniya Dance Co.

Apr 4, 2013

The sounds you’re hearing are by the Duniya Dance and Drum Company of San Francisco. They’ll be providing the rhythm for "The Madness of the Elephant," a theater production about the first president of the nation of Guinea. 

Guinean dance, which figures heavily in this show, is noted for its enthusiasm and energy.  There are two performances, tomorrow and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco. The curtain goes up at 8pm. 

Today we are featuring saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan of Oakland.  While firmly based in South India's traditional style of classical  music,  Radhakrishnan is also inspired by the sounds of American jazz.

You can experience this style of music yourself on Friday, April 4, at the Subterranean Arthouse, a community art space in Berkeley. The music starts at 8pm. 

Today's local music: Rupa & The April Fishes

Apr 1, 2013

A worldly ban with a worldly sound, is Crosscurrents' band for Monday April 1. 

San Francisco-based band Rupa and the April Fishes is a collaboration of Aaron Kierbel and Safa Shokrai, Misha Khalikulov, Mario Alberto Silva, and is headed by Rupa.

What’s that you’re hearing? It’s Sinister Dexter, a horn-heavy funk and soul band from Mountain View. They've evolved over the years from swing and blues into funk and soul at the urging of their audience. They say their goal is to be “the local band that we would go out of our way to see ourselves.”

You can go out of your way to see them this Friday March 22 at Tupelo, in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. Music begins around 8pm.

The Dandelion War

Mar 18, 2013

The atmospheric sounds you’re hearing now are by The Dandelion War. The Oakland Tribune compares their music to Sigur Ros and Radiohead “only not as long-winded.” They’re performing at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco on Thursday, March 21 starting around 9pm.

Today we're featuring power-rocker Jay Trainer of San Francisco. He says he tries to “bring back a sense of honesty to rock ‘n’ roll” in his recordings -- but he’s better known for his uninhibited, free-form live shows.

You can experience this yourself on Friday March 15, when Trainer joins the band Felsen, and others, at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. Music begins at 8pm.

The band Journey has a special place in the hearts of Bay Area music fans. They’re on tour this month … in Australia. If that’s a bit far, you can hear the band Evolution instead. Evolution has been voted “top tribute band in California” twice, and has the approval of the original band members. This is not a dress-up act; they’re devoted to accurately recreating the music of Journey. They’re performing Saturday, March 16th at George’s Night Club in San Rafael, starting about 9:30pm. Don’t stop believin’!

Mills College

Today we feature music composed by Daniel Capo of Oakland. Capo teaches at Mills College, and is taking part in this year’s Signal Flow Music and Sound Art Festival. Signal Flow is an annual spring festival of student works, going on this week.  Capo is one of five performers who will appear on Saturday, March 9, at the Littlefield Concert Hall at Mills in Oakland.

Today’s Local Music: Before the Brave

Feb 28, 2013

Call it Folk Rock or call it America, the style of music featured here is all over the place these days. This particular band, from San Francisco, is known as Before the Brave. They list Ryan Adams and Arcade Fire among their influences.

They’ll be opening for Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – another Bay Area band – on Saturday March 2 at the Great American Music Hall, as part of this year’s Noise Pop festival.

Things are going well for Ty Segall, who you’re hearing now. Last year he appeared on both the David Letterman and Conan O’Brien shows, and he was the headliner at The Fillmore about a month ago. This Thursday, though, he’s part of the "Noise Pop" line-up at the humble Knockout Room in San Francisco. Music starts about 10pm.

Amy X Neuburg

If you listen to 'Other Minds' on KALW, Fridays at 11pm, you probably already know that the 18th annual Other Minds Festival is this week.

Performers from as far away as India are on the schedule - along with Bay Area musician Amy X Neuburg, who is featuring today on Monday's Crosscurrents (02.25).

Today's Local Music: Nils Bultmann

Feb 21, 2013

Today we are featuring a duet between a classical viola and an Australian didjeridu. Nils Bultmann, who is playing viola, wrote this piece, which may be part of his presentation on Sunday, February 24 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco. It’s presented by the Noe Valley Chamber Music series. The concert begins at 4pm.  

Jiro Yoshihara

You may just want to stay home this weekend, after last Sunday’s Super Bowl party. But in case you change your mind, here are some ideas that don’t cost much (if anything), and will keep you informed musically, physically, philanthropically, artistically, and historically. 

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Today’s local music is from Baltimore as we fulfill our end of a Super Bowl bet we had with Baltimore station WTMD. All week we have been bringing you local music from that city, and today’s pick is Freedom Enterprise, self-described as Baltimore’s “Funk Soul Rock'n'Roll musical experience.”

Today's local music comes from thousands of miles away.

Today's Local Music: The Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo

Jan 30, 2013

Would you like a break from hearing toe-tapping melodies?  If so, then the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo may be just the sound you’re after. They’ll be performing their improvised acoustic experimentations as part of the Creative Music Series at The Luggage Store artist space in San Francisco tomorrow, January 31, starting at 8pm. 

Today we are featuring music by Dodge’s Sundodgers. They specialize in updated versions of music that was popular nearly a century ago – namely ragtime, ballads, waltzes and Hawaiian steel guitar. They’re playing on Saturday, February 2 at Café Leila on San Pablo in Berkeley, starting about 7pm.

Today's Local Music : Brian Gore

Jan 22, 2013

The music you’re hearing is by Brian Gore, who calls himself a “guitar poet.” Gore defines that as playing the guitar “in service of song, over showmanship.” This San Francisco musician is on a national tour with three other performers, which they’re calling “International Guitar Night.” The only Bay Area stop will be this Saturday (01.26) at Brava Theater in the Mission. Music begins about 8pm.

Today’s Local Music: Brand New Trash

Jan 21, 2013

Something special often happens when siblings play music together. That’s the case with brothers Jimmy and Vince Dewald. We have featured their former band, Buxter Hoot’n, before, but now they’re going in a new direction with a band called Brand New Trash. The Dewald brothers say they are trying for “a more cinematic expression of a song.”

Today’s Local Music: Brand New Trash

Jan 21, 2013

Something special often happens when siblings play music together. That’s the case with brothers Jimmy and Vince Dewald. We have featured their former band, Buxter Hoot’n, before, but now they’re going in a new direction with a band called Brand New Trash. The Dewald brothers say they are trying for “a more cinematic expression of a song.”

Today's Local Music: The Cyril Guiraud Trio

Jan 16, 2013

Today we're featuring the Cyril Guiraud Trio. They'll be crossing the bridge from Berkeley to play this Friday (January 18, 2013) at Café Royale in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill area. Music begins about 9 pm.


Today’s Local Music: Eggplant Casino

Jan 14, 2013

That music you’re hearing? It’s by The Eggplant Casino. No, that’s not where they’re playing, that’s their name. They’re playing at The Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco, this Thursday, opening for Chum, the only Phish tribute band we know of. Doors open at 8pm.

Brendan Getzell describes his sound as “Grey’s Anatomy” music for “House” people. If you don’t understand those TV show references, try this: he specializes in epic power-rock.

 If you’d like to hear this brand of music in an intimate setting, Getzell will be performing with Peter Chung on Saturday (01.12) at The Bazaar Café in San Francisco, starting about 7pm.

Anyone familiar with the Dub Rock/Cali-Reggae scene may already know the band Counter Culture, from Novato. The band, which you’re hearing now, has been playing extensively through Northern California since last summer. 

They’re playing the Fourth Street Tavern in San Rafael on Friday, January 11th. It’s an over-21 show, and music starts about 9:30pm or so.

Today's Local Music: Curt Yagi

Jan 7, 2013

Does this sound like anyone you’ve heard before? Curt Yagi is often compared to others, but no less an authority. Rock journalist Ben Fong-Torres says he sounds like… Curt Yagi. And that’s just fine.

Curt Yagi and The People Standing Behind Me will be sounding like themselves on Wednesday (01.09) at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco.

Music starts at 8pm.

band: http://www.curtyagi.com/