Local Music

The Family Crest is a San Francisco group considers itself “an orchestral indie collective” rather than a band. They’re primarily a six-piece group, but over 250 ‘Extended Family Members’ have participated in their recordings, live performances, and other media and art projects -- so you’re never sure how many people you’ll see on stage.

 

Today we are featuring the San Francisco techno-acoustic performer known as Tycho

He doesn’t just twiddle knobs on a computer keyboard at his shows. Real guitars and drums are also part of the sound. And aside from music, Tycho – whose real name is Scott Hansen – is also a graphic designer. He creates abstract patterns and designs to accompany his ambient songs, which he calls “artifacts from the future.”

Today's Local Music: Adrian Costa

May 23, 2012

Today we are featuring the soulful, old-school sounds of Adrian Costa. The Palo Alto bluesman will be on stage Sunday, May 27th at Cato’s Ale House in Oakland. It’s on Sunday, so music starts early, around 5:30pm.

Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/lepaniquesf

What’s the point of seeing a band live? You want them to be lively, of course. And Le Panique, the band we’re featuring today, knows that. This group, from San Francisco, thinks that if the audience sees the band having fun, it will translate to them. You can check out that translation on Wednesday May 23, when they play Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland.

The Creak

May 17, 2012

Oh, banjo music! Some people love it, others can’t stand it.

If you’re in the first group, you’ll want to know about the San Francisco band called The Creak.

They don’t remember who thought of the name, but they like it because it brings to mind “the sound of something old and worn-in and comfortable.”

They have a show scheduled for Friday (05.18) in San Francisco at The Lost Church on Capp Street, starting about 9pm. 

The Evie Ladin Band

May 16, 2012

The sounds you’re hearing are from The Evie Ladin Band, out of Oakland. You may know Evie Ladin as a major part of the Stairwell Sisters. But she also has this band, under her own name. They’ll be playing at a square dance on Friday (05.18) at the Niebyl Proctor Library in Oakland, starting about 8pm. And if you’re interested, there’s a workshop on clog-dancing beforehand, at 6:30pm.

Hear LoCura lead singer Kata Miletich and guitarist Bob Sanders perform "Manzanilla" from their new album, Semilla Caminante, live at KALW studios.

Courtesy of LoCura

The San Francisco band LoCura reflects the Bay's diverse mix of cultures, histories and people through music that surfs genres and shuns labels. Members of the band come from as far away as Spain, and as close as the Mission district. They blend flamenco, Cuban son, reggae, cumbia, ska and more to make their own border-crossing brand of revolutionary party music. With the release of their new album, Semilla Caminante, the band deepens this mixture of musical and political cultures.

Matt Lax

May 13, 2012

The song you’re hearing now is by Matt Lax & the Nearly Beloved.

Mill Valley local, Matt Lax, will be playing solo this coming Saturday, May 19 at the monthly “Celebrating Songwriters” event, hosted by musician Caren Armstrong.

Come early to the East Bay Dance Center in Oakland to make sure you get a good seat.

Doors open at 7:30pm.

 

 

Tia Fuller Quartet

May 10, 2012
Photo courtesy of http://www.tiafuller.com/

Today we're featuring an artist performing as part of the SF Jazz Spring Season. Tia Fuller is a saxophonist from New Jersey who has taught at Stanford Jazz Workshops. Fuller and her quartet will be performing at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Thursday, May 17 at 8pm. 

The music you’re hearing now is by folk, blues and jazz pioneer Barbara Dane. The Oakland resident has been performing since the 1950s and was a clear voice in the Peace & Justice and Civil Rights movements of that time.

Dane is planning a concert for her 85th birthday on Mother’s Day (05.13) at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. Music begins at 8pm.

Makru

May 8, 2012
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Makru is a San Francisco band with so many musical influences that we’ll just call their sound “world music.” But they call it “a unifying, positive vibe in the Bay Area."

Crosscurrents’ own Martina Castro sings with the group in both English and Spanish. They perform this Thursday (May 10) at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm.

Loquat

Apr 26, 2012
Photo courtesy of http://www.myspace.com/loquat

Today's music is by “Loquat,” a San Francisco band. Do they take their name from the fruit of that name? Maybe – they’re not saying for sure. But they do say their music “doesn’t pander to fashion.” They’re heading the bill tomorrow, April 27, at The Independent in San Francisco, singing songs from their new album. Music begins about 9pm.

The Corner Laughers

Apr 24, 2012
Photo courtesy of http://cornerlaughers.com

 

Today's music is by The Corner Laughers. The name derives from the admiration that the band has for “those who remain amused and observant from the sidelines of this ridiculous world.”  Their songs may bring to mind a carefree summer, but their lyrics often contain hints of the first chills of autumn.  The Corner Laughers are one of seven bands being showcased at San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday, April 25. Doors open at 7pm, and music begins at 8pm. 

Los Rakas

Apr 23, 2012

Today's local music is by Los Rakas. These two cousins were born in Panama, but they were raised in Oaktown, baby. You can hear them this Saturday, April 28 at the Catalyst Nightclub in Santa Cruz. Music starts at 9pm.

I love my classic Nishiki road bike. I know, it’s kind of a Bay Area hipster cliché, but what can I say? I enjoy riding and I try to bike as much as I can – to work, for fun, whatever. So I was excited to hear about the new 10-day, 200-mile bike tour that the bands Rupa and the April Fishes and Shake Your Peace have planned.

Local Music - Future Twins

Apr 11, 2012

The song you’re hearing is the very-San Francisco band called Future Twin. The band started as a trio but is now a five-piece group … when they all show up. They have a show planned Saturday (04.14) at El Rio in San Francisco. They’ll probably include songs from their debut EP cassette, which came out in January. Music starts around 9pm. [Yes, they released a CASSETTE~!]

 

Shady Maples

Apr 10, 2012
Photo courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/shadymaples

Today we're featuring a local band called Shady Maples. They’re a northern-southern band, actually; the singing guitarist lives in the Bay Area and the lap steel player resides in San Diego. Their talents will converge on Sunday, April 15th, when they’ll have a free show at Rasputin Records in Berkeley, starting about 2 pm.

The Rogers

Apr 9, 2012

The music you’re hearing is by The Rogers. The members all met at a music instruction store in Oakland’s Laurel neighborhood. They have quite a complicated list of ingredients to their sound, which is most easily described as “Americana.” They’re one of five bands on the bill this Thursday at The Stork Club in Oakland. Music starts about 9pm.

Judith Linsenberg

Mar 29, 2012

Looking for something civilized to do on April Fool’s Day? Then consider attending a late afternoon Baroque music concert by Judith Linsenberg. Audiences throughout the United States and Europe have heard Lisenberg play her recorder, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center. You’ll be able to hear her at the Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley this Sunday.

The Shants

Mar 28, 2012
Photo courtesy of The Shants

The Shants, which is Gaelic for "charmed," or “blessed,” call their sound “slow burning Americana, from Oakland, California.”

The Shants will be playing on Sunday (April 1st) as part of “Roots Rocket Sunday,” at Disco Volante in Oakland.

Music starts about 7 pm, and tickets are $1,000 each. APRIL FOOLS! Actually, admission is free….

Benny Velarde

Mar 27, 2012

The music you’re hearing is by Benny Velarde. Velarde has played with just about every jazz great in the Bay Area, from Tito Puente and Cal Tjader to Vince Guaraldi and Lalo Shifrin. Velarde receives the Beacon Award from SFJazz this Saturday, March 31, marking sixty years of performing. The show takes place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center Forum, starting at 8 pm.

Pins of Light

Mar 26, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Pins of Light

 

San Francisco band called Pins of Light might remind you of Motorhead or Mothers of Invention. Or maybe they have a Pink Floyd vibe? They’re one of those bands that are hard to classify – which means they’re original!  

They’re celebrating the release of their new album on Friday (March 30) at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco, starting about 9pm.

Haunted by Heros

Mar 20, 2012
Photo courtesy Moon Dog Creations

The song you’re hearing now is being played by the band Haunted by Heroes, from Pacifica. Known at present as “the world’s youngest rock band,” these little dudes aren’t much taller than their guitars. You can see them Saturday March 24 when they’re the opening act at the legendary Fillmore. Music starts at 9 pm. That’s probably past the bedtime of these eleven-year-olds… but it is a Saturday.

Music: Mondo Loko

Mar 19, 2012

The music you’re hearing is by Mondo Loko of Berkeley. Perhaps you heard them last summer at Ashkenaz, where they had their first public performance. Now the group brings its version of Samba Funk and Samba Rock to the Cigar Bar & Grill on Montgomery Street in San Francisco this Thursday (03.22). Music starts at 9:30pm.

Even Taylor

Mar 14, 2012

The song you’re hearing is by Even Taylor of Oakland. Her blend of melodic folk music and the occasional pop-rock cover will make you think, laugh, and maybe play the kazoo – if there are enough to go around.

She's playing a cozy concert this Friday, March 16 at Matching Half Café in San Francisco, starting about 8pm. 

Local Music: Rumbaché

Mar 8, 2012

The music you’re hearing is by Rumbaché [Room Bah SHAY]. This Bay Area band combines many styles, from timba and bomba to funk and salsa – with some Stevie Wonder thrown in.

They’re performing on Sunday (03.11) at The Sausalito Seahorse. We think they’ll want you to get off your seat and dance, because there’s a free dance lesson at 3pm. The music is scheduled from 4 to 8pm.

Roem Baur

Mar 7, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Roem Baur

Roem Baur has a very distinctive voice. Now from San Francisco, he started singing as a boy in a small-town church in southern Texas. He’s playing a free show this Saturday (March 10) at the Apple Computer flagship store, near Union Square, at 2pm. Then he’s heading back to Texas – this time to sing at the South by Southwest festival in Austin. 

Magik*Magik Orchestra

Mar 1, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Magik*Magik Orchestra

The Magik*Magik Orchestra of San Francisco is a modular orchestra, and very open to collaboration. They’ll be collaborating with conductor John Kennedy on Saturday (March 3) at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco as part of this year’s Festival of New Music, presented by Other Minds. There’s a panel discussion at 7pm, with the concert starting at 8pm.

Beatles Karaoke

Feb 29, 2012
photo credit: Terry Lorant

The vocalist you’re hearing is Dana Harnik, participating in the monthly all-Beatles karaoke night at Café Royale on Post Street in San Francisco. Note that this is no “follow the bouncing ball” laser-disc performance. Joshua Raoul Brody, of the band Tango Number 9, plays live piano to match each singer’s style. The next event takes place Monday, March 5, and the first Monday of every month. Music begins about 8pm, and a book of lyrics is provided.

 

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