Local Music

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. 

Here's your Arts/Culture/Weekend:

THURSDAY

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
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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/

Today's Local Music: Field Trips

Jan 2, 2013

There’s not much we can tell you about the band called Field Trips, other than that they're an Oakland band. Field Trips claim to be ”running free and sharing their unhinged grooves” throughout the Bay Area. If this sounds appealing, you’ll want to show up at the New Parish in Oakland tomorrow night (January 03), where they’ll be playing. Doors open at 8pm, and music starts about 9pm.

Today's Local Music: Whiskerman

Dec 12, 2012

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Not all members of today's featured band Whiskerman have whiskers, but most do. Whiskerman is one of the bands performing at a kick-off event sponsored by Food & Water Watch “to build a movement to ban oil fracking in California.” The event is coming up Friday, December 14 at Inner Mission, on Bryant Street in San Francisco, starting at 8pm. 

Now here’s something you don’t hear every day – a Guitar Pull. The term seems to come from the Great Depression when a group would get together to play songs. Often only one player would have a guitar, so they’d “pull” it from each other to have a turn.

If your band members were named Walter, Brent, Roland, and Rafael, what would you call the band?  Why, The Rogers, of course! Although they’ve only been playing together in public for about a year, The Rogers already have an album, which was released this past summer.  You can hear them live on December 17, when they play The Rocket Room, an intimate space inside of the famous Fillmore, in San Francisco. 

There’s no leader in the band Grass Widow. That probably makes it easier for each member of this trio to suggest subjects for songs. Grass Widow, who you’re hearing now, call their music post-punk, and the New Yorker Magazine describes it as “pastoral melodies” floating over “trellises of spindly guitars.” If this sounds appealing, you can hear them live on Thursday, December 6, when they play at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.

Today's Local Music: Daniel Castro

Nov 29, 2012

Today we are featuring the blues stylings of Daniel Castro. He’s a festival favorite throughout the West and has shared the stage with big-name blues players from John Mayall to The Staples Singers. 

You can hear him at The Saloon, San Francisco’s legendary blues dive bar, on Saturday, December 01.  The band should be tuning up around 9:30pm.

with permission from the band

What do you call the winner of Best Song in three different categories in last summer’s Independent Music Awards Poll? The answer is: Blame Sally.

Blame Sally will be performing in the Bay Area on Saturday, December 1, for the first time since winning those awards. They’ll be at the Kanbar Center for Performing Arts, part of the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael. Music starts at 8 p.m.

KALW is hosting a public remembrance of our long-time announcer and all-round cultural diplomat, Alan Farley. Alan died October 21st, after 39 years with this station. Several musicians associated with KALW will present music at the event: Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill, David Latulippe, Eric Wayne and Sarah Cahill. The event takes place next Monday, November 19th at the Green Room of the War Memorial Building at San Francisco’s Civic Center, from 5 to 8 pm.

 Today we are featuring the Alex Pinto Trio! Alex Pinto was born near Washington, DC, lived for a time in Warsaw, Poland, and was a finalist a few years ago in a guitar competition in Montreux, Switzerland. Oh, and his father is from India, and his mother is from Wisconsin!

Today we’re featuring The Hotsy Totsy Hillbilly Jazzbos of Alameda. They play a mix of Hot Jazz and Country-Western, along with songs that were popular way back in the 1930s. They’re performing tomorrow, October 30, at Julie’s Coffee & Tea House in Oakland starting about 7pm.   

When you think of bluegrass music, you probably think more of wooden cabins than of Presidential yachts. But on Thursday (10.25) the Kathy Kallick Band has a show planned on the Potomac, the yacht built for President Franklin Roosevelt, now harbored at Jack London Square in Oakland. This concert is part of the “Pickin’ on the Potomac” music series. Tours of the ship begin at 6:30pm, and the music starts about an hour later.

Today we are featuring the sound of Bells. Not literally “bells,” of course. That’s the name of the group. This East Bay band blends dreamy harmonies and a wide range of percussion to create a unique sound. You can hear them for yourself on Friday, October 19, at the New Parish in Oakland. Music starts at about 9pm.

 

Today we are featuring the high-energy grooves of Afrobeat practitioners, Albino! This ten-piece ensemble includes dancers and eye-popping costumes - along with hypnotic percussion and heavy, heavy horns! They’ll be celebrating the birthday of Fela Kuti, their Nigerian musical muse, on Friday, October 19, at San Francisco’s Elbo Room. Music starts at 9pm. 

According to Ty Segall, his third album, Melted, sounds like “cherry cola, Sno-Cones and taffy.” Segall uses acoustic and electric sounds, distortion and memorable choruses in order to make time “melt” away. He’s playing Sunday, October 14th, at the Treasure Island Music Festival. We don’t know the time, but the music starts at noon and goes until 9pm. The festival has a no re-entry policy, so just show up!

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