Local Music

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.

 

Dan Hicks

Feb 23, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Dan Hicks

You’ve probably heard of Bay Area music mainstay Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. But have you ever heard them perform live? The Chronicle says of Hicks, "So few truly original figures exist in pop music that Dan Hicks should be a national treasure."

He has a big 70th birthday celebration at San Francisco’s Davies Hall in April, but you can hear him in a more relaxed show tomorrow (February 24) at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, in Livermore, starting at 8pm. 

Alma D

Feb 15, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Alma D

 The Wall Street Journal has recognized a Bay Area band called Alma Desnuda – or just Alma D to their friends for their innovative business practices, but they’re also passionate about philanthropy. Plus, you can dance to their music! They’re taking the stage at the intimate Boom Boom Room in San Francisco on Friday, starting about 10pm.

Buxter Hoot'n

Feb 14, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Buxter Hoot'n

You might have heard of Butxter Hoot’n band last month on another KALW program: “West Coast Live.” The East Bay Express says their unique song writing, and tight-knit performances make Buxter Hoot’n “an experience not to be missed.” You’ll have the opportunity not to miss them this Thursday (February 16), when they take the stage at The Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco, starting about 9pm.

Dana Carmel

Feb 9, 2012

The song you’re hearing is by Dana Carmel. She realized while studying psychology at NYU that her true calling was music, and she’s been dedicated to it’s study and performance ever since. Dana Carmel is the opening act on Sunday (02.12) at the Brain Wash Café in San Francisco, starting at 6pm.

Zoe Boekbinder

Feb 8, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Zoe Boekbinder

For many years Zoe Boekbinder had a recurring dream about being Princess of the Moon, and that lightness is reflected in her music.

She’ll be performing at Studio Querqus, a visual & performing arts exhibition space in Oakland, this Friday (February 10). 

Blind Willies

Feb 7, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Blind Willies

Do you know the way to famously reclusive Bolinas?

If so, and you stop in at Smiley’s Saloon this Friday, you can hear the Blind Willies. This Bay Area band says its music is “gospel revised by thieves, pimps, poets, losers, children, and malcontents.” They also play the blues.

Music starts about 9pm . But remember, this is Bolinas, so be patient. 

Andre Thierry

Feb 6, 2012
Photo courtesy of Dear to My Art Photography

It's not quite Mardi Gras yet, but you can get in the mood Tuesday, February 7th when Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic come to town.

They're one of three bands on the bill at the Elbow Room in San Francisco. Music starts about 9pm.

Foolproof Four

Feb 2, 2012

San Francisco's Foolproof Four describes itself with an equation: multiply blues by jazz, add rock, divide by country, and subtract half the band (as well as most of the drum kit). You can hear them live at Thee Parkside in San Francisco tomorrow, February 3, starting about 9pm.

 

Connie Ducey

Jan 30, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Connie Ducey

Connie Ducey started singing harmony with her parents when she was three, and officially sang in public for the first time at age nine. She’s been performing regularly at clubs and events around northern California for the past dozen or so years.

You can hear her Thursday (February 2) at The Panama Hotel in San Rafael. Music starts about 7pm.

Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Ryan Balboa Be Bop Band

 

No, jazz legend Coleman Hawkins is not from the Bay Area, and he’s not back from the dead. But you’ll learn about him, and other jazz greats, in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “A Great Day in Harlem,” which you can see at the Balboa Theater in San Francisco on Sunday (January 29).

The program also includes live jazz from Jimmy Ryan’s Balboa Be-Bop Band, both before the film, and then again after.

Broun Fellinis

Jan 24, 2012

Where else but the Bay Area would you find a band that describes its music as “a soulful and aggressive style of postmodern improvised/composed jazzical sound that is informed by dub, Afro beat, abstract funk, drum and bass?" There’s more, but you get the idea – and that idea is called Broun Fellinis

They have a CD release party planned next Sunday, January 29, at Café du Nord in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm. 

Adios Amigo

Jan 23, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Adios Amigo

How about a happy pill? That’s how the San Francisco Chronicle describes the music of the band, Adios Amigo. The band is a side project of Johnny Major, drummer for another band named Il Gato. He says living in the Bay Area “allows one to write happy, hopeful, celebratory music.”

Adios Amigo will be performing on Friday (January 27) at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. 

Exray's

Jan 19, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Exray's

Did you see the movie, “The Social Network”? If so, then you’ve heard music by Jon Bernson, who the Bay Guardian calls “a force of nature in the Bay Area music scene.” His current band, Exray’s, has a show this Saturday (January 21) at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. They take the stage about 9pm.

Con Alma

Jan 17, 2012
courtesy of Con Alma

The singers you’re hearing are known as Con Alma. This vocal jazz ensemble, which has been active in the East Bay and San Francisco since 1999, has been described as “fresh and full of subtle surprises.” 

They’re performing Saturday (01.21) at Avonova in Oakland, starting about 8pm. 

David Velasco

Jan 12, 2012
Photo courtesy of David Velasco

David Velasco and his friends will play their ambient music at San Francisco’s Dolores Park Cafe tomorrow night (January 13).

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