Local Music

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Composer Bryan Bowman grew up in a musical family in San Francisco, but not a jazzy one. His mother plays cello and his father is a classical pianist.

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The music you’re hearing now is by the Pacific Mambo Orchestra from San Francisco. They’re influenced by Duke Ellington, Tito Puente, and Stevie Wonder.

Today's Local Music: Orchestra Euphonos

Jun 1, 2016
Photo credit: Tomas Pacha

Oakland-based Orchestra Euphonos plays klezmer and Eastern European folk music — songs from places like Romania, Greece and Serbia.
 


Today's Local Music: LoCura

May 31, 2016
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Look up the word “locura” and the first thing you’ll see is the Spanish definition, meaning “madness.” Look a little deeper and you’ll find LoCura is also a Latin/Flamenco band from — as they say — “San Pancho, Califas.” You can translate that one yourself.

Photo by Jake Jacobson

So you think you know harp music, do you? Well, listen to Deborah Henson-Conant and you may change your mind. At times she makes the harp sound like a guitar. Sometimes she plays jazz or flamenco, but she never plays “boring.”

Deborah Henson-Conant is one of several harpists participating in the International Harp Festival at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville on Saturday (05.28). Things get started at 7:30pm.

Bob Dylan at 75: A Bay Area History on Fog City Blues

May 25, 2016

Bob Dylan turns 75 on May 24. His first formal concert in the Bay Area took place in San Francisco on November 25, 1964; his most recent was October 30, 2014 in Oakland (he and his band return next month for a pair of shows in Berkeley).

Live From the Fog City Blues Volume 3

May 18, 2016

20 on-air performances from the past two years are compiled on a brand-new third volume of Live From the Fog City Blues – local artists playing original blues (and beyond) live in the KALW studio. 

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After 20 years of making music together, the Cypress String Quartet have decided to disband this summer — but before they do, they’ll be performing all of Beethoven’s string quartets in a two week series of free public concerts through the city. 

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This music?  It’s by a seven-piece band from San Francisco called The Seshen.

The Seshen will be performing a free show at Yerba Buena Gardens on Saturday, May 7th, starting about 1 pm. 

10 Bay Area bands reunite next month in San Francisco for an eclectic tribute to Radiohead's Kid A. Guest Music Director Elizabeth Setzer and UnderCover Executive Producer Lyz Luke join host Devon Strolovitch for a preview this Wednesday 5/04 at 9 pm.

Today's Local Music: Rin Tin Tiger

May 3, 2016
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This music? It's by a San Francisco alternative twang trio called Rin Tin Tiger. The San Francisco Chronicle says it's great music for playing air guitar.

Try your moves along with Rin Tin Tiger tomorrow (05.04) when they appear at the Milk Bar on Haight Street. It's a free show, but you do have to let them know you're coming. Music starts at 8pm.

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional live on Fog City Blues

Apr 27, 2016

The Sam Chase has a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. 

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Is punk dead? Not when it's in the hands of Them Creatures, who claim they're from Transylvania, California (but we know they're from the East Bay).

Them Creatures perform tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26th, at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Doors open at 8:30 pm. 

Mark Growden live on Fog City Blues

Apr 20, 2016

Mark Growden is a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and the director/founder of The Calling All Choir. Raised in a small mountain community in Northeast California, his work emanates earthy, soulful and poetic tones. 

Today's Local Music: Lowell Levinger

Apr 18, 2016
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Today’s local music is by Lowell Levinger. You may not recognize that name, but perhaps you remember Banana from the Youngbloods, back in the 1960s. Well, that’s him. 

Saul Kaye live on Fog City Blues

Apr 13, 2016

With Passover just around the corner, San Francisco bluesman Saul Kaye has just released Jewish Blues Volume IV: Down Home Nigguns and Other Songs from the Family Tree.

Today's Local Music: Blame Sally

Apr 7, 2016

Today’s local music is by the Bay Area band called Blame Sally. They’re one of four groups coming together for the benefit of long-time KALW program host and board operator Kevin Vance.

Tumbleweed Wanderers live on Fog City Blues

Apr 6, 2016

Busking outside of countless Bay Area venues, Tumbleweed Wanderers took the stage on the streets of San Francisco in 2011 with the hopes of simply sharing their music. 

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The music you’re hearing now is by Terese Taylor of San Francisco. The New York Times describes her sound as “delicious miserable music.”

Sound appealing? Well then, get down to the Hotel Utah in San Francisco on Sunday, where she’s on the program with two other bands. Doors open at 8pm.

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San Francisco band  Sea Knight have been compared to the Pixies and the Breeders.   

Seungho Yoo

Today’s local music is by the Wooden Fish Ensemble of San Francisco. They present concerts from a variety of cultural and national backgrounds.

Image by Victoria Smith.

San Francisco outfit Geographer is known for their energetic live shows, with music featuring beautiful, haunting melodies. 

Three Times Bad

The band you’re hearing now is called Three Times Bad, a San Francisco band that’s difficult to categorize. Some call it bluegrass music, others call it Americana – and still others say it includes “a hint of vaudeville.”

Three Times Bad is appearing tomorrow, Friday, March 25, at Peri's Bar in Fairfax. They'll start about 9pm.

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Looking for a reason to go out on a weeknight? Well, a band known as The Spiral Electric is playing at Bottom of the Hill in a couple of days.  This psychedelic group started as a duo, but soon expanded to a quintet.

You'll find The Spiral Electric and two other bands at Bottom of the Hill in their hometown of San Francisco on Thursday (03.24). Doors open at 8:30pm.

Culann's Hounds live on Fog City Blues

Mar 16, 2016

Fierce like their namesake Cu Chulainn, Culann's Hounds have built a reputation for stage shows filled with high-energy and a ruthless dedication to rocking their audiences.

Photo courtesy of The Bogues

Paul Griffiths plays with various combinations of musicians, and you can hear him in person during his St. Patrick’s Day show on Thursday, March 17th.

Hey! Wake up! The Bum City Saints are in the house! This San Francisco punk trio started in 2007, inspired, as they describe it, “by boredom and a burning desire to play music.”

Today's Local Music: Kim Nucci

Mar 8, 2016

Today’s local music is by Kim Nucci of Oakland. She describes herself as a multimedia artist/composer and improviser. 

Local Music: Sugar Ponies

Mar 7, 2016
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The music you’re hearing now is by Sugar Ponies. Vocalist Suzanne Kramer is the Songwriter-in-Residence every Tuesday this month at the Bazaar Café in San Francisco. Kramer and guests will start playing at 7 pm.

Carolina Lugo & Carolé Acuña. www.carolinalugo.com.

Traditional Spanish flamenco is all about the passion, and that’s what Carolina Lugo and Carolé Acuña deliver with their Ballet Flamenco.

Ballet Flamenco has a performance on Saturday, March 5th, at the Pena Pachamama Center in San Francisco, starting about 7:00 pm.

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