Local Music

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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Today's local music is by the mysterious San Francisco outfit, the Smokin' Ziggurats. They’re opening for Dengue Fever this Friday night at the New Parish in Oakland. Show starts at 9 p.m.

Courtesy of Iriefuse

Today’s local music is by IrieFuse. This Marin County collective started under the name Counter Culture in 2011 and has become a regular feature at northern California universities, house parties and even weddings!

The voices you’re hearing now belong to members of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. Their stated goal is “To inspire joy and unity among all people through Black gospel and spiritual music traditions.”

Amber Gougis live on Fog City Blues

Feb 24, 2016

Amber Gougis is going places, but she’s taking her own winding way. A thoughtful singer who infuses jazz with soul and brings an improvisation-laced sensibility to Chicago blues and mid-century R&B, she’s earned widespread respect around the Bay Area music scene.

Today's Local Music: Black Cedar Trio

Feb 23, 2016

The Black Cedar Trio is from San Francisco. Their motto is “explore a path less trod.” They will be performing new commissions and older pieces on Friday (02.26) at Old First Church in San Francisco, starting at 8pm.

Local Music: Amelia Romano

Feb 22, 2016

While her own compositions experiment with rhythms, tones and textures, Amelia Romano will play traditional Persian folk music on Wednesday when she appears at The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland. The program begins at 7 pm.

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Today's local music is by Deborah Crooks. Many adjectives could be employed to describe her sound, but we'll go with this review: "It is quite simply smart and engaging music."

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The husky voice you’re hearing now belongs to singer/songwriter Ira Marlowe. The San Francisco Chronicle has called him “Oakland’s sweet little secret.”

Ira Marlowe will perform solo at The Monkey House in Berkeley on Saturday (02.13) It’s a small place, so arrange for tickets ahead of time.

A Tribute to Green Day's "Dookie" live on Fog City Blues

Feb 10, 2016

22 years ago, a Bay Area band named Green Day dropped a massive Dookie - an album so massive that it propelled both Green Day and, some say, punk music into the mainstream. 


The music you’re hearing right now is by David Bowie. But it’s being performed by Cat People, a Bowie tribute band from San Francisco. 

Cat People will be dipping into five decades of Bowie’s creativity on Thursday (02.12), at the Stork Club in Oakland. Music starts around 9pm.   


This music? It’s by Cascades de Flores. Their sound has been described as “a delicious discovery of retro acoustic music with Mexican and Caribbean roots.”
Cascades de Flores appears Sunday (02.07) at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco’s Presidio. It's a family show, starting at noon.

The Crux + David Luning live on Fog City Blues

Feb 3, 2016

The Crux hail from the vast tundra that is the North Bay (Santa Rosa specifically) and have managed to create a sound you might get from throwing your grandfathers old 78s, a bit of scrap metal, a dive bar piano, and a fiery Baptist preacher into a (rather large) blender. 

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  Today’s local music brings to mind honest-to-goodness old style rock ‘n’ roll – the type played by ZZ Top and Mountain in the '70s. But this is the current sound of a San Francisco group called Older Sun

Older Sun tops the bill on Thursday, February 4th, at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. Music starts about 8:30 pm.  

Courtesy of Justin Ancheta

The music you’re hearing now is by East Bay musician Justin Ancheta who has played for audiences from Spain to Hawaii.

With a shared obsession for musicology, film, history, and design, Wolf & Crow sought to craft a fully immersive world within their 2015 debut album, Folklore. Sweetly chilling harmonies, woody folk-guitar picking, and rustic slide guitar interweave to form a haunting and beautiful American-Primitive landscape. 

25 Years of the Blues Harmonica Blowout on Fog City Blues

Jan 20, 2016

Bay Area harp master Mark Hummel started the Blues Harmonica Blowout back in 1991. Since then it has grown into a much-heralded event featuring the most famous blues players alive, including John Mayall, James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, and many more.