music

5:01pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: The SHE'S

The SHE'S

You've probably been seeing this next band around town for a while, on line-ups at clubs like Bottom of the Hill and The Independent. They've been playing the show circuit for over four years and have a following that stretches as far as London, England. 

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11:40am

Tue February 4, 2014
Arts & Culture

Egyptian crooner sounds like home to local Arab Americans

The late Abdelhalim Hafez, beloved Arabic musician

  The late Abdelhalim Hafez is an icon of mid-20th century Arabic music. Like Elvis in the United States, Hafez has accrued a massive following of fans in Egypt and abroad, with fans affectionately referring to him under the one word moniker “Halim.” 

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4:31pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

Aswat Ensemble performs songs from the Arab world with a multicultural twist

Image from zawaya.org

The Arabic music ensemble Aswat is based in the Bay Area and plays classical Arab standards in concerts throughout the Bay Area. But you don't have to know the language to participate.

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5:44pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

A visit with the string whisperer

Note: This piece loses much of its music in written form. Click the audio player above to get the full effect. 

Roland Feller is responsible for the well-being of many of the city's stringed instruments. When you imagine him working on a violin, picture him seated at a tiny old fashioned desk littered with tools and wood shavings, in a room piled with sheet music, billing forms...and violins. Violins hanging on the walls and from the ceiling; violins leaning against the table legs on the floor.

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10:00pm

Wed December 11, 2013
Arts & Culture

San Francisco's own brand of Northern Soul: An hour-long special

DJ Lucky Siegle at Nightbeat happening at The Knockout in San Francisco
Elias Perez

Click the "play" button above to listen to the entire show.

40 years ago, in small town bars across the U.K., you could find party goers spinning, twirling and pumping their legs to the fast sounds of American soul music. But, it wasn’t the top 40 Motown sound you’d usually hear, in fact, by that time in the 1970’s, Funk and Disco had already taken over the charts. These kids craved Soul they hadn’t heard yet--rare B sides, and small label releases that were overlooked in the surplus of American-produced Soul music in the 1960’s. DJs in the U.K. began collecting Soul records that were off the beaten track, and often impossible to find again. That specific sound of Soul, and the night-life culture that erupted around it, was branded "Northern Soul."

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