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Local musician Kelly McFarling wrote her song “Atlanta” as an ode to her hometown, but she didn’t write it – or any other song, as a matter of fact – until she settled into her current home in San Francisco. In this edition of Bay Area Beats, McFarling tells KALW’s Martina Castro why she credits San Francisco with helping her launch her musical career, and better understanding the idea of home.

Hawaiian slack key guitarist Patrick Landeza returns to the KALW studios this Saturday for a live performance.  He'll talk about his upcoming appearance at the Freight in Berkeley at the end of this month with the Legends of Waikiki, three of Hawaii's most iconic traditional singers.  Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.

Keeping jazz fresh through fusion, Rez Abbasi

Apr 23, 2012

In New York, a new crop of 30-something musicians, whose parents were born elsewhere, are mixing Latin, Balkan, or South Asian music with jazz. One of the best is guitarist Rez Abbasi.

Abbassi was born in Karachi Pakistan but grew up in Southern California. As a youngster he was more enamored of rock than ragas. While South Asian sounds wafted throughout his home, he tried not to pay attention.

Zodiac Death Valley

Feb 16, 2012

The music you’re hearing now is by Zodiac Death Valley. This San Francisco band calls themselves “the loudest folk band in the world.” You can judge for yourself on Saturday (02.18), when they take the stage at The Independent in San Francisco.

Vampires and werewolves, the possessed and undead souls featured in the Twilight books and their stylish movie adaptations, may currently have teens transfixed, but the idea of these creatures walking among us dates back to at least ancient Greece. There the man-wolf was called Lycanthropos.

John Garcia Band

Jan 10, 2012
Photo courtesy of John Garcia Band

The John Garcia Band has performed with everyone from John Lee Hooker to Johnny Winter, B.B. King to Albert King. He has also taught blues guitar in the Bay Area for several years. Now, he’s playing with his own band on Sunday (January 15) at Biscuits and Blues, near Union Square in San Francisco, starting at 8pm.

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