• Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – October 27

    Tuesday Tracks: Your Weekly New Music Discovery – October 27

    Clockwise from top left: Carolina Story, BLACKSTARKIDS, Ryan Webster, James Hersey, Rusty Eye and Imelda May. Every week, there’s more new music waiting to be discovered. We are deep into fall, and yet the warm days have me unsure what season we’re actually in. We are still stuck…
  • Q&A: Songhoy Blues spread 'Optimisme' on their boldest statement yet

    Q&A: Songhoy Blues spread ‘Optimisme’ on their boldest statement yet

    Songhoy Blues, Courtesy. At one point a decade ago, the members of Malian rock band Songhoy Blues weren’t allowed to play shows. The ban had nothing to do with pandemic shelter-in-place orders and everything with an Islamist group that had taken over northern parts of the country and imposed sharia…
  • Opinion: Kicking the tires on the new SkyStar 'observation wheel'

    Opinion: Kicking the tires on the new SkyStar ‘observation wheel’

    SkyStar Observation Wheel in Golden Gate Park, photographed on Oct. 25, 2020. Roman Gokhman/STAFF. Could the new Golden Gate Park Ferris wheel—the SkyStar—withstand the predicted 70-mile-per-h0ur winds Sunday night? I wasn’t about to find out. The 150-feet-tall SkyStar “observation wheel”—company spokesman Jon Finck was quick to point out…
  • Insert Foot: Expect talk of reopening venues sooner rather than later

    Insert Foot: Expect talk of reopening venues sooner rather than later

    Insert Foot vs. resisting the urge, Bayshore Drive-in. INA Photo Agency/Getty Images. Burlingame’s Bayshore Drive-in is hosting drive-in concerts during these days of whine and COVID. Which is nice … they just had Major Lazer play, and even have some comedy acts coming up. But … One of the…
  • REWIND: “Dance Macabre” and 4 more songs for your advanced-level Halloween playlist

    REWIND: “Dance Macabre” and 4 more songs for your advanced-level Halloween playlist

    “Danse Macabre” (1493) by Michael Wolgemut. Not pictured: Ghost’s “Dance Macabre.” OK, enough dancing around it. I’ve done three editions of my Halloween Month and basically none of them has been a legit Halloween list. I’m writing this in advance so there’s no telling what unspeakable horrors have…
  • Q&A: The real Sammy Brown on Zach Sobiech, 'Clouds,' Saturday's livestream

    Q&A: The real Sammy Brown on Zach Sobiech, ‘Clouds,’ Saturday’s livestream

    Thanks to the new Disney+ film “Clouds,” Zach Sobiech‘s 2012 hit song of the same name is again at the top of streaming charts, seven years after it brought the 17-year-old and his songwriting partner, bandmate and best friend, Sammy Brown, international acclaim just before his death to…
  • INTERVIEW: Puscifer charts course for 'Existential Reckoning,' mysterious livestream

    INTERVIEW: Puscifer charts course for ‘Existential Reckoning,’ mysterious livestream

    Puscifer, Courtesy: Travis Shinn The shroud of mystery surrounding experimental rock outfit Puscifer is fitting for the uncertain and unsettling times of a pandemic crossed with mass civil unrest. The band, whose core is made up of Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle), Carina Round and Mat…
  • The Golden Bull back in business, hopes to bring music back to Oakland

    The Golden Bull back in business, hopes to bring music back to Oakland

    Musicians and The Golden Bull owners Bill Schneider (left) Mark W. Lynn (center) and Jason Beebout take a break outside their bar on Oct. 14, 2020. Karen Goldman/STAFF. The owners of The Golden Bull in Oakland never expected to be reselling pizza, but now that’s what’s keeping the…
  • Professor Music dives into music theory and white supremacy with Kev Choice

    Professor Music dives into music theory and white supremacy with Kev Choice

    Last month music school grad student and YouTuber Adam Neely released a video he titled “Is Music Theory Racist?” Quickly renamed “Music Theory and White Supremacy,” Neely’s video followed some controversy within the insular world of music schools after a symposium talk by Philip Ewell, an associate professor of…
  • Q&A: Argentinean Nicki Nicole crashes through 'Mala Vida' waiting out the world's longest quarantine

    Q&A: Argentinean Nicki Nicole crashes through ‘Mala Vida’ waiting out the world’s longest quarantine

    Nicki Nicole, Courtesy: Pull&Bear. Rising Argentine R&B and pop artist Nicki Nicole has taken the world by storm with her electrifying dance anthems. She broke out with debut single “Music Sessions #13,” with producer Bizarrap, which carried her to the stage of the first-ever Spotify Awards. Now she continues…
  • Concord's Carlos Alazraqui on reviving 'Reno 911!' and 'Rocko's Modern Life'

    Concord’s Carlos Alazraqui on reviving ‘Reno 911!’ and ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’

    Carlos Alazraqui, Courtesy: Comedy Central/Everet. You think you know Carlos Alazraqui as Deputy Garcia on “Reno 911.” He played the character for the first five seasons and, despite being killed off in an explosion offscreen before season six, he returned for the seventh season, now airing on Quibi.…
  • Q&A: Gaidaa on self-discovery, accepting pandemic 'Overture'

    Q&A: Gaidaa on self-discovery, accepting pandemic ‘Overture’

    Gaidaa, Courtesy: Segraphy. Just two years ago, Sudanese-born and Netherlands-based R&B singer-songwriter Gaidaa caught the attention of Dutch producer Full Crate with a cover of a Kehlani record. Full Crate would go one to work with her and launch the artist’s career. The 20-year-old is coming off the release…