Music Features

20th street soul

LEFT OF THE DIAL: Noise Pop's 2nd annual shindig-in-the-streets features Myron & E, dumplings, everything else good

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Boxing lessons

Emerging from the shadows, a new multi-sensory performance from Bay Area hip-hop veterans The Coup

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arts@sfbg.com

While still a child in early-'80s San Francisco, Boots Riley witnessed something he didn't quite understand but that would stick with him for the rest of his life. Walking into a theater performance at the venerable Mission District art space Project Artaud, Riley saw actors in body paint writhing around him in apparent agony on all sides. It was meant as a simulation of the AIDS epidemic, with the actors portraying the afflicted. But it didn't enlighten him much as a kid.Read more »

Swimming solo

Birds & Batteries' frontman steps dreamily out on his own. Plus: BottleRock 2.0, and The Chapel says "everyone chill"

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On the Rise

Spaced-out electro-pop, Ethiopian-influenced jazz, feminist hip-hop, and a string quartet partial to Radiohead: 11 Bay Area artists who will keep you on your toes this year

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Young at heart

The Magik*Magik orchestra gets nostalgic for childhood at the ripe old age of 5

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LEFT OF THE DIAL "Why are some songs so perfect in a way that never happens again in our lives? What is it about music and being older than 12 but younger than 20?"Read more »

The good witches of music tech

Musicians and the tech industry don't have to be the strangest of bedfellows

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Fantasy island

Myles Cooper and Alexis Penney are making San Francisco ground zero for gay pop creativity

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