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Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, St. Vincent to Headline Outside Lands 2015

Sure, there are some clunkers (Elton John?), some pretentious festival cliches (oh great, Wilco), and at least one ostensible punchline for the GenX set (Billy Idol!), but with names like Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent, and Toro Y Moi, this year's Outside Lands is a must. 

Jazz Legend Marcus Shelby Dreams Soundtrack for World Premiere of 'Isfahan'

With allusions to the Duke Ellington Orchestra's 1963 tour of Iran, the world premiere of Isfahan Blues, a co-production of the African-American Shakespeare Company and Golden Thread happening in May, tells the story an American jazz musician and an Iranian actress and the improbable friendship they develop as they travel to the beautiful Persian city of Isfahan.

This Week in Live Music: Toro y Moi, Gang of Four, and More

We’re with you, Mr. Broke-Ass Stuart and Mr. Keeling. Let’s keep the Neverland spirit alive and rock out on a weeknight.

Walking Tour of Haight Street Record Stores

Haight Street, like a great record, invokes a by-gone era of great musicians, daring artwork, and high, um, fidelity. That’s why out of the list of San Francisco’s best record stores, many of the greats are just blocks from each other down Haight Street. So grab an eco-friendly bag, hop on the 71, and prepare yourself for an afternoon of musical nostalgia on this do-it-yourself walking tour:

10 SXSW Music Acts Coming To San Francisco

SXSW, now in progress, is known for being the jumping point for many barely-discovered bands before they make it big time​ ​(Haim and CHVRCHES, just to name two). For those of you who can't make it to Austin,​ check out these 10 acts who will soon be coming to Baghdad by the Bay. 

This Week in Live Music: Tweedy, Widespread Panic, and More

We’re used to reading news about record stores/venues closing up shop, but local independent music junkies received some refreshing news last week: Oakland’s beloved record store/venue hybrid 1-2-3-4 Go! Records is opening a second store in San Francisco soon, a great (if not counter-trending) sign for the local music scene. More details to come, but our hearts are warmed and our bodies reinvigorated. Let’s celebrate at these no-duh shows:

The Mission Is Bringing Us Down, Sing Super Sad Artists

Cribbing LCD Soundsystem's  "Manhattan, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" — a ditty about the gentrification making the Big Apple less colorful, et al. — local singing duo Kelly Niland and Chris von Sneidern have created a similar sentiment about San Francisco's Mission District. Yes the much-ballyhooed neighborhood has undergone a drastic transformation over the years, going from working class Latino neighborhood to techie and trustafarian artist enclave. It's nothing you haven't heard before.

This Week In Live Music: Ringo Starr, Trina, The Pop Group, and More

Don’t know about you guys, but once spring hits and days get longer, all I wanna do is grab a drink after work, then maybe another, then go straight to the local dancehall for a springtime weird-off. Doesn’t that sound like the greatest day imaginable?

Madonna's Top 25 Songs, Ranked

In honor of Madonna's upcoming appearance in the Bay Area — the living icon will bring her Rebel Heart tour to the SAP Center in San Jose on October 19 (general tickets go on sale Monday) — here are her top 25 songs, ranked.

SoundBox: SF Symphony's New After Hours

Stroll through a nightclub setting while sipping on handcrafted cocktails at the SF Symphony’s SoundBox, an after-hours harmonic experiment in which classical masterpieces are set to a backdrop of abstract imagery by video artist Adam Larsen. 

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