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The 10 Best Modern Christmas Songs, Ranked

Now that Thanksgiving is done, it's time to saturate yourself with copious amounts of unbridled holiday cheer. String up your strands of twinkly white lights. Get your pocketbook ready for Small Business Saturday. And bombarded your eardrums with glorious Christmas music. To help, we've complied and ranked the top 10 modern holiday songs.

The Legendary Rescue of the Fox Theatre Oakland

Mario and Erma DeLucchi were running late to the auction. It was 1978, and the historic Fox Theatre in Oakland was going up for sale at any moment. One company wanted to turn it into a parking lot, but the DeLucchi family were determined to save it. Mario dropped off his wife so she could get inside while he searched for parking. She arrived just in time to win a bid on the Fox for $340,000.

This Week in Live Music: Future, EMA, Pink Martini, and More

Need to escape this heat? To the music halls!

Treasure Island Music Fest: Sunday Funday Photos

Sunday's weather was just as glorious as Saturday's at Treasure Island. The music changed, but there was no shortage of people out enjoying every bit of it. If the music didn't keep you busy, there was plently of beer, wine, food of all sorts and a DIY tent where you could make arts and crafts. See if you can find yourself in one of our photos!

Noisette Culinary Concert Block Party

Noisette Culinary Concert Block Party

The folks behind Noise Pop and Finger on the Pulse (the Brooklyn duo known for making parties out of good eats and tunes) are heating up the south side of the city with a block party that will get every San Franciscan going. Eight hot young chefs, seven indie bands and DJs, local brews from Speakeasy, and Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous root beer floats are the name of the game at Noisette's Saturday (8/4) afternoon affair. Here's the lowdown on what the expect.

Five Can't-Miss Live Shows

This is usually the time of year when music fans hibernate until NoisePop rears its eclectic, beautiful head. Not this year. Here we are, in the middle of December, and venues are still spelling out recognized and beloved names on their marquees. Here’s this week’s roster:

Local Beer and Bands Join Forces at The Bay Brewed Festival

When it comes to microbrew and music, SF has long been a pacesetter for the rest of the nation. Plenty of brewers head to clubs in their off-hours, and everyone knows musicians can't resist a pint (or five), but the two industries haven't joined forces much-- until now. Popular music blog The Bay Bridged is bringing together four local bands and nine NorCal breweries for an all-day extravaganza at the Verdi Club this Saturday, with unlimited sampling and unlimited rocking out.

The Art of The Fillmore Poster Collection Keeps the Rock 'n' Roll Dream Alive

Fillmore art is something special to San Francisco. When I saw MGMT there in 2010, I was psyched to receive an iconic promotional poster as a souvenir. In my rock 'n' roll fantasy, the same would have happened at the Fillmore decades ago, but at a Jimi Hendrix show.

10 Questions for Swedish Pop Songstress Lykke Li

Lykke Li, the latest Swedish pop sensation, is a force with which to be reckoned. She may be small in stature, but the girl’s got a big sound and a lot to say. The songstress, who produced her first album Youth Novels with Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, is a new-wave sort of feminist on a mission to reclaim what it means to be a woman. She’s smart, sensitive, moody, and wise beyond her years. Wounded Rhymes, her latest musical experiment, was released in March to positive reviews. The album—which is often on repeat at my desk—is simultaneously dark and danceable, complex yet interspersed with beautifully simple ballads, refined with a touch of roughness. Li, who’s currently braving a fierce touring schedule, took a few minutes to get deep with 7x7.

This Week's Hottest Events: The Music Edition

TV on the Radio
Free forming TV on the Radio  is still touring to promote their latest album Nine Types of Light, which has already garnered lots of praise. The show is not yet sold-out (surprise!), and local sensations Thee Oh Sees are opening. Get thee to the Fox tonight!
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 9/27
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Dominant Legs
This SF band is a personal favorite. WIN TICKETS TO TONIGHT'S SHOW (by leaving a comment below), where the band will surely debut new material from their first full-length album Invitation.
When: 9 p.m., Tues. 9/27
Where: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St.

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