<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - The City]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/blogs/the-city http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:38:14 -0700 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:38:14 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Scenes From The City's September Party]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:22:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/TheCity17-63.jpg Solwave and The 1955 headlined The City's free party at Hotel Utah on September 26.]]> <![CDATA[Bay Area Music Demands Outlandish Prices]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:15:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/451502794.jpg

Sure, the Bay Area is in the middle of another tech bubble of lavishness, but are rich fans willing to dish out $5,000 for concert tickets and $500 for gold CDs?

Stevie Wonder's hotly anticipated Songs in the Key of Life Oakland concert at Oracle Arena on Dec. 5 doesn't officially go on sale through Live Nation until Sept. 29, but tickets to his show already top $5,000 on third-party site ticketsnow.com. If people can wait a few days, they'll have a crack at the same seats for under $200. 

Meanwhile on eBay, a 24-karat gold CD of Journey's Infinity album is being listed for more than $500.

This has long been a region that pours money into loving and consuming music, but there comes a point when fans must stop fueling this sort of ridiculousness before the window of access closes to all but the monied.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Willie Joe Reps The Bay]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:46:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/258*120/williejoebaybruh.jpg

Willie Joe and E-40 represent their hometown of Vallejo as well as the greater region on their song "I'm From The Bay Bruh."

The song was released earlier this year but the new music video, which debuted today, features a barrage of cameos from local rap movers and shakers, including Mistah FAB, Jay Ant, Roach Gigz, and DJ Amen. The stunning backdrops shot around the Bay Area valiantly compete for attention with the MCs' rhymes.

Though from the Bay Area, Willie Joe has also spent a significant amount of time working on music in Atlanta, where he was formerly signed under superproducer Jazze Pha. The slick visuals that accompany this song can certainly compete with artists on a national level.

Watch the video for  "I'm From The Bay Bruh" below: 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Empire Distribution]]>
<![CDATA[5 Reasons You Should Come to The City's Free Party]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:12:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/1955band.jpg

Haven't decided if you're coming to The City's next free party this Friday (September 26) at Hotel Utah in San Francisco?

Drumroll please, here are the top five reasons why you should set your fun meter to yes:

5. The party starts at 7 PM with a hosted happy hour of appetizers and drinks courtesy of Jack Daniels.

4. You get two drink tickets just for RSVPing.

3. Your RSVP also enters you in for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag, a prize which is often won by the female rock stars of the future. Just sayin'.

2. You'll meet our dashing MC Marcus Osborne, better known as Your Straight Male Friend.

1. Live performances from local bands Solwave and The 1955 will rock you like a hurricane.

RSVP for your fabulously free admission and we'll see you there!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The 1955]]>
<![CDATA[Beats Music May Disappear Into iTunes]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:11:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/171955403.jpg

TechCrunch starts the speculation that Dr. Dre's Beats Music, recently acquired by Apple for $3 billion, may not be long for this world.

Though a spokesperson for Apple later denied that the streaming music service will be discontinued, TechCrunch has mounted evidence that it may at least be collapsed somehow into iTunes and is quick to note that Beats Music does not come pre-loaded with the new iPhones. The blog also passes on the inside baseball play that Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers now has an additional job title: Overseer of iTunes Radio.

Considering that the Beats Music empire was originally built by a local company advised by veteran Bay Area DJs on how to make a decent pair of headphones, it seems fitting that it would land on the Apple campus. But for those who were just getting to love Beats Music's Mad Libs-style algorithms ("I'm (emotion) & feel like (action) with (people) to (genre)"), the end could be nigh.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for BET]]>
<![CDATA[Oakland Music Festival Gets Sequel]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:00:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/MsMara_Hruby_red_dressjoshfarria.jpg

Oakland Music Festival is back for the second year, taking over the Franklin Street Bend in Uptown from noon to 8 PM on September 27, 2014.

The event features a wide variety of live performers and DJs from the Bay Area and beyond, including the legendary Latin Soul Brothers, LA up-and-comers like rapper Dom Kennedy and singer SZA, and electropop outfit The Lovemakers. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $70 for VIP; general admission tickets for a group of four or more cost $28.

A successful event will make a lasting impact even beyond the festival perimeters. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc., a nonprofit with a program that uses hip-hop culture as a form of therapy for at-risk East Bay students.

Here's the announced lineup, with a few more additions expected closer to the date:

Dom Kennedy
The Lovemakers
Jesse Boykins III
Beats by ESTA
DJ Sosupersam
Mara Hruby
J Boogie
Trill Team 6
Trackademicks & 1-O.A.K.
DJ Mind Motion
Chuy Gomez
Mr. E
DJ Fuze
DJ Shortkut
Sweater Funk
DJ A-Kat
DJ D-Sharp
Clear Conscience
Namorados Da Lua
Aebl Dee
Turbo Sonidero Futuristico
La Misa Negra
Da Lua
Meat Market
Kool Kyle
Latin Soul Brothers
Sterling James
Queens D.Light
Zakiya Harris

Photo Credit: Josh Farria]]>
<![CDATA[Get Ready for 24 Hours of Vinyl]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:14:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/DavidHarnessDJ.jpg

Had enough of those Golden Girls marathons yet? Here's a new one to consider: Traveling international webcast 24 Hours of Vinyl is headed back to San Francisco this week, broadcasting for a full day from September 19-20.

DJs scheduled to appear include J Boogie, Vin Sol, Platurn, David Harness, Vinnie Esparza, Freddy Anzures, Nina Sol, Mike Bee, Colossus, Fred Everything, King Most and Krista, with more to be announced. The webcast will run from 5pm on September 19 to 5pm on September 20.

Check out a demo reel for 24 Hours of Vinyl below: 


Photo Credit: Courtesy of David Harness]]>
<![CDATA[Bridge School Benefit 2014: Neil Young, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:38:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/81831793.jpg

Neil Young, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden are among the headliners for the 28th annual benefit for The Bridge School, to be held on October 25-26 at Shoreline Ampitheater.

Young and wife Pegi launched the annual two-day benefit for the Hillsborough-based school in 1986 in hopes to boost its efforts to educate and assist physically impaired children through the use of technology. Though the couple have announced that they will divorce, Pegi will still appear with her band The Survivors.

This year's celebration also includes live appearances from Florence + The Machine, Tom Jones, Band of Horses, and Norah Jones and Puss N Boots. There will also be some special, unnanounced guests who will take the stage.

Tickets ($35-150) go on sale September 19 on Live Nation.

Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[Treasure Island Music Festival Schedule Announced]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:06:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/450206716.jpg

The lineup for Treasure Island Music Festival on October 18-19 has been public for almost three months, but the artists playing each day have been under wraps until now. As expected, the headliners of Outkast and Massive Attack have been separated, with the former performing on October 18 and the latter onstage on October 19:

October 18:

Janelle Monae
St. Lucia
Ryan Hemsworth
Ana Tijoux
Painted Palms

October 19:

Massive Attack
TV On The Radio
The New Pornographers
Washed Out
White Denim
Chet Faker

Single day tickets ($89.50 for general admission, $175 for VIP) go on sale at 10am on September 12. Two-day passes ($160 general, $295 VIP) are still available.


Photo Credit: Getty Images/Paul Zimmerman]]>
<![CDATA[RSVP Now for The City's Free Party]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:55:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/solwaveband.jpg

It's time to RSVP for The City's next free party on September 26 at Hotel Utah (500 Fourth Street) in San Francisco. This month, we welcome Sonoma's 1955 and San Francisco's Solwave to the stage for live performances.

If you haven't checked out one of our free monthly events, this is the perfect time to get acquainted with our showcase of local live music.

Ready to party with us? Use this link to RSVP, which will score you access to a hosted happy hour with free drinks and appetizers from 7-8 PM before the music kicks off.

The RSVP will also offer you for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag. While you're there, "like" our Facebook page to stay in touch with the latest from The City.

See you September 26 at Hotel Utah!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Solwave]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Record Fair Hurls Out Sequel]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:30:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/10169328_316606061821201_3408807796127192676_n.jpg

The Bay Area Record Fair (or BARF) has the most unpleasant acronym imaginable, but it is still worth a spin to score some cool finds.

Record swaps and sales are nothing new around these parts, of course, but BARF has more to distinguish itself than shock tactics. The organization's second annual event on September 27 at Thee Parkside has the participation of at least two dozen local labels, including Alternative Tentacles, Father/Daughter, and 1-2-3-4 Go!

The event is free, but early bird tickets ($5) are available now for crate diggers who want to get going with BARF an hour before the general entry time.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bay Area Record Fair]]>
<![CDATA[Michael Marshall: Bay Area Hook Doctor Returns]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:16:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/dmichaelmarshaltythaartist.jpg

The voice of Michael Marshall is a lot more familiar to old-school Bay Area music listeners than his name or face.

The singer who, as he says on his most recent single "Kill The Lights," started in West Oakland with a closet and a microphone, is responsible for the catchy hook on Bay Area rap classic "I Got Five On It" by the Luniz. Before that, he was the frontman for Timex Social Club, the Berkeley R&B group that scored a top 10 hit in 1986 with "Rumors."

His recorded output in the years since has been increasing, including the release of "Who Is He" in 2009, an album in 2010 called In The Meantime and In Between Time, collaborating with Equipto for the catchy "I Drink Fernet" in 2011 and an album called Simply Meezy dropped last year. But he says he often gets calls from others to "fix" songs by adding his soulful tones.

"I'm just a hook doctor making house calls all over the world," he sings on "Kill The Lights."

Marshall will perform live on September 13 at Brick and Mortar Music Hall with Equipto, Solid City, Shagnasty and DJ TC, with host Baldhead Rick. Watch the video for "Kill The Lights" below:

Photo Credit: Courtesy of tythaartist.com]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Hip-Hop Orchestra]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:39:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/171*120/ensemblemikjoowan.jpg

Oakland's Ensemble Mik Nawooj is an orchestra with a hip-hop twist. Along with a wealth of influences culled from pop and rock, the 10-piece chamber ensemble (which comes complete with an opera singer and two MCs) enters the chamber of such rap icons as Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg for inspiration.

SF's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has enlisted founder and composer JooWan Kim to explore the Enter the 36 Chambers and Doggystyle albums and reimagine their highlights during a 21st anniversary celebration to come in November. For now, you can catch them live at Intersection of the Arts on September 6 to celebrate the release of the new album Ensemble Mik Nawooj: A Hip-Hop Orchestra.

Check out Ensemble Mik Nawooj's cover of Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." below:

Photo Credit: Jeff Spirer]]>
<![CDATA[Paralyzed Rapper Kafani Walks Again]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:46:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/169*120/kafaniswag2014.jpg

Last year started out on a high note for Oakland rapper Kafani, with three songs rotating on local radio ("Swag Swerve," "She Ready" and "Fast (Like a Nascar)" and the promise of growth for his own label Ice King Music.

But by October, life took a tragic and unexpected turn for the man born Amir Rashad, who was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot several times by a man who walked up on him at his video shoot in East Oakland.

It has been reported that the man asked Kafani and associates to stop filming (even though it was already winding down or done). But in an interview with Vlad TV conducted earlier this year, Kafani says he doesn't know why he was shot.

Kafani has kept connected with his talent, which has helped in his recovery. He dropped a pair of new songs called "Try Me" and "Yikin" (the latter with E-40) in late August.

He is also taking his first steps since the accident thanks to the help of a motorized walking suit. Watch Vlad TV's short clip of this milestone below:

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ice King Music]]>
<![CDATA[Faith No More to Drop New Album Next Year]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:57:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/mikepattonsolo.jpg

Almost two decades have passed since Faith No More released an album, but the band announced today that a new one is on the way.

Rolling Stone reports that the homegrown band is looking at a release date of April 2015 for the seventh album, to be followed by a live tour. Bassist Bill Gould tells the magazine that it is still untitled: "We're just comfortable talking about the fact that we're making one," he jokes, adding that they're pretty deep into production.

Faith No More (Gould, Mike Patton, Mike Bordin and Roddy Bottum) broke up in 1998 but reformed in 2009 and played several international festivals through 2012. This latest news is a surprise to the general public, but diehard fans may have noted the band's return to the stage this summer and subsequent uptick in visibility.

"We can only hope that the experience of playing together again will yield results erratic and unpredictable enough to live up to the legacy of FNM," says a statement on the band's website. "Who knows where this will end or what it will bring up. . . only the future knows. But we are about to find out!"

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Theo Wargo]]>
<![CDATA[Scenes from The City's Sweet 16th Party]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:22:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/TheCity16ambergregory.jpg Fritz Montana, The Lillies and The Sunrunners perform live at The City's 16th event at DNA Lounge on August 28, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Throwback Thursday: The Quake's First Day]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:23:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/228*120/Quake_Bumper_Sticker.20241430_std.jpg

Radio station KQAK, better known as The Quake, launched 32 years ago this week, an interesting coincidence given all the shaking that's been going on around here.

The daring radio station operated from 1982-1985 and had a profound influence on the "modern rock" (and later "alternative") ethos of KITS (aka Live 105), which followed in 1983. Indeed, Live 105 would later be home to several Quake jocks, including Rob Francis, Big Rick Stuart and Alex Bennett.

Bennett, who had left a morning show stint on KMEL (then a rock station), was the first to broadcast on The Quake, kicking off with The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again." While the few years in between saw emergent synthpop, ska, punk and goth artists, the last song played was "Around The Dial" by The Kinks.

An 86-minute clip of Bennett's first show on The Quake is available to stream thanks to the preservation efforts of the Bay Area Radio Museum

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bay Area Radio Museum]]>
<![CDATA[The Bay Area's Most Expensive Music Memorabilia]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:42:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/83276134.jpg

A set of sketches of a Grateful Dead poster is worth almost half a million dollars to one eBay seller.

Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration. The item's actual "buy it now" price on eBay is $417,558.58.

The eight-piece set of sketches by artist Alton Kelly depict the tower of skulls on the poster that was produced for the Grateful Dead's "Memorial" concerts at San Francisco's defunct Carousel Ballroom on May 30-June 1, 1968.

Prospective buyers are allowed to make an offer, but be forewarned that it is going to need to have some zeros on it.

Want a "cheap" version of the poster? Yours for just $347.88 on collectible site Hake's

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Neilson Barnard]]>
<![CDATA[Attend The City's Free Party This Week]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:46:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/195*120/thelillies.jpg

It's not too late to RSVP for The City's big 16th party at DNA Lounge (375 11th Street) on Thursday (August 28) with live performances by Sunrunners, Fritz Montana and The Lillies.

RSVPing has its privileges, including complimentary drink tickets courtesy of Jack Daniels to use during our hosted happy hour starting at 7 p.m. It will also enter you for a chance to win hot prizes like Beats headphones and a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag. 

While you're at it, like our Facebook page to be the first to know about all of our fabulously free parties as well as the local news on this blog.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Lillies]]>
<![CDATA[Hiero Day 2014: Los Rakas, Zion I and More]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:08:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/hieroday14.jpg

Oakland's Hieroglyphics is known worldwide as both a rap crew and a style movement that has been in the game for two decades and counting. 

Over the last two years the collective's free, all-ages Hiero Day music and food festival has grown from a peaceful 8,000 to 15,000 person event in Oakland. This year's event, which takes place at Linden Street Brewery on September 1, will occupy twice the amount of space as the previous years, which should be welcoming for more people and give everyone a little more elbow room.

The lineup for the event has been announced, and includes live performances by Hieroglyphics, Zion I & The Grouch and Eligh, Los Rakas, Mac Mall, Casey Veggies, Mystik Journeymen, Locksmith, Alexander Spit, 1-O.A.K., Fashawn, Exile, Planet Asia & Tristate and Out Crowd featuring Moe Green. DJs Amen, D Sharp, Sake 1, Sean G and Sleeprockers man the decks, while Chuy Gomez, Mistah F.A.B., and DNas & Mani Draper will share hosting duties.

In the meantime, Hiero's other marquee act Souls of Mischief is getting ready to drop a new album on August 26, the first in five years. There Is Only Now features guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and Ali Shaheed Muhammed.

Photo Credit: Stacey DeBono]]>
<![CDATA[Remembering Michael Erickson, Radio Mixmaster]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:25:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/172*120/michaelerickson.jpg

The radio and DJ communities are in mourning for Michael Erickson, a legendary Bay Area personality who reportedly lost his battle with cancer on Aug. 18. He was 54.

Erickson's aspirations for life in the music business began in high school, when he fronted a nine-piece funk band. According to All Access, his first job in local radio was as a DJ working the graveyard shift at now-defunct soul station KSOL (where Sly Stone also was once an on-air jock), and it was there where he started mixing records over the airwaves. He later joined fellow mixer Cameron Paul in moving to the then-nascent station KMEL, where he showed listeners how he could "fix it in the mix" and eventually became assistant program director. (Listen to some of Erickson's broadcasts at tribute site KMEL Forever.)

Erickson took his love for mixing beyond the radio, working as a mobile and nightclub DJ. He also worked with young artists in the studio and created his own remixes for artists such as MC Hammer for Mixx-It, Paul's company that helped pioneer a micro-industry for creating promotional mixes for radio and club DJs.

In more recent years, Erickson had served as program director at KISQ and KKSF and operations manager at Clear Channel in San Francisco. He then relocated to Texas, where he worked as a program director for KRNB and director of operations for Service Broadcasting Corporation and K104.



Photo Credit: Lisa St. Regis]]>
<![CDATA[Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: The Lineup So Far]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:22:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/hsbanthonypidgeon2.jpg

The organizers behind Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (October 3-5 in Golden Gate Park) have slowly been teasing out clues for the lineup via music medleys, but the majority of the names are now out there.

The free three-day festival, now in its 14th year, offers an eclectic lineup of artists from around the country and across genres. The Bold Italic has been keeping an eagle eye on the results from each medley, and while it's too early to know who is playing when, this is what the lineup is looking like as of right now:

Emmylou Harris
Ryan Adams
Chris Isaak
Social Distortion
Deltron 3030
Lucinda Williams
Jonathan Wilson
Cibo Matto
Yo La Tengo
Sun Kil Moon
The Sam Chase
The Alvin Brothers
The Guilty Ones
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
The Way Backs
Chuck Prophet
Ralph Stanley
The Time Jumpers
Malawi Mouse Boys
Dry Branch Fire Squad
Dave Rawlings Machine
High Bar Gang
Hot Rize
Peter Rowan's Twang An' Groove
Alison Brown Quintet
Rose’s Pawn Shop
The Earls of Leicester
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Willie P. Bennett
Parker Millsap
Doug Seegers
Nikki Lane
Kate York
Striking Matches
McCrary Sisters
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings
Shawn Colvin
Buddy Miller

Photo Credit: Anthony Pidgeon]]>
<![CDATA[Ty Segall's New Album Streams for One Week]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:30:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/tysegallcoachella.jpg

Ty Segall has bad news and good news for his local fans.

First, the bad news (because we believe in ripping off the Band-Aid quickly): The Bay Area favorite is embarking on a European tour and has no scheduled shows around these parts for the next few months.

And now, the good news: Segall is releasing a brand new album called Manipulator next week. It will be sold in digital and physical formats including vinyl and even cassette, but will not be served up to streaming services. Fortunately, NPR is offering a free stream this week via its "First Listen" column before it drops on August 26.

There are some visuals, too; check out a video teaser for Manipulator below:


Photo Credit: Getty Images/Frazer Harrison]]>
<![CDATA[DJ Shadow Launches Liquid Amber]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:50:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/shadowliquidamber.jpg

San Jose born and Davis educated DJ Shadow (aka Josh Davis) has announced the launch of a new digital and physical record label called Liquid Amber.

The first release is a digital EP with three new Shadow songs, but he plans to release other artists in the future. In the producer's own words: "'Ghost Town' is an ambitious ride through many of the micro-genres within the Future Bass umbrella that have inspired me recently, while 'Mob' is an intentionally stripped-down, Cali-certified head-nodder. Both songs were written, programmed, and mixed by myself, and they represent the forward steps I feel I've taken as an engineer. The 'Six Days' remix was something I asked Machinedrum to knock out as a tour weapon, and he crushed it (naturally), so I felt it deserved a proper release."

Shadow and Cut Chemist will stop at Mezzanine in San Francisco on October 4 for their Renegades of Rhythm Tour. The frequent collaborators will spin records that belonged to hip-hop godfather Afrika Bambaataa at this special engagement, so it'll be a trip through hip-hop history as refracted through the lenses of two insightful and incredibly creative DJs.

Listen to the Liquid Amber EP below:

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Karl Walter]]>
<![CDATA[Culture Club Will Reunite in Oakland]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:51:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/cultureclub14.jpg

Eighties pop sensation Culture Club has selected Oakland as one of six cities to perform a reunion tour, stopping at the Fox Theater on November 17.

The reunion is also expected to produce the band's first new album since 1999's Don't Mind If I Do. All four original members — singer Boy George, guitarist/keyboardist Roy Hay, bassist Mikey Craig and drummer Jon Moss — have already worked in the studio with producer Youth, whose credits include albums for Primal Scream, The Verve and the Cult.

Tickets for the Fox Theater engagement go on sale on August 15 on the Culture Club website. In the meantime, catch Boy George on the couch of Late Night With Seth Meyers on August 14, right here on NBC.

Photo Credit: Dean Stockings]]>
<![CDATA[Outside Lands 2014: By The Numbers]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:20:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/OSL1.jpg

The seventh Outside Lands festival is now history, but only a few key numbers will be remembered over time:

Estimated weekend head count: 200,000

Years the festival is contracted to stay in Golden Gate Park: 6

Flower crowns on women and men: 11,000,000,000,000 (approx.)

Times Kanye West dropped the beat on "Blood on the Leaves": 3

Morrissey T-shirts with Miley Cyrus' face on them: 5

Rare unicorns: 9

Exceptionally bad trips: 1

Exceptionally awesome looking trips: 420

Go Pro cameras on sticks: 17

Google glassholes: 0

What did you see at Outside Lands? Tell us in the comments. 





Photo Credit: Tamara Palmer]]>
<![CDATA[RSVP Now for The City's Free 16th Party]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:33:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/195*120/thelillies.jpg

RSVP now for The City's big 16th party at DNA Lounge (375 11th Street) on August 28, featuring live performances from Sunrunners, Fritz Montana and The Lillies.

Responding will score you some complimentary drink tickets courtesy of Jack Daniels to use during our hosted happy hour starting at 7 p.m. It will also enter you for a chance to win hot prizes like Beats headphones and a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag. 

While you're at it, like our Facebook page to be the first to know about all of our fabulously free parties as well as the local news on this blog.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Lillies]]>
<![CDATA[Scissors For Lefty Needs Your Help]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:13:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/scissorsforlefty.jpg

San Francisco indie rock act Scissors for Lefty dreams of embarking on a world tour, and asks for your help to make it a reality. A Kickstarter campaign hopes to raise $10,000 by August 15 in order to record a fourth full-length album and hit the road.

"$10,000 is the bare minimum," they write, "we've seen a people with dreams of a making a potato salad recipe raise $30k, so let's blow the roof off this puppy!" If they exceed the goal, any extra money will go towards hiring a publicist to promote the album and tour.

There are many incentives to donate beyond helping the band, including a digital copy of the full Scissors For Lefty catalog for those who chip in at least $20. On the high end, the band will do a private concert for you anywhere in America for $5000 or anywhere within 250 miles of San Francisco for $1500.

Watch Scissors For Lefty's campaign video below:

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Scissors for Lefty]]>
<![CDATA[Dirtybird's Justin Martin Plays for War Veterans]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:50:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/justin_martin_541+copy.jpg

Dirtybird Records has been a funky ambassador of San Francisco house across the globe for nearly a decade, and an event this week finds one of its key dignitaries reaching out to another worldly community.

The label's Justin Martin joins Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation in headlining a benefit for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America at Monarch on August 7. The event runs from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.; admission is $15 in advance via Ticketfly.

Dirtybird fans should also take note that tickets to the Dirtybird BBQ on Treasure Island on September 14 featuring Martin, Claude VonStroke, J. Phlip and Christian Martin is getting close to selling out.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dirtybird]]>
<![CDATA[5 Items People Will Trade for Beyonce and Jay Z Tickets]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:30:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/jayandbey.jpg

Beyoncé and Jay Z bring their On The Run tour to San Francisco's AT&T Park on August 5-6, and the tickets are currently some hot commodities on the black market. How badly do you want to see Mr. and Mrs. Carter? Here are five items that people on Craigslist will trade you for your pair:

5. $30

That's $10 under the cheapest face value ticket, but hey — you might feel like entertaining a losing proposition.

4. Tickets to see Death Cab for Cutie at The Independent on August 8

Because the emo indie rockers are pretty similar to the '03 Bonnie and Clyde (spoiler: they're not).

3. Two Giants home tickets plus $100

Either way, you won't have to give up your windswept evening in the ballpark.

2. A new in box Moto X phone for Verizon or AT&T (retail value $300-350)

No word on how many minutes come with that, but maybe you can use it to re-enact Jay's "Call Me Back."

1. Three seats for two seats that are better

We have a feeling a friendship is going to end this week.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian]]>
<![CDATA[Q102.1: New Radio Station Launches Today]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:22:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/163*120/pharrellhappy.jpg

Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams are playing in place of Pat Benetar and AC/DC on 102.1 FM today, the result of a brand new station called Q102.

Radio industry news site FMQB reports that the new station launched today (August 1) at 2 PM. The chosen format is called Rhythmic Hot Adult Contemporary, meaning the focus is on hit R&B and hip-hop songs from the past 20 years, with a dash of current dance music. For example, songs such as "Happy" by Williams, "In Da Club" by 50 Cent, "Killing Me Softly" by Fugees, "Jealous" by Chromeo and "Summer" by Calvin Harris have played during the first few hours of Q102.

Q102 takes the frequency of classic rock station KFOX, which can now be heard solely on its South Bay-focused frequency of 98.5 FM. Both are owned by Entercom.


Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter]]>
<![CDATA[Scott Hardkiss Remembered in Street Art]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:13:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/186*120/scotthardkissart.jpg

Scott "Hardkiss" Freidel, the late producer and DJ who spent his most significant musical years in San Francisco, passed away more than a year ago, but his memory is currently being kept alive in the streets.

Getting Up With Scott is a new Tumblr that documents sightings of Scott Hardkiss stickers and street art. Some are a simple portrait, others have him imagined as an angel with wings and a harp. Right now, the meme is making moves in Brooklyn, but maybe someone on the West Coast will get some inspiration. (Not that we're endorsing that or anything.) 

Scott Hardkiss' musical legacy lives on, without question. His brothers in music, Robbie and Gavin Hardkiss, still reside in the Bay Area and released a long-awaited new full-length called 1991 earlier this year. The album features material that they began together before his untimely passing in March 2013. Read The City's tribute to Scott Hardkiss for more reflections on this sadly missed artist.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Getting Up With Scott]]>
<![CDATA[We Want to Send You to Outside Lands]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:47:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/outsidelands2014.jpg

If you're not one of the thousands preparing for next week's Outside Lands Festival but dream of joining the foggy masses in Golden Gate Park, here's a secret: You can still win tickets from us!

Enter our Outside Lands giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets to opening day (August 8), where 10 hours of music, food and booze awaits. Friday's lineup includes live performances by Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, Tegan & Sara, Disclosure, Chromeo, Mikal Cronin, Typhoon and Warpaint.

Good luck! The contest is open until August 3.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of FilmMagic]]>
<![CDATA[The Castro Wants to Build the World's Biggest Organ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:35:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/20140630123129-CONSOLE_PHOTO__NEW__CURTAIN_-_JASON_5_14.jpeg

The Castro Theatre will soon lose its iconic Wurlitzer organ (the owner has moved), but you can help fund the creation of a unique new instrument.

An Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $60,000 by Aug. 28 to build the largest hybrid pipe/digital organ in the world. It will feature seven keyboards and more than 800 stops and have the capability to produce the sounds of a full symphony orchestra.

Reward incentives for donating include digital downloads of organ music, event tickets, and — for high rollers — private organ parties and concerts.

Watch the campaign video below:

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<![CDATA[Jordannah Elizabeth Sows Psychedelic Soul]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:14:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*127/jordeliz.jpg

San Francisco is home to many musicians, journalists, music editors, radio personalities, and event coordinators; combine them all and you have Jordannah Elizabeth. Born in Baltimore, she’s made waves all throughout the U.S. and is now splitting her time between San Francisco and New York. 

The bicoastal, psychedelic folk soul musician is releasing her new single “Six Years” from her upcoming album Bring to the Table. Her nomadic, artistic soul is exemplified in her music and reflects the uniqueness we love about the San Francisco music scene.

This Thursday (July 31), Jordannah Elizabeth will perform at her album release party at El Rio in San Francisco (3158 Mission Street). The lineup also includes The Asteroid #4, Trans Van Santos, and a special collaboration between members of Electric Shepherd, The Jaunting Martyrs, Buzzmutt, and The Love Dimension.


Photo Credit: Amanda Rivas]]>
<![CDATA[Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014: Guess The Lineup]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:59:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/hsbanthonypidgeon.jpg

The next Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is coming to Golden Gate Park on October 3-5 and SF Weekly brings word that a series of song medleys will offer clues for the yet-to-be-announced lineup.

The first medley clocks in at just over five and a half minutes and reveals nine of the acts who will play at HSB, now in its 14th year. Considering that last year's festival featured over 80 acts, there's still a lot of guessing to do, even if you use Shazam to cheat after pressing play.

Spoiler alert: Some of the artists include the soulful Nashville family trio McCrary Sisters, North Dakota singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, and Ohio country artist Buddy Miller. The rest is up to you!

Listen to HSB 2014 - Artist Medley Round 1 below:


Photo Credit: Anthony Pidgeon]]>
<![CDATA[Come to The City's Free 16th Party]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:26:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Fritz+Montana2.jpg

Our free monthly parties are a fun community extension of The City blog, where we champion local artists and emerging sounds at locations all over San Francisco. If you've never come to one of our events, we promise a good time at our 16th event at DNA Lounge (375 11th Street) on August 28, when Sunrunners, Fritz Montana and The Lillies will bless the stage with live performances.

Use this link to RSVP, which will score you some free beverages and will also enter you for a chance to win a Les Paul Epiphone guitar and gig bag. While you're there, consider dropping an extra special "like" on our Facebook page — you can love us later, maybe after a couple of drinks at the club.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fritz Montana]]>
<![CDATA[Hiero Day Doubles Size in 2014]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:39:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/hieroday14.jpg

Oakland's Hieroglyphics is known worldwide as both a rap crew and a style movement that has been in the game for two decades and counting. Time has marked it as essentially a Bay Area supergroup of MCs as well, spawning the lasting careers of members like Del Tha Funky Homosapien and Souls of Mischief (whose There Is Only Now album drops on August 26).

Over the last two years the collective's free, all-ages Hiero Day music and food festival has grown from a peaceful 8,000 to 15,000 person event in Oakland. This year's event, which takes place at Linden Street Brewery on September 1, will occupy twice the amount of space as the previous years, which should be welcoming for more people and give everyone a little more elbow room.

Food vendors are currently being vetted by application and the specifics of the music lineup have yet to be announced, but now's a good time to put this significant event on the calendar.

Photo Credit: Stacey DeBono]]>
<![CDATA[Sriracha, Electronic Dance Music Meet in San Jose]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/srirachaedm.jpg

What's the hottest new thing in EDM? Sriracha, of course.

The embattled spicy condiment is the unlikely star of The 1st Annual Electronic Sriracha Festival (ESF), to be held at St. James Park in San Jose on August 30. Heat up with the choice of 120 Sriracha-laced dishes (most priced at $6 or less) and then dance it off to the saucy beats of electronic dance music DJs and artists.

The event, which will feature three stages of music, an array of food trucks and the SJ Made Street Mart over two city blocks, has already attracted national attention on both ends of the spectrum. "There's a Sriracha Electronic Dance Music Festival, and It's Going to Be Incredible," crows Huffington Post, while Vice's new food site Munchies says, "A Sriracha Rave is My Version of Hell." The City says the ESF will probably be somewhere in between the two headline extremes.

Pre-sale tickets ($26) are available now on Eventbrite; the price goes up to $30 in two days. Check out the music lineup below:


Sam F
John Beaver Live with Krishna Lee on drums & Greg Manacho on guitar
Ross FM
Carlos Alfonzo
Tomas Phan
Ian Rey


Aaron Axelsen
Dead Funk
Andy P
Mr. Tyler Jackson
California Casual
DJ Hil
Bare Knuckles
James Ashley


Los Disco Duro
Bobby Acosta
Double A and Jay Reese
DJ Basura
Haptic Synapses
Mike Zhao

Photo Credit: Getty Images/David McNew]]>
<![CDATA[MC Hammer Debuts Cooking Channel Series]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:34:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/mchammerholy.jpg

Oakland's own MC Hammer is returning to television in a new series — and it's not what you would expect.

The rapper, preacher and entrepreneur stars in Holy & Hungry, a food and faith-themed program premiering on Cooking Channel. Hammer travels around the country meeting chefs who infuse their culinary efforts with guidance from a higher power. The first episode finds Hammer exploring the Carolinas, including a bakery that tithes all of its profits to the community and a seafood market and restaurant operated by a pastor.

This will be Hammer's first return to series television since 2009. That year, A&E ran a reality show called Hammertime that was centered around his family including his wife Stephanie, who loves to cook.

Holy & Hungry premieres on Cooking Channel on July 20.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Justin Sullivan]]>
<![CDATA[Rogue Wave, Cayucas Headline Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:07:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*121/roguewave20st.jpg

Noise Pop and Ne Timeas Restaurant Group are bringing back last year's successful 20th Street Block Party in San Francisco on August 23. The music and food festival highlights local sounds and restaurants from the neighborhood.

Musicians on deck for this year's event include Rogue Wave, Cayucas, Melted Toys, Ray Barbee and The Mattson 2 featuring Tommy Guerrero, The Bilinda Butchers, Myron & E, 8th Grader, 1955, and San Francisco Rock Project.

The event is free but an RSVP is appreciated. There's also a VIP package ($95) that includes amenities like a private area to view the stage, wine, beer and bites from Trick Dog and Salumeria, T-shirt, and mixtape.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rogue Wave]]>
<![CDATA[Summersalt 2014: Big Gigantic, G-Eazy and More]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:13:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/geazyforme.jpg

The annual music festival Summersalt expands in size this year, moving to San Francisco's Pier 70 on September 13.

Event production company Eye Heart SF today announced the initial lineup for the festival, which launched in 2010, and expects to add "many more" in the coming months. So far, these acts have been confirmed:

Big Gigantic
Keys 'N Krates
The Gaslamp Killer
Amp Live
Aaron Axelsen
DJ Dials
The Schmidt

Tickets ($45-80) are on sale now via Eventbrite.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Michael Loccisano]]>
<![CDATA[KMEL Announces Legends of Summer Jam Concert]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:55:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/172*120/484349659.jpg

After hosting the annual Summer Jam concert on and off for 27 years, radio station KMEL is now extending the brand flavor to a new event.

Legends of Summer Jam, featuring past stars of the show, will take place on October 25 at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Headliners announced on the station today include the Bay Area's own E-40, Midwest legends Bone Thugs N Harmony and Twista, and a slew of Southern artists (T.I., Mystikal, Juvenile, and Mannie Fresh). More acts are expected to be announced — and hopefully the lineup will include more locals.

Tickets go on sale on July 18, but KMEL is already holding on-air ticket giveaways.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter]]>
<![CDATA[Brass Band Mission Seeks Help to Record Album]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:58:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/brassbandmission.jpg

"If we don't move you, there's something wrong with your spinal column!" says James H Thornton III of Brass Band Mission, a New Orleans second line style brass band based in San Francisco's Mission District.

The year-old ensemble hopes to record a debut album with the help of crowdfunding. The full-length will feature both covers and original songs, including a tune written by Adam Theis of Jazz Mafia and a remix from the Brass Tax DJ crew.

A Kickstarter campaign hopes to raise $5,000 by August 8. Donation premiums include a private party and concert for those who give $500 or more.

Watch Brass Band Mission's Kickstarter video below: 


Photo Credit: James Sakane]]>
<![CDATA[Mac Dre Day Moves to San Jose]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:12:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/190*120/MacDrezz.jpg

November marks a decade since the charismatic Vallejo rapper Mac Dre was gunned down in a still-unsolved murder, and his friends and former colleagues still continue to keep his music and memory alive.

A yearly birthday celebration called Mac Dre Day organized by his Thizz Nation label has frequently taken place at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, but this year the party moves to San Jose's Fiesta Nightclub (3840 Monterey Highway) on July 11. Tickets are $20 in advance; the Eventbrite page for the event states that the party will be filmed for a VH1 documentary and appearances by rappers including J Diggs, Andre Nickatina, The Jacka, Hustla and Ap9 are expected.

The man born Andre Hicks was fatally shot in Kansas City, MO in 2004 after a concert there; the case remains unsolved to this day. Despite the violent end to his life, he is remembered as a distinctly creative individual who brought relaxed and humorous moments to his music and, perhaps most critically, to dangerous hoods in need of relief.

His legacy has lived on through tributes such as this as well as posthumous releases and mentions in other artist's songs. His image has become iconic in Bay Area hip-hop, leading to a never-ending supply of merchandise including T-shirts, Halloween masks, energy drinks, bobbleheads, and sneakers.

Photo Credit: Flickr/funkandjazz]]>
<![CDATA[Phono Del Sol 2014: A Pre-Party Playlist]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:07:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/thao_crlaurentabak.jpg

As the awesome local indie music site The Bay Bridged gets ready to host the 4th Annual Phono Del Sol Music Festival on July 12 at Potrero Del Sol Park, we've assembled a little pre-party of a playlist featuring artists slated to appear. Get a taste of sounds by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Wye Oak, Nick Waterhouse, Blackbird Blackbird and more before you head out to the party:

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, "The Feeling Kind" 


Wye Oak, "Glory"


Nick Waterhouse, "This Is a Game"


Blackbird Blackbird, "Love Unlimited"


A Million Billion Dying Suns, "Hey Man"


Photo Credit: Lauren Tabak]]>
<![CDATA[Sonny and The Sunsets Shines at Home]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:48:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*121/sonnysunsets.jpg

What does beach pop sound like when the beaches are in San Francisco? There's perhaps no one better to answer this question than Sonny and the Sunsets.

On this project, local treasure Sonny Smith, an accomplished playwright and solo artist with an extensive discography (including a gallery exhibit where he created 200 songs for 100 imaginary bands), leads a loose collection of musicians including Kelley Stoltz, Ryan Browne, Tahlia Harbour, and Shayde Sartin.

Like SF's mighty Ocean Beach, this music isn't glimmering fakely; there are some jagged, dangerous edges that can disturb or amuse. Mostly though, it's the sound of good fun in the summer sun — fog and all.

Catch Sonny and the Sunsets on July 12 at The Chapel (777 Valencia Street) in San Francisco.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sonny & The Sunsets]]>
<![CDATA[Souls of Mischief Returns With Snoop Dogg]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:18:39 -0700 There Is Only Now album comes out on August 26.]]> There Is Only Now album comes out on August 26.]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*128/soulsofmischief.jpg

The next album from Souls of Mischief is called There Is Only Now (due August 26 via Adrian Younge's Linear Labs label), and this week Oakland's mighty hip-hop crew have dropped the first taste.

"There Is Only Now" features a cameo from Snoop Dogg and a remix from Ali Shaheed Muhammed of A Tribe Called Quest. The single is offered in several physical formats, including cassettes, 7-inch records and 12-inch picture discs.

Watch the video for "There Is Only Now" below:

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Souls of Mischief]]>
<![CDATA[Why BARF is a Cool Thing]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:13:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/10169328_316606061821201_3408807796127192676_n.jpg

BARF admittedly isn't the most pleasant acronym imaginable, but the Bay Area Record Fair is still worth a spin.

Record swaps and sales are nothing new around these parts, of course, but BARF has more to distinguish itself than shock tactics. The event has the participation of at least two dozen local labels, including Alternative Tentacles, Father/Daughter, and 1-2-3-4 Go!

In preparation for the organization's second annual main event on September 27 at Thee Parkside, BARF will be setting up micro fairs at NightLife at California Academy of Sciences on July 3 and at the Phono Del Sol music fest on July 12.

September's event will be free, but early bird tickets ($5) are available now for crate diggers who want to get going with BARF an hour before the general entry time.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bay Area Record Fair]]>
<![CDATA[Metallica Strikes Back at Glastonbury Critics]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:30:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/181513522.jpg

Metallica was one of the headliners at last weekend's Glastonbury Festival in England, a booking that was criticized by British press and some rather uncharitable musicians. The band came up with a brilliant response to the backlash.

NME reports that the band sold limited edition "Glasstallica" T-shirts at the event, each emblazoned with some of the most negative comments. Some of the choicest ones include "Metallica: Whoopee F*cking Doo," "Metallica aren't in the spirit of peace-loving Glastonbury," and "Metallica — they're just shite!"

After 33 years as a band, it's delightful to know that Metallica's tongue is still firmly in cheek.

Photo Credit: Theo Wargo]]>