<![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 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:46:15 -0800 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:46:15 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Brian McKnight Brings Intimate Show to San Francisco]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:23:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/brianmcknightaddition.jpg

Brian McKnight is getting up close and personal with San Francisco this week with eight shows over four nights at The Addition.

The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist responsible for the sales of more than 20 million records brings his Brian McKnight Trio to the venue (formerly Yoshi's) that the performer says is one of his local favorites.

"I really like that venue," he says. "I really like the intimacy. I think when we've been there before we've made it our own and we love coming back."

It helps that McKnight's got a dedicated Bay Area following who tend to become familiar faces as they attend multiple shows. "The great thing with that room is that you know that those people are coming because they are your core fans, period. I wouldn't say you can do anything you want, but you can pretty much do anything you want!"

That means being a bit playful with his best-known love songs, but nothing too radical: "They're different enough to have just a bit of a twist."

McKnight has operated as an independent artist free from the major labels for his last few releases, but is considering all of his business options for the future. "I'm always writing new material," he notes, "I'm just deciding how and when to put it out."

Catch McKnight at The Addition from December 18-21; tickets range from $45-85.



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<![CDATA[Green Day Scores Rock Hall of Fame Induction]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:15:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP731761047287.jpg

Green Day will soon join rock's immortals.

The Bay Area band with a 25-year recorded history will be a 2015 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility. Other acts being honored are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, Lou Reed and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

"The fact that we kept on hanging on to this thing we believe in for so many years is incredible," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong tells Rolling Stone. "It's unique that we started so young. It's almost freakish. We were weird little kids. We got to be weird together and create this thing called Green Day for so many years. . . Literally, what a strange trip."

Winners will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in April 2015.



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<![CDATA[Jeff Mills Debuts Live "Cine-Mix" in San Francisco]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:07:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/jeffmillscolorportrait.jpg

Jeff Mills, the Detroit-born techno DJ and producer currently living in Paris and working as a sonic artist in residence for the Louvre, has chosen San Francisco as the place to premiere his latest work in America.

Mills will use four turntables to create a live "cine-mix" soundtrack to Fritz Lang's 1929 silent film Woman in the Moon, screening on January 23 at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Lang has previously been a muse for Mills, who infuses much of his work with the spirit of his love for science fiction; Mills previously composed, performed and released a soundtrack to accompany the Lang silent film classic Metropolis.

Early performances of the work have sold out in Paris, Amsterdam and Glasgow. Tickets for the San Francisco show, which will be followed by a discussion from the artist, are $25 and aren't expected to last long.



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<![CDATA[Here's Your Bay Area Storm Playlist]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:25:24 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/younggullystorm.jpg

We hope you're staying safe and dry, Bay Area! Soundtrack your Pineapple Express experience with these homegrown odes to rain, always a wonderful music metaphor for something essential to life itself:

The Weather Girls, "It's Raining Men"

Start listening to this fierce and big-bodied anthem now before the Sylvester musical blows into town in February:


Young Gully, "Weather the Storm"

This 2013 song from the East Oakland rapper flips Toto's Eighties hit "Africa" into something straight from the turf — and perfect for these wet days:


Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"

This timeless East Bay classic from 1970 got one of those new-fangled lyric videos recently:


Jefferson Starship, "Song to the Sun"

Here's another Seventies Bay Area classic, still the most groovy plea for a dry day:


Metallica, "Only Happy When It Rains"

A surprising acoustic cover version of the 1995 hit by UK act Garbage performed at the Bridge School Benefit in 2007: 



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<![CDATA[Stevie Wonder Brings Joy, Consciousness to Oakland]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:30:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/steviewonderoraclesongs.jpg

Stevie Wonder's transcendent "Songs in the Key of Life" performance at Oracle Arena on Dec. 5 included prescient commentary on police brutality and the need for global love.

"I really look forward to writing a song that will deal with peace in the key of life," said Wonder, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, before playing an almost four-hour show full of surprises.

The set included a full band, string orchestra and special guests like soul singer India.Arie, Bay Area percussion queen Sheila E and comedian/impromptu tambourine shaker Dave Chappelle.

Wonder was relaxed and charming with his collaborators and with the audience in between tunes from his seminal 1976 album as well as rarities and surprises, like a cover of his friend Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel."

He flirted easily between keyboards, harmonica and harpeijji, a young instrument that gives him piano, guitar and percussive sounds. Near the conclusion, he dipped into a persona called DJ Tick Tick Boom to cut and scratch his way through blips of hits like "My Cherie Amour," "Superstition" and "Living for the City."

But his comments on the current consciousness were poignant enough to rival these extraordinary musical feats.

"Let me say this to you," he said before starting "Living for the City." "I have policemen that work for me and I love them and respect them dearly, but here's my thing: I feel that no one citizens or policemen are ever beyond the law. When you have a grand jury two times within a month that can't come up with a fair decision, there's a problem. . . We can't have people dying, we are a people that belong to each other no matter what ethnicity and I'm sick and tired of playing this song and having to know that things are still happening right now. You understand as well. Just keeping it real."



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<![CDATA[Fleetwood Mac: Back Next Year]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:46:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/456908978.jpg

Whew — if you missed Fleetwood Mac's sold out performance at Oracle Arena Wednesday night, don't worry; the band will return in spring 2015.

The band has announced additional dates on the current tour, including another stop at Oracle Arena on April 7. The lineup includes Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Christine McVie. The latter has rejoined the group after a 16-year absence.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on December 15 on Live Nation, so you won't have to sit in your "Gold Dust Woman" shawl crying for long.



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<![CDATA[Finish Ticket Will Play The Fillmore]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:19:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/finishticketnewshot.jpg

Finish Ticket is coming home, performing at The Fillmore on December 22.

Last February, the Alameda band released a debut album called Tears You Apart. Just over a year later, Finish Ticket, which boasts two sets of brothers and came of age playing under-21 shows in the Bay Area, grew up into a major label deal. Atlantic Records re-released the album, giving it a wider push into the world.

Watch the band's video for "Tranquilize" below: 



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<![CDATA[E-40 Introduces Sluricane Cocktail]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:20:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*156/sluricane.jpg

Two decades after rhyming about Carlo Rossi wine, E-40 conquered the wine business. Now he's tackling spirits.

Next month, the rap star and Bay Area native born Earl Stevens will release Sluricane, a caramel colored and premixed rum cocktail that's 18 percent alcohol by volume. The name references the chorus of "Hurricane," a 1995 song by The Click (E-40, sister Suga T, brother D-Shot, cousin B-Legit): "Hurricane, you can call me Sluricane. . . "

Last year, the self-confessed wine connoisseur launched his own Earl Stevens Selections with three varietals, a 2011 Moscato, a "Mangoscato" and a 2011 Red Blend. It was an elevation in drink selection for a man whose nickname and rap moniker was first given to him based on an ability to drink many 40-ounce malt liquor bottles. E-40 is also often called 40 Water, because he used to drink 40s like water.

Earl Stevens Selections has been a certified hit in the past year. Stevens has used the same tireless work ethic he has always had as an independent music artist to secure a wide distribution network for his wine; it's available in major chains like Safeway, Costco and BevMo.

Stevens has long dabbled in the beverage business. He's endorsed and was part owner of a cognac called Landy and also had 40 Water, his brightly hued take on Vitamin Water. He released a song early in his career about Carlo Rossi Wine (erroneously called "Carlos Rossi") and later joined up with the Saturday Night Live-reared band The Lonely Island to record a song about Carlos Santana's wine called "Santana DVX."

Watch the video for "Hurricane" below:



Photo Credit: Earl Stevens]]>
<![CDATA[Sneak Peek DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Spinning Bambaataa Records]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:40:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/DerickDailycutShadow.jpg

Following a sold out show at Mezzanine back in October, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist have added a new local date to their Renegades of Rhythm Tour, stopping at The Fox Theater on November 25.

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. Bambaataa, a visiting scholar at Cornell University in New York, has donated his vinyl collection to The Cornell University Hip Hop Collection.

Those who don't mind possible spoilers can get a preview of the type of set that DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are doing on the Renegades of Rhythm Tour thanks to the below video from the duo's recent gig at Irving Plaza in New York.



Photo Credit: Derick Daily]]>
<![CDATA[Noise Pop Releases Initial 2015 Lineup]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:29:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/187*120/453102996.jpg

San Francisco's annual Noise Pop has just brought out the first wave of confirmed artists for the 2015 event, which takes place in various venues from February 20-March 1.

Caribou, Dan Deacon, Slow Magic, The Church, Giraffage, Surfer Blood, Craft Spells, Cherry Glazerr, No Joy, Jessica Pratt, The Black Ryder, Cathedrals, Six Organs of Admittance, Tony Molina and Spazzkid are all scheduled to appear at Noise Pop, which will be four days longer in 2015. More artists will be announced over the coming weeks.

People who like to plan in advance will be rewarded with a discount. Early bird badges good for all non-seated concerts plus a schedule of related films and cultural events are on sale for $125 through noon on November 21; the price will go up to $150 once these initial passes have sold out.



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<![CDATA[Margaret Cho Busks to Raise Money For SF Homeless]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:34:43 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/chomcho_9455_todd+v+wolfson.jpg

Margaret Cho has taken to the streets to raise awareness for one of San Francisco's most dire problems: homelessness.

The comedian, actress, singer and SF native arrived at the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets on Monday to begin what she says will be a daily, two-month commitment to busk on the streets to raise money for the city's homeless population.

Cho set out a guitar case with a handwritten sign that says, "If you have, give; if you need, take (please remember your fellow man)."

"We have a small amplification system and big hearts," Cho wrote on her Facebook page over the weekend. "We will make videos and I have some secret amazing legit superstars who will come and sit in with us. The homeless problem in SF is out of control and this is the least we can do."

Cho will announce her location each day via her Twitter account.



Photo Credit: Todd V. Wolfson]]>
<![CDATA[Sylvester Musical to Open in San Francisco]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:51:03 -0800 Mighty Real.]]> Mighty Real.]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/anthonywaynesylvester.jpg

An off-Broadway musical based on the life of a San Francisco disco legend is headed to the City next year.

"Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical" begins on February 11 and runs through March 1 at Brava Theater in San Francisco. Anthony Wayne stars as the late icon Sylvester James, Jr. — known simply by his first name. Though Sylvester grew up in Los Angeles, his career took off once he moved north — initially to join the San Francisco drag troupe known as The Cockettes.

Wayne, who also wrote and directed the musical, built the show from the ground up with partner Kendrell Bowman, who co-directs and designed the vibrant wardrobe. A successful Kickstarter campaign allowed them to mount the first run of the production inside the charming theater at St. Clement's Episcopal Church, the third oldest off-Broadway theater in New York.

Sylvester, who was one of disco's beloved architects, passed away in 1988. His musical legacy, which includes 11 studio albums and a live album, lives on here at home not only through local record collections, but through tribute nights.

He is also the only musician honored in the new Rainbow Honor Walk on Castro Street.



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<![CDATA[Culture Club Cancels SF, Oakland Dates]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:59:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/cultureclub14.jpg

Eighties pop sensation Culture Club had selected San Francisco and Oakland as two of only seven cities to perform on its North American reunion tour, but has suddenly canceled due to illness.

The band was scheduled to play at the Nob Hill Masonic Center on November 16 and the Fox Theater on November 17, but a doctor has advised Boy George not to sing due to a polyp in his throat that may require surgery.

Ticketholders can get a refund at the point of purchase.

While the reunited Culture Club (which features all four original members) has not yet had a chance to do a concert, the band told UK morning show Lorraine that they've recorded several songs for a potential new album, which would be their first since 1999's Don't Mind If I Do. They have already worked in the studio with producer Youth, whose credits include albums for Primal Scream, The Verve and the Cult.



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<![CDATA[The Coup Reveals Song Secrets in New Book]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:09:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/192*120/98506510.jpg

Boots Riley, frontman of Oakland's The Coup, is just one of the many legendary rap artists to share stories behind the music in the new book Check The Technique Volume 2 by Brian Coleman. In a brief excerpt from the impressive 500+ page book, Riley reveals some mackadocious method acting that brought the group's 1998 song "Me And Jesus The Pimp In A ’79 Granada Last Night" to life:

Boots Riley: Originally I had wanted to do a song that talked about how sexism against women hurts mens’ lives, too. I had all these different concepts but then somehow that first line came into my head, about how he was smiling like a vulture. I thought of one of those old cartoons, where the vultures are smiling like they’re gonna get something. Then the writer in me took over from there, and it just went line by line. I didn’t know who he [Jesus the Pimp] was or anything like that, although some of the stories in there happened to people I’ve known. After a few lines in, I figured out what the story would be.

When it came to that being the single, I just chose which song I liked the most. It wasn’t really a single, we just put a bunch of songs on wax that we thought that college radio would play. I figured people would like that one the most. And people definitely took to it. The album got a European deal [with Circus Records, from London] because some DJ in New York played that song at a club and the label owner was there and loved it. We still do a version of that in our live shows today.

I like the way the video turned out, but it could have been even better. We had a really bad producer and we missed a whole bunch of shots because he didn’t get the permits and stuff like that. We tried to do the video literally and that made it more complicated. [Actor] Roger Guenveur Smith was in some magazine saying we were his favorite group, so we got him to be the star of the video. He played Jesus the Pimp. And that was crazy because he’s a hardcore method actor, so in-between scenes he stayed in character. We went into this bar called The Serenader in Oakland, and he was acting like a pimp in there. I couldn’t tell if he was flippin’ out or not. He was giving people attitude and I’d be going to people behind him, saying how he was in character. He was trying to fight with people, picking up chairs. He didn’t come out of character until the next day [laughs].

Excerpt from Check The Technique Volume 2 by Brian Coleman. Catch the author at free events signing books in Fremont (November 13), San Francisco (November 14) and Oakland (November 15); more info on those dates here.



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<![CDATA[Stevie Wonder Tribute Returns for 11th Year]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 18:59:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/169*120/145735882.jpg

The iconic music of Stevie Wonder will be formally celebrated in the Bay Area for the 11th year running at the annual Wonder-full dance party on December 13 at Mezzanine in San Francisco.

Wonder's well-known hits as well as rare tunes will be spun by special guest DJ Spinna (who started Wonder-full in New York and branched it out into other cities). Local mixmasters Proof, Hakobo, and King Most will also bring an arsenal of the enormous Wonder catalog, which includes 23 different studio albums.

Wonder himself will perform his seminal Songs in the Key of Life album at Oracle Arena in Oakland on December 5. Though he's not part of the Wonder-full bill, he is aware and supportive of the event. He even showed up unannounced to several editions of Wonder-full in Los Angeles. 

Though the event is over two months away, pre-sale tickets ($25) tend to go quickly; you've been warned.



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<![CDATA[Grateful Dead Truck Could Fetch $500,000]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:32:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/200*120/dead-truck.jpg

A 1949 Studebaker truck used to transport sound equipment to early Grateful Dead shows is expected to fetch up to $500,000 at an auction that began Thursday in Alameda.

The late Owsley Stanley, who was Grateful Dead's sound man and "personal chemist," purchased the truck in 1966. He used it to help the band haul around gear for four years — right up until he went to prison for manufacturing LSD.

Telesa Eugenio of Michaan's Auctions told San Jose Mercury News that people have emailed to inquire "if they can lick the steering wheel. Others have asked can they search it in case he left anything hidden inside."

The truck's current owner Steve Cabella, who is the proprietor of San Anselmo's Modern I gallery, found the truck in the estate of late artist William Clark. It had been stored in a backyard barn for years. Though the truck sports the same Deadhead-friendly psychedelic paint job it has had since the early 1970s, it was red when Stanley turned it over to his friend Clark before turning himself in to begin a prison sentence.

Cabella, who created a website in tribute to The Dred, admitted to classic car blog Hemmings Daily that he actually bought the car because he is a Studebaker enthusiast. He didn't discover the Grateful Dead connection until after the sale, when he was given a note from Stanley.

Cabella also learned at that time that it had been called The Dred "because it was a bitch to drive." Another nickname, Dredded Dormammu, was in reference to an early Marvel Comics villain.

There has long been a culture of Grateful Dead collectors who will pay top dollar for the right artifacts. One eight-piece set of skull sketches produced for the group's 1968 "Memorial" concerts in San Francisco, for example, was recently listed on eBay for close to $700,000.



Photo Credit: Michaan's Auctions]]>
<![CDATA[What Deerhoof, Madonna Have in Common]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 17:08:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/deerhoof.jpg

San Francisco's genre-bending Deerhoof is celebrating 20 years of recorded history — and the Material Girl — with a new album called La Isla Bonita.

The title of Deerhoof's fun and quirky 12th studio album is where the Madonna connection ends; Don't worry, there's no cover of "Like a Virgin." Instead, the band is more overtly influenced by artists such as Lou Reed, Beck and Radiohead.

Catch the quartet performing live on November 18 at Great American Music Hall. Tickets are $18 (or $42.95 with dinner). Listen to "Last Fad" from La Isla Bonita below: 



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<![CDATA[Grateful Dead Conference Heads to San Jose State]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:06:22 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/183*120/grateful+dead.jpg

Grateful Dead is the focus of a four-day conference happening November 5-8 at San Jose State University. "So Many Roads: The World in the Grateful Dead," which takes its name from a box set, will play host to an ambitious schedule of talks and panels.

Among the 21 sessions will be an unveiling of a new academic series of books from University of California Press called Studies in the Grateful Dead and individual presentations of research projects with intriguing names like "He Had Rings On His Fingers, Bells on His Shoes: Grateful Dead Culture As Liminal Space for the Exploration of Gender Boundaries" and "Truckin’ with the Grateful Dead: From Acid Rock to Dream Telepathy."

Conference co-organizer Michael Parrish tells the San Jose Mercury News that the band first performed as the Grateful Dead (rather than The Warlocks) at The San Jose Acid Test in 1965. Funnily enough, the site of that lysergic event is now the home of San Jose City Hall.

Registration to So Many Roads costs $80 per day or $240 for the full four days.



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<![CDATA[Help Down and Outlaws Record at Dave Grohl's Studio]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:51:14 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/downandoutlaws.jpg

San Francisco band Down and Outlaws have been given a big opportunity to record their debut album at Studio 606, the recording facility owned by Foo Fighter Dave Grohl and captured in the documentary Sound City.

The band will be in the Los Angeles studio for nine days in December and the members are looking to the public to help defray the cost. Down and Outlaws hope to raise $4000 via Kickstarter by November 29 and are already three-quarters of the way to reaching the goal.

Incentives to donate include vinyl copies of the album, T-shirts, pins and, for high rollers, the chance to have the band make you dinner while serenading you with an acoustic performance. Your contribution will help Down and Outlaws realize a dream to create an album in the same space that legendary acts like Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Neil Young have created classics.



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<![CDATA[Daniel Radcliffe Covers Blackalicious]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:21:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Radcliffe+Fallon.JPG

While it may not be a huge shock that Daniel Radcliffe is a big rap music fan, it is a little surprising to learn how deep his love goes.

The actor best known for playing Harry Potter as a child showed off his lyrical dexterity on The Tonight Show as he rapped a very clear version of "Alphabet Aerobics," the incredible tongue twister by the Bay Area's own Blackalicious.

Watch Radcliffe perform in the video above.



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<![CDATA[What to Wear to Heartbreak Halloween]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:23:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/162*120/iamsu.jpg

Due to popular demand, Heartbreak Halloween has added a second night to its stay at The Warfield this weekend.

The live show stars East Bay rappers Iamsu, Sage The Gemini, Jay Ant, P-Lo and Kool John alongside LA's Dom Kennedy. All are coming off phenomenal years on the road and in the public eye, with a momentum that promises to bring extra energy to this big Bay Area homecoming.

Wondering what to wear as a costume to Heartbreak Halloween? Iamsu, P-Lo and Kool John represent the Heartbreak Gang, so heart motifs and broken hearts would be especially well received. Also, the flyers/posters for this event take on a Grateful Dead theme, so expect to see a few tie-dyed Jerry Garcias in the crowd.

The October 31 show is sold out but tickets ($30-45) are still available for the November 1 engagement at AXS.com.



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<![CDATA[Play These Songs to Help The Giants Win]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:15:05 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/457922444.jpg

The Giants need just one more game to add to the growing collection of even-yeared World Series titles, and if you're looking for a broader soundtrack than "Don't Stop Believin," consider this group of newcomers:

Hot Buttered Rum has blessed the team with not one but six volumes of their "SF Giants Bluegrass Fight Song" — Volume 6 is specifically for the World Series:

Equipto, Curt Sak, Ike P, Aukwin, Shag Nasty and Baldhead Rick were inspired by the "Yes Yes Yes" chant to make a smart rap of the same name:

And finally, some visitor love: Ohio's Round2Crew recently came through the Bay Area on a radio tour and got swept up in Giants fever, today dropping a song called "Giants Had Me Like (Woah)." The potential second and third verses are left out in order to encourage fans to remix the track and fill that time with their own rhymes:



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<![CDATA[Scenes from The City's October Party]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:44:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/The+City+October+1.JPG Kingsborough and The Dirty Picture headlined The City's fabulously free party at Milk Bar on October 24. Thanks to everyone who came out; see you next month!]]> <![CDATA[Martin Scorsese Helms Grateful Dead Doc]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:10:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/169*120/86272000.jpg

After helming such cinematic classics as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Departed, Martin Scorsese could work on any project that tickles his fancy. Turns out, he's a Deadhead.

The legendary director is working on a Grateful Dead documentary to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary, reports Deadline.

Scorsese serves as executive producer, while Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, Happy Valley) directs.

The movie has been authorized by the surviving members of the band, who have also participated in on-screen interviews. Neither the title nor a specific release date have been announced so far.

Scorsese is no stranger to making music documentaries. He's also behind full-length features on The Band (The Last Waltz), Bob Dylan (No Direction Home), The Rolling Stones (Shine a Light) and George Harrison (Living in the Material World).



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<![CDATA[Kingsborough, The Dirty Picture Play for Free Tomorrow]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:52:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/204*120/kingsboroughwindsor.jpg

We are excited about the date we have with you tomorrow night (October 24) at our free party at Milk Bar (1840 Haight Street) in San Francisco, where Kingsborough (a staple at our parties) and The Dirty Picture will be rocking the stage.

If you haven't checked out one of our free monthly events, don't worry; this week is the perfect time to see what keeps people coming back for more fun. This month's edition is an extra special one, kicking off with a book signing and photography exhibit by Jim Marshall Photography.

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 tomorrow night at Milk Bar!



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kingsborough]]>
<![CDATA[Sam Johnson Pens Love Letter to San Francisco]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:54 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/samjohnsonthecity.jpg

In the new video for his song "The City," local singer-songwriter Sam Johnson offers many familiar San Francisco sights: Cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf, City Hall, Giants fans in fuzzy animal hats.

The song, a jangly guitar pop piece, is a plea for a lover or friend to "get your butt back to the city where you belong." The video, directed by Brian Storm, makes a visual case for our beautiful town, foggy beaches requiring hoodies and all.

Watch Sam Johnson's video for "The City" below: 



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sam Johnson]]>
<![CDATA[Treasure Island Fest: The Best Missed Connections and More]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:14:58 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/bankscatielaffoon.jpg

Another Treasure Island Music Festival is in the books and some 20,000 revelers are beginning to pick up the pieces, but the magic lives on in social media and on the Internet. 

Seen.co culled fan photos and videos posted to Twitter and Instagram from each act throughout the two-day, grouping them in sets labeled by artist name and common phrases found — phrases like, "last night, f*cking amazing."

Similarly, Finebox.co has collected up all the properly hashtagged videos on Vine. Included here are this own writer's experiments with the best hooks from Outkast's set.

If you're looking for the best style shots from the radioactive island, they're at Refinery 29 and The Bold Italic. (Spoiler: Floral prints killed this year — on men.)

But it's Craigslist's "Missed Connections" section that will likely be a source of comedy gold over the next few days as people remember the strangers they don't want to forget. Bookmark that ish.

"Thanks for helping keep my hands warm while we were sitting up on the bus," says one. "I really enjoyed watching the last few acts with you. I wish I could have stayed longer."

"You were wearing a Motown on Mondays shirt and laughed across the barrier at us while we were practicing our Beyonce dance moves in a fatigued delirious state," reads another. "Just wondering, are you a DJ there?"



Photo Credit: Catie Laffoon]]>
<![CDATA[El Rio Turns 36 With Free Party]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:17:25 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/doubleduchesselrio.jpg

Mission District nightlife is notoriously fickle, but mainstay El Rio is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a free party this weekend.

El Rio is one of the most eclectic bars/community spaces in town, and possibly the only one to boast of a genuinely mixed gay and straight crowd. Hosts Clammy Faye and Manuel Caneri will welcome in live performances from The She Gees, Double Duchess, Jenni and the Jerks, Carletta Sue Kay and others, plus DJs including Brown Amy and Carnita of El Rio's marquee party Hard French.

Stop by El Rio from 3pm to 2am on October 18 to say happy birthday. Go early for happy hour specials from 3-5pm and a crack at the free BBQ fixins.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Double Duchess]]>
<![CDATA[Dos and Don'ts for Treasure Island Fest]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:51:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/450206716.jpg

Time for some tips on how to maximize your time at Treasure Island Music Festival, which returns this weekend (October 18-19) with performances from Outkast, Massive Attack, Zedd, Alt-J, TV on the Radio, Janelle Monae, Washed Out and more:

Do have fun thinking about what to wear while keeping the island's moody microclimate in mind. Among last year's sartorial themes were a surprising amount of people dressed like Where's Waldo? Be the person or crew that is responsible for this year's awesomest WTF theme.

Don't wear any sort of Native American headdress, though. That's just straight ignorant.

Do consider cruising to and from the event in style via The Bold Italic's floating party. Tickets to Rock The Boat run $45-160 depending on how many rides you want.

Don't even think about driving, even if you're the type who wouldn't balk at a $40 per day parking fee. There is a free shuttle from the Bill Graham Civic (more transportation info here).

Do bring portable battery packs for your cell phone, especially if you're the type who likes to know what acts are coming up next or like to socially document occasions such as this. Download the festival app and mark your favorites to build your own personalized schedule.

Don't experience the festival entirely through your cell phone, even if the battery lasts the whole time. Put it in your pocket, run through the field, ride the old-school Ferris wheel, and be in the now.

Tickets ($89.50-$160 day or $160-295 weekend for general and VIP admission) are still available.



Photo Credit: Getty Images/Paul Zimmerman]]>
<![CDATA[MERCH: From Plasma to Prague]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:23:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/199*120/joemedinamerch.jpg

San Francisco composer MERCH (Joe Medina) is getting ready to fly to Europe to record his second album with an internationally renowned orchestra.

The Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra has a diverse discography, having recorded with Arcade Fire, Celine Dion, Dionne Warwick and The Irish Tenors. This modern ensemble has also scored video games and worked with directors like George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino and Ridley Scott. 

"It wasn't that long ago that I was giving plasma for fifty bucks a week back in my hometown," writes Medina, a Fresno native and self-described "little record-nerd that could" on his Kickstarter campaign page, which seeks to raise money to pay the orchestra. "Now look at what I have the chance to accomplish. This is for all the outsiders, misfits, ne'er-do-wells — anyone that ever thought that they weren't good enough, that didn't come from rich stock, the best schools, felt oppressed, stuck in their lot."

A successful Kickstarter campaign will also allow this MERCH album to be pressed up on vinyl. Among the creative incentives to donate are swing dance lessons for you and a partner (Medina was a dance instructor years ago). The goal is to raise at least $6000 by October 29. 



Photo Credit: Courtesy of MERCH]]>
<![CDATA[RSVP Now for The City's Free Party]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:37:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/TheDirtyPicture2band.jpg

It's time to RSVP for The City's next free party on October 24 at Milk Bar (1840 Haight Street) in San Francisco. This month, we welcome Kingsborough and The Dirty Picture 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. This month's edition is an extra special one, kicking off with a book signing and photography exhibit by Jim Marshall Photography.

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 October 24 at Milk Bar!



Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Dirty Picture]]>
<![CDATA[Green Day Scores Rock Hall of Fame Nom]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:34:46 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP731761047287.jpg

Green Day may soon join rock's immortals.

The Bay Area band with a 25-year recorded history has been nominated as a 2015 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility. Other acts being considered are The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed, The Smiths, The Spinners, Sting, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers.

Rolling Stone has organized a "fan's ballot" that will count as one vote (of 700) toward the final determination; this public vote is open until December 9. 

Winners won't be inducted into the Hall of Fame until April 2015, but they will be announced before the end of this year.



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<![CDATA[Shannon and the Clams Perform for Carson Daly]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:31:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shannon-clams.jpg

While you were up moon gazing last night, Shannon and the Clams was making its national television debut thanks to NBC's own Last Call with Carson Daly.

The Oakland trio (singer/bassist Shannon Shaw, guitarist Cody Blanchard, and Ian Amberson on drums) was raised largely on teenage death anthems of the 1960s. But Shaw still counts Kermit the Frog as one of her favorite singers, so you know the gloom isn't too thick here.

In fact, this band offers quite a bit of whimsy within its honest, homegrown sound, which fits right into the Bay Area's obsession with garage music, and its image. It's not unusual to see Shannon and the Clams pretending to be Trekkies or members of the Lollipop Guild.

The band's next Bay Area live appearance is at San Francisco's Eagle Tavern on Nov. 13.



Photo Credit: Last Call
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<![CDATA[Jello Biafra Throws Incredibly Strange Dance Party]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:09:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/jellonicolepowersm.jpg

Two icons of local punk rock history are taking on the role of DJ to share some favorite sounds in San Francisco this week. 

Jello Biafra currently fronts a band called the Guantanamo School of Medicine, but is best known for leading the punk group Dead Kennedys and the 34-year-old record label Alternative Tentacles; he also once ran for mayor of San Francisco. He will DJ an "Incredibly Strange Dance Party" on October 10 at gay bar The Eagle, promising "roots of the roots, garage, soul, dementia, surf, funk and a little bit of punk — all obscure, all vinyl." 

Jello's guest DJ for the evening will be Jon Ginoli, former guitarist of Pansy Division, a queercore act that followed Dead Kennedys by a decade.

The event runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and the cover charge is $5.

 

 



Photo Credit: Nicole Powers]]>
<![CDATA[Grown Kids Radio Commits to Vinyl]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:03:39 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/teekogrownkids.jpg

San Francisco's Grown Kids Radio is making the leap from podcasting to wax.

The online station is readying the release of Off The Beaten Tracks, a vinyl compilation of various artists including locals like Teeko, The Pendletons, B. Lewis and Mophono performing original electronic, hip-hop and funk tracks.

An Indiegogo campaign hopes to raise $10,000 in donations by October 26. Incentives to donate include albums, stickers, admission to a December release party or the Grown Kids Radio DJs manning the decks at your own private afterparty.

Listen to a preview of Off The Beaten Tracks below:



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Grown Kids Radio]]>
<![CDATA[Support The Shams, Get Live Chicken]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:05:58 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/theshamsredhenoffer.jpg

The Shams, an Irish rock act based in San Francisco, is offering what might quite possibly be one of the most unusual donation incentives of all time.

One prospective Bay Area backer who pledges $1000 or more to the band's Kickstarter campaign will have the option of obtaining a live Rhode Island Red hen from the band's personal chicken coop. The breed is known for being prolific layers of substantial eggs.

Other rewards include keychain/beer openers, stickers and t-shirts and, on the premium end, a limo-equipped night on the town with The Shams. The band hopes to raise at least $7000 to put towards a new album and music video by October 26.

 

 

 



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<![CDATA[Carlos Santana Autobiography Ready to Rock]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:46:44 -0800 The Universal Tone]]> The Universal Tone]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*122/52187198santana.jpg

Carlos Santana is a philanthropist, restaurateur, fashion designer and, of course, a guitar god. And now, with the imminent release of his autobiography, he's also an author.

The Universal Tone: My Life is being billed by publisher Little, Brown and Company as quite the page-turner that "traces his journey from his earliest days playing the strip bars in Tijuana while barely in his teens and brings to light the establishment of his signature guitar sound; his roles as husband, father, recording legend, and rock guitar star; his indebtedness to musical and spiritual influences -- from John Coltrane and John Lee Hooker to Miles Davis and Harry Belafonte; and his deep, lifelong dedication to a spiritual path that he developed from his Catholic upbringing, Eastern philosophies, and other mystical sources."

As for his main day job, Santana is currently on an American tour and will settle into a residency at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (where he now calls home) from November 5-18 and January 21-31.

The Universal Tone: My Life, which Santana wrote with music historian Ashley Kahn, will be released on November 4. 



Photo Credit: Getty Images/Frank Micelotta]]>
<![CDATA[Scenes From The City's September Party]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:22:36 -0800 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 17:15:33 -0800 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 12:46:11 -0800 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: 



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<![CDATA[5 Reasons You Should Come to The City's Free Party]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:12:57 -0800 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 16:11:00 -0800 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.



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<![CDATA[Oakland Music Festival Gets Sequel]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:00:49 -0800 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
SZA
The Lovemakers
Jesse Boykins III
Beats by ESTA
DJ Sosupersam
Mara Hruby
J Boogie
PART TIME
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
Ezale
Clear Conscience
Namorados Da Lua
Aebl Dee
Turbo Sonidero Futuristico
La Misa Negra
Namorados
Da Lua
Meat Market
HI SCORES
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 18:14:51 -0800 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 15:38:20 -0800 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.



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<![CDATA[Treasure Island Music Festival Schedule Announced]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:06:03 -0800 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:

Outkast
Zedd
Janelle Monae
St. Lucia
Jungle
MO
Classixx
Ryan Hemsworth
Ana Tijoux
XXYYXX
Ratking
Tobacco
Painted Palms

October 19:

Massive Attack
Alt-J
TV On The Radio
The New Pornographers
Washed Out
Banks
White Denim
Poliça
Growlers
Chet Faker
Asgeir
Bleached
Cathedrals

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 17:55:27 -0800 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 15:30:03 -0800 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 16:16:08 -0800 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 09:39:23 -0800 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]]>