Fiji-born, New Zealand-raised FreQ Nasty has a booming set of bass music planned for his headline slot Friday at the Mayan-themed “RE:SYNC” party at 1015 Folsom in the South of Market district. What he lacks is an emergency plan for — potentially — his last night on Earth.
“I have a feeling that we’ll wake up on the other side of it happy and healthy, but then I guess that’s what everybody feels before an apocalypse,” Nasty says. Read More
Churches frontman Caleb Nichols’ early childhood in Los Osos was tolerable, but when he entered middle school, his life became a living hell. Maybe it was the geeky “Lion King” T-shirt he wore, his ear piercing or the Breeders patch on his backpack. But his classmates bullied him, Nichols says, “and had all these superfluous reasons that I was gay, which turned out to be true later. Read More
Since his 2001 breakthrough — the Chelsea Hotel-inspired sophomore CD “Poses” — Canadian crooner Rufus Wainwright has projected an air of cavalier, slightly decadent dandyism.
But things have changed dramatically for the once-insouciant singer.
“Over the past three years, I’ve had everything but the kitchen sink thrown at me,” he says. “On one hand, it’s been very, very difficult and arduous, and on the other, there’s been a certain sweetness to those human experiences that I hope has made me a better person.” Read More
In junior high, rhythm and blues singer Aaron Neville chose an unusual location from which to launch a career — the boys’ lavatory. But that’s where he and his first teenage doo-wop group hid to practice their intricate harmonies. Read More
Like most musicians, Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally spend a lot of time on the road. Their partnership has taken them from concerts at the Kennedy Center to appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and The City’s own Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.
This month, though, the duo is spending Christmas down home. Read More
It was a far-fetched plan that English folk-rocker Mike Rosenberg devised five years ago when his quintet Passenger splintered after one critically acclaimed album, “Wicked Man’s Rest.”
“Plus, my manager at the time quit, my girlfriend and I broke up, and I had to leave my house,” says the singer-guitarist, who appears today in The City. “It was just one of those bleak moments in life where everything around you just collapses, you know?” Read More
Nob-twiddling, this is not.
Tireless San Francisco electronic-music DJ and promoter DJ Dials opens up for the U.K.’s Bondax today at 1015 Folsom.
The 29-year-old veteran DJ is one of the top bookers of sophisticated, taste-making electronic music in the Bay.
He’ll spin contemporary and classic house using turntables and the performance program Serrato, with opening help from Lights Down Low promotion crew members Sleazemore, Richie Panic, Joaquin Bartra and Commodore 69. Read More
On the road promoting his introductory, self-titled EP, 23-year-old Willy Moon has been meeting immature folks who puzzle him — “people who are supposedly adults, who still haven’t really allowed themselves to grow up and become responsible for themselves as individuals,” says the New Zealand-born, London-based techno-rockabilly cat whose song “Yeah Yeah” was snapped up by Apple for its new iPod commercial. Then again, maybe it’s just him, he adds, “because I became responsible for myself as an individual at a very early age.” The sharp-suited kid has a full-length album on the way. Read More
The band name itself is an in-joke because the Chris Robinson Brotherhood features keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Mark Dutton, drummer George Sluppick, guitarist Neal Casal and, of course, Chris Robinson on guitar and vocals — but not his brother and longtime Black Crowes bandmate, Rich Robinson. Read More
Who would Michael Jackson have been without his jackets, shiny shoes, fedoras and gloves? His image was as iconic as his groundbreaking music and dancing, and key to his success as the King of Pop.
After 25 years behind the scenes, Jackson’s costume designer Michael Bush is stepping into the limelight. He signs copies of his new book, "The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson," at Book Passage on Tuesday in The City. Some of Jackson’s costumes also will be on view. Read More