Living in a city visited by an endless stream of musical acts, San Franciscans set a high standard for music festivals. This year’s Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park delivered, raising the bar both musically and in other ways.
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The unusually cool weather that has been hovering over The City this summer didn’t do anything to dampen the spirit — or the numbers — of music lovers who flocked to Golden Gate Park for the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.
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In its fourth year, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival already has become one of The City’s most anticipated and well-attended musical, cultural, culinary — and people watching — events. The 2011 edition looks as enticing as ever.
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England’s rock magazine New Musical Express has already featured them on its cover several times and hailed their emergence as “the return of the great British guitar band.” The Vaccines are easily the most invigorating new outfit around, and their kinetic debut “What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?” is the best record of the year to date. Read More
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the yearly 3-day free music festival in Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow has announced their lineup for this year’s event set to take place Friday, September 30th to Sunday, October 2nd. this year’s edition offers Robert Plant & the Band of Joy, Bright Eyes, Bob Mould, Broken Social Scene and Buckethead. Read More
Admittedly, the exotic wildlife took a little getting used to, says Grammy-winning jazz and R&B singer Jill Scott. But she knew she was in for an unusual experience when she first touched down in the African republic of Botswana, where she recently filmed HBO’s hit miniseries “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” adapted from Alexander McCall Smith’s popular books. Read More
Veterans of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music have wonderful old memories, such as the days of Gerhard Samuel, Carlos Chavez and Dennis Russell Davies leading premieres of works, or Nicolas Slonimsky, in his 90s, playing the piano with an orange. Read More
Eric Martin’s San Rafael neighbors always have a few choice words for him, when — or if — they see him.
“I’ll be on the road for three months or something,” says the frontman for the recently-reunited Mr. Big, which plays the Fillmore on Friday, backing “What If…,” the band’s new recording.
“I’ll come home and they’ll say, ‘Hey, haven’t seen you mowing your lawn in a long time. So what is it, exactly, that you do?’” says Martin.
His answer — that he’s secretly big in Japan and has to tour and record there several times a year — might sound unbelievable. Read More
You really have to hand it to folk-rocker Jackson Browne. Not only is he politically aware — he appears in this weekend’s anti-nuclear Musicians United for Safe Energy benefit at Shoreline — but he’s pop-culturally hip, too. Chuckling, he cites Mike Judge’s eerily prescient film “Idiocracy” as a great societal barometer, as well as a recent “Simpsons” episode where Mr. Burns lures Homer back to work with the promise of rare doughnuts. “‘The Simpsons” does a very valuable job, which is to make satire out of everything,” he says. Read More
Most artists keep tight creative-control reins on their image, but not ex-Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton.
He’s well aware of his own pop-cultural trademark — the feather-haired, pinup-ready powerchorder on the cover of his multiplatinum 1976 breakthrough "Frampton Comes Alive!," an album he’s revisiting on a 35th anniversary tour that hits The City on Friday. Read More