Unabashedly intellectual San Francisco producer Kastle hears a huge “Boom!” from somewhere close to his Dolores Park apartment.“That was big,” he says. “I thought this was a nice neighborhood.” Read More
U.K. jungle music legend Roni Size returns to San Francisco on Saturday for a stripped-down, hyperkinetic drum and bass set with MC Dynamite.
The 44-year-old Bristol resident’s first visit to The City in two years will precede his Sunday set at the gargantuan Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio.
Don’t worry about him saving something in the gas tank for his sweltering desert date. Read More
Some folks dawdle over New Year’s resolutions, but not Dan Layus.
The Augustana bandleader, who plays in The City next week, has set his 2013 vows to himself, his wife and three children in stone: to make every career moment count, forgive himself for past mistakes and eventually triumph over current adversity.
Because when he lost his contract with Epic Records recently, after three solid albums, he lost the rest of his group, too. Read More
They say that, career-wise, if you step out into the unknown void, the universe will reward such blind bravery. Jessie Baylin used to believe the old adage. But the New Jersey-born, California-schooled singer-songwriter lost faith for nearly two years, as she struggled to release her Dusty-Springfield-classy third album, “Little Spark.” Read More
When New York’s alterna-scene sensations The Drums hit town tonight at the Independent, backing their new sophomore set “Portamento,” be prepared — you won’t be seeing the same band, circa their eponymous debut of last year, both literally and figuratively. Read More
Alabama rapper Yelawolf — the white/Cherokee-descended skateboarder’s name is Michael Wayne Atha — is justifiably proud of his release “Trunk Muzik 0-60” on Ghet-O-Vision/DGC, and its grim songs “Box Chevy,” “Billy Crystal” and “Pop the Trunk.” Read More
Who’s in town Author Tom Perrotta talks about his latest novel, “The Leftovers.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]Lectures New opera: Author James B. Stewart, composer Christopher Theofanidis and the San Francisco Opera’s David Gockley discuss “Heart of a Soldier,” a new opera about 9/11. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
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
If it seems like Celtic rockabilly kitten Imelda May — who’s playing the Independent in San Francisco tonight — was just here, well, it’s true — she was. Singing alongside her old pal Jeff Beck (with whom she played the Grammys last year, in a Les Paul/Mary Ford tribute) in his retro-themed gig at the Fillmore. Read More