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Blanketman, led by Adam Hopper (forefront), released “National Trust” in March. (Courtesy Through The Eyes of Ruby)

Blanketman finds inspiration in history

Manchester band’s influences go beyond Oasis

Blanketman, led by Adam Hopper (forefront), released “National Trust” in March. (Courtesy Through The Eyes of Ruby)
Posters by Young & Sick are being auctioned off to benefit independent clubs. (Courtesy photo)

Poster art fundraiser benefits indie clubs

San Francisco concert lovers can explore the art world’s non-fungible token phenomenon…

Posters by Young & Sick are being auctioned off to benefit independent clubs. (Courtesy photo)
Recording artist Genevieve Stokes says much of her songwriting happens subconsciously. (Courtesy Atlantic Records)

Genevieve Stokes debuts with solid ‘Swimming Lessons’

Singer-songwriter, 19, has been performing for more than a decade

Recording artist Genevieve Stokes says much of her songwriting happens subconsciously. (Courtesy Atlantic Records)
Neo-soul singer-songwriter Celeste has been nominated for an Oscar for “Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” <ins>(Courtesy Sophie Jones)</ins>

Celeste’s impressive recording debut earns Oscar nod

Singer’s appealing retro-R&B attracts notice of A-listers and more

Neo-soul singer-songwriter Celeste has been nominated for an Oscar for “Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” <ins>(Courtesy Sophie Jones)</ins>
Arab Strap — Aidan Moffat, left, and Malcolm Middleton — returned to making music in 2016 after breaking up about a decade before. <ins>(Courtesy Kat Gollack)</ins>

Arab Strap’s back with ‘As Days Get Dark’

Scottish duo releases first album in 16 years

Arab Strap — Aidan Moffat, left, and Malcolm Middleton — returned to making music in 2016 after breaking up about a decade before. <ins>(Courtesy Kat Gollack)</ins>
Jane Birkin’s new concept album is based on a 1992 movie about a feuding couple. 
Courtesy Nathaniel Goldberg

Jane Birkin brings her lovers’ quarrel to recording studio

Iconic singer-actress’ ‘Oh! Pardon’ moves from film and stage to album

Jane Birkin’s new concept album is based on a 1992 movie about a feuding couple. 
Courtesy Nathaniel Goldberg
Bonnie Tyler’s new album is “The Best is Yet to Come.”<ins> (Courtesy Tina Korhonen)</ins>

‘Total Eclipse’ singer Bonnie Tyler survived Eurovision

Good-natured performer had fun at the musical competition in 2013

Bonnie Tyler’s new album is “The Best is Yet to Come.”<ins> (Courtesy Tina Korhonen)</ins>
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, center, says the band has been “lucky” throughout its long career. <ins>(Courtesy Josh Cheuse)</ins>

AC/DC’s Angus Young: We ‘keep it basic’

Rockers’ 17th album is ‘Power Up’

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, center, says the band has been “lucky” throughout its long career. <ins>(Courtesy Josh Cheuse)</ins>
Biig Piig, aka Jessica Smyth, is working on her first full-length recording in Los Angeles. (Courtesy Mélanie Lehmann)

Biig Piig spans cultures, song styles

Sultry vocalist Jessica Smyth explores her changing identities via collaborations

Biig Piig, aka Jessica Smyth, is working on her first full-length recording in Los Angeles. (Courtesy Mélanie Lehmann)
Pale Waves, featuring Heather Baron-Gracie, center, released its follow-up album to “My Mind Makes Noises” in February.<ins></ins>

Pale Waves back with ‘Who Am I?’

Frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie chills in SoCal

Pale Waves, featuring Heather Baron-Gracie, center, released its follow-up album to “My Mind Makes Noises” in February.<ins></ins>
Stephen Lawrie of The Telescopes says he likes to stay in flux when it comes to songwriting. 
Courtesy 
Tapete Records

Telescopes keep defying expectations

‘Songs of Love and Revolution’ new from noise rock band

Stephen Lawrie of The Telescopes says he likes to stay in flux when it comes to songwriting. 
Courtesy 
Tapete Records
Martin Gore’s new solo EP is “The Third Chimpanzee.” (Courtesy Travis Shinn)

Martin Gore goes ape on new release

EP cover art created by Pockets Warhol, a capuchin monkey

Martin Gore’s new solo EP is “The Third Chimpanzee.” (Courtesy Travis Shinn)
Jason Williamson, left, and Andrew Fearn are Sleaford Mods. 
Courtesy Alasdair McLellan

Sleaford Mods get a bit playful on ‘Spare Ribs’

But UK duo remains vitriolic as ever

Jason Williamson, left, and Andrew Fearn are Sleaford Mods. 
Courtesy Alasdair McLellan
Still Corners’ Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray are huge film fans whose music reflects their passion. <ins>(Courtesy Bernard Bur)</ins>

Lush sounds on Still Corners’ ‘The Last Exit’

Duo’s love of cinema influences evocative album

Still Corners’ Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray are huge film fans whose music reflects their passion. <ins>(Courtesy Bernard Bur)</ins>
Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn and his wife Linda Pitmon are appearing in their creative 13-show online Impossible Tour from Jan. 17-Feb. 28. (Courtesy Steve Wynn)

Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn launches Impossible Tour

Clever 13-show event streams from rehearsal space in Queens

Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn and his wife Linda Pitmon are appearing in their creative 13-show online Impossible Tour from Jan. 17-Feb. 28. (Courtesy Steve Wynn)
Matthew Sweet’s new album “Catspaw,” being released this week, was completed in 2019. <ins>(Courtesy Evan Carter)</ins>

Matthew Sweet’s got a thing for felines

Pop rocker releases ‘Catspaw,’ sells bronze cat sculptures

Matthew Sweet’s new album “Catspaw,” being released this week, was completed in 2019. <ins>(Courtesy Evan Carter)</ins>
Veteran bluesman George Thorogood recently released a live double album of a historic 1982 concert in Boston. <ins>(Courtesy David Dobson)</ins>

Bluesman George Thorogood recalls busking in SF

Kind Bay Area fans gave the once poor street singer food stamps

Veteran bluesman George Thorogood recently released a live double album of a historic 1982 concert in Boston. <ins>(Courtesy David Dobson)</ins>
Robbie Chater, left, and Tony Di Blasi of The Avalanches released “We Will Always Love You” in December. (Courtesy photo)

Avalanches met with real humans in the studio

Australian electronic duo’s latest third album features impressive guests

Robbie Chater, left, and Tony Di Blasi of The Avalanches released “We Will Always Love You” in December. (Courtesy photo)
With tunes both scathing and heartwarming, Bruce Springsteen’s 2020 release “Letter to You” exemplifies the rocker’s versatility. (Courtesy Danny Clinch)

Top 10 rock albums of 2020

Despite a dearth of concerts, musicians released truly remarkable records

With tunes both scathing and heartwarming, Bruce Springsteen’s 2020 release “Letter to You” exemplifies the rocker’s versatility. (Courtesy Danny Clinch)
The Oak Ridge Boys' William Lee Golden, second from right, is working on an album of classic tunes with his sons slated for release next year, along with a biography. (Courtesy photo)

William Lee Golden recalls music from his youth

Oak Ridge Boys baritone records classic tunes with his sons

The Oak Ridge Boys' William Lee Golden, second from right, is working on an album of classic tunes with his sons slated for release next year, along with a biography. (Courtesy photo)