San Francisco music manager gets counseling, probation in domestic violence case

Jordan Kurland

Jordan Kurland, 41, the San Francisco resident whose music management company handles top indie-rock acts such as Death Cab for Cutie and She & Him, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor domestic violence.

Kurland was sentenced to 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and placed on three years’ probation in connection with the Sept. 29 incident involving his ex-girlfriend.

The dispute began when Kurland accused the ex-girlfriend, who is a recovering alcoholic, of leaving a carton of wine in his son’s room, according to court documents. Kurland then ordered the ex-girlfriend to leave his home, but the dispute escalated when she pushed him. Kurland reportedly responded by pushing her back, causing the woman to fall onto a bed and then the floor.

After the woman proceeded to insult Kurland’s son, Kurland pushed her to the ground a second time and kicked her once in the ribs, according to court documents.

Kurland is the founder of Zeitgeist Artist Management, which has offices in San Francisco and New York and boasts an impressive roster of musical acts that includes Bob Mould, Matt Nathanson and Rogue Wave, along with Death Cab for Cutie and She & Him.

Kurland also is known for founding The City’s music and arts festival Noise Pop and helping put together the Treasure Island Music Festival.

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