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Courtesy PhotoAlan Doyle

Alan Doyle's two decades of folk and pop from Great Big Sea

Alan Doyle is a busy man. The Newfoundlander plays Wolf Redmond on…

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COURTESY PHOTOWinning team: Valeska Steiner

Boy: Good music and good friends

In her native Zurich, Switzerland, aspiring vocalist Valeska Steiner had heard that…

COURTESY PHOTOWinning team: Valeska Steiner
COURTESY PHOTODazzling movement: San Francisco Ballet dancers Sara Van Patten and Luke Ingham are excellent in Christopher Wheeldon’s “Within the Golden Hour.”

S.F. Ballet Program 4: Show’s a ‘Golden’ ticket

  San Francisco Ballet’s Program Four is perfect for those who think…

COURTESY PHOTODazzling movement: San Francisco Ballet dancers Sara Van Patten and Luke Ingham are excellent in Christopher Wheeldon’s “Within the Golden Hour.”
Cindy Chew/Special to the S.F. ExaminerJon Davison

Jon Davison's dream comes true as fill-in frontman for Yes

A year ago, Jon Davison, singer for Los Angeles prog-rock outfit Glass…

Cindy Chew/Special to the S.F. ExaminerJon Davison
Courtesy PhotoProducer Tom Mallon

Stellar lineup for Tom Mallon tribute

Chuck Prophet’s latest album, “Temple Beautiful,” is a keenly observed homage to…

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Courtesy PhotoSan Francisco resident Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down does community work in addition to writing and performing with her band.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down have songs with a social message

Valerie Bolden has never heard the song that was written for her…

Courtesy PhotoSan Francisco resident Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down does community work in addition to writing and performing with her band.
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Z-Trip brings megastar wattage to New Parish

Mismatches make for great memories: Sting singing karaoke with fans in a…

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Courtesy PhotoFree Energy doesn’t apologize for its 1970s reminiscent tunes that go down easy.

Free Energy embraces irony-free pop

Great music always has been challenging. Radiohead never intended “OK Computer” to…

Courtesy PhotoFree Energy doesn’t apologize for its 1970s reminiscent tunes that go down easy.
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Surfer Blood makes plans to go West

J.P. Pitts likes his hometown of West Palm Beach, Fla., where he…

Courtesy PhotoFlorida-bred Surfer Blood
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Tiny Telephone recording studio opens doors

Tucked away on Potrero Hill, the beloved recording studio Tiny Telephone is…

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Courtesy PhotoAfter three decades of recording for various labels

Record timing for Marshall Crenshaw

Power-pop purveyor Marshall Crenshaw never planned on having his own retro-minded radio…

Courtesy PhotoAfter three decades of recording for various labels
Courtesy PhotoOn the strength of one song

Søren Løkke Juul goes from backup man to solo star

For a decade, Søren Løkke Juul existed in the backing-musician shadows of…

Courtesy PhotoOn the strength of one song
Courtesy photoLisa Loeb will play San Francisco's Independent on Thursday

Proudly bespectacled Lisa Loeb coming to SF’s Independent

“Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses,” Dorothy Parker once…

Courtesy photoLisa Loeb will play San Francisco's Independent on Thursday
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Kush Arora powers an electro Carnival at Elbo Room

Didn’t make it to Brazil for Carnival this month? Cut loose Sunday…

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Courtesy PhotoOpera Parallèle’s Nicole Paiement conducts the local premiere of “Ainadamar.”

Opera Parallèle’s Nicole Paiement championing new music

With celebrated 20th-century Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet being an ardent supporter of…

Courtesy PhotoOpera Parallèle’s Nicole Paiement conducts the local premiere of “Ainadamar.”
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Family matters for Delta Rae

Fans of Durham, N.C., family band Delta Rae — which plays The…

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Courtesy PhotoAward-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov plays with the Russian National Orchestra in San Francisco this week.

Piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov finds freedom in the score

Daniil Trifonov, 2011 winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow,…

Courtesy PhotoAward-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov plays with the Russian National Orchestra in San Francisco this week.
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Grunge sparks again for Soundgarden

Absence, they say, makes the heart grow fonder. So fans of Seattle…

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Courtesy PhotoDespite experiencing huge career success in recent years

‘Halcyon’ days for Ellie Goulding

Techno-pop singer Ellie Goulding is familiar with the 19th-century fable of a…

Courtesy PhotoDespite experiencing huge career success in recent years
PHOTO COURTESY PATTI MILLERPortland-based electronic artist Natasha Kmeto is happy to be headlining for the first time in The City.

Natasha Kmeto brings soul to electronic music

Futuristic soul singer and electronic music producer Natasha Kmeto will perform her…

PHOTO COURTESY PATTI MILLERPortland-based electronic artist Natasha Kmeto is happy to be headlining for the first time in The City.