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COURTESY BEN WATTSFolk singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is headlining

Practice makes perfect for folk star Ed Sheeran

English neo-folkie Ed Sheeran wishes he could pinpoint the moment in childhood…

COURTESY BEN WATTSFolk singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is headlining
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Who shuts generation gap with new ‘Quadrophenia’

As The Who’s appearance Friday at Oracle Arena in Oakland once again…

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Hey Ocean! literally has animated appeal

If singer-flutist Ashleigh Ball sounds unusually animated on “Is” — the frothy…

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Courtesy PhotoAfrolicious has been going strong for five years thanks to its diversity and non-intimidating vibe.

Afrolicious breaks attendance records at Elbo Room

Electro, samba, dub, disco and funk fans keep African-inspired beat music alive…

Courtesy PhotoAfrolicious has been going strong for five years thanks to its diversity and non-intimidating vibe.
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Fun trio Ben Folds Five is back

Keyboardist Ben Folds has worn many hats in his illustrious career. He…

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Courtesy PhotoNataly Dawn’s new album

Nataly Dawn’s non-religious awakening

While getting her master’s degree in French literature at Stanford University four…

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More monumental music from Muse

Grammy-winning Muse — bringing its elaborate European stage production to Oracle Arena…

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The good, bad and ugly Ginger Baker

A combination of rock legend, different drummer, musical traveler and irascible mess,…

Courtesy PhotoLas Vegas singer Clint Holmes is appearing in San Francisco for the first time at Live at the Rrazz on Van Ness Avenue.

Clint Holmes sings Paul Simon and Cole Porter at Live at the Rrazz

Clint Holmes sings songs by Paul Simon the way you’ve never heard…

Courtesy PhotoLas Vegas singer Clint Holmes is appearing in San Francisco for the first time at Live at the Rrazz on Van Ness Avenue.
Courtesy PhotoHot VJ and former San Francisco resident Mike Relm promises to do more than just play songs in

Mike Relm’s Ghetto Blaster slams S.F.

A god among VJs, Mike Relm returns to the Independent on Friday…

Courtesy PhotoHot VJ and former San Francisco resident Mike Relm promises to do more than just play songs in
Courtesy PhotoTristan Prettyman’s new recording “Cedar + Gold” came in the wake of her breakup with Jason Mraz.

Tristan Prettyman back on musical track

Describing unexpected obstacles she dodged in recent years, surfer-singer Tristan Prettyman calls…

Courtesy PhotoTristan Prettyman’s new recording “Cedar + Gold” came in the wake of her breakup with Jason Mraz.
Courtesy PhotoJessie Ware’s debut recording “Devotion” was nominated for a Mercury Prize in Britain.

Jessie Ware goes from journalist to songwriter

“Devotion” — the Mercury Prize-nominated debut CD by Sade-inspired, British pop-R&B diva…

Courtesy PhotoJessie Ware’s debut recording “Devotion” was nominated for a Mercury Prize in Britain.
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'The Walkmen' return to San Francisco for two night show at Fillmore

Inexplicably, the Walkmen have long played the part of the nameless character…

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Courtesy PhotoGin Wigmore changed gears on her second album “Gravel & Wine.”

America schools Gin Wigmore in the blues

After her debut “Holy Smoke” swept the New Zealand Music Awards in…

Courtesy PhotoGin Wigmore changed gears on her second album “Gravel & Wine.”
COURTESY PHOTOReally big show: In her “Born This Way Ball

Lady Gaga burns brightly in San Jose

When the lights went down at San Jose’s HP Pavilion Thursday, the…

COURTESY PHOTOReally big show: In her “Born This Way Ball
Courtesy PhotoGeneration Esmeralda appears in the Voices of Latin Rock benefit at Bimbo’s next week.

Dance on with Generation Esmeralda

Though it evolved from 1970s disco band Santa Esmeralda, the new Generation…

Courtesy PhotoGeneration Esmeralda appears in the Voices of Latin Rock benefit at Bimbo’s next week.
Getty Images File PhotoCellist Yo-Yo Ma will appear in recital with pianist Kathryn Stott.

Yo-Yo Ma makes masterful musical connections

Amazing and versatile, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, 57 — who has been honored…

Getty Images File PhotoCellist Yo-Yo Ma will appear in recital with pianist Kathryn Stott.
Courtesy PhotoElectronic musician Christopher Willits combines sounds with gorgeous images in his new show.

Christopher Willits’ positive electronic vibes flow

Producer Christopher Willits — who crafts positive, beautiful, relaxing electronic music —…

Courtesy PhotoElectronic musician Christopher Willits combines sounds with gorgeous images in his new show.
Courtesy PhotoMinnesota-based Trampled By Turtles is enjoying recent success with the album “Stars and Satellites.”

Trampled by Turtles bringing Bluegrass to the Fillmore

Henry Ford once said, “Quality means doing it right when no one…

Courtesy PhotoMinnesota-based Trampled By Turtles is enjoying recent success with the album “Stars and Satellites.”
Courtesy PhotoUltravox frontman Midge Ure brings his solo show to Red Devil Lounge next week.

Ultravox's Midge Ure on making music and a good meal

Midge Ure clarifies that it wasn’t his idea to reconvene his long-dormant…

Courtesy PhotoUltravox frontman Midge Ure brings his solo show to Red Devil Lounge next week.