Pop Music

The band Retrovirus is among Lydia Lunch’s 21st century projects. (Courtesy Kathleen Fox)

For provocateur Lydia Lunch, the war is never over

Punk, performance art legend appears af SF screening of doc about her life

 

Bassist-composer Sascha Jacobsen is at the helm of the tango nuevo band Los Tangueros del Oeste. (Courtesy photo)

S.F. tango nuevo band melds modern, classic sounds

Pandemic spurs virtual collaboration on ‘Alma Vieja’

  • Jul 25, 2021

 

John Doe appears with X at Stern Grove this weekend. <ins>(Courtesy Autumn De Wilde)</ins>

X’s John Doe stays on point during COVID

Punk pioneer releases 2020 album, plays solo, maintains acting career

 

Big Brother and the Holding Company’s 1968 album “Cheap Thrills” is a rock classic. 
Courtesy Big Brother and the Holding Company
Big Brother and the Holding Company’s 1968 album “Cheap Thrills” is a rock classic. 
Courtesy Big Brother and the Holding Company
KC Turner is known for presenting cool concerts in intimate settings. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>

Promoter KC Turner survives COVID with backyard concerts

Music presenter continues to stage live driveway shows in The City

KC Turner is known for presenting cool concerts in intimate settings. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
The July lineup at Feinstein’s at the Nikko includes, clockwise from left, Liz Callaway, Eva Noblezada, Tuck & Patti, Lillias White and Natalie Douglas.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>

Feinstein’s cabaret stars celebrate coming home to SF

Old friends return to intimate room, with COVID protocols in place

The July lineup at Feinstein’s at the Nikko includes, clockwise from left, Liz Callaway, Eva Noblezada, Tuck & Patti, Lillias White and Natalie Douglas.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
Kelly and Ryann Gonsalves are one-half of the Bay Area group Torrey, playing live on a bill with local bands at the Balboa Theater on July 4. (Courtesy Willam Callan)

Torrey takes off with ‘Something Happy’

Delayed by COVID, Kelly and Ryann Gonsalves release their debut album

Kelly and Ryann Gonsalves are one-half of the Bay Area group Torrey, playing live on a bill with local bands at the Balboa Theater on July 4. (Courtesy Willam Callan)
Mavis Staples, left, and Mahalia Jackson sing in a show-stopping moment in “Summer of Soul.” (Courtesy Searchlight Pictures)

‘Summer of Soul’ gives forgotten music fest recognition it deserves

1969 concerts in Harlem were the ‘Ultimate Black barbecue’

Mavis Staples, left, and Mahalia Jackson sing in a show-stopping moment in “Summer of Soul.” (Courtesy Searchlight Pictures)
Train’s livestreamed “Soul Vacation” concert is at 6 p.m. June 25. (Courtesy Mike Corrado)

Pat Monahan, Train marking decade milestones

‘Drops of Jupiter’ turns 20, S.F. wine company is 10

Train’s livestreamed “Soul Vacation” concert is at 6 p.m. June 25. (Courtesy Mike Corrado)
Bay Area soul and jazz great Ledisi headlined Stern Grove’s opening 2021 show. (Christopher Victorios/Special to The Examiner)

Sweet sounds, extra space at Stern Grove

Ledisi, The Seshen, La Doña play first free concert since pandemic hit

Bay Area soul and jazz great Ledisi headlined Stern Grove’s opening 2021 show. (Christopher Victorios/Special to The Examiner)
The Jenny Thing, reunited after more than 15 years, released “American Canyon,” its most philosophical recording yet. (Courtesy photo)

Berkeley’s The Jenny Thing is back

Frontman of 1990s group reflects on why fame eluded the band

The Jenny Thing, reunited after more than 15 years, released “American Canyon,” its most philosophical recording yet. (Courtesy photo)
Russell, left, and Ron Mael are the subjects of Edgar Wright’s documentary “The Sparks Brothers.” (Courtesy Anna Webber/Focus Features)

Sparks Brothers get their due at last

Edgar Wright’s documentary is a fun tribute to under-appeciated rock pioneers

Russell, left, and Ron Mael are the subjects of Edgar Wright’s documentary “The Sparks Brothers.” (Courtesy Anna Webber/Focus Features)
Steve Martin, left, and Martin Short bring their musical comedy show to the Mountain Winery on Aug. 23. (Courtesy photo)

Mountain Winery announces 2021 season

The Mountain Winery, the beautiful state historic site in Saratoga, has announced…

  • Jun 14, 2021
Steve Martin, left, and Martin Short bring their musical comedy show to the Mountain Winery on Aug. 23. (Courtesy photo)
Afro-Cuban singer and drummer Bobi Céspedes opens Yerba Buena Gardens Festival at 1 p.m. June 26. (Courtesy photo)

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is back

Local artists play outdoor shows in 20th free summer series

Afro-Cuban singer and drummer Bobi Céspedes opens Yerba Buena Gardens Festival at 1 p.m. June 26. (Courtesy photo)
Grammy-winning R&B singer Ledisi opens the Stern Grove 2021 season on June 20. (Courtesy photo)

Stern Grove announces summer schedule: Returns live on June 20 with Ledisi

Tickets for season’s concerts must be reserved online in advance

Grammy-winning R&B singer Ledisi opens the Stern Grove 2021 season on June 20. (Courtesy photo)
Newfoundlander Alan Doyle, who has a new solo recording, mixes traditional sounds and rock. (Courtesy Dave Howells)

Alan Doyle’s no stranger to shanties

Great Big Sea frontman goes ‘Back to the Harbour’

Newfoundlander Alan Doyle, who has a new solo recording, mixes traditional sounds and rock. (Courtesy Dave Howells)
Wisconsin singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp’s newest recording is “May Day.”

Trapper Schoepp’s ‘May Day’ one of 2021’s best albums

Wisconsin songwriter follows in footsteps of Dylan, Guthrie

Wisconsin singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp’s newest recording is “May Day.”
The Isley Brothers played Stern Grove in August 2019. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)

Stern Grove is coming back this year

84th outdoor music fest kicks off summer concert season on June 20

The Isley Brothers played Stern Grove in August 2019. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)
DJ Jeffrey Paradise plays six Poolside shows at Charles Krug Winery this weekend. (Courtesy David Wynn/Big Hassle Media)

Poolside pop comes to St. Helena winery

DJ Jeffrey Paradise recalls formative years in The City

DJ Jeffrey Paradise plays six Poolside shows at Charles Krug Winery this weekend. (Courtesy David Wynn/Big Hassle Media)
Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell of Dead Can Dance recently released the ethereal album “Burn.”<ins> (Courtesy Robbie Perry)</ins>
Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell of Dead Can Dance recently released the ethereal album “Burn.”<ins> (Courtesy Robbie Perry)</ins>