Pop Music

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

 

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

 

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

 

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>
Grammy-winning Americana songwriter Sarah Jarosz’s latest release began as a commission for the FreshGrass Foundation, a group promoting innovative grassroots music.<ins></ins>

Sarah Jarosz gets personal on ‘Blue Heron Suite’

Grammy-winner’s song cycle inspired by childhood memories

Grammy-winning Americana songwriter Sarah Jarosz’s latest release began as a commission for the FreshGrass Foundation, a group promoting innovative grassroots music.<ins></ins>
Julia Stone’s latest solo album is called “Sixty Summers.” (Courtesy Brooke Ashley Barone)

Julia Stone goes in new direction on new recording

Songwriter takes cues from eclectic producers Doveman, St. Vincent

Julia Stone’s latest solo album is called “Sixty Summers.” (Courtesy Brooke Ashley Barone)
Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida are Moon vs Sun. <ins>(Courtesy Warner Music)</ins>

Kreviazuk, Maida make new music as Moon Vs Sun

Canadian songwriting power couple release personal album and film

Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida are Moon vs Sun. <ins>(Courtesy Warner Music)</ins>
Lizzo headlines Outside Lands on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. (Courtesy Atlantic)

Outside Lands announces 2021 daily lineup

Headliners include Strokes on Oct. 29; Lizzo on Oct. 30; Tame Impala on Oct. 31

Lizzo headlines Outside Lands on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. (Courtesy Atlantic)
Shock G of Digital Underground performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards '10 at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 2, 2010, in Atlanta. (Taylor Hill/Getty Images/TNS)

Rapper Shock G of Digital Underground found dead in Tampa

Rapper Shock G, who was famous for the hit single “The Humpty…

Shock G of Digital Underground performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards '10 at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 2, 2010, in Atlanta. (Taylor Hill/Getty Images/TNS)
Singer-songwriter Norah Jones has two recently released recordings: 2020’s “Pick Me Up Off the Floor” and 2021’s “’Til We Meet Again.’ (Courtesy David Barnum/Universal Music)

Norah Jones has a special spot for Chris Cornell

Significant rendition of ‘Black Hole Sun’ graces singer’s new live album

Singer-songwriter Norah Jones has two recently released recordings: 2020’s “Pick Me Up Off the Floor” and 2021’s “’Til We Meet Again.’ (Courtesy David Barnum/Universal Music)
San Francisco’s live music clubs have been closed for more than a year. (Twitter screenshot)

S.F. venue recovery fund begins accepting grant applications

Top chefs serving meals for behind-the-scenes live entertainment workers

San Francisco’s live music clubs have been closed for more than a year. (Twitter screenshot)
Foxes, aka Louisa Rose Allen, says she taken back control of her music in recent years. <ins>(Courtesy Hollie Fernando)</ins>

Foxes back with ‘Friends in the Corner’

Pop star doing a lot ‘behind the scenes’ since 2016

Foxes, aka Louisa Rose Allen, says she taken back control of her music in recent years. <ins>(Courtesy Hollie Fernando)</ins>
Singer-songwriter Glenn Donaldson hopes his new album “Uncommon Weather” will offer comfort to people who are feeling down. (Courtesy Force Field)

Feel-good songs from The Reds, Pinks & Purples

S.F. songwriter Glenn Donaldson finds inspiration from his Richmond neighborhood

Singer-songwriter Glenn Donaldson hopes his new album “Uncommon Weather” will offer comfort to people who are feeling down. (Courtesy Force Field)
Stern Grove Festival organizers are planning to bring back the popular summer concert series — The Isley Brothers show in 2019 is pictured — with limited audience capacity. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)

Indoor shows won’t be flooding SF stages soon but Stern Grove might be back in June

While San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that live performances may resume…

Stern Grove Festival organizers are planning to bring back the popular summer concert series — The Isley Brothers show in 2019 is pictured — with limited audience capacity. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)