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Switchboard Music Festival, Sunday 3/24 in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 6, 2013 07:11pm | Post a Comment

The sixth annual Switchboard Music Festival brings its eclectic blend of performers and music to San Francisco’s Brava Theater on March 24th from 2-10pm. It's going to be a non-stop, eight-hour musical spectacle presenting composers and musicians who push the boundaries of their respective genres—be it rock, jazz, classical, hip-hop, world, or something less defined. It is a showcase for innovative local music that easily traverses disparate genres—a physical analog for a borderless, digital world. This year’s festival features groups both established and new, from the Bay Area and beyond.

The 2013 Festival features the piano duo ZOFO, whose most recent album, Mind Meld, was nominated for two 2013 Grammy awards; Subharmonic, led by Jazz Mafia’s Adam Theis; Ava Mendoza’s UNNATURAL WAYS; accordionist Rob Reich (of Tin Hat) and his quintet; and clarinetist Michael Lowenstern. The all-day festival will also feature performances by Addleds, Areon Flutes, Billygoat, Build, FutureCities, Ignition Duo, Oakland Active Orchestra, and bass clarinet duo Sqwonk

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Amoeba Music & CIIS Public Programs & Performances Present Karsh Kale & Alam Khan, March 21st

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 28, 2013 07:15pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present Karsh Kale featuring sarod master karsh kaleAlam Khan in Classical Science Fiction: An Intimate Sonic Exploration of the Future Sounds of Indian Classical Music on March 21st at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

Classical Science Fiction, brainchild of producer and multi-instrumentalist Karsh Kale, breaks down the traditional constructs of Indian classical music, while maintaining that music's emphasis on rhythm, scale, and improvisation.

This is not just an exercise in blending various musical traditions. "The effective fusion of styles and repertoire," according to Karsh, "is not dependent on the musical concepts or genres used, but rather the musicians assembled." In this case, Karsh has put together an all-star ensemble of musicians, rooted in their traditional styles, and yet all have created new paths in music. Indian classical, electronica, blues, jazz, rock, and ghazal come together in a seamless blend.

Karsh would be the first to admit that the fusion of Indian classical and other musical traditions is not new. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Remember Shakti, and Tabla Beat Science (of which Karsh is a founding member) have all incorporated Indian classical with genres such as jazz, Western classical, and to lesser extent, electronic music. With Classical Science Fiction, Kale and his collaborators push these boundaries even farther, blending the new Western idioms of 21st century CIIS America.

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Noise Pop 2013: February 26 - March 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 26, 2013 06:00pm | Post a Comment


Catch Ceremony on February 27th at The Rickshaw Stop.

The Noise Pop Music Festival is the country’s leading indie music, arts, and film festival. Now in its 21st year, the San Francisco festival features performances by Toro y Moi, Amon Tobin, !!!, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Rogue Wave, Ceremony, and so many more!

In addition, the festival boasts a film series that explores the intersection of music and art; Pop-n-Shop, a local designer fair; Culture Club, an interactive workshop exploring DIY culture; Art Gallery Shows; and Happy Hours!

Check out the full schedule of events HERE!

Trannyshack Cher Tribute with guest Chad Michaels, March 15

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 25, 2013 03:03pm | Post a Comment
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Chad Michaels of RuPaul's Drag Race

Trannyshack, San Francisco's biggest drag club night, salutes the ultimate show business survivor on Friday, March 15th at the DNA Lounge! That's right...it's a salute to the original one-named wonder, CHER!

Plus, special guest Chad Michaels from RuPaul's Drag Race will join the festivities along with performances by Heklina, Holy McGrail, Landa Lakes, Cookie Dough, Precious Moments, Holotta Tymes, Cockatelia, and more!

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Behind the Scenes: Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie "Prince" Billy's "What the Brothers Sang"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 20, 2013 11:50pm | Post a Comment

Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie "Prince" Billy's newly-released love letter to The Everly Brothers, What Dawn Mccarthy Bonnie Prince Billy Will oldham What the Brothers sangthe Brothers Sang, was recorded at a studio called The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville, which is owned and operated by Grammy award-winning engineer David Ferguson and singer-songwriter John Prine. Summoning up the magic of others who have recorded there before them (Johnny Cash!!), the duo was joined by musicians Emmett Kelley, Dave Roe, and Kenny Malone, with featured players Billy Contreras, John Mock, Dan Dugmore, Matt Sweeney, Pete Townsend, John Catchings, Bobby Wood, Joey Miskalin, Nils Frykdahl, Ian McAllister, Joey Baron, Dr. Chris Vivio, and Noah Tag.  

Filmmaker Lara Miranda bottled some of that behind-the-scenes magic with this atmospheric short. Enjoy.

 

 

What The Brothers Sang Promo from lara miranda on Vimeo.

 

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