Music Features

Strictly speaking

A chat with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass's booker, as San Francisco's crown jewel of free festivals gears up for its 14th year

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LEFT OF THE DIAL When Slim's booker Dawn Holliday first met with Warren Hellman in 2001, she had no way of knowing that the quaint little music festival the investor wanted to organize would grow to be one of San Francisco's most fiercely cherished traditions.Read more »

Ruinous beauty

With a hook-filled, hard-charging new record, Bob Mould explores loss, acceptance, and looks, as always, to the future

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Bob Mould seems like a good multi-tasker. The legendary singer-guitarist is just signing out of a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session as he answers the phone in New York for our interview Sept. 9; he'll play at the Bowery Ballroom the following night.Read more »

Good bad things

Hookup songs should be the sonic equivalent of a good blowjob — plus, a few tunes you might want to skip

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The Breeders barrel on

With a slew of solo work under her belt and new full-band songs on the way, Kim Deal slows down for no one

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LEFT OF THE DIAL The first rule of interviewing former Pixies bassist Kim Deal is that you do not say the word "Pixies" while speaking to Kim Deal.Read more »

Don't call it retro

Bart Davenport on musical thrifting, the influence of palm trees, and how he just can't quit the Bay Area

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Musician Bart Davenport, Oakland native, LA resident, has one caveat for discussing his move two years ago. He might've broken a few hearts, but he wants to make it clear that he did not head for the southlands for the same reasons many fed-up, underfed Bay Area musicians are making the same trek these days.Read more »

Infinite loop

With a new record and a whole new generation of fans, Oakland's Souls of Mischief take it back to the old school

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FALL ARTS If you are a fan of hip-hop, you likely already know that 1993 was a very special year.

Call it coincidence, call it fate, call it a combination of social, economic, and political factors projected through the kaleidoscopic lens of American pop culture and write your thesis about it (you wouldn't be the first). But something in the air in 1993 coalesced into a weather system of seminal albums from the best of the best: Tupac, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang, De La Soul.Read more »

20th street soul

LEFT OF THE DIAL: Noise Pop's 2nd annual shindig-in-the-streets features Myron & E, dumplings, everything else good

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Outside Lands 2014: The view from the photo pit

Our favorite live shots from SF's biggest summer party

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Were you there? Were you among the approximately 200,000 human bodies smashed together for warmth at Golden Gate Park this past weekend, because you somehow couldn't stand the idea of wearing anything but your midriff-baring tube top with your whimsical animal hat and/or flower crown?Read more »

Grown-up GRMLN

The pop-punk whiz kid comes of age. Plus: More festivals!

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Yoodoo Park is the kind of musician who might make some people — people who didn't find their calling until well into their 40s, or 50s, or 60s, aka lots of people — a little angry.Read more »

Treading water

In the midst of a severe drought, the Soundwave art and music biennial encourages reflection on our most precious natural resource

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LEFT OF THE DIAL In a parable that opens one of the best-known speeches by the late great David Foster Wallace, two young fish are swimming along when an older fish passes them. "Morning boys," says the (sentient, verbal) fish. "How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a while, until one of them looks over at the other and says "What the hell is water?"Read more »