Emma Silvers

Video premiere: Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony's "I Need Your Help"

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Major Powers and the Lo-Fi Symphony, aka one of the highly funky and highly promising Bay Area bands in this year's On the Rise issue — aka the only band that's ever issued the descriptors "Adventure Rock™" or "Mary Poppins meets Weezer" or "Freddie Mercury and Tom Waits in a cliff-diving competition" or "Danny Elfman making out with Indiana Jones while they play Dungeons & Dragons" when asked to define their sound for a news publication — just brought us this new video for their tune "I Need Your Help," off last June's 7-inch (c/w "Like a Metaphor For Sex"). Read more »

Holy crap is there a lot of good new music coming out of the Bay this week

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Looking for something to get you past the hump of Hump Day? Well put down that "which Disney princess is your dog" quiz right this second, for a straight-up ridiculous amount of good new music was unleashed upon the world this week, with a disproportionate amount of it coming from our very own home turf.

Listen up, burst with pride, and let us know what else you're listening to.Read more »

A joyful noise

Christopher Owens embraces his country and gospel roots with sophomore solo work 'A New Testament'

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Christopher Owens, San Francisco resident, has a problem.Read more »

Treasure hunting

Our picks for the Treasure Island Music festival

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Tuckered out from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass? Yeah, us too.Read more »

Chuck Prophet on glam rock, his new record, and how the Castro is turning into a strip mall

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Chuck Prophet's been around the San Francisco music scene long enough to make a name for himself in a few regards: He can be counted on for rock 'n' roll story-songs, for startlingly visual writing. The influence of Lou Reed shines plainly through his somewhat disaffected drawl. And more often than not his adopted hometown of San Francisco (he's lived here for nearly 35 years) is the central subject of his musical mash notes, as in 2012's elegy for the city, Temple Beautiful, with its lamentations about long-dead rock clubs and Halloweens in the Castro. Read more »

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 »

Two-fer Tuesday: New music videos from Cathedrals and The Stone Foxes

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Because nothing showcases the breadth of music being made in the Bay Area better than some chilled-out electro R&B followed by a driving blues-rock sprint of a song: Here are the latest music videos from local faves Cathedrals and the Stone Foxes. Read more »

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle on his first novel, unreliable narrators, and the joys of getting real mail

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John Darnielle’s brain seems like it runs at just a slightly higher RPM than other people’s.

One could get this impression from listening to the tightly crafted mini-universe he creates inside each track on a Mountain Goats record — take your pick, he’s penned some 14 full-length studio LPs inside the last 18 years, not counting a slew of singles and B-sides and other assorted treats — or from his Twitter feed, which zooms from his enthusiasm for black metal to witty commentary about televised wrestling to on-point, eloquent opining about Ferguson, vegetarianism, or abortion rights. Read more »

Tough decisions ahead: The Bay Area Record Fair, the Oakland Music Festival, and more

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Ever get so overwhelmed by all the awesome events in the Bay Area on a given weekend that you give up on trying to decide between any of them and find yourself just hanging with whomever you can get to come to your house to drink with you and your cats? Or, if you're feeling really adventurous, venturing 50 yards down the street to watch baseball at the closest bar with a TV?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 »