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Sax, unleashed

Howard Wiley has earned the right to talk. At age 37, the saxophone prodigy (and drummer) has a cool 25 years of professional gigs...

Synthesizing a legacy

One of the last times that Naut Humon saw Don Buchla was at a festival they both attended. Now Humon has helped plan a festival...

Balkan bonanza

This week marks the 10-year anniversary of Kafana Balkan, a raucous quarterly dance party founded by the Serbian DJ and master promoter Željko Petković....

Ding-dong aesthetics

ALL EARS Bay Area experimental music composer and legend Pauline Oliveros, who passed away last Thursday, once described her famous Deep Listening practice as...

Champagne supernovas, spilling over

SCREEN GRABS/ALL EARS The biggest noise of 90s Britpop, Manchester’s Oasis was briefly as massive as their hype -- not to mention their self-estimation...

Rocky Horror Picture Fail

SCREEN GRABS The Rocky Horror Picture Show was an important part of my young life. I first saw it in a theater in Greenwich...

Gays Hate Techno loves techno

ALL EARS As contemporary music lovers, we're all floating, flags raised, on an almost unnavigable sea of current releases, backlog reissues, surprise leaks, and...

Megablast for a minimal giant

ALL EARS One of the most incredible yet undersung developments of the past decade on the SF scene has been the explosion of interest in...

A month of listening adventurously

ALL EARS Why July? This month seems especially full of experimental, experiential, and just plain extra-lovely live music, much of it contemporary. SF has...

Switchboard Music Fest lights up with new sounds

ALL EARS Festival fatigue can come on quickly -- I'm exhausted just looking at the recently rereleased Treasure Island Music Festival lineup -- especially when...