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Synth City

Let's get modular: Not one but two electronic music expos hit San Francisco March 5.

Megablast for a minimal giant

SF Symphony hosts thrilling 80th birthday tribute to composer Steve Reich, Sept. 7-11

9 bands, 175 musicians, 1 epic funk tribute: ‘Stand!’

UnderCover returns January 24 with its rapturous tribute to Sly & the Family Stone's landmark 1969 album 'Stand!' By Marke B.  ALL EARS Last year kicked off with...

Megapolis Audio Festival builds a sonic wonderland

Perpetual sound machines, stimulating hip-hop, light theremins, Fantastic Negrito, rapid prototyping, brain-wave encephalophones, and more, June 5-7   By Marke B. ALL EARS Somebody may have...

Gays Hate Techno loves techno

Influential, ironically named underground collective releases second compilation of queer dance music from around the world

Ding-dong aesthetics

From jury-rigged buzzers to symbols of the surveillance state, Marc Weidenbaum explores the surprising cultural history of SF's humble doorbells.

Pussy Riot, unmasked

At the Warfield, the famous anti-Putin punk provocateurs had an awkward, but still inspiring, night.
48 Hills: The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual celebrated David Bowie's birthday last Friday with a theatrical spectacular at the Chapel.

David Bowie, Starman

Rock icon's death of cancer at age 69 prompts cosmic reflection from leader of SF's "religion of Bowie."

Switchboard Music Fest lights up with new sounds

From a soaring girls chorus to electro-acoustical wizardry, Sat/18's daylong happening plugs in to the contemporary music scene.

ALL EARS: 15 great DJ mixes for the new year

Brazilian psychedelia, Taiwanese disco, Israeli "emotive techno," lost new wave …. DJ mixes from the last year or so that deserve to be heard. By...