Friday, September 18, 2020

John-Paul Shiver

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John-Paul Shiver has been contributing to 48 Hills since 2019. His work as an experienced music journalist and pop culture commentator has appeared in the Wire, Resident Advisor, SF Weekly, Bandcamp Daily, PulpLab, AFROPUNK, and Drowned In Sound.

Out of the Crate: When ‘Bitches Brew’ put us all on notice

Miles Davis entered Columbia Records Studio B in Manhattan on Tuesday, August 19, 1969—one day after the Woodstock Music festival ended. There, his explorations with electronic, funk-rock, and experimental...

Now Watch This: Five videos—and artists—that have caught our eye

Visuals for music sometimes establish their own ephemeral connection, working as a different form of communication between artist and aficionados. It’s definitely been a strong year for the music...

A real heavy metal parking lot: Metallica comes to drive-ins

Metallica, the Bay Area-based thrash metal veteran outfit, who has sold over 58 million albums in the United States alone, will be performing this summer at a drive-in possibly...

In a time for Black voices, the terrific ‘High Fidelity’ gets canceled. Why?

Welp, I was wrong. HULU may actually be an acronym for stupid. As we move with GREAT hesitation these days—government mishandled pandemics and all—the need for Black Voices reminds me...

New Music: Five great local artists to support

Local music platform Bandcamp will continue its special "Bandcamp Friday" series for the rest of the year, waiving its revenue share on all sales on the first Friday of...

All Ears: Denise Young takes the helm of the SFJAZZ board of trustees

As the world grapples with how to stabilize itself this summer, SFJAZZ has announced a change that should catapult the esteemed institution; effective September 1, Denise Young will become...

New Music: Kamaal Williams’ latest showcases London jazz agility

Kamaal Williams rolled through San Francisco last December for a whirlybird DJ set at 1015 Folsom in support of the latest edition of his DJ-Kicks album series. Yes, he's...

Out of the Crate: The proper tools

Out of the Crate is our monthly column that takes a look into the fluid world of new vinyl releases, including reissues, compilations, and whatever else is available and...

All Ears: How to craft the perfect BBQ playlist

Guess what chicken butt, it's summer. Time for properly charred specialty foodstuffs—and don’t we need 'em? Grab a grill, a heating source be it propane or charcoal, food, and beverages...

New Music: Oakland collective SMARTBOMB has that feeling of futurism

Beat music, the defiant all-inclusive electronic aesthetic that seizes and chops up odd bits of hip-hop, library music, jazz, bass music, IDM, and anything else that shouldn't fit but...