Saturday, October 31, 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.

New Music: The Seshen’s sonic-visual journey through ‘Cyan’

Forget it. This version of longtime favorite band The Seshen (playing Thu/27 at Rickshaw Stop)—where lead vocalist and lyricist Lalin St. Juste emancipates herself and this Bay Area band to reform...

Ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke still defines contemporary cool

Mulatu Astatke’s Mulatu Of Ethiopia from 1972, re-issued by Strut Records in 2017, captures a seminal moment in Ethiopian Jazz: THIS was a certain certain type of mood, a version at one time...

New Music: Stone Foxes polish their rock into ‘Gold’

Through numerous lineup changes over the years, San Francisco outfit The Stone Foxes—playing the Independent Sat/29, as part of Noise Pop 2020—formed in 2005 and have retained a sound...

New Music: Jay Som’s fever dream—from chopsticks and a trumpet

If pressure makes a diamond, then overlooked and broken instruments from yesteryear direct the creative arc of Jay Som—aka Oakland-raised, Los Angeles-based producer, songwriter, and musician Melina Duterte. Even when...

New Music: Andy Shauf’s ‘The Neon Skyline’ traces old flames in wee hours

It's unclear at times if Andy Shauf's unnamed protagonist, the center of 11 songs on The Neon Skyline is actually having a good time. (Shauf performs Fri/21 at August Hall, SF.) Maybe he's...

New Music: Afrikan Sciences takes an affecting electronic ‘Journey into Mr. Re’

Eric Porter, the self-taught electronic musician who records and performs mostly under the alias of Afrikan Sciences, seems concerned with the Zen-like practice of being these days. With his new Journey into...

New Music: Transcendental dancing with Eris Drew’s ‘Fluids of Emotion’

The first nanoseconds of an Eris Drew song or mixtape resemble the work of a maestro dramaturge. Everything—sound scratches, cutting in vocals, record manipulations over a breakbeat most times—happens...

As Afrobeat heroes Antibalas arrive, recalling a classic track

When Brooklyn's Antibalas—widely renowned as one of America's fiercest live Afrobeat bands—takes over The Bay for three gigs this weekend (Fri/4 and Sun/16 at The Independent and Sat/15 at The New...

New Music: Bells Rang’s synth-rock makes a California Wave

What is "California Wave"? According to the Bells Rang, a local electronic rock group whose self-titled EP drops Fri/14, it's a sound that’s perfect for blasting poolside in your...

Spend Valentine’s in an indie Village of Love

Listen up, San Francisco.....This year Valentines' Day doesn't have to be filled with the normcore angst of hunting down chocolates, bidding for pre-wrapped roses, fighting through "Bros" in the...