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Music

New Music: BBE tribute album explores Bowie’s Black sonic inspirations

Plus: Nubiyan Twist's hard-hitting Afrobeat promises, Beatchild's look back, other fresh tunes to kickstart your week.

Time’s running out for SF’s live music venues. What’s being done to save them?

Via the Independent Venue Alliance and SF Venue Coalition, businesses seek private donations—and put much-needed pressure on federal and city level politicians to help.

Good Things: Glorious rock weirdness and proper retro-soul with which to start 2021

Equal parts sumptuous melodies and indie rock buzzsaw, anyone?

Don’t forget the beats: A mixtape-homage to the Bay’s 2020 sounds

Set inspired by this year's 48 Hills music coverage fits in E-40's social distancing anthem and Eki Shola's aural healing—dedicated to the late, great Cutty Banks.

Need a soundtrack for those prosaic city trips? Babeheaven has it.

The West London duo's debut album 'Home For Now' concocts a fetching rainy day mélange.

Paul McCartney becomes bedroom-pop patron saint on ‘McCartney III’

Is Sir Paul weird because he wants to be—or because we want him to be? We dive in.

The Beatles saved me in 1970. Can music save others in 2021?

The Fab Four's magical mystery powers meant the world to a young queer person. Let's make sure others experience musical affirmation

Jahari Massamba Unit reveals true genius behind jazz-hop experimentation

Madlib's collaboration with percussionist Karriem Riggins provides the Cliff Notes on 2020's fusion wave.

Recorded in acoustic isolation, ‘Force Majeure’ proves Black excellence thrived in 2020

Bassist Dezron Douglas and harpist Brandee Younger’s first release as a duo revels in unexpected alchemy and happenstance genius

Albums of the Year 2020: Wild spirits helped us hold tightly onto humanity

From police brutality call-outs to a new century gospel, artists still wrung beauty and inspiration from a hard year