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Monday, October 2, 2023

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Music Review

‘Il Trovatore’ offers vengeful bloodlust, mystic kidnappers, and a sprint to the finish

SF Opera's new production of Verdi's overstuffed, time-jumping, ethnically problematic opera goes for the entertainment factor

At Greek Theatre, Sigur Rós leaned into easy uplift

Gone are the days when the Icelandic outfit repped the sound of the future—but at least the strings are pretty

Fans lost their cool over binki’s post-punk, shrugging star quality

The artist was charismatic, goofy, fun at Cafe du Nord—but what was with all the random crowd comments?

Eddie Chacon and John Carroll Kirby unleashed trippy boogie in a Fender Rhodes whorl

Sought-after singer and jazz keyboardist flowed through compositions at The Chapel.

The power of ‘Un bel dì,’ and SF Opera’s ‘Madame Butterfly’

They cut the yellowface—but is that enough to vindicate Puccini's tale of a devoted child bride?

Buffalo Daughter’s Shibuya-kei asteroid symphonies fell on ardent, avid crowd

'90s Japanese pop classics plus mutant disco prowess equalled joyous romp.

Automatic blindsided new fans with post-punk future

Magical, mechanical doom thrills at group's recent four-night opening gig at Great American Music Hall

Striking visuals counter dated plot in ‘Die Frau ohne Schatten’ at SF Opera

Cast tackles challenging arias, but thank goddess we've moved on from 1919 in portraying gender roles.

Nabihah Iqbal’s golden sound waves left Cafe Du Nord buzzed

An intimate show became a impactful post-punk moodboard.

Os Mutantes and Hermeto Pascoal: Never underestimate a man in a chair

Two Brazilian sages of the avant-garde hit Bay stages, with vibrant energy (and a rubber pig) in tow

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