Stories about Music

Arts Forecast: Local shows to stream on your screens

D'Arcy Drollinger's new weekly 'Hot Trash,' plus RAWDance, OMCA's Black Panther retrospective, a Compton's Cafeteria documentary, and more.

Screen Grabs: Sentiment averse

Our film critic's top picks for new streams this week: 'Boys State' paints an ominous view of our youth, and 'Rebuilding Paradise' tracks a California community rebuilding after devastating flames.

A bright story behind the city’s new mural wave

"We could use a splash of color": Artivism's Restore 49 project brightens the city, encourages cultural dialogue, and supports Bay Area artists.

New Music: Kamaal Williams’ latest showcases London jazz agility

From funk to UK funky bruk, album 'Wu Hen' is perfect proof for this artist's belief that jazz must incorporate the sounds of the day to evolve.

Out of the Crate: The proper tools

Loleatta Holloway's ballad drama, The Shaggs' homespun otherness—and Van Halen's eponymous debut? Music critic John-Paul Shiver explores essential vinyl re-releases.

10 artists centering Latinidad in the sound of the Bay today

A brief history of the legends who paved the way for Latin music in the Bay Area—and the rising creatives shaping its future.

All Ears: How to craft the perfect BBQ playlist

From Aretha to Toro y Moi, here's how to keep all those gathered around the grill moving to a socially distanced beat.

Party Radar: Change finally comes to dance music

Are we ready to listen to Black voices—including the ones who started this whole thing?

New Music: Oakland collective SMARTBOMB has that feeling of futurism

Check the manifestation of headiness on compilation 'Light Beings #2,' and the second edition of the group's encompassing virtual 'VHS' virtual Sat/25.

New Music: A classic Oneness of Juju re-release jolts consciousness

Witness the rhythmic agency of soundtracking a movement.