San Francisco Chronicle

Current as of 01/17/19

Stephen Curry Celebrates Oakland, Fans with Concert Featuring Hip-Hop Greats
(01/05/19) In a line that stretched for blocks, Oakland’s faithful — wearing Golden State Warriors jerseys and stunner shades — waited with palpable excitement for the chance to get down with one of the town’s most cherished adopted sons.

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus Celebrate Beauty of Collaboration with Boygenius
(11/21/18) When musicians Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus got together in June, they weren’t thinking about starting a supergroup.

Esperanza Spalding Wants to Cast a Spell on San Francisco
(11/16/18) Acclaimed jazz bassist returns with an album that explores the ways music can heal.

Cat Power is Done Scratching and Clawing
(11/15/18) Musician Chan Marshall’s first record in six years a testament to betting on yourself.

First Aid Kit Navigates Heartbreak on Fourth Record
(09/23/18) Johanna Söderberg details the pain she and her sister infused into latest album.

Blood Orange Soars in a Variety of Modes
(09/07/18) To draw an accurate portrait of Devonté Hynes, you’ll need every color in the box.

Leon Bridges Out to Prove He’s Not Stuck in the Past
(08/31/18) Four years ago, Leon Bridges was washing dishes at Del Frisco’s Grille in Fort Worth, Texas. On Friday, the two-time Grammy nominee and neo-soul crooner will headline Berkeley’s Greek Theatre.

Finn Wolfhard’s Band, Calpurnia, Transcends His ‘Stranger Things’ Star Power
(08/26/18) “I used to dream about being in a band,” Finn says. “I used to dream about covering songs, and maybe even one day writing them. It’s crazy to think that now we have the dealer’s hand.”

Animal Collective Returns to the Land of ‘Sung Tongs’
(07/26/18) Avey Tare explains why fourteen years after its release, he’s chosen to revisit one of Animal Collective’s most beloved records.

Madeline Kenney Sees the Shape of Things to Come
(07/16/18) Kenney calls her penchant for wondering what comes next “a disease,” but in the case of “Perfect Shapes,” her enthusiasm for her music’s new direction is palpable.

Billie Joe Armstrong Performs as the Longshot, Celebrates Punk Roots
(07/10/18) Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong may not know how to travel backward in time, but he did his best to invoke the spirit of early ’90s punk during a sold-out show at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop.

Speedy Ortiz Shifts Gears But Stays the Course on ‘Twerp Verse’
(05/30/18) As a songwriter, the 29-year-old Sadie Dupuis remains captivated by the unexpected.

Paul Simon Bids Farewell to Oracle Arena with Final Bay Area Concert
(05/27/18) Paul Simon doesn’t need to dance. At 76, the singer-songwriter would be forgiven for not wishing to test the limits of his mobility, but age has nothing to do with it.

Sofi Tukker on Ascension to Dance Pop Stardom
(05/15/18) Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern may have met at Brown University, but the two act like childhood friends — siblings even.

Preoccupations Are Ready to Cast a New Shadow
(05/14/18) Preoccupations is not a band many would call “comforting.”

I’m With Her Deliver Folk Through the Prism of Harmony
(03/28/18) I’m With Her began on a whim — and well before Hillary Clinton adopted the phrase for her 2016 presidential campaign.

Kristina Esfandiari’s Path to King Woman Was a Painful One
(03/28/18)Kristina Esfandiari has lived many lives in her 30 years.

Ian Parton of the Go! Team Wants to Talk About Melodies
(03/21/18) Ian Parton understands that talking about his band usually means discussing the musical chemicals he pours together to create songs.

Sunflower Bean Gets a Little Older, Stays Wise with ‘Twentytwo in Blue’
(02/27/18) The members of Sunflower Bean were barely old enough to vote when they released their acclaimed 2016 debut, “Human Ceremony.”

‘S-Town’ Creator Brian Reed on the Podcast That Changed His Life
(01/23/18) Every time someone asks Brian Reed to define what “S-Town” is about, the podcast host is placed into a difficult situation.

Wolf Parade Re-Emerges from the Wilds of Rock
(01/11/18) For a band that spent seven years on the shelf, Wolf Parade is showing no signs of rust.

Jay-Z Protege Vic Mensa Brings Social Consciousness Back to Hip-Hop
(12/13/17) In a world full of sound bites and hot takes, Vic Mensa isn’t interested in adding to the noise.

‘Full House’ Star, Comedian Bob Saget Blends Crude Jokes with a Kind Heart
(12/07/17) The sitcom star and seasoned comic is a sweet soul with a penchant for the profane.

Inside Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew
(10/25/17) You don’t need a scalpel to see inside Kevin Drew.

Ted Leo Channels Painful Past in ‘The Hanged Man’
(10/25/17) For 18 years, Ted Leo has worn his heart on sleeve.

Playful Barnett and Vile to Play the Fox after Live Hardly Strictly Debut
(10/18/17) In many ways, “Lotta Sea Lice” is the soundtrack to Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s friendship.

Britt Daniel Continues to Bend Spoon
(09/27/17) Discussing Spoon with frontman Britt Daniel is a crash course in the history of rock ’n’ roll.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan on His New Special, Wife’s Brain Surgery
(09/15/17) Comedian Jim Gaffigan is moving on from his bread and butter — literally.

Mac DeMarco Isn’t Just Along for the Ride
(08/30/17) Mac DeMarco may no longer need to participate in medical experiments for pocket change, but nine years into his career, the Canadian soft rocker still isn’t taking anything for granted.

Jidenna Blazing New Path for Music, Manhood
(08/16/17) On his debut album, “The Chief,” Jidenna is out to prove that origin stories aren’t just for superheroes.

Perfume Genius Escapes Himself on New Record
(07/12/17) Who is Perfume Genius? According to his driver’s license, he’s 35-year-old Mike Hadreas of Tacoma, Wash. But to his fans, he’s so much more.

Jurassic 5 Still Going Strong After 25 Years
(05/23/17) When Jurassic 5 released its last album, hip-hop was at the dawn of an evolution.

At the Drive-In Back with its First Record in 17 Years
(05/03/17) Cedric Bixler-Zavala has promoted many records in his lengthy career, but the anticipation surrounding At the Drive-In’s “in•ter a•li•a” is something else entirely.

Film Composer Hans Zimmer Brings Career-Spanning Live Show to SF
(04/12/17) The life of a film composer is largely lived in shadow.

Japandroids Put the Past Behind, Find New Inspiration
(03/08/17) Japandroids guitarist Brian King doesn’t mince words when asked about the expectations that surrounded his band’s latest album, “Near to the Wild Heart of Life.”

Pansy Division Defiantly Loud and Proud 25 Years After Coming Out
(11/09/16) A lot has changed since Pansy Division singer and guitarist Jon Ginoli moved to San Francisco in 1989.

Idle, Cleese Reunite for ‘Together Again at Last’ Tour
(11/01/16) Eric Idle is very aware of his mortality. “It’s the last chance to see us,” says the 73-year-old of his upcoming tour with fellow Monty Python member John Cleese. “We’re not dead yet!”

Abbi Jacobson’s Sly Peek into Pockets of the Famed
(10/26/16) We may never know whetherSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg likes to blow off steam at her local Dave & Buster’s. For now, we’ll just have to take Abbi Jacobson’s word for it.

Mitski Undergoes Musical Evolution with ‘Puberty 2’
(06/29/16) Mitski’s music may not fit neatly into a conventional genre, but fitting in has never been her strong suit.

Jeff Bridges Brings His Music to Berkeley for Benefit Concert
(04/13/16) For most actors, winning an Oscar might be the crowning triumph of their careers. For Jeff Bridges, it was an opportunity to start a new one.