Emma Silvers

Dave Chappelle kept me up until 5am this morning and I'm still trying to process what just happened

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The first time I saw Dave Chappelle perform live was 10 years and three months ago, in a large, echo-y gymnasium at UC San Diego. It was my 20th birthday and I was so excited

This was June of 2004, and the comedian was at the absolute peak of his Chappelle's Show fame, which meant he suddenly found himself performing for sports arenas full of college kids who had neither the patience nor the decorum (nor the sobriety) to actually sit and listen to a standup comic performing material, choosing instead to holler "I'M RICK JAMES, BITCH!" or "WHAT!" and "YEAH!" in Lil Jon voices at random — in reference, of course, to their favorite Chappelle's Show impressions. Read more »

No thanks, Bono

Three new albums that should magically appear on your iPod in place of Songs of Innocence

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Amid all the geeky hyperventilating last week about the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, U2 — the Irish rock giants by whom the announcement of new music inspires roughly the same level of excitement as a new flavor of seasonal, sugar-free Starbucks latte, and among the same demographic — tried to pull a Beyoncé by dropping a new album out of nowhere. For free!Read more »

Locals only: Split Screens

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There's something overwhelmingly dreamlike about Jessie Cafiero's songwriting, to the point that it makes a listener feel like they're sleepwalking: The ebbs and flows of cinematic, orchestral pop conjure a surreal sense of nearly floating around one's city. It's not surprising, then, to hear that the singer-guitarist often draws inspiration from walking around these foggy hills of ours. Read more »

Viracocha is legit! Here are five things from the past five years that we wish we could've written about

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As you may have heard by now, Viracocha — everyone's favorite Never-Never Land of a music venue/spoken word performance space/speakeasy/antiques store/beautiful place to stop and use the bathroom should you find yourself having to pee on Valencia — has gone legit.Read more »

Go do this thing tonight: Tell Supes Chiu and Campos how to make SF nightlife better

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Are you sick of San Francisco being a town that shuts down at 2am (and more realistically about an hour earlier)?

Are you annoyed that people keep moving next door to music venues and then complaining when the music venues hold music shows that involve, you guessed it, amplified live music?

Do you enjoy ranting about these issues and more, both in person and in long, exceedingly negative Facebook posts?Read more »

The Breeders barrel on

With a slew of solo work under her belt and new full-band songs on the way, Kim Deal slows down for no one

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LEFT OF THE DIAL The first rule of interviewing former Pixies bassist Kim Deal is that you do not say the word "Pixies" while speaking to Kim Deal.Read more »

WATERS sign to Vagrant, drop new single "I Feel Everything"

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Van Pierszalowski, the songwriter and primary ringleader of SF's WATERS, has always seemed like a guy on the brink of wide(r)spread stardom. The band's music is an ear-pleasing mix of guitar-driven rock riffs and power pop hooks the size of Buicks; it's radio-ready without feeling squeaky-clean, in no small part thanks to Pierszalowski's plaintive vocals.

This may be the year it happens for WATERS. The band announced yesterday that it signed to the LA-based Vagrant Records, which will release its forthcoming EP, It All Might Be OK, on Oct. 14. Read more »

Local love: Fresh fall jams from Cathedrals, Terry Malts, The Seshen, and more

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You know that feeling where, if you see one more headline about how all the artists and musicians have fled San Francisco and the city's dead and we should all just throw in the towel and pack the car for LA right now, you might throw your computer through a window?

Yeah, same here. Luckily, we also have the antidote: an email inbox that fills up every day with new music from an insane number of Bay Area bands and artists, many of whom would probably be offended if you were to suggest that they do not, in fact, exist.Read more »

Don't call it retro

Bart Davenport on musical thrifting, the influence of palm trees, and how he just can't quit the Bay Area

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Musician Bart Davenport, Oakland native, LA resident, has one caveat for discussing his move two years ago. He might've broken a few hearts, but he wants to make it clear that he did not head for the southlands for the same reasons many fed-up, underfed Bay Area musicians are making the same trek these days.Read more »

Chuck Prophet to Scott Wiener: Shut the fuck up about Duboce Triangle

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Musician and historically outspoken SF resident Chuck Prophet, who'll be gracing us with his brand of ramblin' rock and roll at this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass fest, got a little fired up today after reading this Chron piece from the ever-insightful C.W. Nevius.Read more »