Left of the Dial

A joyful noise

Christopher Owens embraces his country and gospel roots with sophomore solo work 'A New Testament'

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Christopher Owens, San Francisco resident, has a problem.Read more »

Strictly speaking

A chat with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass's booker, as San Francisco's crown jewel of free festivals gears up for its 14th year

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LEFT OF THE DIAL When Slim's booker Dawn Holliday first met with Warren Hellman in 2001, she had no way of knowing that the quaint little music festival the investor wanted to organize would grow to be one of San Francisco's most fiercely cherished traditions.Read more »

Ruinous beauty

With a hook-filled, hard-charging new record, Bob Mould explores loss, acceptance, and looks, as always, to the future

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Bob Mould seems like a good multi-tasker. The legendary singer-guitarist is just signing out of a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session as he answers the phone in New York for our interview Sept. 9; he'll play at the Bowery Ballroom the following night.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 »

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 »

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 »

Infinite loop

With a new record and a whole new generation of fans, Oakland's Souls of Mischief take it back to the old school

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FALL ARTS If you are a fan of hip-hop, you likely already know that 1993 was a very special year.

Call it coincidence, call it fate, call it a combination of social, economic, and political factors projected through the kaleidoscopic lens of American pop culture and write your thesis about it (you wouldn't be the first). But something in the air in 1993 coalesced into a weather system of seminal albums from the best of the best: Tupac, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang, De La Soul.Read more »

20th street soul

LEFT OF THE DIAL: Noise Pop's 2nd annual shindig-in-the-streets features Myron & E, dumplings, everything else good

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Locals only: Outside Lands edition

A cheat sheet to hometown pride at the year's biggest, priciest party in the park

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Can you smell it in the air? It's that late-summer, chilled pinot grigio-tipsy, organic ice cream-sticky scent of Outside Lands, just around the corner.Read more »

Of borders and love songs

Diana Gameros brings her unique musical perspective to the YBCA's MEX I AM Festival

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