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Vijay Iyer plans eclectic run for SFJazz

Vijay Iyer, the pianist and composer who developed his disparate sound on the Bay Area’s improvised music scene in the 1990s, brings four eclectic nights of music to the SFJazz Center from Thursday, Jan. 18, through [Read entire story]

Ruby Ibarra traces immigrant journey in ‘Circa91’

Growing up in the Philippines, Ruby Ibarra was drawn at a young age to rappers like Tupac Shakur, Lauryn Hill and homegrown star Francis Magalona. After her family moved to the Bay Area, she picked up the microphone and [Read entire story]

Josh Ritter finds his voice on ‘record full of storms’

With his ninth studio album, “Gathering,” Josh Ritter keeps the torch for Americana music burning bright. Working again with the Royal City Band — along with a guest spot from Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir — [Read entire story]

Rihanna collaborator Mikky Ekko hits reset with ‘Fame’

Mikky Ekko made his name working with Rihanna on her 2012 hit, “Stay,” which he not only co-wrote but performed with her at the Grammys. Following the release of his 2015 solo debut, “Time,” the Nashville [Read entire story]

OutKast star Big Boi brings cosmic solo show to 1015 Folsom

Best known as the less flamboyant dresser of the Atlanta hip-hop heroes OutKast, rapper Big Boi (born Antwan André Patton) is on tour in support of his new solo release, “Boomiverse,” and is scheduled to perform a [Read entire story]

Bruno Mars, the Killers and Muse to headline BottleRock 2018

Bruno Mars, the Killers and Muse will headline the sixth annual BottleRock Napa Valley music festival, which takes place at the Napa Valley Expo on May 25-27, organizers announced Monday, Jan. 8. The [Read entire story]

Maceo Parker blows his way into 2018

Maceo Parker, who for more than a half-century has provided explosive alto saxophone for funk masters like James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, returns to the SFJazz Center for another run of New Year’s shows. [Read entire story]

Kaskade promises life-changing NYE party in San Francisco

Kaskade, who grew up in Chicago before making his name on the San Francisco club scene, produces intensive electronic dance music sets that have rocked crowds at mega festivals from the Coachella Valley Music & Arts [Read entire story]

Lucius parties three ways into 2018

Need a little indie rock to send 2017 off into the sunset? Lucius, the Brooklyn outfit led by lookalike singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, delivers uncompromising, unexpectedly fierce music that will do the trick. [Read entire story]

Brian Setzer revs up Christmas show for the Warfield

Like puppies in department store windows at Union Square, the Brian Setzer Orchestra comes to San Francisco at the end of every year with its own brand of cheer. The group performs its 14th annual [Read entire story]

Country Joe McDonald to play his last Bay Area shows

Country Joe McDonald, the Navy vet who galvanized the ’60s protest movement with his antiwar anthem “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag” (which he sang to half a million mud-splattered hippies at Woodstock), is [Read entire story]

Great America gets into holiday spirit with WinterFest

It’s not too late to squeeze in a little more holiday cheer. WinterFest at California’s Great America runs through Dec. 30, giving you one last chance to shoot-the-duck on Snowflake Lake, watch the “It’s [Read entire story]

Ralph Carney, versatile longtime SF musician who worked with top names, dies

Ralph Carney, a versatile musician and longtime San Franciscan who had a long career as a much-sought-after sideman working with everyone from Tom Waits and Allen Ginsberg to Elvis Costello and the B-52’s, died Sunday [Read entire story]

‘Cool Yule’ brings retro holiday spirit to Blue Note Napa

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Red Hot Chili Peppers spice up Band Together 2 Bay Area benefit concert

If any concert deserves a sequel, it’s Band Together Bay Area. The star-studded bill that brought together such local music titans as Metallica, Dead & Company and G-Eazy raised more than $17 million for the victims of [Read entire story]

Run the Jewels headlines benefit for fire victims

Run the Jewels is stepping up for the victims of the firestorm that tore through the North Bay in October. The rap duo of Michael “Killer Mike” Render and Jaime “El-P” Meline is using its set at [Read entire story]

Built to Spill, Shamir and more join Noise Pop festival bill

The 26th annual Noise Pop Music Festival has announced the second phase of its eclectic 2018 lineup, featuring indie rock veterans Built to Spill, Cambodian psychedelic pop act Dengue Fever and the gender-fluid Las Vegas [Read entire story]

Awesöme Orchestra offers diverse program for end-of-year concert

For its third annual end-of-year concert, the umlaut-loving Awesöme Orchestra has an eclectic program that covers wide emotional terrain. At Freight & Salvage on Sunday, Dec. 3, the roving pickup [Read entire story]

Holiday shows bring out Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, more

You can always count on Wild 94.9’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball to bring together some of the biggest hit makers of the year for its annual bash. The 2017 version offers up Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Niall [Read entire story]

Who got Grammy noms, who got snubbed? Ed Sheeran’s not cheerin’

Rappers Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar notched up the most nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, announced Tuesday, Nov. 28, signaling that even fogyish institutions like the Recording Academy are trying to step away [Read entire story]