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Blues Festival returns to downtown Martinez

Downtown Martinez erupts with the sounds of wailing guitars — and wailing men — as the seventh annual Bay Area Blues Festival returns to Main Street. Along with the usual assortment of food, local [Read entire story]

Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars to bring high drama to Shoreline

There’s still room for high drama in rock ’n’ roll. The English rock band Muse has come to embrace performing in vast spaces and packing in the requisite riffs, wails and special effects. The group’s most recent [Read entire story]

Café Tabvca brings diverse sounds to world stage

The pioneering Mexican rock band Café Tacvba returns with its first new album in five years, “Jei Beibi.” Recorded in Los Angeles with longtime collaborator Gustavo Santaolalla, the Grammy- and Oscar-winning [Read entire story]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival announces 2017 lineup

Randy Newman, Lucinda Williams, T Bone Burnett, Billy Bragg and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys are among the artists set to perform at the 2017 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, officials announced Tuesday, Sept. 12. [Read entire story]

Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates 60 years this weekend

“The Monterey Jazz Festival has always been a mythic place,” says saxophonist Joshua Redman, who joins more than 500 other artists at this year’s great fete at the Monterey County Fairgrounds this weekend. [Read entire story]

Sister trio Haim brings sunshine sound to the bay

Alana, Este (pictured) and Danielle Haim are the sisters who make up the Los Angeles trio Haim, and they’re back with a new album, “Something to Tell You.” Even though the single “Little of Your Love” has [Read entire story]

Sister trio Haim brings sunshine sound to the bay

Alana, Este (pictured) and Danielle Haim are the sisters who make up the Los Angeles trio Haim, and they’re back with a new album, “Something to Tell You.” Even though the single “Little of Your Love” has [Read entire story]

Thao Nguyen, onscreen and in conversation

Thao Nguyen, who leads the beloved San Francisco indie band Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, is the subject of the new documentary “Nobody Dies.” Directed by Todd Krolczyk and funded by the Center for Asian American [Read entire story]

Thao Nguyen, onscreen and in conversation

Thao Nguyen, who leads the beloved San Francisco indie band Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, is the subject of the new documentary “Nobody Dies.” Directed by Todd Krolczyk and funded by the Center for Asian American [Read entire story]

Rick Stevens, Tower of Power lead singer in band’s early years, dies at 77

Rick Stevens, who served as lead singer of Tower of Power in its early years, lending his vocals to the East Bay funk group’s signature 1972 hit, “You’re Still a Young Man,” died on Tuesday, Sept. 5. He was 77. [Read entire story]

Venerable Sausalito Art Festival features musical throwbacks

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Tom Petty makes one last run through Bay Area

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are on their 40th anniversary tour — and possibly last. Of course, the toothy bandleader has been threatening retirement for years, but there’s certainly a sense of [Read entire story]

Homegrown stars shine at Art & Soul Oakland

R&B singer-songwriter Goapele, Grammy-nominated duo Los Rakas and up-and-coming rapper Adrian Marcel are all scheduled to perform at the downtown fete over the weekend. Other musical performers include singer-actress [Read entire story]

20th Street Block Party ready to rock

The electronic pop band Neon Indian, experimental act Kilo Kish and dreamy lo-fi group Hoops are among the acts slated to perform at this year’s 20th Street Block Party, Noise Pop’s annual free daytime music [Read entire story]

The Who gives Outside Lands a smashing finale

Fifty years after stealing the show at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967, British rock icons the Who were back in California closing out this year’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, Aug. [Read entire story]

Outside Lands festival kicks off with tasty sounds, dishes

The summer fog descended on the west end of Golden Gate Park just as Outside Lands headliner Gorillaz took the stage on the opening day of San Francisco’s annual outdoor music festival Friday. The festival had to [Read entire story]

Sam Hunt’s back road to chart success

Sam Hunt recently claimed the record for the most consecutive weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with his single “Body Like a Back Road” (25 weeks and counting) — and the song keeps getting more [Read entire story]

Lady Gaga back on top

There were a few years there where it appeared Lady Gaga’s career was headed for a premature Caesars Palace residency. [...] the singer-songwriter, whose greatest talent appears to be reinvention, is back on top with [Read entire story]

Outside Lands keeps music going with night shows

Between the monstrous crowds and the bone-chilling fog, we don’t blame anyone for wanting to sidestep the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park. For those who prefer their music in smaller doses [Read entire story]

Jerry Day returns to McLaren Park

Melvin Seals will headline the 15th anniversary of Jerry Day on Sunday, Aug. 6, at San Francisco’s McLaren Park. The daylong annual celebration of the late Grateful Dead guitarist, who spent his formative years in the [Read entire story]