Arts & Culture :: Music

Ann Hampton Callaway has the "Fever"

Ann Hampton Callaway has the "Fever"

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 28, 2023

More than 30 years since the release of her debut album, jazz vocalist, songwriter, and Winnetka-native Ann Hampton Callaway shows no sign of slowing down. Her new album pays homage to the late great Peggy Lee.

Q Music: men's men

Q Music: men's men

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 21, 2023

Check new music by men, including Lambchop, Father John Misty, Marlon Williams, Bret McKenzie, The Mountain Goats, and Freedy Johnston.

'Cockettes: Res-Erection' - Oasis musical revue recalls famed queer theater troupe

'Cockettes: Res-Erection' - Oasis musical revue recalls famed queer theater troupe

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 14, 2023

Oasis will come alive with the sound of The Cockettes on March 23-25. For those who may not know, The Cockettes were a queer theater troupe that performed in San Francisco from around 1969-1972.

Wonder women in music, 2023

Wonder women in music, 2023

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 14, 2023

Listen up. Our prolific music reviewer samples new albums from Nessa Barrett, Sunny War, Weyes Blood, KT Tunstall and other women singer-songwriters.

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler's Sixth Symphony

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 14, 2023

The remarkable nexus between Gustav Mahler's intense Symphony No. 6, the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas has captivated listeners, both at home and on tour, for many years.

Jake Wesley Rogers: anthems and extravagance at Bimbo's

Jake Wesley Rogers: anthems and extravagance at Bimbo's

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 7, 2023

The exuberantly queer Jake Wesley Rogers' first tour as a headliner stops at Bimbo's 365 Club on March 12. His richly emotional songs bring a sweeping, passionate quality evocative of Billy Joel, David Bowie, and Elton John.

Disney pride in concert: SF Gay Men's Chorus celebrates 100 film years

Disney pride in concert: SF Gay Men's Chorus celebrates 100 film years

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 7, 2023

On March 16 and 17, Davies Symphony Hall will come alive with the sound of Disney. It's "Disney Pride in Concert," a very special performance with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus which will celebrate 45 years of the chorus and 100 for Disney.

Say gay, or just sing it: new albums from Adam Lambert, P!nk, and more

Say gay, or just sing it: new albums from Adam Lambert, P!nk, and more

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 7, 2023

Our intrepid music columnist shares reviews of new quite queer albums by Adam Lambert, P!nk, Cavetown, H.C. McEntire, Thus Love and the Broadway cast recording of 'A Strange Loop.'

Sick beats at 'Six' - Tudor musical's dangerously derivative

Sick beats at 'Six' - Tudor musical's dangerously derivative

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 28, 2023

'Six,' the fan-magnet musical about the wives of Henry VIII, now at the Orpheum Theater on its first national tour, is a work of hit-list stitchery like its current Broadway peers "Moulin Rouge" and "& Juliet."

Spotify GLOWs for LGBTQ artists

Spotify GLOWs for LGBTQ artists

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Feb 28, 2023

Spotify introduced GLOW, a new global music program that amplifies LGBTQ artists and creators all year round. The hub includes not only music, but podcasts, news, and an expansive selection of themed playlists,

Jake Blount's genre-queer Afrofuturist folk music

Jake Blount's genre-queer Afrofuturist folk music

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 21, 2023

If you ever listened to Jake Blount's music, it defies description, making it unforgettable. He describes his style as "playing fiddle and banjo from Black and Native American musicians, mostly in the Southeastern United States."

Catherine Russell: singing the test of time

Catherine Russell: singing the test of time

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 21, 2023

"Before I record something," explained Catherine Russell, who plays the Fairmont Hotel's Venetian Room February 26 as part of the Bay Area Cabaret Series, "I always test them out with live audiences, just to see if they work. Luckily, they usually do."

Q-Music: more solos and sides

Q-Music: more solos and sides

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 21, 2023

Lesser-known reissues from a folk rock great, plus new albums from bands you know, or don't, make up our eclectic listening playlist.

One Night Only REAF concert with 'Mean Girls'

One Night Only REAF concert with 'Mean Girls'

  • by photos by Steven Underhill
  • Feb 14, 2023

Cast members from the touring production of "Mean Girls" gave rousing performances at the One Night Only REAF benefit concert, held at the Marines' Memorial Theatre February 13, with guest performers D'Arcy Drollinger and Shawn Ryan.