Arts & Culture :: Music

Homing's In, April 2-12, 2021

Homing's In, April 2-12, 2021

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 1, 2021

As we continue to celebrate the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary, let's look to arts nightlife and community groups that share our collective history. Long-running theater companies and even new online forums span the decades.

Back to Baton: five decades of opera & symphony stories

Back to Baton: five decades of opera & symphony stories

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 30, 2021

Philip Campbell summates 50 years of the Bay Area Reporter's classical music and opera coverage, noting examples and adding personal remarks to recount his four decades of contribution.

John Holiday's night at the opera

John Holiday's night at the opera

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 23, 2021

It appears that countertenor John Holiday can sing just about anything. From his TV splash on 'The Voice' to a Vivaldi concert, to the operatic "Summertime" from 'Porgy and Bess.'

Howie Klein: modern music man

Howie Klein: modern music man

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 16, 2021

Depending on how long you've lived in San Francisco, the name Howie Klein may be familiar to you. His 415 Records brought bands like Romeo Void to popularity, and he's worked with greats like Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Green Day and many more.

Aretha Franklin: Genius - National Geographic series dramatizes the life of The Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin: Genius - National Geographic series dramatizes the life of The Queen of Soul

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Mar 16, 2021

Singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin's life and career is dramatized in National Geographic's five-part series, which also serves as a testament to Franklin's talent and determination amid decades of civil rights inroads for Black culture and women in music.

Gold miner: Singer-songwriter Melissa Carper

Gold miner: Singer-songwriter Melissa Carper

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 2, 2021

There's so much to recommend about 'Daddy's Country Gold,' the dazzling new album by out singer/songwriter Melissa Carper, it's hard to know where to begin. Carper's distinctive vocal style transcends a single genre description.

Olivia Newton-John: She's still the one that we want

Olivia Newton-John: She's still the one that we want

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 23, 2021

Now in her seventh decade as an entertainer, Olivia Newton-John has proven herself to be a versatile artist, including recent duet with her daughter, and a recently published memoir.

Just Say Yeston! - musical theatre composer Maury Yeston

Just Say Yeston! - musical theatre composer Maury Yeston

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 16, 2021

Maury Yeston, the composer behind Tony Award winners 'Nine,' 'Titanic,' and what has come to be known as the "other" 'Phantom of the Opera,' has two new recordings of his best and rarely heard songs.

SF Symphony records Berg's assured atonal works

SF Symphony records Berg's assured atonal works

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Feb 16, 2021

It may be an acquired taste, but once music lovers develop an interest in the music of 20th-century composer Alban Berg, it can become a passionate preference, particularly via SF Symphony's new recording.

New music from LGBT artists

New music from LGBT artists

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 14, 2021

Shuttered at home, musicians are producing new songs in abundance, including local artists and longtime favorites. Also, we honor a singer-songwriter lost too soon.

Q-Music: Deep cover; honorous -and even whimsical- music tributes and film soundtracks

Q-Music: Deep cover; honorous -and even whimsical- music tributes and film soundtracks

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 10, 2021

Interpreting other musician's classics can be tough. Some fine accomplishments include film soundtracks, Billie Holiday and Leonard Cohen tributes, and the amazing senior chorus that brings a touching new perspective on Bowie and Rolling Stones hits.

Mr. Broadway: Seth Rudetsky's multiple shows keep us entertained

Mr. Broadway: Seth Rudetsky's multiple shows keep us entertained

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 9, 2021

Cohosting YouTube shows with his husband with guests in theatre, television and film, plus composers and health officials, since March 2020, has been an amazing, if not dizzying, accomplishment for the multi-talented Seth Rudetsky.

Singer-songwriter Justin Utley shows his 'Scars'

Singer-songwriter Justin Utley shows his 'Scars'

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 6, 2021

"Underneath My Skin," the new single from gay singer-songwriter Justin Utley, shares some passionate emotions —and yes, some beefcake— in the video for the song, part of his new album, 'Scars.'

A Stritch in time: an interview with Billy Stritch

A Stritch in time: an interview with Billy Stritch

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 2, 2021

Billy Stritch is a gay man as comfortable in the limelight as he is in the background, known for his collaborations with Liza Minnelli, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, and his uplifting pandemic-era live-streaming performances.