Arts & Culture :: Music

Hell, yes! surprising salvation in 'Hadestown' at the Orpheum

Hell, yes! surprising salvation in 'Hadestown' at the Orpheum

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 21, 2022

At a time when every day's headlines feature collapse, corruption, war and plague, "Hadestown" works like an angel in devil drag. Its sultry come-on promises to lick you with flame, then anoints you with balm of Gilead.

Mary Gauthier: singer-songwriter on her new music and life

Mary Gauthier: singer-songwriter on her new music and life

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 21, 2022

Mary Gautheir's "Dark Enough to See the Stars" has its share of poignant moments, and will astonish you in unexpected ways. The new album features honest and beautiful love songs, inspired by her relationship with musician Jaimee Harris.

Q-Music: Country 'tis of thee

Q-Music: Country 'tis of thee

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 21, 2022

Enjoy new country songs and creative covers by Eliza Gilkyson, James McMurtry, The Whitmore Sisters, The Staves, Hayes Carll and Bria.

Sandra Bernhard plays Feinstein's for Pride

Sandra Bernhard plays Feinstein's for Pride

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 14, 2022

Sandra Bernhard, the queer actress-singer-raconteuse, will appear at Feinstein's at the Nikko next Thursday through Saturday with a new concert of songs and whip-smart comedy.

Q-Music: The sounds of Pride, part 2

Q-Music: The sounds of Pride, part 2

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 14, 2022

Sample more sounds of the rainbow with our second Pride series on LGBT musicians: Jon Fuller, Diane Coffee, Sean Della Croce, Carlie Hanson and Kid Moxie.

Q-Music: The sounds of Pride, part 1

Q-Music: The sounds of Pride, part 1

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 7, 2022

This month, let's focus on some lesser known musicians who more subtly fly a rainbow flag; Michelle Malone, Ramesh, Wallis Bird, Jenny Parrott, Edie Carey.

Fresh Meat Festival's online

Fresh Meat Festival's online

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 6, 2022

The most inclusive showcase of trans, queer, disabled and gender-nonconforming artists is this year online June 16-19, with five programs of recorded performances in music, dance, performance and other genres. Also, it's free!

All that new jazz

All that new jazz

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 31, 2022

Vocalists, pianists and other gay and lesbian musicians share new grooves in a variety of copacetic jazz styles. Listen to new music by Avi Wisnia, Fred Hersch, Liam Forde, Nicole Glover, Kim Nalley and Carol Lipnik.

Reynaldo Hahn's piano music; also near and Faure

Reynaldo Hahn's piano music; also near and Faure

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • May 31, 2022

Reynado Hahn, the boyfriend of writer Marcel Proust, gets a new recording of his 'Poemes & Valses' performed by Pavel Kolesnikov, Also reviewed: Gabriel Faure's 'Complete Songs; performed by tenor Cyrille Dubois and pianist Tristan Raes.

The Cockettes: glamour Hippies - iconic drag troupe returns for a new show

The Cockettes: glamour Hippies - iconic drag troupe returns for a new show

  • by Christopher J. Beale
  • May 24, 2022

The Cockettes were only around for a few years, beginning in 1969, but left a fabulous legacy in their wake. A new show at Oasis revives their drag fabulism, with some original troupe members, including composer Scrumbly Koldewyn.

Jeremy Denk's music and memoir

Jeremy Denk's music and memoir

  • by Timothy Pfaff
  • May 24, 2022

In his new memoir, acclaimed classical pianist Jeremy Denk unveils his personal story, and on a new Nonesuch CD, he masterfully plays Mozart Piano Concertos.

NCTC celebrates with 'Encore' : singing Happy Birthday with 40 years of music

NCTC celebrates with 'Encore' : singing Happy Birthday with 40 years of music

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 17, 2022

With the opening of "Encore" this weekend, San Francisco's stalwart gay stage celebrates its 40th birthday with a roster of dozens of songs from musicals staged at New Conservatory Theatre Center.

Lady Zen: acclaimed Jazz vocalist at Oasis

Lady Zen: acclaimed Jazz vocalist at Oasis

  • by Laura Moreno
  • May 17, 2022

Lady Zen is one of the best singers you may never have heard of. With operatic training and a natural feel for jazz, country music and the fusion of all three, she has been called a "shockingly good" singer.

'Harts' Desire' - Mark Nadler's meet-cute musical at Theatre Rhinoceros

'Harts' Desire' - Mark Nadler's meet-cute musical at Theatre Rhinoceros

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 10, 2022

San Francisco's Theater Rhinoceros hosts the debut of an altogether different 'Hart to Hart' (not the TV show) project from gay cabaret ace Mark Nadler, a solo show abrim with its own bonanza of queer bonafides.