Arts & Culture :: Music

Second coming of Hunx and His Punx

Second coming of Hunx and His Punx

  • by Elle Carroll
  • Jun 27, 2018

There was never any question that Seth Bogart was an explicitly queer artist, in every sense of the term.

Cover girls & guys

Cover girls & guys

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 27, 2018

"Sister Orchid" (Palmetto) is not the first time quirky singer-songwriter Nellie McKay has turned her attention on an album to the songs of others.

'Boris Godunov': not good enough

'Boris Godunov': not good enough

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jun 20, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony can credit an impressive string of successfully semi-staged operas and musicals at Davies Symphony Hall over the years. Last week's massive "Boris Godunov" will also be remembered.

Countess Luann is a class act

Countess Luann is a class act

  • by Adam Sandel
  • Jun 20, 2018

Countess Luann brings her nightclub act to Feinstein's at the Nikko on Fri. & Sat., June 22 & 23.

SF Gay Men's Chorus looks back

SF Gay Men's Chorus looks back

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 20, 2018

On June 22 & 23, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will present the world premiere of "Unbreakable," a new musical which will take audiences on a journey through 12 decades of gay history.

Playlist for Pride & beyond

Playlist for Pride & beyond

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 13, 2018

A less-than-subtle branding project by MGM Resorts, Universal Love: Wedding Songs Reimagined (Sony) is a six-song EP on which queer and queer allies flip the script on popular tunes, making them about same gender love, intact pronouns and all.

Finnish conductor proves her mastery

Finnish conductor proves her mastery

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jun 13, 2018

Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki returned to Davies Symphony Hall last week to lead the San Francisco Symphony in an exciting program featuring Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major with violinist Nikolaj Znaider, and the first SFS performances of comp

Lea DeLaria, from 'Big Boo' to Bowie

Lea DeLaria, from 'Big Boo' to Bowie

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jun 6, 2018

Lea DeLaria is probably best-known for her award-winning role as Carrie "Big Boo" Black on Netflix's popular series "Orange is the New Black."

Voices from the past

Voices from the past

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jun 6, 2018

All hail Liz Phair! Kicking the male-dominated Chicago rock scene in its tender nuts with her steel-toe boots, Phair's 1993 debut album "Exile in Guyville" didn't mince words.

SFS: Yesterday, today & tomorrow

SFS: Yesterday, today & tomorrow

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Jun 6, 2018

MTT has got some treats in store: a semi-staged performance of Mussorgsky's epic "Boris Godunov," and Mahler's exalting Third Symphony, with favorite mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke.

Symphonic spring

Symphonic spring

  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 30, 2018

Concerts with the San Francisco Symphony and SFS Youth Orchestra and the New Century Chamber Orchestra proved the classics still bloom perennially in May.

Summertime gaiety

Summertime gaiety

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 30, 2018

It's been said before, but it bears repeating. LGBTQ musicians are making some of the most captivating and inspiring music out there.

Transgender performance extravaganza

Transgender performance extravaganza

  • by Sari Staver
  • May 30, 2018

The 17th annual transgender and queer performance festival "Fresh Meat" features a transgender superhero rock opera, world champion gay ballroom dancers, queer disabled dance pioneers, gender-bending dance theater, and transcomedy.

The 'Ring' cycle approaches

The 'Ring' cycle approaches

  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 25, 2018

A recent press conference led by San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock previewed the soon-to-launch revival of the Company-commissioned 2011 production of director Francesca Zambello's so-called "American Ring."