Arts & Culture :: Music

Q-Music: Long time no see (or hear)

Q-Music: Long time no see (or hear)

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 3, 2023

It's been a while since we've heard from these four bands (wherefore were thou, Blur?), but new and collected albums, streams and a concert DVD will help you catch up to these bands.

Going Out, Sept. 28-Oct. 6, 2023

Going Out, Sept. 28-Oct. 6, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 28, 2023

You can find plenty of arts and nightlife entertainment options whether you're in San Francisco, Oakland or anywhere in the Bay Area, this week and every week.

Jeremy Geffen on Cal Performances' vibrant programs

Jeremy Geffen on Cal Performances' vibrant programs

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Sep 26, 2023

As Executive and Artistic Director at Cal Performances since 2019, Jeremy Geffen brings over two decades of experience to the Bay Area's foremost performing arts presenting organization. He shared his arts background and some enticing upcoming programs.

Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band's 'Passions and Pastimes'

Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band's 'Passions and Pastimes'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 26, 2023

On September 30 the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band will premiere a new concert at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Titled "Passions and Pastimes," the concert will celebrate the various activities enjoyed by band members.

B.A.R.'s Bestie balloting begins

B.A.R.'s Bestie balloting begins

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 25, 2023

It's time for Bay Area Reporter readers to cast their ballots for the LGBTQ newspaper's annual Best of the Bay contest.

'Samuel Barber: His Life & Legacy' - Howard Pollack's biography of the gay composer

'Samuel Barber: His Life & Legacy' - Howard Pollack's biography of the gay composer

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Sep 25, 2023

Howard Pollack has written a comprehensive biography rich with information about composer Samuel Barber's private and professional life, his music, and his place in the canon.

Man on Man: Roddy Bottum and Joey Holman's new album, SF show

Man on Man: Roddy Bottum and Joey Holman's new album, SF show

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 19, 2023

Gay duo Man On Man effortlessly avoids the dreaded sophomore slump with the incredible "Provincetown." Not shying away from its sexy subject matter, the duo is in peak condition in songs like "Gloryhole" and "Piggy."

Kiki and Herb return for Castro Theatre holiday concert

Kiki and Herb return for Castro Theatre holiday concert

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 18, 2023

On December 15, Kiki and Herb's "O Come Let Us Adore Them" will bring out the holiday spirit, and/or spirits, at the Castro Theatre. Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman's sometimes soused cabaret duo rounds off their tour with a Bay Area homecoming.

'Cruel Intentions' - Ray of Light Theatre's dark '90s jukebox bop

'Cruel Intentions' - Ray of Light Theatre's dark '90s jukebox bop

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 12, 2023

Based on the hit film, the '90s jukebox musical "Cruel Intentions" makes its Bay Area debut in Ray of Light's production. The show's director-choreographer and the company's artistic director shared their recipe for theatrical success and fun.

Q-Music: 12 inches of queer music

Q-Music: 12 inches of queer music

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 12, 2023

Our voracious music reviewer Gregg Shapiro shares new and reissued sounds from General Public, Nora Kelly Band, Veronica Swift and Worriers.

Going Out, Sept. 7-15, 2023

Going Out, Sept. 7-15, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 7, 2023

What's your pleasure? Dramatic stage plays, beguiling art exhibits, hunky dudes dancing to funky grooves? How about a full-out Pridefest in Oakland? We've got arts and nightlife events, in abundance, this week and every week in our expansive listings.

'Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical' at A.C.T. — Dominique Morisseau engineers an inventive new jukebox

'Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical' at A.C.T. — Dominique Morisseau engineers an inventive new jukebox

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 5, 2023

Playwright Dominique Morisseau returns to the Bay Area for the premiere production of "Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical" for which she wrote the book, after a fortunate coincidence that fueled an invigorating musical treasure hunt.

LGBTQ History Month playlist

LGBTQ History Month playlist

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Sep 5, 2023

We've got a select batch of new music from artists you may know, a few that you likely don't but should, and a musical score you have to love.

Back to classics: fall music preview

Back to classics: fall music preview

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 29, 2023

We're back in business, back to school and it's time to plan your autumn concert-going. Single tickets and subscriptions are on sale now. So, grab a pumpkin spice latte and look at some tempting offerings of the new season.