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Pre-Pride playlist: music from Isle of Klezbos, Kinsey Sicks, Lila Blue & more

Pre-Pride playlist: music from Isle of Klezbos, Kinsey Sicks, Lila Blue & more

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Apr 5, 2024

Celebrate the sound of new music by Isle of Klezbos, The Kinsey Sicks, Lila Blue, Melissa Errico's second Sondheim album, and a tribute to the late Nanci Griffith.

Tom Goss: gay singer/songwriter talks about his new album and his upcoming SF show

Tom Goss: gay singer/songwriter talks about his new album and his upcoming SF show

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 2, 2024

Gay singer/songwriter Tom Goss celebrates the release of his latest album, "Remember What it Feels Like," with a concert at the Utah on April 11 as part of his performing tour.

Mary Timony: singer-songwriter's a 'Tiger' burning bright

Mary Timony: singer-songwriter's a 'Tiger' burning bright

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 19, 2024

On her new solo album, "Untame The Tiger," with its sly nod to Joni Mitchell, Mary Timony has brought her many years of musical experience to the fore, resulting in what is easily her most accessible release.

Singer/songwriter Katy Kirby is True 'Blue'

Singer/songwriter Katy Kirby is True 'Blue'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 5, 2024

It's only March, but there's no doubt that the album "Blue Raspberry" (Anti-) by out singer/songwriter Katy Kirby will have a place on our music writer's best of 2024 list. In our interview, Kirby discussed her musical inspirations.

Madonna's 'Celebration' tour rocks the Chase Center

Madonna's 'Celebration' tour rocks the Chase Center

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 29, 2024

"The most controversial thing I've done is to stick around," says Madonna in a recorded segment from the dizzying array of montages that document her 40-year career in her Celebration Tour, which dazzled audiences at two sold-out Chase Center concerts.

Caleb Nichols: queer musician brings indie rock to SF Noise Pop Festival

Caleb Nichols: queer musician brings indie rock to SF Noise Pop Festival

  • by J.L. Odom
  • Feb 20, 2024

Singer-songwriter Caleb Nichols, from San Luis Obispo, who's queer and nonbinary, will take the stage at Kilowatt Bar on February 29 as part of the SF Noise Pop Festival.

Hot tunes for cooler temps

Hot tunes for cooler temps

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 13, 2024

Cuddle up next to your stereo, or just plug in your Spotify or iTunes, and enjoy some songs written, in most examples, by, for, and about us. Sample new music from Scott Free, Rachel Garlin, Cidny Bullens, Jeffrey Martin, Debby Friday and Chai.

Veronica Klaus returns: jazz diva to perform at Martuni's

Veronica Klaus returns: jazz diva to perform at Martuni's

  • by Christopher J. Beale
  • Jan 30, 2024

Former San Franciscan Veronica Klaus, whose singing style transports audiences to a bygone era, returns to Martuni's for two nights only on February 1 and 6.

A two-man one-man show: salute to George Michael at the Curran

A two-man one-man show: salute to George Michael at the Curran

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 23, 2024

With "The Life and Music of George Michael," at the Curran Theatre on February 3, the Wham-bam leather man hunk of your teenage dreams has joined the wizened, grizzled likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash on the "concert experience" circuit.

Q-music: Songs she sings

Q-music: Songs she sings

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 23, 2024

From folk to ethereal, new music by women artists ranges from sassy to spiritual, including Lydia Loveless, Ismay, Mitski and Spellling (not a typo).

Bonni Suval: goth chanteuse to play Martuni's with original Cockette Scrumbly Koldewyn

Bonni Suval: goth chanteuse to play Martuni's with original Cockette Scrumbly Koldewyn

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 19, 2024

On January 27 and 28, goth chanteuse Bonni Suval, who's been seen with the Thrillpeddlers and The Cockettes revival shows, will take to the stage of Martuni's for a night of song.

Rocking reissues from A(qua) to Z(evon)

Rocking reissues from A(qua) to Z(evon)

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 16, 2024

From sugary pop to gravelly blues, reissues of classic albums revive fan favorites in new formats.

2023's six best LGBTQ albums

2023's six best LGBTQ albums

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 12, 2023

When it comes time to compile a "best of" list for the year, it's a relatively simple process. Our music writer shares his top six favorites, including Jakes Shears, Man on Man, Meshell Ndegeocello and others.

Singer Jeff Harnar is sweet on Cy and Steve

Singer Jeff Harnar is sweet on Cy and Steve

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 21, 2023

The acclaimed cabaret singer discusses his two new albums, "I Know Things Now: My Life in Sondheim's Words" in 2022, and his latest, "A Collective Cy: Jeff Harnar Sings Cy Coleman."