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Q-Music: After Marianne and Melissa

Q-Music: After Marianne and Melissa

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 15, 2022

Check out new music from veterans Marianne Faithfull and Melissa Etheridge, and new groups Gypsum, Zvrra and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Q-Music: Bowie and beyond

Q-Music: Bowie and beyond

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 8, 2022

'Toy' is the perfect, playful name for what is labeled as "the new (albeit posthumously re-released) album from David Bowie." Also worth a listen, new albums from Bryce Bowyn, Davis Mallory, Lotic and Brion Starr.

50 years in 50 weeks: Ronnie Spector ruled in 2014

50 years in 50 weeks: Ronnie Spector ruled in 2014

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 3, 2022

Andre Torrez weaves insightful perspectives in his July 3, 2014 interview with the late music legend Ronnie Spector. The Ronettes singer performed at Burger Boogaloo, Oakland's fun outdoor music concert that summer.

Sounds like the past: Neil Young, The Band, Peggy Lee reissues

Sounds like the past: Neil Young, The Band, Peggy Lee reissues

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 1, 2022

Our astute music columnist samples diverse reissued classic albums by Neil Young (who's making headlines again), The Band, Peggy Lee, Japan and The Beat Farmers.

50 years in 50 weeks: Jake Shears' 2012 kiki

50 years in 50 weeks: Jake Shears' 2012 kiki

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 20, 2022

The year certainly had more 'important' arts and nightlife coverage, but Gregg Shapiro's June 2012 interview with Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears brings back fond memories of their music.

Q-Music: Lesbians lead the way

Q-Music: Lesbians lead the way

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 5, 2022

Queer women are making big sound waves in music, including Amythyst Kiah, Jennifer O'Connor, Brandy Clark, Lilli Lewis, Lady Blackbird, Ana Egge, Torres and Rosie Tucker. Enjoy our latest round-up, with a music clip of each artist.

Martha Wash: new music with love

Martha Wash: new music with love

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Dec 7, 2021

If anyone can get us through this virus, from a musical perspective, it's Martha Wash. Her new album, 'Love & Conflict,' is the must-have album of the season. The iconic singer shared her thoughts and opinions in an expanded interview.

Rizo's holiday extravaganza

Rizo's holiday extravaganza

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 2, 2021

The fabulous Rizo will bring her unique style of performing to a holiday themed show on the stage of the Great Star Theater in Chinatown on December 10 and 11.

Holiday concerts of note

Holiday concerts of note

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 30, 2021

The holidays are here and ready to celebrate in person. Opportunities to attend concerts and seasonal music events are plentiful and most performance venues are back to full capacity.

Lena Hall: Broadway's shining star returns to Feinstein's

Lena Hall: Broadway's shining star returns to Feinstein's

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 16, 2021

Departing from her guest-star turn as a chanteuse on the hit scifi TV show 'Snowpiercer,' SF-raised Lena Hall, also of 'Hedwig' and 'Kinky Boots' fame, returns to Feinstein's ballroom to perform her new cabaret concert.

Simply marvelous: Chris Conde, queer-conscious rapper

Simply marvelous: Chris Conde, queer-conscious rapper

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 16, 2021

Chris Conde, the Austin-based self-proclaimed "thicc, queer Mexican" rapper, unleashes a sophomore album, 'Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay.'

Josie Cotton's more than Johnny's girl

Josie Cotton's more than Johnny's girl

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 9, 2021

In 1982, Josie Cotton released her debut album 'Convertible Music,' containing the campy new wave single "Johnny, Are You Queer?" She's done much more since then, but was happy to chat about the old days, befo0re her Nov. 13 SF concert at Great Northern.

50 years in 50 weeks: batting 2000 & love for Liza

50 years in 50 weeks: batting 2000 & love for Liza

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 28, 2021

We'll leave the coverage of the contentious 2000 presidential election to our news editor and mention a sporty gay film, a snarky gay sports column, and leave it to Liza to give 2000 a bit of class.

Out at Outside Lands

Out at Outside Lands

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 26, 2021

Outside Lands is back. And it's outer than ever. Here's just a partial rundown of this year's queer Outside Lands highlights across a full gamut of musical genres, from R&B to rock to electronica.