Music: New Directions

By Lily O’Brien“I have this commitment right now to just follow my heart when it comes to music,” says jazz guitarist Ila Cantor by...

Music: Rock On

By Charlie SwansonBay Area all-star band The Rock Collection is full of familiar faces and plays a classic jam band sound, but that doesn’t...

Music: Hang Time

By Lily O’BrienIn an era when ’60s and ’70s tribute bands are all the rage (particularly this year, the 50th anniversary of the Summer...

Arts: Age of Aquarius

By David TempletonThe description of Hair, in concert, sounds a bit sedate and under-ambitious, conjuring images of folks in tuxedos and gowns standing at...

Music: Wired to Wow

By Charlie SwansonFlorida’s premiere new-wave misanthropes Merchandise make the most of their post-punk sound on the band’s latest album, A Corpse Wired for Sound....

Music: Stringing Along

By Lily O’BrienGrammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist David Lindley was deeply immersed in the 1960s Los Angeles music scene, a hotbed of creativity full of aspiring musicians—many...

Music: Return to Love

By Charlie SwansonTo the public’s perception, it may appear that Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Leslie Mendelson’s new album, Love & Murder, is her first...

Music: New Beginning

By Lily O’BrienIn the early ’20s and ’30s, a lot of great blues came out of Chicago, launching careers for performers like Muddy Waters...

Music: Sonic Salute

By Charlie SwansonAndy Pohl was probably 13 years old when he first heard Fugazi. The prolific underground band helped define the Washington, D.C. punk...

Music: Universal Music

By Charlie SwansonA founding figure in the new age musical movement, internationally acclaimed composer Kitaro masterfully merges traditional Japanese harmonics and modern electronics for...