Oakland gets Fun. at the Fox

In today’s musical epoch of auto tune, vocal distortion and studio effects, even the most tone-deaf choir flunkie can be made to sound like a “Roxanne”-era Sting. Therefore it is a rare and unequivocal pleasure to attend a concert and discover that despite all precedents, the artist performing actually sounds
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He’s My Brother She’s My Sister act up at The Independent

Few things will more reliably bruise your ego and inspire awe than a sick person doing something better than the healthy you ever could. At Friday night’s sold-out show at The Independent, this person was He’s My Brother She’s My Sister frontwoman Rachel Kolar, who, despite her fever, managed to
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Pentatonix thrill at Warfield

From soul to hip-hop to dubstep and to reggae, vocal sensations Pentatonix effortlessly cross and blend genres, revitalizing a singing style seldom heard outside of churches or choir halls.  The five-part a cappella group took the stage at The Warfield in San Francisco on Sunday night, voicing their rallying call,
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Yo-Yo Ma graces Zellerbach

What does one expect from a Yo-Yo Ma concert? Most likely a classy experience. It goes without saying that it takes a cultivated ear to find most classical music compelling. The experience could easily be underwhelming — after all, what is a child prodigy when he is an adult? Thursday
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Rival Sons rock Cafe du Nord

The Cafe du Nord was furnished by the quintessential imagery of a concert circa 1970-something with tight corduroy pants, glorious facial hair and weed emanation. Except with iPhones ever-present. How did this apparent time travel happen? Because classic rock revivalists Rival Sons were in the house this past Friday. Formed
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Polish pianist Emanuel Ax awes at Zellerbach

As soon as Emanuel Ax stepped onto the Zellerbach Hall stage, the anxiously chattering crowd quieted down, took their seats and burst into boisterous applause. The concert hall was filled to the brim for the world-renowned Polish pianist on Nov. 13, a testament to the artist’s acclaim. Even before the
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Bob Dylan not quite the same

There’s a certain quality to seeing Bob Dylan perform in person that cannot fully be expressed in writing: It’s communicated with the simple tip of his characteristic pork pie hat, the hard-worn thousand yard stare and the familiar voice that originates not from the larynx or diaphragm, but from some
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Treasure Island 2012: Favorite sets

This past weekend, San Francisco’s annual Treasure Island Music Festival took place right in the middle of bay waters. Along with a gathering of food trucks and an array of artistic booths and exhibits, festival-goers enjoyed performances by the hippest names in music today, from The xx to the Divine
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Treasure Island 2012 Part 2

The xx What does it mean to be the closing act at a major festival? It means you’re the shit. The xx came on stage Sunday night to the festivals largest crowd. When the trio took their positions, a giant illuminated plexiglass “X” towered behind them; in front of them
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