Category: Music

  • Live, laugh, Laufey at the sold-out ‘Bewitched Tour’

    Nothing says autumn to me like pumpkin spice and soft jazz music. On Sunday, Icelandic-Chinese singer-songwriter Laufey brought cozy tunes to The Fillmore in San Francisco, adding magic to the Bay’s foggy air. I was lucky to attend the first night of her sold-out, six-month tour featuring her album “Bewitched,” released on Sept. 8. Young crowds of fans…

  • TwoSet Violin in SF: Why is the duo not funny offscreen?

    For a musician, there is something empowering about watching two professional violinists exchange relatable banter on YouTube. But when I saw the YouTube duo TwoSet Violin perform live in San Francisco on Friday, the moments of magic were few and far between. The duo, composed of Brisbane-based Brett Yang and Eddy Chen, has attracted over…

  • Maisie Peters bewitches at Oakland’s Fox Theater

    Singer-songwriter Maisie Peters filled the Fox Theater in Oakland on Sept. 21 with dazzling and upbeat fall vibes, bringing her Good Witch of North American tour to the Bay Area. Peters performed many of her classics, including “John Hughes Movie” and “Not Another Rockstar” as well as selections from her newest album The Good Witch.…

  • Press play with Piscis for a peaceful afternoon à la plage

    A colorful playlist full of feel-good songs, heartfelt ballads and catchy melodies, perfect for a beach day. It is the season of corn mazes and pumpkin spice, but with several warm days ahead of us, a beach day may be the perfect escape from campus — and this is the perfect playlist to transport you…

  • Taylor Swift’s ‘From the Vault’ tracks, ranked

    I was around six or seven years old when I stumbled upon Taylor Swift. Sitting on my bedroom floor with my twin sister, I watched her belt to her hometown critics about how good her life would become once she’s “livin’ in a big ol’ city.” I’ve been captivated by her since — her lyricism and…

  • Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘GUTS’-y step in musical maturity

    It is not often that a pop album manages to strike a balanced mix of captivating narratives, heart-wrenching lyricism and quality beats. Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore release “GUTS” was such a collection, sucking me into its swirl of complex early-adulthood emotions. Rodrigo is one of the handful of artists whose works make it into my daily…

  • Generative AI pales against human artistry at SF Symphony

    Of all the cultural spaces in the Bay, the concert hall seemed to me the least likely to be affected by the tech world’s biggest fad, generative artificial intelligence (AI). Imagine my surprise when a series of amorphous prompt-generated images began accompanying Strauss’s “Don Juan” in the inaugural concert of the San Francisco Symphony’s (SFS)…

  • The Good Person Tour: Ingrid Andress at the Great American Music Hall

    On Wednesday, Aug. 23, American country singer Ingrid Andress performed at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco as part of her ongoing tour, ‘The Good Person’, promoted by Goldenvoice. Andress’s performance was opened by Carol Ades. Originally posted 2023-09-10 21:42:01.

  • Tash Sultana and Chiiild at Frost

    On Friday, Aug. 25, Australian singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Tash Sultana brought their North American tour to Frost Amphitheater on the Stanford campus. Sultana performed several crowd favorites, including ‘Pretty Lady’ and ‘Jungle’, as well as selections from their recent album, ‘Sugar’, released on Aug. 11. Originally posted 2023-09-10 21:41:48.

  • Mañana Será Bonito: Karol G at Levi’s Stadium

    On Aug. 14, Colombian reggaeton and Latin trap singer Karol G performed at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the second stop on her first U.S. stadium tour, ‘Mañana Será Bonito’, produced by Live Nation. The tour commenced three days prior at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. Originally posted 2023-09-01 05:12:07.