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Sam Lefebvre's weekly music column.

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The San Francisco Electronic Music Festival Spans Continents, Generations, and Styles

The eighteenth-annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival features an impressive lineup of local and out-of-town acts.

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Las Sucias’ Feverish Intensity Animates Chúpate Estas

Plus the inimitable audiovisual duo Drought Spa celebrates the release of a book — with dancers.

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Popular Uptown Oakland Jazz Venue The Sound Room to Relocate and Expand

The venue’s future location down the street is more than twice the size — and hopefully more permanent.

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Survival of the Softest Means Curtains for The Classical

Plus: Roscoe Mitchell’s Bells for the South Side is alternately austere and ecstatic, swarming and spare to the point of disappearance.

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ActiveMusic Series Provides Relaxed Atmosphere for Strange Sounds

A rebuttal to the view that jazz is dead or geriatric in Oakland.

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Papier-Mâché Bestiality and Striking Telemarketers In Oakland Mean Boots Riley is Making a Movie

Plus: After Ghost Ship, longtime party collective SPAZ reorganizes and raises funds.

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