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Music | Mar 12, 2014

Traditional Mexican Music Gets a Jolt of Electricity

Son Jarocho, a traditional music from the Mexican state of Veracruz that blends African, indigenous, and European influences, is being transformed by Sistema Bomb, Hector "Hecdog" Perez's music project that adds hip hop and electronica to the mix. By Julie Caine/KALW   



Music | Mar 11, 2014

Lake Street Dive Rides the Hype Wave Into Great American Music Hall

On Friday, March 14, Bay Area residents will have the opportunity to check out a bona fide candidate for 2014's buzziest band. Lake Street Dive will be gracing the stage of Great American Music Hall and showing us what is up with all the hype. By T.J. Mimbs   

Music | Mar 08, 2014

The Complex: Profile of an Alternative Recording Studio

The Rosenthal family adds a new creative endeavor to their South of Market building. By T.J. Mimbs   

The Bay Bridged | Mar 05, 2014

Live This Month: March 2014

Listen to The Bay Bridged mix of bands playing the Bay Area in March 2014, including: Bart Davenport, Cellar Doors, Carsick Cars, Mirah, Perfect Pussy and more.   



Music | Mar 04, 2014

Pacific Mambo Orchestra Scores Grammy With Latin Big Band

Fresh from a Grammy win for Best Tropical Latin Album, local 19-piece Pacific Mambo Orchestra joins KQED's Forum to discuss their local history and the return of the big band Latin sound. By Amanda Stupi   



Event | Mar 03, 2014

Lavay Smith Celebrates Legendary Divas at SFJAZZ

Once a driving force behind the swing music revival of the 1990s, Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are still going strong with a four-night residency at SFJAZZ celebrating blues and jazz legends. By Andrew Gilbert   

Noise Pop | Mar 02, 2014

March 2014

Listen to Noise Pop's new music mix for March 2014 featuring cuts by Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings, Tokyo Police Club, YACHT, Future Islands and more.   



Music | Feb 26, 2014

Bay Area Zydeco Master Spreads Love of Creole Music

Zydeco lovers across the country are getting ready for Fat Tuesday. Local zydeco musician Andre Thierry keeps the tradition alive by teaching youngsters how to play. By Rachel Dornhelm   



Event | Feb 24, 2014

Noise Pop Turns 22

Noise Pop Industries General Manager Dawson Ludwig, who is also the host of KQED's Noise Pop podcast, talks Noise Pop history, what "indie" and "alt" mean today and picks his favorite bands out of the 2014 lineup. By T.J. Mimbs   

Music | Feb 19, 2014

Watch DRMS' Video EP 'American 707'

Oakland band DRMS' latest release American 707 is many things -- a suite of songs, a soundtrack, and a video work. By Amanda Roscoe Mayo   

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Music
  • Gotta Know Mexico: A Mexican Music Puzzler

    From Pre-Colombian sounds to hip-hop, Mexico's musical heritage is eclectic. To celebrate Mexican Independence Day and National Hispanic Heritage Month, test your knowledge of Mexican music.

  • Twin Forks On Mountain Stage

    The roots-folk band, led by Dashboard Confessional singer Chris Carrabba, performs live in concert.

  • Shara Worden On Q2's 'Spaces'

    My Brightest Diamond's busy and enigmatic singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist is a dizzying blur of creativity. Watch Q2 visit with Shara Worden in her Detroit home.

  • Nick Cave: 'The Creative Process Is An Altered State In Itself'

    Cave is the subject of a different kind of rock documentary called 20,000 Days on Earth, which attempts to debunk the creative process for what Cave says it actually is: "just hard labor."

Also on KQED.org this week ...

Truly CA: Everything Comes from the Streets
Latino Heritage Month

KQED proudly celebrates the diversity of our community by commemorating Latino Heritage Month. During September, KQED Public TV 9 and KQED 88.5 FM schedule programs that focus on Latino themes and issues.

Summer Arts Guide
San Francisco Opera on KQED

Get your front row seat at one of the leading opera companies in the world! Shot in brilliant HD, the fifth season of San Francisco Opera's acclaimed series brings you four spectacular productions performed by world-class singers.