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Music | Jan 28, 2014

Folk Activist Pete Seeger, Icon Of Passion And Ideals, Dies At 94

A major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo and one of the most prominent folk music icons of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist. He died Monday at age 94. By Paul Brown   

Music | Jan 23, 2014

Bay Area Acts Go for Grammys in Blues, Latin, Jazz, Folk

Bay Area artists may be largely locked out of the 56th Grammy Awards' glamour categories, but when it comes to jazz, blues, folk and Latin music, our region is well represented this year, with several dark horse candidates up against far better-known acts. By Andrew Gilbert   

Art School | Jan 22, 2014

In the Studio with American Nomad

Hassan El-Tayyab and Shiloh Parkerson are singer-songwriters who front the band American Nomad. They are inspired by roots music traditions, telling stories through their music that convey genuine emotion and character in their signature Americana style.   

The Bay Bridged | Jan 18, 2014

Mixtape: Fourteen of the Bay Area's Best Record Labels

Listen to The Bay Bridged mix of music from 14 Bay Area record labels, including tracks from Loglady, Polyvinyl, 1-2-3-4 Go!, Gold Robot, and more, and featuring music by Moon Glyph, Magic Trick, The Blank Tapes, Meanest Man Contest, and others.   



Music | Jan 15, 2014

San Francisco Jazz Great Says Honor the Present

San Francisco jazz vocalist Mary Stallings shares her memories of the city's famous Fillmore District club scene, but says looking back is not a way forward. By Amanda Stupi   



Noise Pop | Jan 15, 2014

January 2014

Listen to Noise Pop's mix of new music for the first month of 2014 including tracks by Dum Dum Girls, Painted Palms, Clams Casino, Drive By Truckers, Angel Haze and more.   



The Bay Bridged | Jan 04, 2014

Live This Month: January 2014

Listen to The Bay Bridged podcast of bands playing the Bay Area in January 2014, featuring: Magik*Magik Orchestra, Painted Palms, Pickwick, Yuck, Tennis and more.   



Music | Jan 01, 2014

Best of 2013: Hector Pérez on 'Forum'

We asked Forum's producers to each pick their favorite arts show from 2013. Producer Irene Noguchi chose Oakland composer Hector Pérez, who goes by the name "Sistema Bomb." By KQED Forum   



Event | Dec 26, 2013

The Past and Present Come Alive in the Songs of Afrolicious

San Francisco group channels the full depth of African-influenced music. By Jonathan Curiel   

Noise Pop | Dec 19, 2013

11 Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

Listen to the Noise Pop mix of alternative Christmas tunes that you can use to ride out the remainder of the holiday season, featuring: Sufjan Stevens, The Flaming Lips, The Magnetic Fields, Tom Waits, Low and more.   



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