Music Articles

Every week, our writers take an in‐depth look at an artist, program or topic of interest to us. Spend some time with this week's classical music feature, or scroll through the extensive SFCV archive for insights in many music topics.

Kids & Families Feature
June 26, 2014

The good doctor is back to baffle you with more logic. Are you up to the challenge?

More "Dr. Gary Gruber's Brain Teasers, Vol. 4" »
Feature Article
June 25, 2014

New affordable products to play high-resolution recordings are making download files and Blu-ray audio not only unavoidable, but irresistible. Bye, bye CDs.

More "Next Wave Audio: The Affordable Revolution in High-Resolution Recording" »
World Cup
June 20, 2014

The World Cup has taken over, but until you've scored with a playlist like this you haven't experienced the thrill of the culture that surrounds this sport.

More "Top Ten Brazilian Songs for the World Cup " »
Kids & Families Feature
June 19, 2014

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a quartet of famous jazz music festivals. Here they are, in order of appearance.

More "A Hot Summer of Jazz: Four Famous, Local Festivals" »
Kids & Families Feature
June 12, 2014

Pretty much every musician of our age needs to know the basics of the digital music tools that are out there, in order to participate fully in the musical world.

More "Digital Is Not Optional: Creating Music From the Cutting Edge" »
Video Essay
June 12, 2014

Omar Ledezma Jr. demonstrates the Afro-Cuban rhythm the cáscara.

More "VIDEO TIP: Cáscara Rhythm on the Timbales" »
Kids & Families Feature
June 5, 2014

Still need something for your child to do over some part of the summer? Here are a few noteworthy music camps you can still register for.

More "It's Not Too Late: Music Camps" »
Kids & Families Feature
June 5, 2014

Here’s our short list of highly recommended, less traveled music festivals this summer. We've highlighted particular performances and included tips for local hotel and restaurants. All are family friendly.

More "Five Great Summer (Mostly Classical) Music Getaways" »
Feature Article
June 4, 2014

As they get ready to premiere a new sextet, composer/ pianist Jason Moran and the members of the Imani Winds quintet share their vision of a more inclusive music and how to approach new listeners.

More "Imani Winds and Jason Moran: Minimally Inspired, Major Imprint" »
Feature Article
June 3, 2014

Music competitions are the way many elite musicians have to prove themselves. But what are they proving, and is it worth it?

More "Medaling or Meddling: Are Music Competitions Good?" »