Chillwave group, Washed Out, performs at Treasure Island Music Festival on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.
20 Oct 2014

Hip hop and electronic music alike draw thousands to the annual Treasure Island Music Festival

A cloud of marijuana smoke, a sea of dancing bodies and live, non-stop music engulfed Treasure Island this past weekend at the eighth annual Treasure Island Music Festival. The two-day

Eva Treadway plays with her band, Big Range and the Rangers at The Depot on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Lorisa Salvatin / Xpress.
19 Oct 2014

Music and Giants fans celebrate together at the Depot

Fans merged last Thursday night when students celebrating the Giants win blended with concertgoers enjoying a four-band show at The Depot. The room took an hour to fill up completely

Renowned jazz saxophonist, Greg Osby, tunes his instrument before conducting a jazz master class in Knuth Hall Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.
18 Oct 2014

Renowned saxophonist lands in San Francisco, inspires young musicians with words and performance

Students gathered at Knuth Hall last Wednesday to view famous jazz musician Greg Osby who visited SF State to recite with his band as well as educate musicians and audience

The trumpet section plays during a rehearsal with the SF State Wind Ensemble in preparation for "A Honeymoon in Paris" Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.
13 Oct 2014

New music conductor leads wind ensemble in first concert of the year

The smooth, rhythmic sounds of trumpets, flutes, saxophones and other wind instruments were guided by SF State’s new part-time music conductor Troy Davis last Thursday. The SF State Wind Ensemble

People, artists and vendors gather together on Noriega St. for the first annual Ocean Beach Music and Arts Festival Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
12 Oct 2014

Ocean Beach Festival reaches new appeal with local bands to cultivate community in Outer Sunset

A new name, live bands and a committed group of business owners combined to make a fun day come together for residents of the Outer Sunset. The Ocean Beach Music

12 Oct 2014

Spacious stage times at Treasure Island Music Festival eases stress of large events

Outkast and Massive Attack are headlining at the eighth annual Treasure Island Music Festival and if you are attending, there is no way you’ll be able to miss either performance,

The crowd during Built to Spill's performance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Saturday October 4, 2014.
05 Oct 2014

Meet Dave Rapa, an SF State alum and performer at this past weekend’s Hardly Strictly Festival

A lifetime dream finally blossomed for Dave Rapa, a former SF State history major, when he performed live alongside his band mates in The Sam Chase and the Untraditional, at

The Alexander String Quartet, starting from the left: Zakarias Grafilo on the violin, Frederick Lifsitz on the second violin, Paul Yarbrough on the viola and Sandy Wilson on the cello, perform at the Mckenna Theatre during the Liberal & Creative Arts Opening Day Festival at SF State in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
28 Sep 2014

The Alexander String Quartet shares the wonders of chamber music with all

A world-renowned string quartet has been quietly living in the Creative Arts Building, teaching music to students for more than 25 years. The Alexander String Quartet kicked off the opening

SF State students Ethan Fry (left) and Kyle Merryman (right) perform William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" during the 2nd annual Opening Day Festival hosted by the College of Liberal & Creative arts Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Annastashia Goolsby / Xpress.
28 Sep 2014

College of Liberal and Creative Arts open their doors for student showcase.

The second annual College of Liberal and Creative Arts Opening Day gave students a reason to brag about their work Sunday afternoon in a festival full of talent and creativity.

SF State music professor Victoria Neve stands to take a bow after playing a musical sonata from the de Bellis Collection on the Clementi fortepiano in the J. Paul Leonard Library Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.
28 Sep 2014

Music professor wows crowd with sonatas performed on piano made for original compositions

Dr. Victoria Neve was new to the sonatas she performed at a recital this Friday, but her performance did not feel novice when she began to play the keys of

Patrons at the first Friday Night Market in the United Nations Plaza.
08 Sep 2014

Friday Night Market gives residents a new way to welcome in the weekend

The sound of indie rock music and mouthwatering scents from multiple food vendors filled the air as hundreds gathered in the United Nations Plaza in preparation for a new twist

Dot Vom plays to a full house at The Depot's Live Music event Friday night, Sept. 4, 2014.
06 Sep 2014

The Depot welcomes Trails and Ways, dot Vom, Bobey and Two Kings to the stage

The Depot is nestled next to the campus pub in a lower-level nook of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The location tucked away enough to avoid immediate overcrowding, but the

16 Jul 2014

DNA Lounge’s Battle of the Bands nears finale with fresh sounds, debut of alumni band RonDre

DNA Lounge’s summer Battle of the Bands series continued Sunday night with a lively seven-piece ska group, Day Labor, that juiced up the crowd the minute they filtered in the

(From left) Daren Hasenkamp, Robbie Donovan, and Tyler Johnson of Tommy Boys on Apr. 29 at The Panda Studios in Fremont, where they are recording their first full length album. Photo by Lorisa Salvatin / Xpress
15 May 2014

The graduates: meet the boys of local band ‘Tommy Boys’

What does one do after getting their college degree? Sit back, start a band and record an album, of course. [HTML1] After graduating from SF State this past year, alumni

29 Apr 2014

SF State’s first gospel choir celebrates 10 years with anniversary concert

Ten years in the making, SF State’s first gospel choir’s anniversary concert featured returning alumni alongside a new group of talented student singers. The campus got its own taste of

Christian McArdle-Hankin of The Pull stretches in the middle of their set during Battle of the Bands 2014 at The Depot Wednesday, April 9.
12 Apr 2014

Five local bands go head-to-head in Battle of the Bands, The Pull takes the win

Christian McArdle-Hankin of The Pull stretches in the middle of their set during Battle of the Bands 2014 at The Depot Wednesday, April 9. Photo by Lorisa Salvatin / Xpress

DJ Marcus Lambley releases balloons to the crowd during his set at the second annual Campus DJ battle at The Depot Tuesday, April 8. Lambley, along with three other SF State students, competed against DJs from around the Bay Area to win a a ticket to Hollywood to compete in the National DJ battle in June.
09 Apr 2014

SF State’s own wins spot at nationals for top collegiate DJ competition

Just as a knight prepares for battle with his sword, a DJ prepares with their beats. In the end, there can only be one student left standing. Associated Students, Inc.

29 Mar 2014

SF State wind ensemble performance raises funds for Bay Area Women Against Rape

One of the most disturbing parts of life is when a nightmare turns into a reality. In one young girl’s case, her reality was a high school party rape that

The Pull
14 Mar 2014

New band The Pull pushes new EP

(From left) Austin Hunter, Christian McArdle, and Davis Tamano commence practice in their friend’s garage, despite the absence of six other members of The Pull Saturday, March 8. Photo by

05 Mar 2014

Chamber music class puts on quintet performance, offers master class (AUDIO SLIDESHOW)

[HTML1] Performing chamber music is not an easy task. There is no conductor to guide each performer. There are no flashing, colored lights or visualizers to distract the audience. The

de Bellis
04 Mar 2014

Classical music performances highlight 50-year celebration of de Bellis legacy

Day One Chatter and laughter filled the Knuth Hall theatre as musicians tuned their instruments for a night of classical music during the 50th anniversary of the Frank V. de

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19 Feb 2014

Chamber music festival honors world-renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin

Paul Yarbrough, artistic director, speaks to the audience of the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 in Knuth Hall. Photo by Ryan Leibrich / Xpress

17 Feb 2014

Mahgeetah, band of SF State and UC alumni, begins second album

[set_id=72157641127544715] Ryan Fisher’s iPhone is full of sound bites, averaging 17 seconds each. These guitar licks, vocal melodies, rhythms and chord changes are skeletons for the songs that his band,

Associate Professor Jassen Todorv and graduate student Adrian Borcea play three of Mozart's Sonatas on violin and piano in Knuth Hall Wednesday, Feb. 5. Photo by Lorisa Salvatin / Xpress
06 Feb 2014

Classical musician stars play at Knuth Hall

[set_id=72157640601508315] On Wednesday afternoon, while most students were in class, Knuth Hall reverberated with the sound of classical music, as violinist Jassen Todorov and pianist Adrian Borcea performed several of

Jillian Patterson (left), SF State freshman, and Ace Prado (right), SF State sophomore, dance at Back in the Rhythm: Noise Complaint in the Student Center Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Photo by Rebekah Didlake / Xpress
06 Feb 2014

Noise Complaint dances start semester with “Back in the Rhythm”

Friday night’s “Back in the Rhythm” kicked off the semester for Student Life’s Noise Complaint dance party with over 300 students at the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The monthly gathering,

Joey Buttitta sways back and forth to the psychedelic sounds of Talk of Shamans at The Depot Jan. 29, 2014. Photo by Lorisa Salvatin / Xpress
31 Jan 2014

Weekly shows at The Depot kick off with Talk of Shamans, Wax Children and Tino Drima

[set_id=72157640323187616] A crowd of students waited for the first guitar riff of the semester to fill up The Depot’s tight corners this past Wednesday night. The room transformed into a

Michael Jordan Payton is the general manager of KSFS at SF State. His YouTube video got 20,000 views in one week and he recently signed a deal with Foundation Media to distrubute his song on iTunes and Pandora. Photo by Benjamin Kamps / Xpress
13 Dec 2013

BECA student goes viral on YouTube with new hip-hop music video

Although he tells listeners to “keep it to a minimum,” SF State senior Michael Payton has taken his musical career to the next level with the release of his new

11 Nov 2013

Rappers delight with open mic show at The Depot

[set_id=72157637500760555] Among a mostly empty arrangement of tables and chairs at The Depot’s Rapper’s Delight Wednesday, Nov. 6, Michael Payton gets on stage for the third time begging someone to

05 Nov 2013

Nicole Gabel wins SF State Voice 2013

With the three SF State Voice competitors linked hand-to-hand, accompanied by a crowd produced drum roll, Nicole Gabel was announced the winner, gaining the title of SF State Voice 2013,

Strung Out
29 Oct 2013

Strung Out gives a stage to acoustic guitarists

A variety of acts performed at The Depot’s monthly acoustic show, Strung Out, Wednesday, Oct. 23. The Depot regularly features a few acoustic artists, but the Strung Out event features

29 Oct 2013

SF State musician Sean Thompson releases EP

[HTML1] While guitarist and singer Sean Thompson is no stranger to the stage, having performed in a band at his hometown in the Butte county area of Northern California, his

26 Oct 2013

SF State’s Voice contestants perform a final song before finale

The 12 remaining contestants of SF State’s Voice competition took to the Jack Adams Hall stage for the final round Wednesday, Oct. 23, giving the singers one last chance to

22 Oct 2013

Nine contestants remain after SF State Voice battle rounds

While the second stage of SF State’s Voice competition was billed as “The Battle Round,” there was an air of companionship and goodwill among the former teammates turned opponents, making

08 Oct 2013

SF State’s Voice competition begins with blind auditions

The set in Jack Adams Hall may not have been an exact replica of the major Hollywood production, but the talent on display during the blind auditions round at SF

01 Oct 2013

US Air Force band plays chamber recital in Knuth Hall

[set_id=72157636103375344] As Senior Airman Matthew Garza concluded his opening speech, three musicians, dressed in dark blue Air Force uniforms, walked in unison toward center stage. Members of the audience who may

Master Class
24 Sep 2013

Music majors critiqued by renowned clarinetist in Master Class

[HTML1] SF State music majors, invited to play by their professors, hit the stage last Friday, Sept. 20 for critique from Yale professor and clarinetist David Shifrin for the May