Oakland art-rock duo Grex performs live on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Sep. 19

Karl Evangelista (guitar, voice, percussion, electronics) and Rei Scampavia (keyboard, voice, percussion, electronics) are Grex. Their most recent album is Electric Ghost Parade, so you’ll probably hear some of that music as they play a live-broadcast in-studio concert, but they also promise to debut “some brand new slabs of explosive art rock and electronic sound.” … Continued


Ariel Wang and Briget Boyle perform live on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, September 12

Bay Area singer-songwriter, guitarist (and classical violinist) Ariel Wang is about to release a new album, Bridges, and celebrate it with a show at the Starry Plough in Berkeley on Saturday, Sep. 14. As a preview, she and her band–Lewis Patzner, cello; Terrell Liedstrand, mandolin and vocals; Tim DeCillis, drums; Kevin Gordon, bass; Matt Montgomery, violin; … Continued


Tod Dickow with Charged Particles Play the Music of Michael Brecker on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22

The Hear and Now, hosted by Derk Richardson, welcomes the Northern California jazz trio Charged Particles, with guest saxophonist Tod Dickow, to the KPFA performance studio for an in-studio concert, broadcast live and engineered by Tony Ferro. Formed in the early 1990s, and taking its name from a Chick Corea composition, the trio is anchored … Continued



The Sibarg Ensemble performs live on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2019

Founded in 2008 in Tehran and dedicated to multiculturalism and peace, the Sibarg Ensemble brings together traditional Iranian music and jazz through original compositions, arrangements of classical melodies and folk songs, and structured improvisations. A trio version of the ensemble–Sara Saberi, oud, Hesam Abedini, vocals and Persian percussion, and Josh Charney, piano and keyboards–performs in … Continued



Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music maestro John Santos on “The Hear and Now,” 10 p.m., Thursday, April 25

The San Francisco Bay Area has been home to innumerable outsize figures in Latin music, including Pete Escovedo, Carlos Santana, Rebeca Mauleon, Bobi Cespedes, and many others. Percussionist, composer, and bandleader John Santos holds a special place in that pantheon. Tune into “The Hear and Now,” with host Derk Richardson, on Thursday night, right after … Continued



Victor Krummenacher on “The Hear and Now,” 10 p.m., Thursday, April 11

Guitarist, singer-songwriter Victor Krummenacher, a founding member of Camper Van Beethoven and Monks of Doom, has just released his latest solo album, Blue Pacific, a collection of deep, inward-looking, original folk-rock songs, recorded with Greg Lisher (Camper, Monks), David Immerglück (Camper, Monks, Counting Crows), co-producer and pedal steel master Bruce Kaphan, and many others. Joining host … Continued