Jenna & the Charmers and Dirk Hamilton: Back-to-back live studio concerts on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, October 26

It’s an in-studio live-concert double-header as Jenna Mammina and her pop band, The Charmers, perform in the KPFA studio at 10 p.m., and dynamic veteran singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton commands the mic at 11 p.m., with Tony Ferro engineering. Both acts will preview their upcoming shows in Berkeley: Jenna & the Charmers at the Freight & … Continued



“Fingerprints” preview on The Hear and Now, Thursday, September 27.

On October 7, a new documentary, Fingerprints, premieres at the Mill Valley Film Festival. It chronicles the long-distance collaboration of two music programs for kids, one in Haiti and one in the Bay Area; they recorded two songs “together”—Jack White’s “We’re Going to Be Friends” and a Haitian folk song “Panama Me Tombe.” Tonight on The Hear … Continued



Rock journalist and novelist Michael Goldberg on The Hear and Now – 10 p.m., Thursday, August 10, 2017

Michael Goldberg, former Rolling Stone editor and senior writer, and founder of the pioneering online music site Addicted to Noise, has just published his third novel, Untitled, the final installment of his Freak Scene Dream Trilogy, which includes True Love Scars and The Flowers Lied. They are tales of “Love, Truth, Innocence & Loyalty.  Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll … Continued





Singer-songwriter Peter Case: Live on The Hear and Now – July 13, 2017

Singer-songwriter Peter Case went from street singing in San Francisco in the early 1970s to forming the influential bands the Nerves (1974) and the Plimsouls (1978) to going acoustic in the mid-’80s and building his long-running solo career. Tonight he joins host Derk Richardson in the KPFA studio. He’ll bring his guitar and play some songs live and … Continued


The Hear and Now presents a Garden of Memory preview with Sarah Cahill and Lucy Mattingly – 10 p.m., Thursday, June 15

Hear and Now host Derk Richardson talks with pianist Sarah Cahill and Lucy Mattingly, both on the board of directors of New Music Bay Area, which presents the annual summer solstice walk-through concert, the Garden of Memory, at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. The organizers will explain the history and logistics of what is often the … Continued