On his new album, Temple Beautiful, Chuck Prophet takes listeners on a musical travelogue through the city of San Francisco. With homages to Willie Mays and Harvey Milk and references to Jim Jones and the old Mission District, Prophet is clearly celebrating the vanishing, virtually mythic, classic incarnation of the city, long before it turned into a soulless yuppie enclave. Joined by such quintessential Bay Area musicians as the Flamin' Groovies' Roy Loney and Tubes drummer Prairie Prince, Prophet duets with his vocalist wife, Stephanie Finch, and segues from jangling power-pop anthems (“Castro Halloween”) to austere ballads (“Museum of Broken Hearts”). Backed by the aptly named Mission Express, the singer also brings along a string section tonight to cast aloft dreamy tracks such as “He Came From So Far Away.”
Fri., June 27, 8 p.m., 2014
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