Rancid led a Bay Area punk revival at Saturday's sold-out show at the Warfield. We got fast, precise performances, a parade of great songs from all of the group's releases, and a sweaty moshpit to lose ourselves in. The place was crawling with fans young and old, all shouting along.
This year's Bridge School Benefit won't have a reunion of a great old band like Buffalo Springfield — that was last year — but the lineup is solid, featuring Arcade Fire, Dave Matthews, Beck, Foo Fighters, Mumford and Sons, and of course Neil Young. We can't wait.
It's going to be called Lulu, and the San Rafael-recorded collaborative album between Lou Reed and Metallica (call 'em Loutallica) will clock in at nearly 90 minutes, with one song that's more than 19 minutes long. We're hoping for greatness when it comes out Nov. 1 — and if the cover art is any indication, we just might get it.
The Kills seemed strangely distant and impersonal at the Fox Theater on Friday. Guitarist Jamie Hince kept messing up the start of his songs, and both he and Alison Mosshart seemed disinterested. This band sounds like a machine sometimes, but it'd be nice if its members behaved like actual humans onstage.
Eddie Marshall, drummer and fixture of the Bay Area jazz scene, died at age 73 of a heart attack. Marshall performed with Freddie Hubbard, Dionne Warwick, and the Pointer Sisters during his long career. He will be missed.
Americans did a lot of rememberin' on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, but there's a tragedy many of us forgot: the abomination that was Billy Ray Cyrus' I'm American — a 9/11 album released earlier this year. With lines like, "Mama's in the kitchen, supper's almost done/ Daddy on the front porch, lookin' at my guns," this is a travesty of Southern butt-rock.