Chuck Prophet took over Great American Music Hall with an eight-piece string section for a "reimagining" of Temple Beautiful, his 2012 love letter to San Francisco in record form. We checked in to hear how that came about and instead got an (articulate) earful about mid-Market development and the importance of protecting the city's freak factor.
Twenty years to the week after releasing No Need For Alarm, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien took over the stage at the Fillmore with Dan the Automator, Kid Koala, and a 16-person orchestra for one of the best independent hip-hop shows we've ever seen. It was a homecoming for the Hieroglyphics crew, and you could tell, from the party atmosphere onstage to the smoke in the air.
Comets on Fire, formerly at the forefront of S.F.'s psych-punk scene, reunited for the first time in six years to play at Oakland's White Horse Bar. We're just stoked to watch and hear the madness live again.
Combining all the aesthetic subtlety of a Lisa Frank binder with the greenscreen from a low-budget Western movie, Kanye's new video for "Bound 2" features — who else? — Ms. West to be, Kim Kardashian, in some highly dangerous-looking poses on top of West's moving motorcycle as he raps across a picturesque desert landscape. And those shots of galloping horses — well, we don't blame them for running away.
We were all for it when Oakland toy company GoldieBlox went viral with a video ad featuring a feminist rewrite of the Beastie Boys' "Girls" in order to spread the message that we need to stop buying little girls exclusively pink princess-themed toys if we want them to grow up to be engineers. But when the Beastie Boys pointed out that they hadn't been asked for permission, GoldieBlox turned around and sued them. The Beasties are looking like the classy ones here.
It had little to do with the talents of Coyote Clean Up, Magic Touch, or Roche, but the combination of a less-than-ideal sound system and rather early last call made for a tame evening at this weekend's 100 Percent Silk showcase at Neck of the Woods. If the former Rockit Room wants people to come out to party and they can't let things go past 1:30 a.m., the least they could do is turn the bass up.