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  • Communication Breakdown

    published December 13, 2006

    Unless you're one of those high-tech gizmo whores pulling in nine bazillion commercial-free stations with your satellite radio receiver, the... More >>

  • Death gets reanimated in the hands of Gob Iron

    published November 29, 2006

    The members may not hail from the same Nazareth that a certain bearded hippy with crackpot ideas came from a couple thousand years ago, but that... More >>

  • Downtuned Apocalypse

    published November 22, 2006

    "We're really good. People should just trust us," cracks Melvins guitarist/founder Buzz Osborne during a telephone interview with an audible... More >>

  • Laurie Anderson goes for the jugular

    published November 22, 2006

    Exploring lush drone rock that nods to Obscured by Clouds/Meddle-era Pink Floyd, U2 circa An Unforgettable Fire, and... More >>

  • R.I.P. Pound SF

    published November 15, 2006

    When the Pound SF allegedly closed its doors for good after a final show on Oct. 22nd because of the club's pending eviction by the San Francisco... More >>

  • Jazz legends Alice and Ravi Coltrane hit SF Jazz Fest

    published November 1, 2006

    Some bands are good for a brief fling then forgotten; others you pathologically revisit because they've got their teeth buried in your buttons.... More >>

  • Winning the Drone Wars

    published October 18, 2006

    Since its inception, metal has evolved because of a certain stylistic one-upmanship. Whether you're talking about the constantly rising bar for... More >>

  • Metallic Apex

    published September 20, 2006

    For many independent bands — especially those playing heavy music — jumping to a major label often translates to jumping the shark:... More >>

  • Native Monster madness

    published September 20, 2006

    There's no shortage of modern outfits delivering approximations of the sweat-drenched grooves perfected by the Meters and James Brown's ferocious... More >>

  • Willie on my mind; Dropping acid

    published August 30, 2006

    With late-career homeruns and a relentless "On the Road" ethos, Willie Nelson 's renown has rightfully grown in recent years, saving the... More >>

  • The Heads

    published August 23, 2006

    Despite being one of the more creative bands to emerge from the lemminglike tide of late ’90s stoner-rock acts committed to vinyl by the Man... More >>

  • Ladies choice: Sister Carol and Team Dresch

    published August 23, 2006

    For 25 years, Jamaica's Sister Carol has been a leading voice of feminine strength within reggae — music that's notoriously... More >>

  • Parlez-Vous Faux Français?

    published August 16, 2006

    Denver's DeVotchKa, a self-described "Eastern bloc indie-rock" quartet, is similar to the likes of Gogol Bordello and even Firewater —... More >>

  • Flesh Wounds

    published August 2, 2006

    East Bay stalwarts Fleshies have never shied away from thumbing a collective nose at the conventions of punk rock, so the frequently irreverent... More >>

  • Voyage to Infinity

    published July 26, 2006

    Meditative, restrained, and minimalist aren't adjectives typically associated with heavy music in general or heavy metal in particular. But... More >>

  • Oneida vs. Raconteurs: one big riff deserves another

    published July 19, 2006

    Of all the noisy Brooklyn-based bands making a fractured racket on an indie-rock soundscape, few fly their freak flag as high as veteran outfit... More >>

  • Z-Trip's second-homecoming

    published July 19, 2006

    The ongoing love affair between genre-busting maestro DJ Z-Trip and his fiercely loyal fans in the Bay Area started almost 10 years ago.... More >>

  • Satan's Pilgrims

    published July 5, 2006

    Much as the continuing freak-folk explosion draws heavily on the patchouli-soaked sounds of the Summer of Love, a growing movement of retrofitted... More >>

  • Code of Honor

    published June 28, 2006

    Though it never achieved the same level of international notoriety as contemporaries like the Dead Kennedys or Subterranean Records labelmate... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published June 21, 2006

    The Great White North may seem an unlikely hotbed for bad-ass breakbeats and soulful grooves, but Seattle-based imprint Light in the Attic offers... More >>

  • Fathers of invention, from Zappa to Radiohead

    published June 21, 2006

    In the nearly 10 years (gasp!) since they had their watershed release OK Computer and officially became The Most Important Band in the... More >>

  • Stern Grove goes 'Aquatic'

    published June 14, 2006

    Noise: it's hip, it's underground, and a growing number of young people are doing it — that is, feigning insanity onstage while kicking up... More >>

  • It's a big fucking deal all over again

    published June 7, 2006

    You can't really call this season we're in "summer" until the city's major radio stations host an outdoor audio orgy to kick things off in style.... More >>

  • The devil and death-metalheads

    published May 31, 2006

    Once there was a time when (pick one) punk/new wave/indie rock meant songs purged of anything suggesting proficiency, non-DIY, or classic album... More >>

  • Misc. Reviews

    published May 3, 2006

    It's a given that on the average week more impossibly rare funk and soul wax passes through the hands of "Cool" Chris Veltri — the proprietor... More >>

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