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  • Mark Lanegan Adds Grit and Gravitas to Soulsavers

    published November 28, 2007

    When the noirish atmospheres and narcotic beats of downtempo electronica first surfaced in the early 1990s, a broad audience embraced the hazy... More >>

  • Ozzy Osbourne: Famous Batshit Dad/Rock Star Storms Oakland

    published November 14, 2007

    Hear This Columbus no-fi noise-rockers Psychedelic Horseshit stumble into town on the heels... More >>

  • Legendary Oddballs Ween Paint the Town Brown

    published November 7, 2007

    A case could be made for San Francisco's American Music Club being a truly American counterpart to Britain's Joy Division. Although... More >>

  • ZZ Top Returns for Your "Tush"

    published October 31, 2007

    As a visionary member of psychedelic garage-rockers 13th Floor Elevators, Texas punk pioneer Roky Erickson cemented his place in modern... More >>

  • Blonde Redhead, Sunset Rubdown and More SF Show Previews

    published October 17, 2007

    Given their respective noise-rock and industrial pedigrees, guitarist Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard, Hank III, Tomahawk) and bassist/programmer... More >>

  • Boris with Michio Kurihara

    published October 10, 2007

    One never knows what to expect next from prolific Japanese avant-sludgmeisters Boris. The trio's propensity to change up its sound becomes even... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 10, 2007

    A Boston-based gang of indie rockers reveling in '80s hair metal, Bang Camaro comes off like the infernal spawn of the Polyphonic Spree... More >>

  • The Energys: hot-wired Japanese punk explodes in S.F.

    published September 26, 2007

    Morrissey has turned from a gangly egghead into a debonair crooner without losing his self-deprecating wit: At his birthday show in May,... More >>

  • Contents Under Pressure

    published September 19, 2007

    From Arthur Lee to Daniel Johnston and Kurt Cobain, there's plenty of evidence that emotional instability and batshit craziness can contribute... More >>

  • Electronic Evocations

    published September 19, 2007

    Though not as widely recognized as other New York City mavericks, electronic-rock pioneers the Silver Apples created an otherworldly and... More >>

  • Reggae, raw funk, and Afro-Latin grooves are "Hella Tight"

    published September 5, 2007

    Underworld's last effort, the 2002 album A Hundred Days Off, showed the group sounding disjointed as it pinged aimlessly between... More >>

  • Six-string giant Buddy Guy delivers sublime blues

    published September 5, 2007

    Though confined to a chair when performing onstage, guitar legend B.B. King manages to deliver stinging solos filled with his trademark... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 29, 2007

    It wasn't until Chromatics ringleader Adam Miller split with the band's other founding members that he began mastering a different form... More >>

  • Instrumentally Challenged

    published August 22, 2007

    Over much of the last quarter-century, the Beastie Boys have pulled off enough stylistic reinvention to qualify for hip hop's David Bowie Lifetime... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 22, 2007

    Over the course of recording 30 albums, Daniel Johnston has been compared to Brian Wilson and has provided inspiration to artists like... More >>

  • Bad Brains

    published July 25, 2007

    Of the many influential outfits reuniting for albums this year, D.C. reggae/hardcore act Bad Brains held only a shadow of a promise with its... More >>

  • The Lovemakers

    published July 18, 2007

    Oakland's electro-pop purveyors the Lovemakers have never made any bones about their aim for global domination. So it's no huge shock to hear... More >>

  • Original smooth crooner Johnny Mathis returns to the stage

    published July 18, 2007

    Some Queens of the Stone Age fans still rue the day that bassist Nick Oliveri got the heave-ho from the band back in 2004. But the punk quickly... More >>

  • Damaged Circuits

    published June 6, 2007

    Josh Homme is the rare alt-rock musician equally capable of solid songwriting and crushing riff science. That's been the case for his involvement... More >>

  • Unsane

    published May 30, 2007

    While most of its New York City noise-rock contemporaries have either smoothed out their abrasive edges or disintegrated altogether, corrosive... More >>

  • Indie rock rules the roost: Modest Mouse and Meat Puppets

    published May 9, 2007

    A wealth of great talent has emerged from New Orleans over the years, but few artists from the last half century can match Allen Toussaint... More >>

  • Don't Call It a Comeback

    published April 11, 2007

    Rock band reunion fever has recently mutated from an enjoyable pop-culture phenomenon into a nostalgic cash-cow humpfest. Between Coachella's... More >>

  • Existential Samba

    published March 21, 2007

    Politically minded musicians often make public stands on specific issues, but rarely do they actually enter into the bureaucratic machinations of... More >>

  • OOIOO

    published March 21, 2007

    Anyone familiar with Yoshimi P-we's schizophonic work in Japanese avant-rock pioneers UFO Or Die and Boredoms was probably surprised at the... More >>

  • Fujiya & Miyagi

    published March 7, 2007

    Given the group's name and its obvious love for the minimalist funk of Future Days-era Can, it isn't farfetched to think Fujiya & Miyagi... More >>

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