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  • MP3 of the Day: Celsius 7

    published Dec 11, 2008

    (Celsius 7 says be cool, use your inside voice on the cell.) You think it's ok to rush into the Muni when folks haven't had a chance to exit? Is there nasty shit in your braces? Do you use your outsid... More >>

  • Murder City Devils Reunite, Play San Francisco

    published Dec 11, 2008

    A lot of great punk influenced, dirgy rock bands have spilled out of the Northwest in the last two decades. One of my favorites was Seattle's Murder City Devils, a fiery group of troublemakers with a... More >>

  • Holiday Block Parties: Divis. and the Mission

    published Dec 10, 2008

    (Junior Panthers)Holiday block parties are a smart idea. I hit the one in Hayes Valley last weekend, where various galleries and boutiques offered delicious drinks (cider with brandy!) and snacks, as... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: Darkstar

    published Dec 10, 2008

    (Photo from Darkstar's MySpace page)UK producer Darkstar constructs expansive electronic tracks that leave your head in a haze. The dubstep artitst's beats echo through tunnels of icy effects and th... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: Lady Sovereign

    published Dec 09, 2008

    (Old Lady Soverign photo: she's chopped that side 'tail into a colored, layered shag but we've no press shot of that one at the moment)S-O-V's back .... with a vocoder in tow. The first single off mou... More >>

  • Last Night: Live 105's Battle of the Opening Bands

    published Dec 08, 2008

    (Dizzy Balloon gets crafty with the merch setup)Live 105's Not So Silent Night Local Band Competition Finals with: Picture Atlantic, Please Do Not Fight, Go Kart Mozart, Music For Animals, and Dizzy ... More >>

  • Jay Howell Mixes Art 'n' Music 'n' Stuff

    published Dec 08, 2008

    (A slice of Jay Howell's new print "Here's Some People," available at Fecal Face's gallery)Last Friday night I hit up Fecal Face's gallery to check out the new print for sale from one of my favorite ... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: Flying Lotus

    published Dec 08, 2008

    Los Angeles' abstract hip-hop maestro Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) has been getting all kinds of love from the press in 2008. The latest batch of glowing ink on the dude came from the New Yorker,... More >>

  • Butthole Surfers Hit S.F. in Dec.

    published Dec 05, 2008

    After the reunited '80s Butthole Surfers lineup (Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary, Jeff Pinkus, King Coffey and Teresa Taylor) played Austin back in September, the group is now targeting San Francisco for tw... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: Champagne Champagne

    published Dec 05, 2008

    What if you got really really stoned while watching back to back Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles (while wearing headphones blasting Dirt Nasty and Atmosphere)? If you were Seattle... More >>

  • Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Mr. E

    published Dec 05, 2008

    One of the most respected DJs to grace the Bay Area, Miguel Escobedo has been manning the decks for over two decades. The resident DJ for San Francisco's Rock the Bells tour stop, he's one of the most... More >>

  • Bay Area Grammy Nominees: Metallica, Neil Young, Keyshia Cole

    published Dec 04, 2008

    Metallica, Neil Young, and Keyshia Cole were among the Bay Area acts on the Grammys' nominee list, which made the rounds in the music industry today. Metallica is up for "Best Metal Performance," "Bes... More >>

  • Lil Jon to DJ in SF Next Weekend

    published Dec 04, 2008

    (Photo from Lil Jon's MySpace page)Lil' Wayne isn't the only "Lil" hitting the Bay Area in December. Lil Jon booked a DJ gig at Club Roe alongside DJ Spyder on Saturday, Dec. 13. The party goes down ... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: Odetta

    published Dec 04, 2008

    In memory of Odetta, the beloved folk singer who died at age 77 of heart disease on Tuesday, our MP3 of the Day today is her version of a great song, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out." The t... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: C.L.A.W.S.

    published Dec 03, 2008

    Cosmic techno? The new demo track from local boy C.L.A.W.S. -- titled, simply, "claws and joe demo 2" -- drops the vocals to a stutter, spins the the effects out into a 2001 space odyssey, and keeps ... More >>

  • Britney Comes to San Jose in April

    published Dec 03, 2008

    Yesterday was Britney Spears' 27th birthday. The reason it was such big news was less that one of pop's least-mature starlets (a race crowded with contenders these days) was actually aging, and more ... More >>

  • Last Night: Blitzen Trapper at the Independent

    published Dec 03, 2008

    Blitzen TrapperTuesday, Dec. 2, 2008The IndependentWords by Jennifer Maerz, photo by Chrissy LoaderBetter than: Seeing the Parson Red Heads alone.I recently read an interview with M.I.A. where she lau... More >>

  • Bang Your Thread...With Metallica?

    published Dec 02, 2008

    Music scribe (and occasional SF Weekly contributor) Tim Pratt tagged this photo on his Flickr page  and it's getting lots of traffic today...it's a shot of a sewing machine supposedly signed by M... More >>

  • Ryan Adams Gives Saviours a Shoutout

    published Dec 02, 2008

    (Photo from Ryan Adams' Web site)Who knew that Ryan Adams was such a metalhead? The alt-country troubadour gave his top 13 metal tracks to Blender magazine this month, and among that list was a plug ... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: Zach Galifianakis and Fiona Apple

    published Dec 02, 2008

    This faux club banger by comedian Zach Galifianakis and songwriter Fiona Apple sounds like Har Mar Superstar meets Weird Al. "Up in Them Guts" demands that you show off your fanny pack in return for ... More >>

  • X-Mas Caroling With Local Bands

    published Dec 01, 2008

    (The Heavenly States, from the band's MySpace page)Local label Talking House Records is following up last year's holiday-themed release, A Foggy Holiday: Carols from the SF Music Scene with Vol. 2 of... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: E-40

    published Dec 01, 2008

    (Photo from E-40's MySpace page)E-40 is no stranger to clever puns, and the title of the Vallejo heavy's latest release, The Ball Street Journal, shows the rapper isn't slowing down the slang any tim... More >>

  • Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Romanowski

    published Nov 28, 2008

    You looking for someone to DJ your next dub club night, hip-hop birthday party, or disco bar mitzvah? DJ Romanowski has, oh, 15,000 slabs of vinyl in his collection to choose from. Those records have... More >>

  • Brody Dalle Back With New Band

    published Nov 26, 2008

    I was a big Distillers fan back in the day, mostly because lead singer Brody Dalle has such a wicked, ripping set of pipes. Since that band first broke, and then broke up, Dalle's name comes up more ... More >>

  • MP3 of the Day: Ononos

    published Nov 26, 2008

    (Photo by Michael J. Demeo)Ononos is minimal electronic music on cough syrup in outer space. And I dig it. The one song this Seattle act has posted on its MySpace page, "You Are Love" comprises grain... More >>

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