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2007 Stories by Mark Keresman

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  • Mightier than the Sword: Black Cobra slays

    published December 19, 2007

    It's tough to think of an indie icon more accomplished than Stephen Malkmus. Although he's best known for being frontman of the... More >>

  • Henry Kaiser/Mike Keneally/Vinny Golia/Aurora Josephson/Joe Morris/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter

    published December 19, 2007

    An icon of 1960s free jazz, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler's singularly extreme approach influenced figures disparate as John Coltrane, Peter... More >>

  • Hear This

    published December 5, 2007

    Film School has found its niche preserving the shoegazer aesthetic. The band recognizes that great pop songs sound much better when... More >>

  • Punk Royalty Still Reigns Supreme: Naked Raygun and Suicidal Tendencies

    published November 28, 2007

    One day in 1970, Japanese singer Kenji "Damo" Suzuki was heard busking on a Munich street by members of innovative German rockers Can.... More >>

  • Heavenly Choir

    published November 28, 2007

    Certain cities have legendary and/or mythical stylistic hallmarks — say "Los Angeles" to rock fans and it's likely they'll think of Sheryl... 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 >>

  • The Man in Black on the Boob Tube: The Johnny Cash TV Show by Mark Keresman

    published October 31, 2007

    Country singer Johnny Cash was a performer whose appeal transcended social barriers. His history of defying categorization is apparent in the... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 24, 2007

    On its 2005 debut for Jagjaguwar, Canadian collective Black Mountain brewed up an intoxicating batch of homegrown rock. Stephen McBean's... More >>

  • Kelly Willis

    published October 24, 2007

    Kelly Willis started out singing rockabilly at age 16, and despite growing into a Texas-style honky-tonk sound, she retains the feisty twang of... More >>

  • The Soothing Uncompromising Experience

    published October 17, 2007

    There's an excellent chance, given her singular approach, that singer/songwriter Laura Gibson will be tagged as part of the American... 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 >>

  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Pools Together Roots Music Enthusiasts

    published October 3, 2007

    The brainchild of major fan and semi-pro banjoist Warren Hellman, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a gathering of today's best bluegrass talent... More >>

  • Mekons

    published September 26, 2007

    The Mekons are one of the few surviving bands from the "glory days" of punk rock — indeed, '07 marks their 30th anniversary. The reason... More >>

  • Charlie Musselwhite Spent the Summer of Love with the Blues

    published September 26, 2007

    When the Bay Area's Summer of Love is discussed, the chat chiefly regards the music, politics, and drugs that shaped a generation — but... More >>

  • Sweet Marissa

    published August 29, 2007

    Say "goth" to the average quasi-hipster and he'll know the reference pertains to saturnine, dark-clothed youth with thick black eyeliner who... 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 >>

  • It Happened in Monterey

    published August 29, 2007

    In 1958, jazz promoter Jimmy Lyons worked with legendary San Francisco music writer Ralph J. Gleason to organize a jazz festival, the first of... More >>

  • San Francisco Stand Up! Defending Our Right To The City

    published August 22, 2007

    Join local organizers and neighborhood leaders for the final installment in this panel series delving deep into causes and conditions fueling the... More >>

  • Richie Unterberger

    published August 22, 2007

    Sweatshops, fair trade, climate change, ethical investment, organic food ... shopping can sometimes feel like a moral minefield. What can... More >>

  • Jeff Parker

    published August 22, 2007

    Jeff Parker's debut novel, Ovenman, follows the adventures of When Thinfinger -- skateboarder, pizza slinger extraordinaire, and general... More >>

  • Cinema Supper Club

    published August 22, 2007

    First dinner seating is at 5:30 pm, last seating at 6:45 pm. Reservations recommended; call 750-7633. Film: Girl with a Pearl Earring,... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 15, 2007

    Ballyhooed British quartet the Magic Numbers — comprising two brother-sister sets — has devised a winning musical formula by... More >>

  • Peter Case

    published August 15, 2007

    What a long, strange trip it's been for Peter Case. He's gone from the proto-power pop of the Nerves and Plimsouls to several solo albums of... More >>

  • Pelican's soaring instru-metal lands in S.F.

    published August 8, 2007

    If nothing else, Bang Lime , the Oakland-based duo comprising Metric's rhythm section, is solid proof that we've run out of things to name... More >>

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