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  • Cold Cave


    Cold Cave

    Nailing hardcore with Give Up the Ghost and then post-hardcore with Some Girls, the itinerant Wesley Eisold wound up in Philadelphia, where he has built his scrappy project, Cold Cave, into a proper band. Musically, he's now onto a claustrophobic ye...

    by Doug Wallen on September 2, 2009
  • Mos Def and Erykah Badu


    Mos Def and Erykah Badu

    One of this country's most politically astute rappers, New York's Mos Def often calls out society's ills, but his latest album, The Ecstatic, brings out his most optimistic sounds for a new era of Obama hope. Dallas-based Erykah Badu, an old soul wi...

    by Tamara Palmer on September 2, 2009
  • Mew



    Iceland is the undisputed capital of music for the spirit world. But Denmark, home of Hans Christian Andersen and fairy tales aplenty, has a contender in Mew. The trio's indie-prog-pop songs are deeply imbued with transformative moments, and an abil...

    by Tony Ware on September 2, 2009
  • Local tech companies remove the music middleman


    Local tech companies remove the music middleman

    Chicken Little would have plenty to scream about if she were watching the recent trajectory of the music business. CD sales have dropped off precipitously as the ease of downloading or copying music for free has skyrocketed. Meanwhile, monolithic ma...

    by Ezra Gale on September 2, 2009
  • Games Beatles fans play: The Fab Fourís amusement oeuvre


    Games Beatles fans play: The Fab Fours amusement oeuvre

    Future civilizations will look back and marvel at the phenomenon we call "the Beatles," not so much for the music as for the number of ways their tunes have been repackaged and resold to an ever-hungry audience. With The Beatles: Rock Band, out Sept...

    by Andrew Stout on September 2, 2009
  • The buzz, the truth, and the Mannequin Men


    The buzz, the truth, and the Mannequin Men

    A few words about that immovable object of the music biz, the industry hype machine. On the grassroots level, it is perpetrated by the entertainment writer, the most lazy and unimaginative of all cultural charlatans. Thus, the epithets that are firs...

    by John O'Neill on September 2, 2009
  • Lonesome pedal-steel hero Joe Goldmark carries a twang torch


    Lonesome pedal-steel hero Joe Goldmark carries a twang torch

    The Riptide's signature brick fireplace was veiled behind red velvet curtains on a recent Sunday night, but the Outer Sunset dive still carried the strong scent of burning embers from the night before. Most days the Taraval Street bar is the stampin...

    by Jennifer Maerz on September 2, 2009
  • Article

    DJ Paul van Dyk Announces Cow Palace Show, iPhone App

    Berlin-based DJ Paul van Dyk has just announced an appearance at the Cow Palace May 23, as part of the ETD POP festival, an electronic music extravaganza (okay, it's a rave) sponsored by Skills Workshop, expected to draw 10,000 people to the same ve...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on April 27, 2009 @ 11:53 am
  • Article

    Cov Records Makes Earth Day Crowd Cringe

    Turf Unity? Earth Day is supposed to be a day of getting closer to nature, honoring ecology, respecting the planet and each other. But a crowd of community members--many of them parents with children attending this year's Earth Day celebratio...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on April 27, 2009 @ 11:24 am
  • Article

    Eight Drinks That Give You the Energy of a Rapper

    Click here for a full rapper energy drink slideshow. Even with all the vibrant energy contained in hip-hop, sometimes people need an extra little kick in order to take in the multitude of offerings the culture has to give. That's why rap-branded ...

    @ All Shook Down by Tamara Palmer on April 27, 2009 @ 9:52 am
  • Article

    Eight Music Festivals To Check Out This Spring/Summer

    1. High Sierra Music Festival, July 2-5, Quincy, CA Planted firmly in the scenic Sierra Mountains for 18 years, High Sierra features a diverse range of artists, including DeVotchKa, The Wailers, Ani DiFranco, Leftover Salmon, and Vieux Farka Toure....

    @ All Shook Down by Ariel Schwartz on April 24, 2009 @ 3:23 pm
  • Article

    Jahi Releases George Benson Tribute Album

    Psst...hey kids, want to hear something dope? Well, Oakland rapper Jahi and producer Big Tunes have completed their latest project, a tribute to master jazz guitarist George Benson entitled George and I . The album, which also features guest spots fr...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on April 24, 2009 @ 1:42 pm
  • Article

    Last Night: Dan Deacon at the Great American Music Hall

    Dan Deacon Great American Music Hall April 23, 2009 Better Than: Noise rock. Roughly a year ago some visiting friends from Minneapolis turned me on to what would almost instantly become one of my personal favorite YouTube videos of all time...

    @ All Shook Down by Brian Moss on April 24, 2009 @ 9:12 am
  • Article

    Reggae Rising Announces Early-Bird Ticket Specials

    Rising Star: Queen Ifrica There's just something about the end of summer/beginning of fall in Humboldt County . A certain, slightly pungent smell in the air, perhaps? Or maybe it's the annual Reggae Rising festival, resurrected from t...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on April 24, 2009 @ 8:00 am
  • Article

    Hey DJ! Friday Q&A: Sasquatch Borracho

    Name: Sasquatch Borracho aka Dave Pehling Club night(s): Bronson, a hard rock/metal/punk monthly at the Casanova Lounge in the Mission that happens the last Saturday of every month. Style(s) of music you spin: Usually punk/metal/alt-heavy stuff, ...

    @ All Shook Down by Ian S. Port on April 24, 2009 @ 7:51 am
  • Article

    Last Night: Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater Preview

    Natan Altman, Poster for Jewish Luck, 1925. Preview Night Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater (1919-1949) The Contemporary Jewish Museum April 22, 2009 The new exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Chagall and the A...

    @ All Shook Down by Masha Rumer on April 23, 2009 @ 4:22 pm
  • Article

    Q&A with Japanese Pop Outfit An Caf

    Hi, welcome to San Francisco. So, is this your first trip here? Yes! And you already played a show in LA, right? How did that go? Miku - I felt like the environment is very close to what's happening in Japan. It's not about race, the feeling...

    @ All Shook Down by Kirsty Evans on April 23, 2009 @ 1:25 pm
  • Article

    "Bay Area Cypher" DVD Screening in Berkeley

    In the Cypher: Fiyawata Attention underground hip-hop heads and freestyle feminists: If you're in the downtown Berkeley area tomorrow evening, roll through the Berkeley City College Auditorium for the DVD release party of "Bay Area Cypher,"...

    @ All Shook Down by Eric Arnold on April 23, 2009 @ 12:00 pm
  • Article

    Throbbing Gristle: Q&A with Chris Carter & Cosey Fani Tutti

    What interesting moments do you recall from your time in San Francisco in 1981? COSEY: The most interesting moments are too private to tell, for obvious reasons. With whom do you remember meeting and spending time? COSEY: Primarily we wer...

    @ All Shook Down by Ron Nachmann on April 23, 2009 @ 11:53 am
  • Article

    Last Night: "Unwigged and Unplugged" at the Paramount Theatre

    Unwigged and Unplugged Paramount Theatre April 22, 2009 Better than: Well, maybe a little better than watching Anvil! The Story of Anvil. But you should still see that movie, too. The concept behind "Unwigged and Unplugged" is a straightf...

    @ All Shook Down by Vicky Walker on April 23, 2009 @ 9:21 am
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