• Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Justin Bieber's Believe: A First Listen

    Like my colleague Andrew Stout, I have mostly managed to avoid Justin Bieber for what I'm pretty sure are good reasons. He's a typical "innocent" white male singer trying to represent universality to nonwhites and nonmales. Then there's his musical blandness: bits that crept through my defenses of " ... More >>

  • Music

    July 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    In Print This Week: Moe Green, Hypernova, Cults

    Cults​So there's this 22-year-old rapper from Vallejo named Moe Green. He tweets every 10.5 seconds, rhymes about how he wants to be famous like the Rock -- yes, the pro wrestler -- and was recently named one of the Top 10 up-and-coming local rappers by the radio station KMEL. Our Dave MacFadden-E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    For Next 17 Years, Call Backstreet Boys A 'Man Band'

    ​For all you doubters: Backstreet's back, alright? Next week the Boys are heading west to perform at San Francisco Pride and the Warfield Theater. If you asked the guys, though, they'd tell you they were "Never Gone" and "Unbreakable." (Yes, we're reading straight from some of their recent album ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Now That's What I Call Crap: Music Detritus That Needs To Go

    ​ Sometimes one man's junk is just, well, junk.Zambaleta, a Mission-based nonprofit world music and dance school, hosted a flea market last Saturday for musical equipment and records. People sometimes regret throwing out music and memorabilia when nostalgia hits 40 years down the line and Davy ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    '90s Night Tonight at Madrone Lounge

    '90s Style Icons: the TeletubbiesAre the '90s back already? If so, is it too soon? After all, we can think of several dubious trends from that decade - grunge 'uniforms' (flannel shirts and scruffy faces), sugar-coated teenie pop (think Britney Spears, 98 Degrees, 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys), s ... More >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2008
  • Music

    May 7, 2008

    Punk Family Values

    Meet the Rosenthals: two generations of art stars in one six-story warehouse.

  • Culture

    October 24, 2007

    Kiss My Bass

    Book by a former boy band heartthrob states the obvious

  • Music

    March 22, 2006

    Solitary Refinement

    Rhett Miller feeds multiple musical beasts from one well of inspiration

  • Film

    November 30, 2005

    Snow Bored

    Extreme sports may be fun, but First Descent is not

  • Calendar

    November 17, 2004

    Cliché-Free Zone

    Don't expect to see bling at the S.F. Hip Hop DanceFest

  • Music

    December 24, 2003

    Various Artists

    Songs From the Street: 35 Years of Music

  • Music

    October 22, 2003

    "Crappy Records"

    Zagat's new "music guide" is absurd, but its "format" offers a "nice way" to review "lame albums."

  • Music

    October 15, 2003

    Basement Jaxx

    Kish Kash

  • Calendar

    October 1, 2003

    One-Man Band


  • News

    January 1, 2003

    And a Reagan New Year!

    Learning to live with -- and even love -- a retro-'80s fad that just ... won't ... die

  • Music

    December 24, 2002

    Love Plus One

    Or five ways to make existing groups that much more super

  • News

    September 18, 2002

    The Sounds of Silence

    Why the Bay Area has stopped producing big-time rock bands

  • Music

    March 20, 2002

    I went to the NARM Convention...

    ...and all I got was this stupid bear

  • Culture

    December 26, 2001

    Beach Blanket Babylon

    This 28-year-old musical isn't just for tourists

  • Culture

    December 5, 2001

    Hunger Strike

    Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?

  • Music

    October 31, 2001

    Pop Philosophy

    Something stinks in Paradise; The sound of movies

  • Culture

    September 12, 2001

    Feel His Pain

    Billy Bob has a simple plan: to sing about life and lovin' his wife

  • News

    August 15, 2001

    Boys' Band

    Pansy Division's all-gay punk was a shocking first. Will fans let the group escape its pioneering role and just make music?

  • Music

    April 18, 2001

    Chicks on Speed

    The Re-Releases of the Un-Releases (K)

  • Film

    February 14, 2001

    Reel World

    Ghost World; Castro Theater; Breaking into Hollywood

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2000

    Puppets Packing Heat

    The Wrapping Paper Caper

  • Music

    November 22, 2000

    Pop Philosophy

    Great pop songs; pop dance clubs; song of the week

  • News

    June 28, 2000

    The Modesto Invasion

    The San Francisco rock scene is alive and well -- 90 miles from San Francisco

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