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 >>
CultsSo 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
'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 >>
Meet the Rosenthals: two generations of art stars in one six-story warehouse.
Book by a former boy band heartthrob states the obvious
Rhett Miller feeds multiple musical beasts from one well of inspiration
Extreme sports may be fun, but First Descent is not
Don't expect to see bling at the S.F. Hip Hop DanceFest
Songs From the Street: 35 Years of Music
Zagat's new "music guide" is absurd, but its "format" offers a "nice way" to review "lame albums."
Learning to live with -- and even love -- a retro-'80s fad that just ... won't ... die
Or five ways to make existing groups that much more super
Why the Bay Area has stopped producing big-time rock bands
...and all I got was this stupid bear
This 28-year-old musical isn't just for tourists
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Something stinks in Paradise; The sound of movies
Billy Bob has a simple plan: to sing about life and lovin' his wife
Pansy Division's all-gay punk was a shocking first. Will fans let the group escape its pioneering role and just make music?
The Re-Releases of the Un-Releases (K)
Ghost World; Castro Theater; Breaking into Hollywood
The Wrapping Paper Caper
Great pop songs; pop dance clubs; song of the week
The San Francisco rock scene is alive and well -- 90 miles from San Francisco