Richie Havens was an old soul, singing with the voice of an ancient wise man even when he was young. Every artist strives to find their own voice, but it seemed to come naturally to Havens. His deep sandpaper and honey baritone came from some inner place of power and transformation. He was able to m ... More >>
By CHLOE ROTH
In 2009, tUnE-yArDs frontwoman Merrill Garbus was lured from Montreal to Oakland by "Love and fear of illegal immigrant status in Canada." Lucky for us. "I started sadly playing a ukulele that my mom had given me," Garbus says. "Though it crossed my mind that being a doctor was probab ... More >>
Two Gallants at the Independent Saturday night.
Sept. 24, 2011
Better than: Holing up in a cheap motel with a fifth of Old Crow and a shotgun.
San Francisco hometown heroes Two Gallants wrapped up a massive summer tour that took the duo all the way to Madrid by ... More >>
This week's joint: J Mascis' Several Shades Of Why Behind the Buzz: To Dinosaur Jr. fans, the idea of a J Mascis acoustic album fails to spring unbidden into the mind's ear. On blunderbuss masterpieces like 1987's You're Living All Over Me, mainman Mascis founded a durably influential heavy ... More >>