The Shaggs in 1968.The opening torrent of notes in Ornette Coleman's "Kaleidoscope" reminds me of the ubiquitous television closet gag. You know, when some unsuspecting soul opens a closet door and is buried under an avalanche of junk (executed rather brilliantly in this episode of Elmo's World). ... More >>
The good people at Mission Local have found something for you to do on Oct. 30. Those too busy or broke to head to the nation's capital for the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive can head to a local version scheduled for Civic Center Plaza. And you can al ... More >>
Countless rock bands on countless records over, like, six decades now have distilled seemingly every sound out of the same ol' guitar/bass/drums/vocals format. So it wouldn't be the hardest thing in the world to claim that rock is dead. But some bands, like Austin's Woven Bones, manage to arrange ... More >>
RelentlessRelentless is a name I've seen around the local San Francisco electronic music scene for a long time, but I never took the time to get to know the duo's music or backstory. I've come to find out that the tale behind Ian Buzz's and Austin Heap's musical collaboration is as classic as the ... More >>
Austin's Woven BonesAmong the small August shows we're most looking forward to is the August 18 Bottom of the Hill bill that will feature the Splinters, the Sandwitches, and Woven Bones, who, it was announced earlier this week, recently signed to the Hardly Art label. In celebration of Woven Bone ... More >>
The Sandwitches @ Rickshaw Stop If the Replacements were ghoulish teenage girls raised on a strict diet of Chuck Berry outtakes, the Sandwitches would be their biggest fans. Moaning and howling out harmonized orders to go "Back to the Sea" or "Mary Me," lead vocalists and guitar players Heidi Al ... More >>
More goodies from Austin's major music marathon. Above, Surfer Blood discusses A&R men who love Sparks and eavesdropping for Twitter fodder. And below, behold the emergence of "crabcore", the genre tag that has "nothing to do with the music." Attack Attack! explains... Follow us @SFAl ... More >>
We keep trying to think of some creative reason this sign outside an Austin bar could be intentionally misspelled. In the meantime, we present it to you, because the Internet loves fail. Follow us on Twitter at @alexiat and @sfweekly.
Spoon fans, get ready to hear a lot more about Austin's big little indie band. The group is releasing its seventh album, Transference, next week, and the major news outlets are lining up to offer their support. NY Times ran a profile of the group in Sunday's paper, noting that Spoon started aroun ... More >>
ModClothFill it with pork rinds and antacids.Behold the Nacho Wallet ($7.99), a zip clutch that's the spittin' image of a hard-shell taco stuffed with orange cheese and shredded iceberg. It's available online from vintage-inspired Web retailer ModCloth. Next time you hit the Mission for a comida cra ... More >>
• Call it skittishness before the weekend's roiling Pride festivities, or some freaky premonition (the way your cockapoo gets all quivery pre-earthquake) that Farrah and MJ were about to step the hell off. Whatever the reasons, it was a bare-knuckles week in food, starting with a barrage of sucker ... More >>
While there still isn't a Mission replacement for local and touring acts on the scale of 12 Galaxies, the neighborhood is gearing up for the opening of a new live music venue this fall. On August 1, CODA Live is slated to show the public what's become of the old Levende Lounge (1710 Mission St ... More >>
Our intrepid reporters in Austin are losing sleep and hearing, but not the faith. Case in point: Lady Sovereign's still got it.Booze and Black Lips (and the mighty King Khan) get Austin tipsy.Indie kids revel in the Passion Pit.
The new breed of fiery soul singers isn't exclusively female. For example, give a listen to Austin's Black Joe Lewis, a young man who takes his cues from James Brown and Lightnin' Hopkins to produce some raw, sweaty, rockin' soul music. He doesn't mind swearing up a storm in some organ-driven funk ( ... More >>
After the reunited '80s Butthole Surfers lineup (Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary, Jeff Pinkus, King Coffey and Teresa Taylor) played Austin back in September, the group is now targeting San Francisco for two nights of Texas-tweaked psychedelic punk. That same linup will ring out the end of 2008 with a two ... More >>
Man vs. nature deep in the heart of Texas in The Unforeseen.
So Divided (Interscope)
Sixth in Sixes
Like killer bees and cheap labor, this year's music and fashion trends are charging up from the South (by Southwest)
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Graham Reynolds scores films, conducts unconventional symphonies, and rewrites the rules of modern jazz