Remember when Avril Lavigne first emerged, fresh from a Hot Topic sale, riding on the handlebars of a BMX and singing about skater boys? Sorry -- "Sk8tr Boi"s? Frankly, that video was so contrived and stupid we remain deeply offended by it, even a decade later. We had assumed Ms. Lavigne would be in ... More >>
As it's done all season, The Voice dragged out its results show to a degree that was at best arduous and at worst excruciating. So, after two hours of performances from bus-loads of people -- including Rihanna (who had actual clothes on, miraculously), Smokey Robinson, Kelly Clarkson, The Killers, P ... More >>
As evinced bu my initial take on Tyler, the Creator's Goblin and my final opinion, a lot happens between one's first listen to an album and their final conclusion after taking it in several times. What I love about writing these features is that you get to read my pure, unvarnished thoughts about a ... More >>
It's that magical time of year once again, where the entire nation leaves the house looking ridiculous on purpose! Yay! Occasionally, Halloween costumes based on musicians border on genius -- like Sum 41's Deryck Whibley and his girlfriend Ari Cooper hitting a party a few days ago dressed like Deryc ... More >>
I've been thinking a lot about Avril Lavigne and The-Guy-From-That-Awful-Band this week. (By the way, the band's name is Nickelback. But from now on, I'll refer to him as TGFTAB, otherwise pronounced "Chad Kroeger," if you're reading this aloud). Maybe you have, too. And now that the initial shock o ... More >>
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 >>
On May 9th, Iggy Pop is releasing his latest album. Woo-hoo! But wait. Simmer down. The record is called Après and it will be comprised mostly of French cover versions -- Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg songs included. We applaud Iggy's ongoing enthusiasm for multi-culturalism and bilingual experim ... More >>
Justin Bieber: Is there anything more annoying than his stupid helmet hair, saccharine songs, creepy affinity for hitting on older women and tiny, little, smooth, smug face? Not yet, no. But if Ashton Kutcher gets his way, there may well be. For PerezHilton.com has just reported that not only would ... More >>
And by good, we mean hilarious and strangely affecting. The user-submitted audition vids for Glee, Fox's teen singing dramedy, inspire heaps of schadenfreude. They also raise the question of how fame could possibly be worth such shameless public humiliation. But some of these vids--even some of ... More >>
Superstar session drummer and Dadaist marketing genius Josh Freese (Devo, A Perfect Circle, the Vandals) sells himself, his famous friends, and all-you-can-eat shrimp at Sizzler to promote his new album.
Yamanize via FlickrWho invented the Popsicle? Test your food IQ on SundayTest your food-trivia mettle Sunday at Edible San Francisco's third installment of Edible Pursuit, a food-themed trivia game the magazine is hosting at Acme Chophouse, with emcee Marcia Gagliardi of Tablehopper. A little-known ... More >>
SF's ladies lose the major label and regain the rock
The stars need fixin'
Over the Hedge wants you to feel bad about what it's selling, which is everything
Can the songwriter's follow-up to the disastrous Liz Phair reconcile her altrock past with her pop-rock present?
Bands reunited, sock-stuffing legends, and chanteuses from Charo to Chaka? It could only mean summer sounds in the Bay Area!
Never mind the bollocks, here's $lot Ma¢hine, the newest, meanest punk band in town -- aged 12 and under
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.
Teens and Geritol punkers alike will swarm to the Avengers' all-ages show
Fashionable retro rock has jumped the shark. Here's why.
In conversation with comedian Patton Oswalt and the original pianist for John Kerry's Electras
In the age of Blink-182 and Yellowcard, being punk ain't what it used to be. Just ask the seniors in Pirx the Pilot.
Week of Wednesday, May 5, 2004
Talking to my doppelganger, Fog's Andrew Broder, on subjects ranging from war to penis
Week of Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Avril Lavigne and Tracy + the Plastics and the corruption of culture
The Postal Service offers up the first rocktronic masterpiece