By RACHEL SWAN
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Better than: Revisiting an eighth grade dance in a Siamese Dream T-Shirt.
Billy Corgan has grown bulkier in the two decades since Smashing Pumpkins first rose to national prominence. His voice has coarsen ... More >>
If the U.S. was an emoticon, it would be that frowning, teary-eyed yellow face. If it was a meme, it would be "Sad Keanu."
According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which measures overall national contentment, Americans are becoming increasingly miserable. The index scores the well-being ... More >>
Our sea legs are still a little shaky from the news earlier this week that Coachella, the annual bare midriff convention of Indio, Calif., is going on a cruise. But then we thought the Bruise Cruise was totally weird. And actually, a cruise boat where Pulp plays and you get to go wine-tasting with J ... More >>
Oct. 7, 2011
Better than: Fasting.
Perhaps we shouldn't use Friday night's Jewish holiday for the purposes of a rock concert review, but Billy Corgan has a lot he should probably be atoning for: being a control freak, not asking two of his original band members back f ... More >>
Sure, the grunge era produced its fair share of long-haired, flannel-loving, Converse-wearing male beefcake. But early '90s rock also made famous a bunch of strong-minded, talented -- and really, really sexy -- female rockers. As Nirvana's Nevermind turns 20 this week, and Pearl Jam celebrates two d ... More >>
Sure, it was the era of long, dirty hair and long johns worn to the bar -- but '90s grunge sure did throw up some eye candy. Here, to honor the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind, as well as Cameron Crowe's new Pearl Jam documentary Twenty, are the top 10 hottest men of grunge. (Tomorrow, we'll ... More >>
In visual art, it's called a triptych -- a piece divided into three connected sections or panels. The individual panels could, in theory, stand on their own, but each adds meaning and significance to the other two, creating a single work that is more than the sum of its parts.
We don't have a name ... More >>
The Smashing Pumpkins in 1990. Sigh.
This '90s revival thing is off the hook. Even Soundgarden is getting back together after 14 years to drive around the U.S. and blast old, loud-ass songs like "Spoonman" and "Fell on Black Days" to apparently eager audiences.
But there's one big '90s rock ... More >>
Kristin BurnsHe wants you to believe.It wouldn't be a full-on '90s revival without an actual '90s band trying to get in on the party by releasing music looong after its prime. So who's making the most voluminous attempt? Naturally, it's the Smashing Pumpkins -- or, as we prefer to think of th ... More >>
If the stink of dirty '90s flannel wasn't already wafting off this year in music, hell, it sure is now. Playing next month at Debaser Live 105's Not So Silent Night concert is none other than Smashing Pumpkins -- the four-person presentation of Billy Corgan's bald vanity that lives on, zombie-lik ... More >>
We found out last week, from a variety of tabloidy sources, that 50 Cent and Chelsea Handler are currently -- well, not exactly hooking up, but having intimate conversations in a bar and talking about maybe hooking up. W.T.F. people? We'd like to take this opportunity to pat Chelsea on the back for ... More >>
Last week I took a big break from Internets and everything, really, to head down to Joshua Tree. But the one thing I couldn't stay away from was music, especially music that was performed in a dome built by a man who believed in aliens and located his acoustically-perfect creation in some high-en ... More >>
In Store spotlights San Francisco's quirkiest, most beloved, weirdest, and/or otherwise-most-interesting record stores. Our city's unmistakable friskiness and cultural capital emanate from those dusty, creaky, hard-to-find, money-losing, insanely huge, hilariously small, and often-crowded (at lea ... More >>