Happy New Year's Day, everyone! If you're anything like us, you're probably reading this via your phone or tablet, from your bed, still under the covers, still wearing last night's clothes and/or make-up. You've probably been awake for a while now, but can't find the strength to haul that ass out of ... More >>
Frightened Rabbit Arc In Round Thursday, October 18, 2012 The Independent Better than: Being alone with a single-malt and your exquisite sorrows. The story as relayed by Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison is that it's the name his mother gave him for being so shy. Last night's banter didn' ... More >>
Having harangued the rap establishment to an extent that he could no longer be ignored or dismissed, Lil B is moving on to new territories. The next genre ripe for his ad-libbed, self-obsessed, endlessly positive brand of inquisition? Why, classical music, of course. Last night the Berkeley-bred h ... More >>
You know who you are. You're that guy who starts bellowing in the middle of the bar while your friends pretend not to be with you. You're that girl who gets over-excited in the middle of Urban Outfitters and starts singing along to the song playing just loudly enough that everyone has to hear you ... More >>
In the world of random audio hallucination, there's the shit and then there's, well, shit. While I own some terrible stoner tunes, mere good taste, as everyone knows, goes for little in a world of thin walls, car audio, American Idol, and an ongoing '90s revival. Drunk or sober, bent or straight, l ... More >>
Romana MachadoGlitter WizardGreg Ginn, Big Scenic Nowhere, Glitter WizardMarch 19, 2011 @Thee Parkside Marginally better than: Listening to Billy Joel records in a Seattle parking garage. It's SXSW season, and few things are longer than the faces of Facebook non-attendees this year. My ne ... More >>
Not sure if you've noticed yet, but this fair city of ours is awash with karaoke. All the way from the traditional joints in Japantown to the dive bars of the Mission (Sunday afternoons in The 500 Club are particularly noteworthy), people are volunteering to sing for their fellow patrons like nothi ... More >>
"We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy JoelYou're probably not going to do any work today as it is, what with all the visions of sugarplums and such and such. Know what would be a more advantageous use of your time than drafting that missed connection mad lib for the holiday office party, or preten ... More >>
Examiner.comJonasaurus rex. Last night's Top Chef: All-Stars had some major attitude. It went from a rock star (okay, a Jonas brother) to children to dinosaurs to a former host to a megabitch. The Quickfire Challenge: Create a midnight snack for kids. Joe Jonas would be the judge, and later ... More >>
Yesterday, the Chronicle's Henry Schulman penned a truly entertaining article about how former Journey frontman Steve Perry is peeved because the Dodgers play "Don't Stop Believin'" when the team needs a rally in the bottom of the ninth -- and Perry is a Giants fan. Any article in which Perry utt ... More >>
The 'River Rock Burglar,' portrayed here by Billy Joel, has hit five San Francisco stores in the past two weeksIn the annals of criminality, there are numerous men and women who have earned dubious distinctions via decisions such as wearing paraphernalia emblazoned with their names or places of busi ... More >>
By Meredith Brody You may have noticed that there's precious little new stuff to watch during the holidays - a period which The New York Times describes as "a profound holiday slumber of repeats and musical specials." But we can't even find any musical specials, and are reduced to re-watching A Co ... More >>
Blitzen TrapperTuesday, Dec. 2, 2008The IndependentWords by Jennifer Maerz, photo by Chrissy LoaderBetter than: Seeing the Parson Red Heads alone.I recently read an interview with M.I.A. where she laughed off the fact that in the beginning, record labels had no idea where to place her music. Makes s ... More >>
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