[The Bay Area is actively producing and attracting experimentalists, multimedia performance artists, cult punk ritualists, and innovative anti-socials with no capacity for self-promotion. Hidden Agenda is a column that spreads the word about their performances.] Horror film imagery, macabre fixatio ... More >>
Bay Area punk-rock pioneer Jello Biafra has embarked in numerous high-profile collaborations in the decades since the mid-1980s dissolution of the legendary Dead Kennedys. While he has teamed with the likes of Ministry's Al Jourgensen in the industrial-punk project Lard and tracked classic albums wi ... More >>
Today marks the U.S. release of the debut album from Django Django, a Scottish foursome with one of the most interesting sounds in indie rock. Like a collision between the pastoral and the futuristic, Django Django's songs blend clean, pared-down guitars and acoustic percussion with digital producti ... More >>
I should know better than to step within two time zones of Marilyn Monroe. She has a way of drawing the worst from writers of my gender. Stalwarts from Norman Mailer to Thomas Pynchon have embarrassed themselves, some at greater length than others, trying to mask their macabre and masturbatory impul ... More >>
For some reason, like the Craig Finn solo album, I'm kind of dreading this. Jack White's one of my generation's greatest, which is partly the reason I'm always worried about when he'll Clapton out. Without his cro Meg-non secret weapon on drums (well, drum, singular -- as in one at a time), he came ... More >>
Bang Data at the Elbo Room January 12, 2009 Review by Eric K. Arnold Photos by EKAphotography What more could anyone ask from a Tuesday night in the Mission than discovering both a new favorite taqueria and a new favorite band? First the taqueria: Los Coyotes on 16th (in-between Mission and Valenci ... More >>
Cadillac Records can't handle the truth.
Stencils are the new graffiti
Cedric lives up to his name
Introducing the Sounds of the Husbands
The Wildest Guitar
The garage rock career of Russell Quan has been one long train wreck
The Book of Spectral Projections (Poptones)
Paul Pena,who's played with everyone from Jerry Garcia to B.B. King, is coming out of the musical shadows, thanks to the award-winning documentary Genghis Blues. He's also blind, and sick, and entirely tired of living.
The Chess Records 50th anniversary reissues and the death of the blues