Photo: William Thoren PhotographyGeorge Clinton is a national treasure -- an artist who changed the sound of music and the way we danced. Simultaneously leading two legendary bands with completely different styles throughout the '70s, Parliament and Funkadelic, Clinton is the only one out ... More >>
It was shocking enough when Van Halen announced live dates with David Lee Roth this year. But the group's choice of pop-funk favorites Kool and the Gang as opening act only raised more eyebrows. Maybe it isn't that strange, though: When we saw the two bands together earlier this year at Madison Squ ... More >>
As you might imagine, combing back numbers of my Listen to This While High column and my own vast library for a reasonable stab at the Fifty Stoniest Songs Ever is a labor and hashish intensive experience. Preliminary fossickings unearthed these half-hundred favorites, many of which may seem unfamil ... More >>
By decree of your San Francisco City Supervisors and the executors of the Jimi Hendrix Estate, today, Sept. 13, is officially Jimi Hendrix-Winterland Day in San Francisco. The resolution, approved late last month by the Supes, cites the late guitar genius for the post-Summer of Love shows h ... More >>
Need another reason that San Francisco is awesome? The San Francisco Board of Supervisors just proclaimed Sept. 13, 2011, to be Jimi Hendrix Winterland Day in honor of six concerts Hendrix performed at S.F.'s historic (and now long gone) Winterland Ballroom in October 1968. Okay, so Hendrix ... More >>
Romana MachadoBootsy Collins Bootsy CollinsJune 4, 2011Fillmore AuditoriumBetter than: Piling mounds of funk in your living room and awaiting the arrival of the Mothership. We got in line early for this much-anticipated exercise in total-immersion funk, despite warnings that buckets of rain cou ... More >>
Listen to this while high: Bootsy? Player of the Year by Bootsy Collins.Behind the buzz: In honor of the Booted One's scheduled stomp on the Fillmore's planks this Saturday night, I'm gonna burn this Tuesday bongload in the company of one of the few early Bootsy Collins albums whose liner ... More >>
PhoenixNot to make a big deal out it, but much of the coverage of local DJs and producers on this blog has been almost entirely about males. We know there are lots of ladies out there DJing, making tunes, and doing the damn thing on a regular basis, but we'd be lying if we said we're not having t ... More >>
Late Night Live w/ Black Quarterback @ Yoshi's A few months ago the Examiner quoted a restaurant consultant's report decrying the music at Yoshi's: "No soul, no funk, no personality." Ouch. Had none of those surveyed been to Yoshi's Fillmore outpost on a Tuesday? That's when Bay Vibes hosts its ... More >>
James Franco, live and at the Castro on SundayThirteen is a very lucky number, and we've always seen Friday the 13th as the night to press that luck--rather than the night you get sliced up by a serial killer at a summer camp. Anyway, here's this week's lucky list for cheap bastards everywhere. B ... More >>
Let Me Ride: George Clinton on the Mothership Attention funkateers, freak-a-zoids, and motor-booty-aficionados. Tonight at 330 Ritch's Pacific Standard Time, DJ Sake One dons his Mr. Wiggles suit and plays a very special 4-hour tribute to Parliament-Funkadelic, and, no doubt, its associated artists ... More >>
Dukey Treats (Heads Up)
Roots and Grooves (Heads Up International)
The Suey Sing Boys of Oakland were a bunch of low-level Chinese-American thugs. Then 10 of them became high-fashion hairstylists.
Horror wears a rubber suit
Swayzak's techno ain't what it used to be, but Matthew Dear is picking up the slack; the Nortec Collective brings beats from Tijuana.
Harmon Leon's media adventures
Roger Troutman and his family brought funk to West Coast hip hop and influenced everyone from Ice Cube to Tupac Shakur. Then his older brother put four bullets in him.
Bad music. Bad press. Bad hair. Sammy Hagar's heard the insults. But for the Bay Area's Red Rocker, the best revenge is living well.
Girls Against Boys proves that everything new is old again
The return of the legendary Last Poets