If I had to pick one story in all the history of music to illustrate everything I love and hate about pop, I would choose the one about Veronica Bennett and her one-time partner, Phil Spector.
What's great about Bennett and Spector is the music they made together: "Walking in the Rain," "Why Don't ... More >>
Popular, influential, and cult musicians come through San Francisco every day. But it isn't every day when an event comes along that you know will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and serve a good cause.
On Monday, Philip Glass' Days and Nights Festival and local promoter (((folkYEAH!))) presen ... More >>
Remember Elastica? It was a '90s Britpop band that lacked some of the arrogance of Blur and, uh, well, all of the arrogance of Oasis, and maybe its tunes didn't quite have the working-class angst and hyperliterate despair of Pulp. But Elastica wrote some great, memorable songs and got lots of attent ... More >>
Another week, another crop of parties. As usual, that means another paragraph of meaningless boilerplate. That's right, instead of talking about the weather, or incidental details, we've decided to go meta. Well, for two sentences at least. Anyway, this weekend has got quite a few exciting parties t ... More >>
While previous diagnoses of the death of disco have come off as somewhat premature in the wake of countless rivals, it now seems we're a step closer to a definite end. Donna Summer, the vocalist known as the "queen of disco," has died of cancer at the age of 63. A five-time Grammy award winner, her ... More >>
San Francisco hasn't exactly been a hotbed of activity for cutting-edge dance music in the past 10 years. The city still has a ways to go, but the past year or so has seen the rise of a crop of producers that are breathing new life into the Bay Area music scene. Here are 10 tracks from local produce ... More >>
Last night, as I put our 23-month-old twins to bed and flipped on A Child's Gift of Lullabies, or Sleepytime Lullabies, or Sing Me to Sleep, or Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Fat Joe, or Baby's Dental Drill from the Pure White Noise series, or whatever the heck CD is sonically drugging ... More >>
UnderworldUnderworld's Rick Smith and Karl Hyde rose to prominence in the post-acid house electronic music scene of the '90s by rendering the undulating tones of proggy, tech-house into lush sonic landscapes.
The U.K. group's 1996 track, "Born Slippy (Nuxx)," featured in the film Trainspotting, ... 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 >>
Like many of San Francisco's best acts, Maus Haus is tough to pin down stylistically. The group's idiosyncratic lyrics are matched with orchestral electronic arrangements reminiscent of Krautrock, Bollywood soundtracks, and Brian Eno's best work. The group's upcoming release, Sea-Sides, like its ... More >>
Jenni AnneThe word "psychedelic" has been used far too loosely lately for just about anything that sounds out of the ordinary. San Francisco folk singer and sometimes band Moomaw actually fits that tag, though. Moomaw is solo artist Nathan Moomaw and a collection of friends and collaborators who ... More >>
EpiscoDisco hits Grace Cathedral on Sat.The holidays make everyone broke. First there's all the money you spend on loved ones, and then there's all the money you spend drinking as you think about all the money you spent on loved ones. Luckily, you can still give yourself the gift of entertainment ... More >>
Eric "Doc" SmithEric "Doc" Smith -- a musician and environmental activist who those keeping track of such things have noticed showing up at an increasing number of politically important events and standing on the podium side of a growing tally of City Hall demonstrations -- told SF Weekly this morni ... More >>