Kraftwerk have been a lot of different things to a lot of different listeners. To the '70s American mainstream, the Düsseldorf electronic music pioneers were a novelty group responsible for the unlikely Beach Boys-meets-"Tubular Bells" hit "Autobahn." To David Bowie around the same time, they were ... More >>
While they never became superstars, the men in The Band cut two of the most influential albums of the '60s -- Music From Pig Pink and The Band. Unlike other groups, The Band eschewed flashy musicianship in favor of a dense, smoky sound that emphasized group dynamics over the talents of individual me ... More >>
Though she was born in New York City, recent news suggests Lady Gaga might be considering a move to the Bay Area. At the end of last month, Gaga was spotted hitting the rounds of fancy restaurants in Sonoma, and (those infallible) British tabloids now claim the 25-year-old pop star is thinking about ... More >>
It's common to round up the worst album art at the end of every year, but the ridicule is usually directed at easy targets. Album covers from old, out-of-touch musicians, second-rate rock acts, and popular bands that are already despised by music critics absorb most of the venom, while indie-leaning ... More >>
No record deal? No CDs? No problem. How Pomplamoose is modifying the music industry.
Yes, the Grammys are nothing more than a promo summit for what remains of our broken conglomerate record labels of yore. Columbia, EMI, Warner Bros., Capitol, Atlantic, Interscope, et al. like to believe they still hold some influence over the masses, and as long as we can sit here comfortably an ... More >>
By Annie ZaleskiPop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The foll ... More >>
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Capitol)
Annie Clark is an indie star two decades in the making
The making of Malika
Sacto heavyweights Kai Kln rise from the ashes
Well, lots of things, actually
Talking shop with frontman Colin Meloy, of the newly signed major-label hopefuls the Decemberists
Can the songwriter's follow-up to the disastrous Liz Phair reconcile her altrock past with her pop-rock present?
An underground band self-destructs in the hands of its damaged leader
They're San Francisco's hottest garage band -- in Los Angeles, anyway. Will their hometown give them the respect they deserve?
Is the Music the next big thing or just a bunch of very lucky guys?
Buck Owens displays the West Coast sound that brought the rock generation into the honky-tonk fold
Singer/songwriter Jason Morphew's road to San Francisco -- and success -- takes some odd turns
Local label Six Degrees weathers the storm of success
Etienne de Rocher
With SeeThru Broadcasting, Dave Sardy and Kevin Wortis envision a new kind of indie label: one that's passionate about music and well-financed
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.
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 traveling salesman is the symbolic star of Vic Chesnutt's sixth and sexiest album
One East Bay Christian rock purveyor's battle for integrity
Dank, dark, and sad with Chicago's weird country band
The return of Yma Sumac
SF Weekly contributors salute the best (and worst) music of 1995
Verbal Prankster Mal Sharpe and his partner, Jim Coyle, bushwacked San Francisco in the early '60s, posing absurd man-in-the street questions to the unsuspecting. Taping the encounters, the dup invented a shtick that was part comedy, part performance art
The upcoming release of the Beach Boys' legendary "Smile"session ends super-fan Domenic Priore's Journey to the past