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 >>
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 >>
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.
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