It's SF Beer Week humpday! We understand if you're feeling a bit run down. A steady diet of beer can do that. Take it easy today with three events that offer unique, rare beers and don't require a BART ride away from the city. See also: Strong Beer Month -- Your Beer Week Training Regimen SF Beer ... More >>
By his own admission, David Best isn't all that great of a singer. As the voice of the Brighton, England-based four-piece Fujiya & Miyagi, Best provides a careful, static presence that works in conjunction with his band's Krautrock-indebted post-punk. He eschews wild notes or anything complicated, a ... 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 >>
Nathan Gallagher This Saturday, Robyn Hitchcock plays a solo acoustic set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. (Look for him at 12:25 p.m. on the Rooster Stage.) Since 1976, Hitchcock has been writing and performing top-flight psychedelic pop, first with the Soft Boys and then as a solo artist of ... More >>
DookieThree of my sons have reached the age where they've begun exhibiting the symptoms of chronic privy mouth. Shakespeare relished a good poop quip every now and then (see Henry V). Ditto for Marquis de Sade and Geoffrey Chaucer. Graffiti from the buried Roman city of Pompeii featured humor ... More >>
Henry RollinsApril 9, 2011@ The IndependentEvery 25 minutes or so, Henry Rollins hacks into the mic to clear his throat, like he's about to cough something up, right there on the largely empty stage of the Independent. But it's impossible to get mad -- or even grossed out -- by it when ... More >>
Nothing gets you in the mood to start fresh in a new calendar year like a few last crappy things happening in the last one. Also, bad things come in threes. (Feel free to suggest any relevant truisms I've missed in the comments section.) Anyway, three more musical notables joined the ranks of Guru, ... More >>
Hear this while high: "Clear Spot," by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. Behind the buzz: Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the rock blogosphere's reaction to last week's passing of the great Don Van Vliet is all that genuine grief is on behalf of an artist who hasn't made an album in ... More >>
Don Van Vliet, aka Captain BeefheartCaptain Beefheart, the noted experimental musician and painter born Don Van Vliet, died this morning in California following complications from multiple sclerosis. He was 69. Van Vliet is best known for his 1969 album with the Magic Band, Trout Mask Replica, ... More >>
Given numerous (and proliferating) testimonials to cannabis use in its lyrics, it may be safely ventured at this late hour that rock music and marijuana go together like jazz and teacup gin. Racks of rock LPs, even entire sub-genres of the music, reach the ears already reeking of the devil's weed ... More >>
BrokeNCYDE: All your fears about the younger generation, realized.It's a terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible question. And a necessary one. Why necessary? Hell, we need some way to talk about the stuff. And it's terrible, obviously, because there's no successful way to answer it ... More >>
Timothy NorrisThe Dead WeatherJack Lawrence is a hard working rock 'n' roller. He's so busy with his bands--The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, and The Greenhornes--that he he hardly has the time to sleep. The Dead Weather, who are coming to town this week to play two shows at the Fillmore on ... More >>
Hervé "RV" Salters is best known locally as the keyboardist from Honeycut and a frequent collaborator with fellow Quannum Projects mates Blackalicious. A few years ago, while on downtime from Honeycut, Salters decided to record his first solo effort, Cliquety Kliqk, under the moniker General El ... More >>
I've listened to this track multiple times and I still don't understand what a "Fan Tan" is exactly. With all the drugs going around Los Angeles between 1965 and 1968, though, is it any wonder singers Jan & Dean don't make a whole lotta sense? The song is just one of many "rainbow-wrapped" ditti ... More >>
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The Wizard in a tree
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How the riot grrrls of Sleater-Kinney punk'd Keith Moon and Jimi Hendrix
Exquisite noise at Slim's
Kelley Stoltz's Antique Glow shines with a voice both familiar and unique
A galaxy-spanning journey through space and sound!
Hold Your Horse Is (5 Rue Christine)
Thirty years later, Harry Belafonte finds closure in a once-lost project
Local all-girl outfit Erase Errata finds the common ground between noise and dance music
Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith have paid Miles Davis the highest honor: They've interpreted his fusion work by refusing to imitate it
What is the Brian Jonestown Massacre doing in L.A.? Same thing they were in San Francisco -- causing trouble.
For 11 years, Markus Cook was synonymous with Bay Area bike messengers. But he didn't live to see his dream come true -- the Cycle Messenger World Championships held here in San Francisco.