5. The Faint @ Regency Ballroom, Saturday, Nov. 17
The first time you heard The Faint's album Danse Macabre, you probably were struck by how distinctive it was. This album was dance music for people who only listened to indie music -- what a brilliant concept! Not to make you aging hipsters feel old ... More >>
The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia would have turned 70 this Aug. 1, 2012, and to celebrate, fellow Dead member Bob Weir and a ton of other musicians are throwing Move Me Brightly, a Garcia tribute show that will be live-streamed from Weir's own TRI Studios in San Rafael.
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Neil Young at the Bridge School Benefit. Photo by Christopher Victorio.
The lineup for this year's Bridge School Benefit is out, and it's as solid as ever. No big reunions -- we got Buffalo Springfield last year, sigh -- but the acoustic shows Neil Young and his wife, Pegi, put on to benefit ... More >>
"Bring it, Sammy"
Carlos Santana, your local guitar god, is endorsing some expensive tequila brand called Casa Noble. Wow. Cool. Amaaazing.
Okay, not really. Apparently the 10-time Grammy winner has a "passion for excellence" or something, and so do the people over at this particular Jalisc ... More >>
"Really, Georgia?"Beware, people of states with drastic immigration laws: Santana is angry with you.
Days after Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed off on a new Arizona-style regulation, Carlos Santana brought the immigrant-friendly spirit of Bay Area liberalism to baseball's yearly Civil Righ ... More >>
Carlos Santana thinks the Grammys shouldn't take away its Latin Jazz award.When the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences -- the organization that gives out Grammy Awards -- eliminated 31 categories from the awards process last month, it seemed like a modest step toward streamlining ... More >>
Is this what it takes?On Tuesday, Forbes published its list of hip-hop's 20 highest earners: Jay-Z at number one, naturally, with $63 million, and Senegalese crooner Akon edging out Lil Wayne by a milli -- Weezy's cash-accruing steez have been impressively unabated by his recent jail sentenc ... More >>
Is this elf even unionized?Rock! Roll! Real estate! Are you ready for a news quiz? Well, here it is anyway. 1. What San Francisco rock musician unloaded his Pac Heights mansion for nearly $9 million? A. Mickey Hart, Grateful DeadB. Carlos SantanaC. Les Claypool, PrimusD. Kirk Hammet, MetallicaE. ... More >>
Booker TBooker T and Bettye LaVette
Friday, May 8, 2009
Last night I saw Booker T. Jones, one of the titans of American music, and it really hit me how much he has contributed to Western pop culture. I was also digging his performance, as was everyone else at the sold-out show.
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Funkin for free: Del
Taking a cue from President Obama, our own beloved Hiero hero Del the Funky Homosapien has recorded his own stimulus address. "As we all know, funk is depleting rapidly in America," he says, describing the current musical and cultural crisis affecting this country. "Ther ... More >>
Last night, as the tryptophan was kicking in, we played Foodie Fight, a Trivial Pursuit-like game published by S.F.'s Chronicle Books. It was unexpectedly difficult overall, and we complained about that a lot, but there would always be an easy question or two just when we were about to get too frust ... More >>