The Grammy Awards are dull and insipid every year, but at least for the last two years the Recording Academy managed a few surprises: In 2011, Arcade Fire won Album of the Year, providing a climactic reality-check for thousands of indie partisans; in 2012, the awards attempted to both grapple with t ... More >>
Davy Jones of the Monkees, who sang such widely known hits as "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," and "Valleri," died of
a heart attack this morning. He was 66.
Already a renowned stage performer who'd scored a Tony
nomination, Jones auditioned in 1965 to be on a TV show based on t ... More >>
Like us, there's a good chance that when the emergency sirens went off last Thursday as part of The Great California Shake-Out, you wondered if some sort of Red Dawn-style invasion was at hand, since it was clear that an earthquake was definitely not occurring. Seriously -- having a gigantic alarm g ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>
Good news for Bay Area metalheads: High on Fire just signed to Koch Records. The Oakland trio is now in the process of writing their next album due in 2009 that will be released by the aforementioned juggernaut of an indie label. High on Fire joins an ecclectic label roster that puts them alongside ... More >>