Let's be real: bands don't change your life more than, oh ... once.
So if we were lucky to get two excellent albums from James Mercer and whoever
happens to be with him, it's no slouch that a third pretty-good album added
three more perfect tunes to the canon: "Australia," "Phantom Limb," and "Gi ... More >>
Bird by Snow
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2012
Bottom of the Hill
Better than: Every live performance Thao has given to date.
If anything is left standing at Bottom of the Hill after last night's Noise Pop festival show, it is certainly by the good graces of powe ... More >>
Fred, Thao, and Carrie onstage in S.F.
No, dammit, we didn't get to go to the S.F. stop of the live Portlandia, either, and in case we all need any evidence that missing it was a huge bummer, here it is: A sizzling clip of the show's co-creators and stars, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, ... More >>
Any of you eco-conscious hippies, fem-lit-reading bookstore owners, and musician-politicians find that IFC's West Coast bohemia-skewering Portlandia doesn't hit close enough to your S.F. home? Since, you know it's technically about a city some 600 miles away?
Well, consider yourselves lucky: Portla ... More >>
Wild Flag at Great American Music Hall on Friday.
Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives
Nov. 4, 2011
Great American Music Hall
Better than: FM 107.7 The Bone -- usually.
Wild Flag played its fifth-ever live show in San Francisco almost a year ago, for a sold-out, ecstatic crowd at Bott ... More >>
Wild FlagWild Flag: The concept of a "supergroup"-- wherein performers with cool and/or exciting pedigrees find themselves in something resembling a "band" -- dies hard. Imagine your favorite musicians playing together! Frequently, expectations exceed results -- a collection of individuals do ... More >>
I don't know why I've been dreading this Wild Flag album exactly. Sleater-Kinney is one of my three favorite bands (the other two are Sonic Youth and the Dismemberment Plan, in case you're wondering), and as such I should trust Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss harder to carry a band that al ... More >>
Shannon CottrellWu-Tang ClanStill only on Day 2 of this ridiculous conflagration, last night forced even more torturous decision-making on festival-goers with a crazy-stacked series of shows. (The Strokes even had fireworks!) But the Village Voice Media party at Austin Music Hall, featuring Wu-Ta ... More >>
And so we join the SXSW deluge: Village Voice Media, the parent company of SF Weekly, yesterday announced the details of our annual SXSW party: We'll deign to spare you any unfortunate lyrical references to the Wu-Tang Clan but it is headlining. Other eyebrow-poppers you'll want to check out ... More >>
The Independent Film Channel has finally followed hipster-mocking to its logical conclusion: a television show based entirely around lampooning the death of Western civilization and a group that "did not yield a great literature, but it made good use of fonts." (Oh, you thought it was all about bla ... More >>
Wild Flag at Bottom of the Hill last nightWild FlagGrass WidowRoyal BathsNovember 18, 2010@ Bottom of the HillBetter than: Performing in a toilet.Carrie Brownstein, you are way too fucking modest. "We're just up here learning how to be a band," she said, near the end of Wild Flag's fifth sho ... More >>
Vanessa HeinsSan Francisco, meet PS I Love You. They're new here, and they're psyched to meet you. The Kingston, Ontario duo of Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson are a few dates into their first U.S. tour, weathering the ups and downs of the road and bringing their clamorous caterwaul to the ador ... More >>