You know you're a guitar hero when effects makers look to you for new effects pedal ideas. And while we've (all) known for a long time that former S.F. rocker Ty Segall* was a legit six-string slayer, yet another coronation was just announced: Brooklyn's Death By Audio is making a brand-new, limited ... More >>
This week, the world found out that, had he played his cards differently, Ryan Gosling could've been a Backstreet Boy. By all accounts, he thought joining the band would've been a waste of time, since New Kids On The Block had already happened. (Silly, silly Gosling -- as long as there are teenage g ... More >>
By NATE WAGGONER
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
Better than: Encountering a coven of witches who cast a hard-rock spell on you.
In front of the purple tentacles painted on the Rickshaw Stop, a girl discusses her Croatian fake ID while she waits in line. "It sa ... More >>
I've been thinking a lot about Avril Lavigne and The-Guy-From-That-Awful-Band this week. (By the way, the band's name is Nickelback. But from now on, I'll refer to him as TGFTAB, otherwise pronounced "Chad Kroeger," if you're reading this aloud). Maybe you have, too. And now that the initial shock o ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, you may recall we did a list of the Top Ten Music Biopics. The biopic debate raged again today, however, after we saw images of Andre 3000 dressed up as Jimi Hendrix, in the midst of making a movie. We're pretty sure Andre is going to do wonders in the role, but that doesn't m ... More >>
Chances are you hate Nickelback -- or at least profess to. Have you ever met anyone who told you they liked Nickelback? I haven't. But somebody, somewhere is buying their records. If they weren't, the band would've quit already (unless its members are still going just to spite the world -- which ... More >>
Chad RobertsonNick Balla, now of Bar Tartine.
Nicolaus (Nick) Balla made his reputation in San Francisco cooking in Japanese restaurants. The CIA grad ran a restaurant in Michigan before moving out to San Francisco, where he worked in Ozumo before becoming the opening chef of O Izakaya Lounge an ... More >>
Monte "M-Dog" Talbert-- the "Teach Me How To Dougie" guy-- was recently gunned down in a drive-by in South Central L.A.. The "Teach Me How To Dougie" guy! Shot and killed! That's crazy. How many famous musicians have we lost to unusual deaths? A lot. Biggie and Tupac. John Lennon. Dimebag Darrell. A ... More >>
Chadwick Donald Bidwell, Dee Kessler, and small infant humanIn addition to their titles as frontmen of two of the Bay Area's best underhyped bands, Dee Kessler (Thee More Shallows) and Chadwick Donald Bidwell (Ral Partha Vogelbacher) -- known together as Fops -- can both claim the decidedly un-r ... More >>
Here's what I think you should say, kidsSix dozen students at a middle school in Brentwood, a suburb 55 miles to the east, wrote to San Francisco City Hall Oct. 15 to voice views on Supervisor Eric Mar's proposed ban on Happy Meal toys, which is scheduled to be heard at today's board meeting.Unli ... More >>
Jesse Friedman/FlickrChad Newton.Scoop reported yesterday on the impending departure of Fish & Farm's Chad Newton, to collaborate with Farm founder Franz Klein on a project twofer: replicating the takeaway lunch biz American Box, and launching the classic barbecue concept Parcel. When we spok ... More >>
Braden KowitzChanneling the best of the 80's and the current wave of synth pop, My First Earthquake blends speedy guitars, thumping bass, and melodic keyboard melodies with singer Rebecca Bortland's sassy lyrics about meat pies, vowel usage, and afternoon tea.
Three out of the four members of M ... More >>
Annie's Social Club, the quirky SOMA dive bar whose stage was home to some classically unconventional San Francisco live shows, is closing on New Year's Eve. Everyone is sad to see Annie's go, but the loss is hitting local comics particularly hard. Chad Lehrman and Jeff Cleary, founders of local onl ... More >>
SF's annual Sketchfest never fails to please the comedy nerds. After months of wondering how they could possibly outdo last year's Kids in the Hall tribute, the annual festival of hilarity recently announced the reunion of the seminal comedy troupe, The State. Their early-90s television show on MTV ... More >>