It's officially September, which means the biggest (and free-est) music festival in San Francisco is only a month away. Today, after dropping plenty of hints online, the organizers of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass announced the lineup for the festival's 13th year, which takes place Oct. 4-6 in Golden Ga ... More >>
Having recently celebrating its 8th anniversary, synth-pop dance party Indie Slash is still one of those consistently enjoyable events where dress code, cliques, and blinding laser lights don't interfere with one's ability to enjoy interesting music and have a good time. The idea of the party came t ... More >>
Compared to the relatively few big-selling Bay Area albums of the last quarter-century, there's a plethora of singles that have sold at least a half-million copies since 1987. Can you guess the Bay Area singles that have sold the most in the last 25 years? Here are the surprising answers: See Also: ... More >>
The website Livability today compiled a list of the top 10 cities with the best music scenes that aren't New York, L.A., or Nashville. The results were in some ways predictable (Minneapolis, Athens, Ga., and Portland all made it), and in some ways spectacularly weird: Omitted from the list for no ap ... More >>
See more of our Metallica Week coverage: Metallica Kicks off Its 30th Anniversary Week with Notable Guests, Rare Songs, and Lots of Talking Can't Make It to Metallica's 30th Anniversary Concerts? Celebrate at These Shows Instead Popular music is fixated with jumping-off points, springbo ... More >>
BAM's July 7, 1978 issueRemember BAM? If you followed By Area music between, oh, 1976 and 1999, you probably read it all the time. And if you didn't, you'll get a chance to -- there's a revived version coming to the web in a couple of weeks. Some background: BAM was a free biweekly print mag ... More >>
Broken Social Scene is one of more than 90 acts playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this year. The lineup for this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is out, and good luck figuring out whom to call the "headliner." For the festival's 11th year, organizers have put together another insane ... More >>
From the dawn of the music video, there has been the music video babe. Perhaps she's the star of the video, perhaps she's a backup dancer, maybe she just looks longingly at a musician. Most of the music is terrible, a lot of the videos are insipid, and yet somehow these women make it all worthwhile ... More >>
Marcus RothStockton boys Pavement in 1999Pavement, the beloved slacker indie rock band, recently added a show in its hometown of Stockton to this year's headline-grabbing reunion tour. Stephen Malkmus, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, and co. will play the Bob Hope Theatre on Thursday, June 24, th ... More >>
In Store is a new All Shook Down column in which we find San Francisco's quirkiest, most beloved, weirdest, and/or otherwise-most-interesting record stores, talk to people there (employees, volunteers, customers, cops, whoever) and find out what's up. Along the way, we hope to paint a fun little ... More >>
One-hit wonders are often maligned in music, but the truth is it's pretty hard and pretty remarkable to achieve success on the pop charts. As we slowly wrap up December's reflections into music history, behold the eight most awesome one-hit wonders that the Bay Area has produced:8. The Greg Kihn Ban ... More >>
Feeling Lucky: Chris IsaakIf you've been wondering where local-boy-gone-pop-star Chris Isaak has been, the answer is, just about everywhere. In a career that's had more legs than ZZ Top in '83, Isaak's gone from an up-and-coming Rockabilly crooner/Elvis impersonator, to Big Time hitmaker ("Wic ... More >>
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One garlicky reason to ride off into the Sunset District
A winning drama
John Waters' latest farce strives for nothing more than NC-17
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We asked two local musicians to sound off on the latest and greatest from their fellow practitioners.
Americana DJ/Selector/Turntablist Electronic/Electro Hard Rock/
Metal Hip Hop/Rap Jazz Latin/
International Lifestyle Music New Genre/Beyond Pop Punk Rock/Indie Rock Soul/Funk/ R&B
If music be the brandy of the damned, then we're drunk off our asses
NYC Man: The Collection
Arbor Vitae; Beneath the Banyan Trees filming; The Homeboy
The Gory Wake; Muzsikás; Bitch Fest; Big Love; James Intveld
In which an instrumental guitarist finds his voice in musical history
Billy Nayer Show, Brendan Perry, and more
How the boys at OSC -- the hippest high-tech start-up ever -- created the magical software that lets any garage band in America record studio-quality CDs. And then lost the magic almost overnight.
SF Weekly contributors salute the best (and worst) music of 1995