While a host of hard-rock groups still try to emulate the monolithic sounds of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Maryland-based rock juggernaut Clutch stands as a rare band that captures the relentless swing and ferocious groove that elevated those two iconic acts to greatness. For more than 20 years, ... More >>
If you were a teenager in the 1950s, you hated TV. Your parents watched TV. Anything your parents liked, you despised. Springsteen's song "57 Channels (And Nothing On)" talked about the video wasteland in 1992, but in 1956, even in a big city like New York, there were fewer than 10 channels on the a ... More >>
Elvis Costello and the Imposters Sunday, April 15, 2012 The Warfield Better than: Sunday night cartoons. You should know that your reviewer was not, at first, a fan: "So he sings with that voice on purpose?" Pretty rich coming from an apologist for both Donald Fagen and Geddy Lee. But this was lon ... More >>
Last Thursday, Bruce Springsteen made the keynote speech at South By Southwest. He was funny, he was heartfelt, he was informative and -- dang, Boss! -- he was ridiculously honest. So honest in fact, that he picked up a guitar, played the opening riff from The Animals' "We Gotta Get Out of this P ... More >>
Toro y Moi Chazwick Bundick's brand of chillwave is less grandiose than Washed Out and less distinguished than Neon Indian but makes better-suited cassette listening with more minimal dance grooves than nostalgia-evoking 80s chintz effects. You can even dance (grind?) to "You Hid" sober. N ... More >>
The Sandwitches @ Rickshaw Stop If the Replacements were ghoulish teenage girls raised on a strict diet of Chuck Berry outtakes, the Sandwitches would be their biggest fans. Moaning and howling out harmonized orders to go "Back to the Sea" or "Mary Me," lead vocalists and guitar players Heidi Al ... More >>
Annie Musselman M. WardThursday, March 5, 2009Palace of Fine ArtsBetter than: Having to stand the whole time. I was tired. I liked the seats.I think people like M. Ward because he seems like an ordinary guy doing semi-extraordinary things. Personally, I'm not fan enough to tag his work with descri ... More >>
Cadillac Records can't handle the truth.
Live at Watkins Glen (Capitol)
Rock & Roll Is Dead.
Forget Black Sabbath. Don't even mention The Darkness. Dirty Power will lead the hard rock revolution to come.
The Ramones bopped toward history and an unhappy end
John Kerry's high school garage band tells all!
Perhaps the candidates running in the 2004 election could use some help selecting their campaign music
All Good Things (Rhino)
Why can't Americans make TV shows as good as Brit import MI-5?
The Wildest Guitar
Legendary DJ Afrika Bambaataa brings his b-boy esoterica to town
The garage rock career of Russell Quan has been one long train wreck
Fred Frith expands the boundaries of what guitar can be
How the Orange Peels turned sour grapes into freshly squeezed pop
Pete Miller is a rock 'n' roll legend -- or at least he should be
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Since moving to the Bay Area a decade ago, Alec Palao has diligently tracked the history of local bands before the Grateful Dead (yes, such bands existed)
In Austin, Texas, it's a neck-and-neck race between art and commerce at South by Southwest
The American Analog Set, and how quiet may be the last place for rock to go
The Chess Records 50th anniversary reissues and the death of the blues
Oasis reminds us that our past is present
Emmylou Harris unearths the language between the lines