Swedish House Mafia, the three-DJ dance juggernaut that ranks among the world's most popular EDM groups, is saying farewell to all the thumping and the lights, and hanging up its headphones for good. But before they call it quits, DJs Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Axwell are heading out for ... More >>
The members of Coldplay have been Twit Pic-ing their way around San Francisco since last Sunday, according to the band's Twitter. They're playing at the HP Pavilion tonight and tomorrow night, and last we checked on Ticketmaster, tickets aren't sold out yet.
But if you really want to have an encou ... More >>
It's common to round up the worst album art at the end of every year, but the ridicule is usually directed at easy targets. Album covers from old, out-of-touch musicians, second-rate rock acts, and popular bands that are already despised by music critics absorb most of the venom, while indie-leaning ... More >>
Drake hangin' with Mistah FAB on the set of his video shoot in Oakland. Photo via SoulCulture.
So, Drake and Lil Wayne were in the Bay Area last weekend, shooting a video for "The Motto." [East Bay Express]
A worthy screed about awful loud talkers during a Weakerthans show at the Independent ... More >>
Foster the People: Not bad. But also not that good.
Music criticism is as much an affliction as an occupation -- especially these days, it's far more reliable as a sickness than a paycheck. Things Music Critics Hate is an occasional series that will attempt to diagnose and explain the broadly ... More >>
The No. 1 album in the country this week is by the biggest band on Earth. All is right with the world? Well, hold that thought. Unlike textural forbears U2 and Radiohead, much less the Clash or Nirvana, most people even willing to concede that Coldplay is a relevant force do not think it has ... More >>
On occasion, All Shook Down gives a listen to the music that is to real America what brine is to a cucumber. This is one of those occasions.
Reba McEntire, "If I Were a Boy"
Since Americans only got around to segregating their mongrel pop music into discrete categories like "Race" and "H ... More >>
"Nice to meet you. Wanna do it?"Surprise! Metallica and Nirvana fans are more likely to have sex on a first date, while those who like Coldplay and Adele are the least likely to go all the way.Those are the findings of a not-entirely-scientific survey by online dating site Tastebuds, which matche ... More >>
Ask and you shall receive. Or, rather, leave your four-track promo CD by the sink in the men's room at Mezzanine during a Wu-Tang show and I shall bring it home and listen to it. This one's for you, Bay Area rapper Durt Reynolds.
By now you've probably heard of Seattle resident James Burns' bid to raise $10 million to make Weezer break up. You may have also heard that, disturbingly, Burns has been the target of death threats for his brilliant idea prank. Frankly, we can see both sides here: Weezer (apart from its new t ... More >>
Social Studies, A Day To RememberRarely are bands' press photos shot on a stage, at a bar, in front of a microphone, or at a stuffy wedding reception. Though these places would seem the most logical place to plaster on a smile -- given that, you know, that's where musicians play -- the most ... More >>
Taken from the band's second album,Total Life Forever, Foals' "Spanish Sahara" is a mellow bit of post-punk balladry full of poignant vocal melodies, subtle guitar strums, percolating electronics, and a slow-building intensity that comes off sounding far more like Coldplay than Gang of Four. The ... More >>
Christopher VictorioNeil Young and Adam SandlerNeil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert October 25, 2009Shoreline AmphitheaterCheck out our Bridge School slideshow by Christopher Victorio here. Better Than: watching AC/DC play at Marine World.
Combine a huge rock' n roll show with a scho ... More >>
And if the lights are still on six hours later, you can blame a country musicianThe longest nine-inning game in National League history took place right here at San Francisco's AT&T Park back in 2001; the Los Angeles Dodgers outscored the hometown boys, 11-10, in a heart-breaking, ass-crack-numb ... More >>
Amadou & Maryam
Believe it or not folks, there are other things happening in the entertainment world besides the seemingly endless Michael Jackson media feeding frenzy - which should have concluded with his memorial service and BET tribute. Here are a few:
5. Amadou & Mariam opening for Co ... More >>
You think you're metal? You, with your Wasteland-purchased Slayer shirt and ironic use of devil horns? Dude, you're not metal. Because if you're just gonna hit up DJ Rob Metal with requests off Reign in Blood, you might as well go back to Britney. Rob Metal knows his stuff. He knows the difference b ... More >>
By Annie ZaleskiPop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The foll ... More >>