Reassuring us once and for all that turning 30 doesn't mean you have to start behaving like an adult, NOFX -- the West Coast punk icon/touring kegger that never winds down -- announced this week that they'll mark the end of their third decade in existence with a limited edition box set of deluxe LPs ... More >>
A quick scan of the titles on Ke$ha's second album means it better be her pop masterpiece -- nothing looks as hilarious or striking as "D.I.N.O.S.A.U.R." or "Party at a Rich Dude's House." But even those of us who wanted to love her found that debut fucking annoying. I was finally converted by the f ... More >>
Last night, the finalists for NBC's The Voice were finally decided upon, and it was an odd show from the beginning. This thing started on a... really, really low note actually, with finalist from last year, Dia Frampton (should've won -- *cough* -- should've won) performing a song titled "Don't Kick ... More >>
No Way back Presents ESG
Saturday, March 3
"It's perfect, they play it all perfect. Now everyone'll get to go and say they saw them and you can file it away and tell people 'I was there, maaaan.'" This was the warning given to me by a friend when I told him I was headed to ESG's farewell ... More >>
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Better than: A cyborg prom.
Noise Pop festival organizers probably envisioned a thematically cohesive night when they booked Grimes and oOoOO as co-headliners for Wednesday night's show at the Rickshaw Stop. After all, the two art ... More >>
Are we suffocating from too much music?
Two years ago, Broken Social Scene's Charles Spearin released The Happiness Project, an experimental album that brought together concepts associated with field recordings, sociology, jazz, and phonetics. If you think that sounds pretentious, you're righ ... More >>
Architecture in Helsinki played the Fillmore last night.
Architecture In Helsinki
Nov. 3, 2011
Better than: George Michael's stylist in the '80s.
When the members of Architecture in Helsinki situated themselves behind three keyboards and only one acoustic d ... More >>
You're new to San Francisco. Or maybe you're not. Either way, we have a ton of awesome record stores that are quintessentially San Franciscan (read: weird) and navigating them isn't always the easiest thing in the world. You're just buying music, right? Wrong! Here's a guide to the finest purveyors ... More >>
Yelle at the Regency Ballroom last night.
French Horn Rebellion
May 19, 2011
@ The Regency Ballroom
Better Than: DIY Jazzercise in your living room.
If there's one lesson show-goers can take away from a live Yelle performance, it's that enthusiasm will get you everywhere. And someti ... More >>
Starfucker at Rickshaw Stop last night.Starfucker
Unkown Mortal Orchestra
March 9, 2011
@ Rickshaw Stop
Better than: Naming a child with an obscenity.
Ladies, I'd like to introduce your Passion Pit/MGMT stand-ins. Scream softly, please.
But listen up: don't tell Mom and Dad what you're snea ... More >>
In which we sit through three and a half hours of Grammys twaddle, so you don't have to:
8:01 p.m.: Show opens with an Aretha Franklin montage. Okay...
8:03 p.m.: Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams, and Martina McBride perform "Natural Woman" together, then take i ... More >>
Take the sex and drugs out of rock 'n' roll, and much of what remains is tour stories and censorship. Instances of the latter date from rock's Brylcreem beginnings in the 1950s, forming part of a long bellow of outrage over America's popular culture by the more backward and fearful elements of our ... More >>
Blondie August 4, 2010 @ The FillmoreBetter than: forever wondering what it would be like. Way back in the late '70s and early '80s, Blondie singer Debbie Harry was every boy's masturbation fantasy. Whenever her pouty lips, high cheekbones, and perfect hair to match her perfe ... More >>