[Record Peddler is an occasional column by Sam Lefebvre on life and music as viewed from behind the counter of an independent record store.] Record Store Day is an internationally recognized, annual event in which record labels release special titles, often in limited quantities, that are only avai ... More >>
Ben Folds Five Nataly Dawn Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 The Warfield Better than: Seeing Deep Blue Something reunite in 2013 ("Breakfast at Tiffany's" for life!) Telling people you're headed to a concert is hip; it carries underlying messages about being active and keeping up on popular culture. But wh ... More >>
The Mountain Goats Matthew E. White Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 The Fillmore Better than: Giving up entirely on people, life. So Friday, Dec. 14, was not a good day for trying to have faith in humanity. After a full 12 hours of media consumption following the horrors of the day's events in Newtown, Con ... More >>
Neil Young at Bridge School We already told you about the plans to release a new, three-DVD, two-CD box set celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the now-legendary Bridge School Benefit concerts. The set will feature some stunning performances from over the years by the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil ... More >>
Neil Young at the Bridge School Benefit. Photo by Christopher Victorio. The lineup for this year's Bridge School Benefit is out, and it's as solid as ever. No big reunions -- we got Buffalo Springfield last year, sigh -- but the acoustic shows Neil Young and his wife, Pegi, put on to benefit ... More >>
For whatever reason, today seems to be the day that the music industry reminds us that it's still in total upheaval. Soundscan tells us that relatively few people actually bought music in 2010, unless they were fans of Eminem and Katy Perry. Dave Matthews spent the last 10 years collecting $500 ... More >>
Jay BlakesbergThe essence of America?What is the Great American Band?This was a question posed by esteemed rock writer Michael Azerrad over the past July 4th weekend. After due consideration of Fugazi, R.E.M., the Replacements (whom we're obviously fond of/indebted to), and others, Azerrad settle ... More >>
Christopher VictorioAtoms for Peace, Flying Lotus Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Fox Theater Better than: scouring the Internet for leaks of Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma. The glowing eyes of two Moorish, gold Genies peered out over the Fox Theater Wednesday night. Fans had bought the place out to ... More >>
GomezBuddyWednesday, March 17, 2010Great American Music HallBetter than: What your mom told you she was doing on St. Patrick's Day. (We're pretty sure we saw her there. In 1998, the bluesy British rock quintet Gomez won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Critics heaped acclaim upon their rambl ... More >>
EKAphotographyVinyl Vamp: Zap Mama Fickle weather and last-minute headliner replacements aside, Outside Lands was a success, by most yard sticks. Here's what folks are saying about the three-day extravaganza, which drew more than 100,000 people to Golden Gate Park: Local reaction: The Chron ... More >>
Our favorite morsel from the food blogs. You asked for it: Grub Street New York published its Grub Report earlier this week. Think of it as a Twitpic of the state of the nation's restaurants, captured, collectively, by about a dozen critics. Anthony Bourdain, Jonathan Gold, Gael Greene, Ed L ... More >>
Christopher VictorioOutside Lands Day Three: Tenacious D, M.I.A, Ween, The Avett Brothers Golden Gate Park August 30, 2009 Better Than: Being warm.The fog that began showing up in wisps over Dave Matthews Band on Saturday night turned into a typical freezing summer in San Francisco day by Sunday ... More >>
EKAphotographyOutside Lands Day 2: Street Sweeper Social Club, Trombone Shorty, Black Eyed Peas, The Mars Volta, & more, Saturday, August 20, 2009.Better Than: sitting in the park, waiting for you.The first day of Outside Lands was a huge freakin' success, especially if you stayed at the Twin ... More >>
Joseph SchellDeer TickJuly 1, 2009The IndependentBetter Than: Karaoke. Last night, Deer Tick started its mellow set with a slow crescendo that climaxed in a stage dive. "We're doing things a little differently tonight," declared handlebar mustachioed lead singer John McCauley, before launching into ... More >>
If you like your guitars wistful and your lyrics introspective, then Brett Dennen is your dude. The Central California singer/songwriter has contributed his moody music to moody television shows like Grey's Anatomy and House, and Rolling Stone says he's a cross between Jack Johnson and Dave Matthe ... More >>
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