"If he was here and you asked him to name five of my songs he wouldn't be able to do it. Recently he was like, 'How many albums have you sold?,' and I was like, 'Which album?,' and he was like, 'Oh, you know, that one It's Not Fair About Me.' I was like, 'I haven't got an album called that but thank ... More >>
Bay Area punk-rock pioneer Jello Biafra has embarked in numerous high-profile collaborations in the decades since the mid-1980s dissolution of the legendary Dead Kennedys. While he has teamed with the likes of Ministry's Al Jourgensen in the industrial-punk project Lard and tracked classic albums wi ... More >>
Our year-end listmaking continues with a look at the heavier side of things. Featuring venerable greats as well as brand-new bands -- and even some freaks in heavy costume -- here are our picks for the 10 best local metal albums of 2012: High on Fire De Vermis Mysteriis [E1] Convoluted as the prem ... More >>
Reverend Horton Heat Supersuckers Goddamn Gallows July 13, 2012 Uptown Nightclub, Oakland Better than: Sitting quietly in the back pew on Sunday morning. Anniversary Party Reverend Horton Heat knows how to throw a 25th anniversary party for himself: A) play two back-to-back shows (tonight's the en ... More >>
Uli Jon Roth, The Golden Ghosts, Tony MacAlpine, LoNero, FlaMetal Feb. 11, 2012 Oakland Metro Better than: Being forced to listen to The Scorpions farewell tour cash-grab covers album, Comeblack. As a subset of metal fans, those who worship at the altar of face-melting shred guitar wizards tend to ... More >>
This week's joint: Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector 1961-1966 Behind the buzz: News from the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is usually weird enough sans dope, but the fact that the Hall took until last Wednesday to admit Darlene Love is downright surreal. A finalist since 2009, Lov ... More >>
Richard HaickSatriani showing off at the Fox last nightJoe SatrianiNed Evett & Triple DoubleJanuary 13, 2010@ The Fox Theater, OaklandBetter than: Hearing Machine Head in high-school detention hall. There's just something about the title of Joe Satriani's new album, Black Swans and Wormhole ... More >>
Tenacious D encapsulated the musical legacy of Ronnie James Dio in one perfect quatrain: "Dio has rocked for a long, long time/ Now it's time for him to pass the torch/ He has songs of wildebeests and angels/ He has soared on the wings of a demon." The heavy metal icon who replaced Ozzy Osbourne ... More >>
Wolfmother November 23, 2009 Fox Theater Better Than: Anyone had reason to expect, given the band's acrimonious breakup a little more than a year ago. What a long, strangely self-destructive path Wolfmother has traveled since releasing its eponymous debut album three years ago. Back then, the A ... More >>
Album revivalists score with the indie geeks for the Don't Look Back tour series
Oakland's Saviours shepherd hell-bent thrash into a new era
Forget Black Sabbath. Don't even mention The Darkness. Dirty Power will lead the hard rock revolution to come.
Innovation and irritation
Zagat's new "music guide" is absurd, but its "format" offers a "nice way" to review "lame albums."
Mickey Tachibana dreams of a museum for electronic music
DJ Lebowitz may be the strangest punk pianist around -- or even the only one