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
Convoluted as the prem ... More >>
Reverend Horton Heat
July 13, 2012
Uptown Nightclub, Oakland
Better than: Sitting quietly in the back pew on Sunday morning.
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
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 >>
November 23, 2009
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 >>