Social Studies took a long, convoluted path from their genesis to the rhythmic revelations that make Developer, their second full-length release, such an imaginative excursion. The S.F. band's early history is crowded with shifting interconnections and contradictions that defy attempts at charting a ... More >>
Name: Polyvinyl Records Founded: 1995 Headquarters: Champaign, Illinois, and San Francisco, Calif. Founder(s): Matt Lunsford and Darcie Knight founded Polyvinyl together. For our profile of the imprint, we spoke with Seth Hubbard, the label manager who spearheaded Polyvinyl's expansion to San Fra ... More >>
The music of Deerhoof is like spicy mustard or stinky cheese or Tusk or something: Once you acquire a taste for this kind of thoroughly adventurous pop-rock, nothing else is quite satisfying in the same way. The band (which was founded in S.F. but whose members now live all over the place) started o ... More >>
The list of limited edition releases being ushered out for Record Store Day 2012 considerably dwarfs those of previous years. This coming Saturday, April 21, independent music retailers will be the sole purveyors of a variety of goods arranged with (hopefully) meticulous preparation, and curatorial ... More >>
Is Hardly Strictly getting too big for its own good? [SF Gate] "Employees must carve 'Slayer' into forearms before returning to work." [Uptown Almanac]
Def SoundJ*DaveyBluDef Soul@ 330 RitchThursday, March 10, 2011Better than: A late-night spelling bee. San Francisco came out last night to party in good faith -- to get down, make noise, say Yeeaaayyuh, the usual -- but the partying spirit was damped, at least in my case, by an hour and fifteen ... More >>
Deerhoof at Great American Music Hall on Friday night.Deerhoof Ben Butler and Mousepad January 28, 2011 @ Great American Music Hall Better than: San Jose tourist attractions. To be sure, the term "mid-career art-rockers" -- one that fits sometime Bay Area indie heroes Deerhoof like a permanentl ... More >>
Deerhoof's new album: Harpsichord. Congotronics. Flamenco guitar. Crunchy analog samples. Crushing metallic riffs. Whirling keyboard dashes. Stonesy swagger. Wispy vocal lines. Until now, those were sounds you'd have expected to hear in the record collections of the four very different musicians ... More >>
So Bay Area art-punk figureheads Deerhoof have a new record, Deerhoof Vs. Evil, dropping Jan. 25, and yesterday, they dropped a video for the standout track "Super Duper Rescue Heads!" Among other things, it features Deerhoof frontwoman Satomi wandering the chaotic streets of Tokyo (where it was ... More >>
Since we already gave you one new Deerhoof song -- hint: it benefits from a little chemical enhancement -- it seems only right to follow up with the latest track off of Deerhoof's upcoming album, Deerhoof Vs. Evil. Oh, and you'd better get used to this: the Bay Area art-poppers are dropping one n ... More >>
Given numerous (and proliferating) testimonials to cannabis use in its lyrics, it may be safely ventured at this late hour that rock music and marijuana go together like jazz and teacup gin. Racks of rock LPs, even entire sub-genres of the music, reach the ears already reeking of the devil's weed ... More >>
Gretchen RobinetteDeerhoofDeerhoofThe DonkeysSoutheast EngineJuly 8, 2010Bottom of the HillLocal art-rock elders Deerhoof blitzed through a sold-out show at Bottom of the Hill last night with San Diego vintage rockers The Donkeys and Athens, Georgia's Southeast Engine. Photographer Gretchen ... More >>
Ariel Pink's Haunted GraffitiIn the print section this week, Dan Weiss finds out why Ariel Pink is happy to discuss his personal finances but not his personal life, and discovers the dude has a penchant for saying too much. Meanwhile, David MacFadden-Elliott talks to longtime Paul McCartney Band ... More >>
Deerhoof, with singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki at leftDeerhoof isn't the most obvious choice of an idol for a budding teenage rock star from Brooklyn. But it's pretty cool that bassist/singer Satomi Matsuzaki is the hero of the main character in Rules to Rock By, a new young adult novel by Josh F ... More >>
Jason TorsDeerhoofMark Growden at Art Parlor Friday [Mission Mission] Geographer's synth-heavy new songs [The Owl Mag]SF's "best emerging bands" [Deli SF] Upcoming Haiti benefit shows [SFist]SF bands recently at Daytrotter: The Mother Hips and Social Studies [Daytrotter] Sure to be sca ... More >>
Courtesy of Noise Pop The Closer: Les Savy Fav Get ready, San Francisco. That annual extravaganza of musical zanyness, alt./indie hiptitude, and overall sub-mainstream coolness known as Noise Pop is only three short weeks away! As always, attending a festival with so many performances in ... More >>
John Vanderslices recording studio celebrates 10 years.
Offend Maggie (Kill Rock Stars)
Deerhoof's lasting relationships
Cleveland rocks in the Curtains' West Coast warmth
The Runners Four
Electrelane proffers that come close/go away rock; punk paragons the Leaving Trains do the "all original members" thing
Brother Danielson plays quirky spirituals, and dresses as a tree; the Supersuckers blow through town with three nights of country-fried rawk
With the release of The Hoop, Crime in Choir is poised to become your new favorite scary instrumental band.
With the help of local music, Rock Ninja! attempts to inspire Haight Street's hippies to choose life
We asked two local musicians to sound off on the latest and greatest from their fellow practitioners.
If six avant-garde musicians get together in an art gallery, does it make a sound? You betcha.
Shonen Knife returns
You don't know what you're Mission
Reveille (5 Rue Christine/Kill Rock Stars)
Underground filmmakers find horror in everyday San Francisco
Uh, Actually, It's More Like an Art Collapse; Cartoons From Another Planet