Ghost B.C. Thursday, April 25, 2013 Regency Ballroom Better than: Going to Church on Sunday morning. Ghost is a rock band from Sweden. The members dress up in funny costumes and worship Satan. Like, every song is about Satan. Their lead singer, named Papa Emertis II, dresses like a skeleton pope. ... More >>
Spilt Milk presents Matrixxman Saturday, March 23, 2013 Milk Bar Head to the Haight and walk down towards Stanyan. There, sandwiched between a Whole Foods and one of the city's diciest McDonalds, is Upper Haight's one and only real nightclub. Which is weird, if you think about it. After all, this i ... More >>
Icee Hot 3 Year Anniversary with Martyn and Jacques Green Public Works Saturday, Jan. 19, 2012 Better than: This horrible advice. "Miss Thing? There is no guest list tonight!" said the sample as we once again made our way onto the dancefloor at Public Works. Breaking through a temporary wormhole ... More >>
[Editor's note: The following post by Houston writer and ESL teacher Shea Serrano was named the best blog post of the year in the first-ever Voice Media Group music writing awards. Originally published by our sister blog at LA Weekly, It's a sidesplitting minute-by-minute account of an afternoon he ... More >>
Jack White Jack White likes the struggle. He's said so in interviews. He believes in hard work. The guiding force of each performance is the feeling that arises as the musicians collectively navigate the particular challenges of each moment on stage. Every show is guaranteed to be different. There a ... More >>
[Editor's note: Ahead of this weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas -- of which we'll be bringing you full coverage -- we thought it'd be a good idea to make sure everyone's up to speed on Electronic Dance Music 101. This post comes courtesy of our sister blog in L.A., West Coast Sound. Ke ... More >>
While previous diagnoses of the death of disco have come off as somewhat premature in the wake of countless rivals, it now seems we're a step closer to a definite end. Donna Summer, the vocalist known as the "queen of disco," has died of cancer at the age of 63. A five-time Grammy award winner, her ... More >>
Blow Up presents Felix Da Housecat DNA Lounge Friday, March 9, 2012 Better than: Macaulay Culkin's acting in Party Monster. In a city with a rapidly expanding nightlife scene, it's sometimes easy to forget that the future of the industry lies in those clubs and events that cater to a younger audie ... More >>
Martha TraerJaswho?Apparently, Bay Area-based multi-instrumentalist/producer/engineer/vocalist Jaswho? (pronounced Jase-hoo) has been crafting his club-friendly music for over a decade -- a style that is allegedly "at the forefront of the 'San Francisco Sound.'" I can't say I'm familiar with the ... More >>
Greg WilsonWe're happy that San Francisco is embracing the timeless sounds of disco more and more on a broader scale. Gone are the days of having to listen to your Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder records at home, dancing alone while your cat watched. The late-'70s is making the rounds again in o ... More >>
The RootsDavies Symphony HallBetter than: Sitting still for an orchestraLocal music history was made last night as the Roots performed the first-ever hip-hop concert at Davies Symphony Hall as part of SFJAZZ's Spring season. The Philadelphia-bred, Grammy Award-winning group plays in your living room ... More >>
If you dig the new millennium disco fogging up windows in clubs across the country, you'll feel love for the Juan MacLean track "The Simple Life." The song luckily has nothing to do with Paris and her former BFF Nicole. Rather, it's a bit of Star Wars meets Donna Summer, a gorgeous track that beams ... More >>
(Nipsey Hussle is nothing funny) The cast of the musical Gypsy set a precedent in entertainment in 1962 when it declared, "You Gotta Get a Gimmick!" That song referred to strippers, of course, but the old adage still seems to holds true, particularly in the rampantly pseudonymous worlds of rap, ... More >>
Where You Go I Go Too (Feedelity/Smalltown Supersound)
Crayons (Burgundy S)
I did a little Last Night review of New York's Heloise & The Savoir Faire's gig at Cafe du Nord a couple posts down ... but for those who missed it, here's the recap. Heloise sang with Phish years back, but don't hold that against her. The woman is a statuesque disco diva for the modern era. Her vo ... More >>
Britney Spears Blackout (Jive) Britney has lost her humanity in order to make her best album. Vanished, or rather vocoded and processed, her vocals are just another instrument for Blackout's cast of top-dollar producers, among them Timbaland protégé Danja, the same Nordic crew that supplied "Toxi ... More >>
When a Latin lover suddenly splits town, his ex-boyfriend goes postal
DJ Krush lays down the moody beats; "Remember" takes you all the way back to the '70s, for better or worse.
The return of hip hop legend Pete Rock, the pop sphere of "Vanguard," and a strip club with a new M.O.
A quarter-century ago, the Weirdos jump-started West Coast punk. Now they're back.
NorCal expats the Rapture and Out Hud return from NYC with a 20-year legacy in tow. Get ready to dance, punk.
Island boogie hits S.F.
Sean San José moves from raw nerve to whole person in this band-backed play about AIDS
Roxie benefit documentaries, electro-punk Bitches, and a Tribute to tribute bands
How disco changed the face of local dance music
Rokia Traoré; Dead Moon; Leatherface; Chico Cesar
Machine Soul: An Odyssey into Electronic Dance Music, Ohm: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music
Chet Helms and his Avalon Ballroom were the heart and soul of the Summer of Love. Thirty years of stupid business moves later, love is all that's left.