Walking into Barrel Head Brewhouse on a weekday afternoon is like walking into a circus arena -- it's slightly chaotic and you don't quite know what to look at first. The enormous torpedo tap behind the bar? (More on that soon.) The mammoth, live-edged community table running along the front window? ... 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 >>
A proceeding held before the Ethics Commission today addressed the format of the forthcoming rigmarole to determine the fate of Sheriff-In-Limbo Ross Mirkarimi. If you were a fan of lengthy, procedural discussions broken by lengthy, embittered public comment -- and sealed by setting dates into the s ... More >>
In 2001's Wet Hot American Summer -- a raucous send-up of 1980s summer-camp movies -- the counselors vow to meet up 10 years later in 1991, when they'll all be in their late 20s, to see how they've fared. And just over a decade since the film's release, many of its main players reunited on stage at ... More >>
I've been everywhere with the San Francisco band Girls: Love 'em, hate 'em, find them overhyped, find the detractors overly cynical. I think they like it that way. Girls' hugely-acclaimed 2009 Album blew me away for a week. Then I found myself having trouble rekindling that need to hear it a ... More >>
Lotsa people, lotsa attitude.You've got to love New Yorkers for their blatant honesty. Speaking to Jared Tankel, baritone saxophone player in 10-piece Staten Island global-funk group The Budos Band, he makes it clear to aspiring rappers that his instrumental band is not interested in collaboratin ... More >>
Hark, ye of little attention span: Sacramento spazz-rockers Tera Melos are bringing their refined mayhem to town tonight, their last stop before they embark upon a tour of Japan and South Korea with Mike Watt and the Missing Men. They're supporting their new album, Patagonian Rats, out a month a ... More >>
The gold is on City Hall's dome -- and the lead is apparently on Ord StreetAnyone who sees a red door and feels a compulsion to paint it black should heed the fate of South San Francisco's Fine Custom Painting, Inc. The painting contractor was this week fined $10,000 by the Environmental Protection ... More >>
The Unborn raids the modern horror memory bank, from The Exorcist to Auschwitz.
Shadowrun is fresh and exciting -- and on its way to being obsolete.
Bully takes you back to the battlefield of high school.
Tenacious D gets the band back together, and ... and ... and?
Mastodon destroys cookie-cutting rock
Slow-paced Valkyrie Profile offers dull apocalypse.
A trio of twenty-something San Franciscans have invented SFZero, a game that bleeds far into reality
Infiltrator gets booked on a Christian talk show
The sights, sounds, and sensory overload of last weekend's first annual Mind Zap
Advances in ultrarealistic simulation let soldiers experience the war in Iraq -- before they go
This town has one of the most thriving metal scenes in the world. Local faves Ludicra offer tips on how to cash in on that action.
EPs are usually ignored by reviewers. Here are a few recent releases worth taking note of.
For the year's 10 best records, go somewhere else. For the year's 10 best "Wonka Records," you've come to the right place.
A Québécoise becomes a choreographer
Tomahawk is perhaps the first great prog rock-punk band
Tracking down the mysteries behind Ral Partha Vogelbacher's cinematic break-up album
Sci-fi filk singers, a still-flying Byrd, and the infectious Dengue Fever
The Golden Dove (Matador)
French Troublemakers, nihilistic novelists, and melancholic-altbluegrass purveyors
Rock Out S.F.; Bart Davenport; Santa Cruz Lo-Fi Indie Music Festival
Sandman author Neil Gaiman finds magic in the damnedest place