From piano to xylophone, Bay Area-based house DJ Ron Reeser has dabbled in music since he was seven years old. As a teenager, he frequented clubs like DV8 and the Sound Factory, and was inspired to start his own musical career upon seeing the captivating power that kick-drums and melodic progression ... More >>
It took us almost 30 years to make it upstairs to Duran Duran bassist John Taylor's hotel room, fulfilling a dream that started as a tweenage fantasy. A few hours before last night's sold-out appearance at the Art Institute, Taylor indulged a former president of her junior high school Duran Duran Fa ... More >>
Live 105's BFD, with Jane's Addiction, Garbage, Cake, fun., Neon Trees, and more Saturday, June 2, 2012 Shoreline Amphitheater Better than: Listening to Live 105 for 12 consecutive hours. True to its name, Live 105's BFD was a big fucking deal yet again this year. We're talking more than three doz ... More >>
Future Bond singer?So, rumors continue to circulate that Adele will be responsible for the next James Bond theme -- hell, she practically admitted it on a British talk show a few days ago. We think this is fantastic news, because the last few have been either remarkably unmemorable (Chris Cornell ... More >>
Joseph SchellChris Keating of YeasayerYeasayer Smith Westerns May 26, 2011 @ The Fillmore Better Than: Every other afternoon set at the Pitchfork Music Festival Indie rock bands like Yeasayer are a dime a dozen on the modern touring circuit. Feel like augmenting the typical guitar, bass and ... More >>
Romana MachadoDuran Duran Duran DuranApril 16, 2011@ The FillmoreBetter than: A sacred why, a mystery gaping inside.A line outside the Fillmore that stretches up Geary Boulevard is no great marvel on a foggy Saturday night. One snaking a left turn up Steiner and across O'Farrell, one long double ... More >>
Geno ValleLike peanut butter and jelly, and chips and salsa, it's fun putting complimentary elements together. Blood and Sunshine are no exception. Combing their backgrounds of shoegaze and electronica, the duo of Joseph Macrino (vocals, guitar, Omnichord) and James Brennan (vocals, synth, machi ... More >>
Joe EskenaziChris "Jump Man" "WilsonIt takes a lot to get noticed in this city, be it leaping out from behind a bush to carrying a sign related to 12 galaxies. But if you do anything for an hour a day, five days a week, for a year -- pretty soon people will start watching you. And that's the case ... More >>
Chrissy LoaderDuran DuranTuesday, July 7, 2009The FillmoreBetter than: Watching Michael Jackson's memorial service on your laptop.Last night, the Fillmore felt like a giant bachelorette party that just happened to have some dudes at it. Women in their 30s and 40s were pressed in toward the stage in ... More >>
Give your ears — and your wallet— a summer treat.
Cut CopyThe FillmoreThursday, March 12, 2009Review by Melissa BaronBetter Than: Doing homework. Not as good as watching The Office.Hey Cut Copy, Duran Duran called and they want their catalog back. Some critics argue that music, much like fashion, comes in cycles. The same ideas, beats, and rhythms ... More >>
By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>
Crowded Fire's latest tries too hard to be funny and deep.
Wolves and tigers and otaku sex objects, oh my!
VHS or Beta are set on disintegrating the dance floor; Blue Merle equals Coldplay plus an electric mandolin
Tegan and Sara's delectable pop makes lazy headline writers look stupid
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.
A couple of former punks score a bull's-eye with Poison Arrows, their punk-inspired non-punk debut
Punk has crossed over from underground filth to mainstream fluff, and Vendetta Red suggests that its music is the bridge
Week of February 5, 2003
Our correspondent tries to keep from being trampled by the seniors who walk, very early in the morning, at Serramonte Center
A rap-war documentary, the old new wave, and Gypsy-fied French noir
Silke Tudor sings the praises of punk rock karaoke, swoons over the Faint, and revels in girlhood
The music of yesteryear isn't just a stack of records for country-rock's Mover -- it's a way of life
Morrissey Gets Colored Black on the Outside, Because Black Is How He Feels on the Inside
(Star) Bucking the Trend, Stephan Jenkins, More Paranoia at the Chronicle, and Re: Cover