Monte "M-Dog" Talbert-- the "Teach Me How To Dougie" guy-- was recently gunned down in a drive-by in South Central L.A.. The "Teach Me How To Dougie" guy! Shot and killed! That's crazy. How many famous musicians have we lost to unusual deaths? A lot. Biggie and Tupac. John Lennon. Dimebag Darrell. A ... More >>
Revolver Maybe America isn't ready for Revolver. Or maybe Revolver isn't ready for America -- after all, its Myspace page is still partially in French. This Paris trio sounds like what would happen if Franz Ferdinand was on Saddle Creek Records, replacing bass guitar with cello to create a d ... More >>
Mmm... Garamond Pro. On Wednesday Kill Rock Stars and Domino announced the early November release of An Introduction to... Elliott Smith. It's been almost seven years since Smith stabbed himself in the chest, since which time his grave has hardly been quiet, what with a posthumous album, and a co ... More >>
Shoka ShafieeOdessa ChenOdessa Chen decided four years ago that she was done with romance -- at least until her next CD. For her current project, Archives of the Natural World, the singer-songwriter cast aside songs for an ex named Jeff (not to be confused with Mr. Jeff Buckley, to whom she's oft ... More >>
A silver lining forced its way through a storm of tragedy -- including the death of one band member's parent -- when S.F. female post-punk trio Grass Widow signed to Kill Rock Stars this past winter. (Kill Rock Stars is a premier west coast indie label that's also home to The Decemberists ... More >>
Judgement DayWe love our music festivals here in the Bay Area, but most seem occur in the spring, summer, or fall, when the weather's nice--or at least decent--and there's plenty of other stuff going on. Well, for 2010, the good folks over at SF IndieFest (known heretofore for indie film) have pu ... More >>
Well, lots of things, actually
Renaissance is black and white and a little dead all over
Meric Long and Logan Kroeber break the singer/songwriter barrier
The Sound the Hare Heard
Bruce Brugmann, Frank Chu, Super Balls, U2, and folk-playing surfers
The Fast Rise and Fall of the South
A grown-up indie-pop band emerges with a stunning sophomore album
Mixing traditions for a Crazy tale
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.
Friday Night Lights (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Singer-songwriter Sam Beam is the last person you'd expect to be pulling rock star duty
A downward spiral hits its nadir
A handful of sleepers to wake up the neighbors
A galaxy-spanning journey through space and sound!
Former Thrasher photographer Nik Freitas trades his skateboard for a keyboard -- and the glories of '70s pop
The Amos House Collection, Volume II (Wishing Tree)
Mark Lanegan's downbeat folk-rock speaks volumes -- without resorting to a whole lot of noise
Chris Lee torches soul and classic pop.
For Stars ditch the lo-fi ghetto for a big rock opus. But will their fans follow?
Quiet Is the New Loud (Astralwerks)
Damien Jurado's life is nothing like the bleak, miserable landscape he depicts
Your choices of the top local bands
Figure 8 (DreamWorks)
A Night of Serious Drinking rewrites the rules of the old-fashioned rock combo
Mary Lou Lord comes out of the subway and into a theater near you
What mattered and what splattered in pop, 1997