So. Word on the street is that both Drake and Kanye West are filming cameos for the upcoming Anchorman 2 movie. We'd love to see both of them doing something self-deprecating and hilarious, but Kanye is involved, so we'll not hold our breath. Truthfully, the only thing better than musicians showing ... More >>
There is the fact of money. And there is the fantasy. In America, we're so steeped in our wish for wealth at all costs that we've made it a virtue to live want-by-want. We've coined a shorthand for it, too. We call it "the American dream." Every pillar of our public life in one way or another uphold ... More >>
Hey, look! Another exercise in presumptive list-making! This edition comes from your rock godfathers at Rolling Stone, who have just declared San Francisco's Great American Music Hall the No. 6 club in America.
Great American Music Hall, you will recall, is the stunning former bordello at 859 O'Far ... More >>
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is the music festival that just won't stop growing. We've posted pieces of the lineup as they've become public -- and thought we'd seen most of it -- but it turns out there have been even more artists added. This week, though, organizers promise that they've finally release ... More >>
The folks over at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass are such teases! They've been leaking the lineup for this year's free festival one song medley at a time since late July. And now, it looks like we've got the full lineup -- or at least most of it -- revealed. There are often late adds and sometimes change ... More >>
Elvis Costello and the Imposters
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Better than: Sunday night cartoons.
You should know that your reviewer was not, at first, a fan: "So he sings with that voice on purpose?" Pretty rich coming from an apologist for both Donald Fagen and Geddy Lee. But this was lon ... More >>
Nick Lowe at Great American Music Hall last night
Oct. 10, 2011
The Great American Music Hall
Better than: What Lou Reed has chosen to do with his later career, by far.
Although many original punk and new wave musicians delved into American and roots rock later in t ... More >>
Jim HerdDefinitely not last year's model...When Elvis Costello's in town, people can be forgiven for missing some peripheral details and focusing on the artist formerly known as Declan McManus. That being said, it was hard to miss Hardly Strictly Bluegrass impresario Warren Hellman's Semitic Serg ... More >>
San Francisco's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. You could pick any number of themes to select the acts you want to see -- old punk pioneers, roots music up-and-comers, etc.-- and follow one through all three day's lineups. You coul ... More >>
Buffalo SpringfieldLiveNation today announced the lineup for this year's Bridge School Benefit -- Neil Young's annual show for the school he helped found for his son -- and, well, wow: In addition to the regulars, the classic '60s outfit Buffalo Springfield is reuniting for the show, minus t ... More >>
Elvis CostelloElvis Costello and Nick Lowe fans, check this out: On October 1, the first night of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass' 10th anniversary festival, Costello and Lowe are playing a special benefit concert at Great American Music Hall in which they'll perform -- and, the promoters say, "bash" - ... More >>
Rarely has a great songwriter, a man who is an icon and a joy to behold, been very nearly outclassed by his backup singers. The only other example we know is the early work of Gram Parsons and his tiny white-hot sidekick, Emmylou Harris. Jakob Dylan's new record, Women and Country, draws inspirat ... More >>
Joseph SchellRay LaMontagneNob Hill Masonic Center Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009Better Than: Breaking up then making up.Ray LaMontagne's first few chords were barely audible behind the crowd's hooting and whistling, his figure obscured by shadows under a lone, blue spotlight. By the time he approached th ... More >>
Elvis Costello and Jim LauderdaleMonday, June 22, 2009Amoeba MusicBetter than: Concerts you have to pay for.Sure, it's finally feeling like summer in San Francisco today, but a good couple hundred people skipped work this morning for more reasons than just working on their tan. The line that stretch ... More >>
Elvis Costello is celebrating the release of his new record, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, by touring the greatest state in the nation--California--for one day. On Monday, June 22, he'll perform acoustic shows at two Amoeba locations. First he'll play and sign autographs at the Haight St. store a ... More >>