Last week, the album To Be Kind by the band Swans debuted at No. 37 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. It's a dense album -- layered, sprawling, and grandiose. Some might call the music difficult, which makes its placement on the top album charts significant. But for those who have followed the b ... More >>
Fact: You're more likely to have a fun and fulfilling weekend if you plan it out ahead of time. Actually, that might not be a fact, but it certainly qualifies as common sense. So, to better assist you in scheduling your leisurely party time activities, we've assembled this handy list of everything t ... More >>
With BART workers ready to strike, along with pretty much the whole damn city of Oakland, today will either be the worst day of your life, or the best, depending on whether or not you are walking distance to the beach. But if you decide to crawl outside your dark bunker (a.k.a. studio apartment) a ... More >>
We wanted to like this. It's on 4AD for chrissakes. The same 4AD that gave us some of the greatest alternative music of the last century. Pixies! Throwing Muses! Cocteau Twins! Belly! The The! What's not to love? And the current roster ain't to be sniffed at either, what with the Mark Lanegan Band, ... More >>
You've heard The Park, even if you don't recognize the name. As the Bay Area's most in-demand rhythm section, the trio quartet of Derek Taylor (drums), Josh Lippi (bass), Ben Schwier (keys), and Nate Mercereau (guitar) has laid down backing grooves for new-generation rap chaps Freddie Gibbs and Big ... More >>
Calibree PhotographyBritney Spears at HP Pavilion on Saturday Britney Spears June 18, 2011 @ HP Pavilion Better than: Not crossing a two-man religious picket line on a Saturday night in order to (apparently) celebrate fornication, homosexuality, and general hell-raising. "God hates Britney ... More >>
Justin BieberNot sure if he's speaking from experience, but Broke Ass Stuart posted a list of the music you should never play when you've brought your date back home to make it. At the top of his list is The Dave Matthews Band followed by any music that blatantly has "sex" or "getting it on" in t ... More >>
Since the SF mayor's race is locked up tighter than the case against Ed Jew, it's time for a diversion. Snitch Joe Eskenazi dug up some web dirt on some of our city's would-be mayors, and as you can imagine the results prove hilarious. My favorite dude: the goat slaughterer. We gotta get an intervie ... More >>
The Golden Morning Breaks
"Jesus spoke out about tax collectors and politicians, and we're supposed to do the same."
The discipline and grace of the unreined horses are amazing, but it's still Disney-fied
Zagat's new "music guide" is absurd, but its "format" offers a "nice way" to review "lame albums."
When people learn that Pedro Ordenes, 55, has swum to or from Alcatraz 126 times, or that he crossed the Strait of Magellan in 39-degree water, they often joke about his sanity. That's before they hear about his idea to swim the Bering Strait.