Sunset and Public Works present Moodymann
Better than: Valentine's Day 2010, Moodymann's unfortunately aborted last appearance in San Francisco.
"It was 1981, we wasn't playing no house, we wasn't playing no techno. It was just music to us." Kenny Dixon Jr. (a.k.a. Moodymann) ... More >>
Shelby Ash Presents Big Ass Hillbilly Show No. 3 featuring the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, the Trespassers and the Harmed Brothers.
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012
Great American Music Hall
Better than: kissing your cousin without a condom.
The awfullest bad jokes ever, premium beer bellies, and epic m ... More >>
According to Greek mythology, the muses were the genius-sparking goddesses of song, poetry, and the sciences. Recently, the muse has more earthly origins; male recording artists often indicate that a particular woman was essential in stimulating the creative process. The Guardian's Germaine Greer de ... More >>
There's a glorious sense of mystery, a rightfully rarefied air, reserved for the masters of American soul. It's not just that the genre is called "soul," although that's got to be part of it. The greats of the music are held in special regard because playing soul well is something akin to magic, a l ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>
Christopher VictorioBuilt to Spill at the Fillmore last night
Built to Spill
Feb. 23, 2012
Better than: Headbanging and singing along with the guitar solos on Perfect From Now On by yourself in a car with shitty speakers.
At the intersection of "excruciatingly s ... More >>
In a segment from a season 1 episode of "The Cosby Show," the sitcom's namesake delightfully illustrates how pop music can function as a generational wedge. "I thought it had come down the hallway," Bill Cosby says in reference to the deafening music playing on daughter Sondra's ... More >>
Yuri BondIn honor of this cloudy, rainy Valentines day, S.F. rap duo The Jealous Guys are releasing The Love Mixtape, their first collection of tracks made available to the world. If the mixtape's title wasn't enough of a giveaway, they dedicate seventeen songs to the L-word, with no-nonsense, b ... More >>
Mister HeavenlyThe news today out of indieville is that Sub Pop has signed Mister Heavenly, a new group featuring Nick Diamonds from Islands, Honus Honus from Man Man, and Joe Plummer from Modest Mouse. (Can we pause for a second to ponder what a mischievous mindfuck this outfit will be? Have you ... More >>
So now you can download Beatles tracks one-at-a-time on the iTunes store for $1.29. But just because you can do something doesn't mean you should, and that's doubly true for the Beatles' music. While some parts of the band's catalog are entirely cherry-pickable, much of the Beatles' work -- especial ... More >>
Those of you who find it weird that so many people are so into pretending to play a very fake-looking, plastic guitar will soon have a video game of your (OK, our) own. Power Gig: Rise of the Six String, which comes out this October, uses a real musical instrument (yeah, with like, strings and stu ... More >>
Joe EskenaziJed's a millionaire!
Conversation in the line for a chi-chi Mission Bay taqueria was dampened the other day when, a few yards off, a city water department employee hooked what appeared to be an oversize cow bell to the fire hydrant. Before anyone could make a "more cowbell" joke, a to ... More >>
Dustin RabinThem Crooked VulturesNovember 19, 2009Fox Theater
Better Than: Listening to Robert Plant shy away from the high notes at Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show.
It's no accident that the supergroup has, in recent years, gone the way of New Coke, the McRib, and Lindsay Lohan's career. For ... More >>
In memory of Odetta, the beloved folk singer who died at age 77 of heart disease on Tuesday, our MP3 of the Day today is her version of a great song, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out." The track is available for streaming at Last.fm, alongside a good little selection of her repertoire (whi ... More >>