Of its many comforts, it was Local 123's dark chocolate sea salt cookie that first gave me the joy that catapulted me into a committed relationship with my now-favorite writing spot. The two-bite confection, pushing the size of a half-dollar, laid waste to nearly every other cookie in my working m ... More >>
For years the Rockit Room at 406 Clement has been the capital of live music in the Richmond District, hosting, among other things, lots of local rock and hip-hop, including such luminaries as Etta James, Third Eye Blind, John Lee Hooker, and, er, Train. Well, this week, the club is changing its name ... More >>
As one of the most recognizable figures in San Francisco's LGBT community, DJ/artist/fashion icon Juanita More makes her presence known wherever she goes, whether it's chatting up Jean Paul Gaultier at the De Young or hosting a Funky Chicken Dinner for charity. A DJ with an extensive arsenal of rare ... More >>
The news that Alan Rickman will be portraying Hilly Kristal in a new CBGB biopic half excited us, then half scared us yesterday. He'll be good, but Lordy, who is going to play Debbie Harry? And The Ramones? Those are big shoes to fill... So we comforted ourselves with this -- a list of our top 10 fa ... More >>
See also: * The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians: Honorable Mentions Here they are -- the 20 greatest San Francisco musicians ever: 20. Cameron Paul Lists of pioneering American DJs often mention the usual suspects in New York and Chicago, but go back to the '70s and '80s and you'll find ... More >>
See also: * The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians, Nos. 20-16 * The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians, Nos. 15-11 Throughout this week, we're counting down the greatest San Francisco musicians of all time. Having already honored the likes of Etta James, Mike Patton, and Michael Tilson ... More >>
Choosing the best S.F. musicians is kinda like forcing yourself to choose your favorite Bay Area bridge: Whatever you pick, there's always a good reason to go with another answer. San Francisco has a well-earned reputation as one of the world's rock 'n' roll meccas, but its contributions to music ha ... More >>
By JESSICA HILO Etta James, the incomparable force behind such hits as "At Last" and "Tell Mama," winner of six Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards, died Friday morning in Riverside, Calif. after a lengthy battle with leukemia and dementia. She was 73. James was an integral member of a cult ... More >>
Johnny Otis, the Vallejo-born musician who helped coalesce jazz, blues, and gospel into rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues, died Tuesday at his home in Altadena, California. He was 90. Best known for classics like "Hand Jive" -- an early rock 'n' roll hit -- and the sensual "Harlem Nocturne," Otis ... More >>
Stacy Lucier Chicago-born DJ Steve Fabus started his musical career in the early '70s, after being inspired by the soulful sounds of Etta James and Stevie Wonder. Moving to San Francisco in 1974, he found himself in the center of one of America's counter culture capitals, where disco, drugs, ... More >>
Derrick LowThe pretty much amazing jukebox at Hemlock TavernThe heyday of authentic jukeboxes is long over. With many bars installing those nasty touchscreen digital Internet boxes, the old school record-flipping kind of jukebox is a dying breed. And this is in the town that originated the concep ... More >>
The GrowlersShannon & the ClamsSpencey Dude and the DoodlesRickshaw Stop8 p.m., $10-$12If Shannon and the Clams covered Martha and the Vandellas' "Heatwave" -- and they might -- it would probably sound like the lead singer was extremely angry at the weather. Rad! Shannon Shaw sounds like a cr ... More >>
Wade GrubbsL-R: Jeff "Little Jewford" Shelby, Kinky Friedman, and Washington RatsoKinky FriedmanCarletta Sue Kay July 30, 2010, @Great American Music Hall Better than: Nobody. Friedman is a Jewish Renaissance dude: a singer-songwriter, writer of comedic crime novels, independent po ... More >>
Adele The Warfield January 29, 2009 Better than: Watching Amy Winehouse frolic a step away from death. British singer/songwriter Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (known simply as Adele) totes a voice that's dripping with old soul, yet she's only 20. When she took to the stage last night at the Warfield, ... More >>
Get ready to hear a lot more of "At Last" -- the song Etta James, among others, famously covered, and which Beyonce gave a spin more recently in her role as James in the film Cadillac Records. Beyonce will deliver her version to the world live tomorrow, as she serenades First Couple Barack and ... More >>
Cadillac Records can't handle the truth.
Drag queen, She-J, and nightlife entertainer
The gypsy heart of "Lamento"
Discover a Welsh version of the Beastie Boys, real-deal gospel-punk-rawk, and the new trio of a legendary ax-grinder
We're once again a great bastion of boogie for the S.F. Jazz Festival
Stencils are the new graffiti
Are you there, God?
Punk's past rears its pretty head
What to do, all summer long
George Brooks holds a summit meeting of American jazz and Indian classical music
Fillmore Slim has lived a life of picking, pimping, and prison -- now he just wants to play the blues
The Robert Cray Band at the S.F. Jazz Festival
Nina Storey, "Bond A Go-Go," Bloodroses, and "A Judy Garland Christmas"
Jimmy Luxury swaggers his way toward the inevitable fusion of swing and hip hop
The first SF Weekly Black Box Awards
The Chess Records 50th anniversary reissues and the death of the blues