One of our favorite local guitar-pop bands, Dominant Legs, is on tour now with Eleanor Friedberger. Unfortunately, on Wednesday, while the band was in Portland, a large amount of musical instruments, computer equipment, and clothes -- including frontman Ryan Lynch's lucky '87 S.F. Giants sweatshirt ... More >>
It happened on Haight Street last night. The Violators (?) Haight Street between Fillmore and Steiner Oct. 24, 2011 Better than: A Frasier rerun. Last night I was sitting at home, finishing my dessert of fresh raspberries soaked in the blood of overzealous Phish fans, when I heard the sound ... More >>
Christopher VictorioEddie Vedder at the Paramount Theatre last night. Eddie Vedder Glen Hansard July 11, 2011 @ Paramount Theatre, Oakland Way better than: Eddie Vedder's all-ukulele record (Ukulele Songs, it's called). Nothing against the four-stringed instrument that resulted when Portugu ... More >>
The offending axe.Billie Joe, say it ain't so!Other than the Les Paul -- an iconic six-string now far more famous than its namesake -- signature model guitars are generally an exercise in cynical maneuvering and kitschy accessories, put out by instrument companies aiming to capitalize on the l ... More >>
Breaking shit since 1987This will remind you '90s-swiping teenyboppers of the high-as-fuck standards you have to live up to: A heretofore "rare" video of Nirvana playing the Cow Palace in Daly City (right next to S.F.) from 1991. Shot from the side of the stage, the clip shows the band screa ... More >>
Dirty Beaches: This could be you!Did you want to play at SXSW, but perhaps felt you weren't ready? Are you comfortable with stylish gloss instead of creative substance? Do you know how to work a drum machine?Well, good news kids: You don't need to work much at making music anymore -- at ... More >>
Tame Impala and the oscilloscope wriggles. Pics by Ian, more after the jump.Tame ImpalaSeventeen EvergreenDecember 13, 2010@ The IndependentBetter than: Conventional uses of an oscilloscope.Tame Impala will not make you feel like you can be in a band.If you are of modest musical experience and co ... More >>
Christopher VictorioGreen Day AFI Shoreline Amphitheatre September 4, 2010 (Far) better than: A skeptical old Green Day fan would expect. "HOME! HOME! I'M FUCKING HOME!" erupted Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Saturday, his first words after ... More >>
Bob DylanThe Dough Rollers @ The Fox Theater, Oakland August 24, 2010 Better than: Anyone had a right to expect. You never really know what you might get into with a Bob Dylan show. The "Poet Laureate of Rock 'n' Roll," as he was introduced at the Fox Theater last night, often ... More >>
Willie Nelson/Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real The Fillmore Review by Jonathan Kiefer January, 16, 2009 Better Than: The last eight years?It happened maybe three-quarters of the way through the evening, during that one loose-vamping instrumental interlude, when the red and the blue light ... More >>
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