If you like your cocktails strong and named for quirky San Franciscans, Virgil's Sea Room is the place for you. It even has that New Bar Smell. Replacing the former Nap's III, and adjacent to El Rio, it's a place where you can drink a Warren Hellman, a Vicki Marlane or a Frank Chu. (The Warren Hell ... More >>
Punk rock enthusiasts may mourn the loss of Force of Habit, the record shop that inhabited the space that is now wine bar 20 Spot, but the winos in town can rejoice. The wine bar, from owners Bodhi Freedom (owner of Bacchus) and chef Anthony Paone, opened in March, and boasts a list of North America ... More >>
December's here, and that means things really ought to be winding down in expectation of the approaching holidays. But that doesn't seem to be what's happening. Maybe it's the threat of the approaching Mayan apocalypse, but San Francisco's promoters only seem to be ramping up. Let's go to Corinthian ... More >>
It's no longer a Rumour: Fleetwood Mac, '70s pop juggernaut, cocaine-abuse-story generator, and creator of the amazing Tusk, is reforming for a tour next year -- and the band is stopping in what was once the home turf of lead members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham: the South Bay.
Last week in Charlotte, Bill Clinton stepped to a podium in front of his party's delegation and delivered a speech. Maybe you saw it? What I remember are words -- lots of words. Some of them wrapped around statistics, others glaring back at me like bumper stickers on chrome. Clinton's words flowed f ... More >>
There's a surprise awaiting anyone checking out the Friday night lineup at Outside Lands. Yes, Beck performs before normal people eat dinner, but arguably that stage's Beck-Foo Fighters-Neil Young progression is logical. And yes, Justice will close the night elsewhere, but everyone knows they'll mak ... More >>
See also: * The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 15-11 * The Top 15 Most Cocaine-Influenced Albums of All Time, Nos. 10-6 Here we are, at the end of the blizzard: the final installment of our list of the most coked-out records ever made. Less an endorsement than an assessme ... More >>
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve is still an option for the night of Dec. 31, since the man himself has lived to rock another year. But if the glow of the television screen isn't gonna provide enough sonic warmth this year, there are thankfully plenty of options to hear and see music performed li ... More >>
Girls: There is something timeless and vital in the two full-length records that San Francisco's Girls have released in the last three years. In an era of indie music dominated by irony (see the nostalgic nonchalance of chillwave) and willful obscurity (see Radiohead's latest album, King of Limbs), ... More >>
Warner RepriseEarlier this year, Menlo-Atherton High School graduate and former San Jose State University student Stevie Nicks released In Your Dreams, her first album in a decade -- timed with the 30th anniversary of her solo debut, Bella Donna. Today, she announced a trio of shows back in t ... More >>
Pittsburg rapper The Jacka has a new album on the way next year called Murder Weapon. Today, he released the first track from the forthcoming project, simply called "Untitled." But there's a (marketing) catch: He wants fans to name the song.
Listen to this while high: "Holiday Road" by The Walkmen. Posted first as a video at the Onion's A.V. Club. Listen to it (and download it) here. Behind the buzz: There's no need for recourse to the dread iconography of Fleetwood Mac to account for the nervous new wave charm of the Lindsey Buckin ... More >>
Christopher VictorioTom Petty and the Heartbreakers Joe Cocker @Oracle Arena June 5, 2010 Better than: Pill-based forms of anxiety relief Uptight white people, the remedy you require is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. As it went down Saturday, the anxiety cure-all constituted three parts unaba ... More >>
Mates of State @ Cafe du Nord The ingredients of Mates of State are so simple and few -- drums, organ, two voices, the infectious glow of marital bliss -- that you'd think the band would be treading water after five albums. Quite the opposite: The ever-harmonizing pop duo of Kori Gardner and Jas ... More >>
Fruit forward: Lynch's upcoming CD.It promises to be a multi-dimensional Boomer blowout when a founding member of Berkeley's Delicious Revolution goes all blues rocker. On Wednesday, October 7, at the Great American Music Hall, wine import maverick and a hobbyist musician/tunesmith Kermit Lyn ... More >>
Too Soon for Flowers (Antenna Farm)
Fleetwood MacOracle Arena, OaklandPhotos by Christopher Victorio - Click here for a full slideshowBetter than: Watching American Idol's downright infuriating finale with clenched fists.Delving into the convoluted history of Fleetwood Mac is tantamount to stepping in a cow pile for the casual fan (an ... More >>
What are your thoughts on Christopher Cross? Hall & Oates? Men with beards so tickly that kissing them makes you giggle? If you answered with a blush to any of these mentions, get thyself to the Attic on a Tuesday night, where you'll be swimming in soft rock with the Sailing DJs. Much like their u ... More >>
At this tiny spot, tasty skewered treats are served with a vintage soundtrack.
The body count of legendary recording studios that have gone silent is undeniable.
The Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound paints a bright apocalypse
All This Time (Fat Possum)
The Trials of Van Occupanther
In the Reins
Like killer bees and cheap labor, this year's music and fashion trends are charging up from the South (by Southwest)
A wrong turn in the Marina sends Bouncer to a bar in Sausalito, where a lesson about love awaits
Last Year's Junk
With a handful of artists, "classic rock" is not
Camper Van Beethoven's long-lost version of Fleetwood Mac's Tusk album resurfaces -- and inspires a reunion
Innocence & Despair (Bar/None)
Stinky's Peep Show Four-Year Anniversary; The Gossip; "Live From the 215"
Excuses for Travellers (4AD)
Vue's The Death of a Girl