Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz (aka Tauheed Epps, 35) is no one's sidekick. He sold out his first night as a solo artist at The Warfield on Dec. 15 (tickets are still available for the Dec. 16 show) and has a Gold-certified single ("No Lie" featuring Drake) and a Grammy nomination (Best Rap Album for Based ... More >>
March 28, 2012
Better than: The last decade of would-be graduation songs.
It could have been one of those shows in which a sold-out crowd merely waits to hear that one song -- in this case, "We Are Young," the Super Bowl ad-boosted insta-anthem that has Fun. atop Billboard's H ... More >>
You know who you are. You're that guy who starts bellowing in the middle of the bar while your friends pretend not to be with you. You're that girl who gets over-excited in the middle of Urban Outfitters and starts singing along to the song playing just loudly enough that everyone has to hear you ... More >>
Going away parties mean a lot of things: a fresh start, sad goodbyes, and reflecting on all the wacky stuff that's happened in the place you're leaving. Cabaret performer Carly Ozard is having a going away party this week (she's moving to New York), but it won't be a downer -- rather, it will have j ... More >>
If I may make two predictions about Clear Heart Full Eyes, the solo debut from combustible, fan-friendly Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, they are that:
1. It's not going to save rock 'n' roll.
2. It's not going to be a meta-narrative about how it doesn't save rock and roll.
If the last Hold Stea ... More >>
A San Francisco-based teacher is one of 24 semi-finalists for the Queen Extravaganza, a contest to assemble a nationally-touring Queen tribute band produced and mentored by the legendary group's own drummer/songwriter/singer Roger Taylor.
Adam Yas teaches music and entrepreneurship at Life Learning ... More >>
Peter Hook at the Music Box in L.A. on Sept. 14. Photo by Timothy Morris.
Looks like Joy Division and New Order fans now have something of a dilemma on their hands.
The story goes all the way back to the beginning, really -- band members Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner have always had some iss ... More >>
New Year's Day is all about fresh starts and optimism, but don't make the mistake of believing you can say goodbye to a whole year with one night of drinking. Our extensive studies have shown that a full 24-hour period of carefully paced cocktails is required for that. With that in mind, here ... More >>
Zack F./YelpAdam Keough's New Year's Day BBQ Brunch
Where: Absinthe, 398 Hayes (at Gough)
When: Sat., Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: A la carte pricing, as noted
Why it's likely to be special: Mina protégé Keough is a Boston boy, so his taking up of the American idiom (including Boston ba ... More >>
Joseph SchellBlitzen Trapper and The MoondoggiesThe FillmoreJune 30, 2010Better than: hanging out on some train tracks, drinking whiskey, occasionally shooting a lover or two ...Blitzen Trapper frontman Eric Earley belongs on center stage -- that much was clear last night when the Portland-based ... More >>
Taylor FriedmanRobert Schwartzman, RooneyRooneyThe Young VeinsBlack GoldJune 22, 2010@Slim'sBetter than: Random! punctuationFor the price of seeing Rooney and two opening acts, the audience at Slim's was also treated to half a Panic! at the Disco concert. Black Gold's Eric Ronick and Than Luu wer ... More >>
Like many of San Francisco's best acts, Maus Haus is tough to pin down stylistically. The group's idiosyncratic lyrics are matched with orchestral electronic arrangements reminiscent of Krautrock, Bollywood soundtracks, and Brian Eno's best work. The group's upcoming release, Sea-Sides, like its ... More >>
Oh man do I love Utrillo Kushner's piano jams. Comets on Fire's drummer takes a breather from pounding out the thunder with his ivories-tickling side project, Colossal Yes. The band released an excellent debut, Acapulco Roughs, in 2006, an album that cut the difference between the Band and Row ... More >>