If you're browsing for easily dissectible summer jams, look elsewhere. Each of this week's selections is a veritable cherry bomb of textures and statements. Be prepared for songs to end in completely different places from where they began, and to be pulled along for the ride. Don't let this feeling ... More >>
Elvis Costello and the Imposters Sunday, April 15, 2012 The Warfield Better than: Sunday night cartoons. You should know that your reviewer was not, at first, a fan: "So he sings with that voice on purpose?" Pretty rich coming from an apologist for both Donald Fagen and Geddy Lee. But this was lon ... More >>
Les Claypool and the Frog Brigade‚ÄčThink back, grasshopper, project yourself back to the late '80s and the early '90s -- yes, a lifetime ago. Major labels and would-be majors signed tons of bands that could more or less bear the handle of "alternative rock." The discs by many of these bands can now ... More >>
Bob will now earn at least $10 an hour in San Francisco -- which may not be enough to buy a Bob the Builder toy!‚ÄčTen bucks ain't what it used to be -- but, in the immortal words of Geddy Lee, "10 bucks is 10 bucks." And those were Canadian dollars. Come Jan. 1, San Francisco's minimum wage will be ... More >>
Pepe's lawyered up...When Marc Verzani noticed that the $9.99 pound of cocktail shrimp he bought at Costco was a couple of ounces light, he didn't go back to the store and try to get some money back. "Why spend all that time going back to the store?" queries lawyer William Weinstein. Instead, Verzan ... More >>
ThereÕs No 666 in Outer Space (Ipecac Records)
Picking Zombi's brain
Jingle bells, the White Stripes smell, Ben Gibbard laid an egg
This year, blood-soaked extreme metal took its rightful place in the world of heavy music.
My Life Without Me strums lively chords in the face of death
Listening to Caesura is like swimming in the frigid Pacific, and we can prove it
Riffage.com riffs its last, so the Great American Music Hallís for sale. Again.
Have you heard? The Bay Area music scene is dead. Somebody killed it.