A quick scan of the titles on Ke$ha's second album means it better be her pop masterpiece -- nothing looks as hilarious or striking as "D.I.N.O.S.A.U.R." or "Party at a Rich Dude's House." But even those of us who wanted to love her found that debut fucking annoying. I was finally converted by the f ... More >>
Though it hasn't quite reached the level of recognition achieved by histrionic Aussie blooze-rawkers Wolfmother, Perth's Tame Impala seems poised to deliver its lush, tuneful brand of psychedelia to a global audience. Led by guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kevin Parker, the band shared some common ... More >>
According to Greek mythology, the muses were the genius-sparking goddesses of song, poetry, and the sciences. Recently, the muse has more earthly origins; male recording artists often indicate that a particular woman was essential in stimulating the creative process. The Guardian's Germaine Greer de ... More >>
You may have heard this week that Paul McCartney's son, James, wants to get together with the children of John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr and be a Beatles: Next Generation band. Truthfully, that might be one of the saddest and most desperate concepts for a musical project we've ever he ... More >>
Later this month, an amplifier used by George Harrison when he was recording Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with the rest of The Beatles is going under the hammer in London. And it's expected to sell for somewhere between $80,000 and $110,000. We wouldn't be that surprised i ... More >>
Wilco is a band that makes me hate indie rock fans. Not just because Jeff Tweedy wrote songs just fine before producer/sonic mastermind Jim O'Rourke came along, but because the fickle little bitches ran scurrying immediately after the band started guitar soloing -- sorry, "dad-rocking" -- ag ... More >>
Listen to this while high: Spindrift's Classic Soundtracks, Vol. 1 Behind the buzz: Experimental rockers from Delaware, Spindrift drifted west back in the '90s to embrace the reigning space-cowboy psychedelic aesthetic. Going a bit overboard, as new-minted Californians will, they took ... More >>
This week's joint: Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector 1961-1966 Behind the buzz: News from the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is usually weird enough sans dope, but the fact that the Hall took until last Wednesday to admit Darlene Love is downright surreal. A finalist since 2009, Lov ... More >>
Hear this while high: Pink Floyd's Meddle. Why?: Pink Floyd is the canonical druggie rock band, and most beginning stoners need a little basic out-of-body orientation. That Floyd's early music is the platinum kush standard for progressive rock is doubted only by those farther along on this THC-s ... More >>
Cedric AngelesVieux Farka TouréThe nonprofit SFJAZZ announced its lineup today for the 28th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, which runs from September 14 to November 20. Tickets go on sale Sunday, July 11, and prices vary for each concert. Highlights include:Taj Mahal, Toumani Diabaté and Vi ... More >>
Helena PriceGuitarists Joe Spargur and Koley O'Brien of the new indie-pop quintet A B & The Sea moved out to San Francisco from Winneconne, Wisconsin at the end of 2008. They came at the suggestion of the Morning Benders to take a serious stab at the music business. It seems to be paying off. ... More >>
Ravi and Anoushka Shankar at Davies Symphony HallSince taking up the sitar in the late 1930s, Indian musician Ravi Shankar has released more than 40 albums, composed for film director Satyajit Ray, collaborated with Ali Akbar Khan and Philip Glass, and taught George Harrison everything he knew a ... More >>
Anoushka Shankar displays her father's innovative spirit
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If it's kinda, sorta music-related, we'll review it. This Week: The Dick Cavett Show -- Rock Icons DVD.
Python's Brian returns, bearing cinematic salvation
Ray Harryhausen shares his Animated Life, Raquel Bitton shares Edith Piaf, and Masters of Percussion share, well, percussion
Superchunk has a score to settle
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All things must pass.
York Blvd. (Vapor)
Zakir Hussain is one of the country's finest tabla musicians, but can Indian percussion music play in Peoria? It just did.
Figure 8 (DreamWorks)
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