"Cocaine," as Rick James famously said, "is a helluva drug." Yup: The white powder's effects have left an influence that's both sublime and downright hideous on decades of pop music. So what happens when you give already-famous musicians a quick burst of energy, ego, paranoia, and euphoria? Most of ... More >>
Anyone hoping for a live performance of August and Everything After at Counting Crows' intimate Slim's show on Friday -- or even a tour through some of the band's biggest, best songs -- was in for a pretty big disappointment.
Granted, the show wasn't billed as one of those concerts where an older b ... More >>
This week's joint: J Mascis' Several Shades Of Why Behind the Buzz: To Dinosaur Jr. fans, the idea of a J Mascis acoustic album fails to spring unbidden into the mind's ear. On blunderbuss masterpieces like 1987's You're Living All Over Me, mainman Mascis founded a durably influential heavy ... More >>
Rarely has a great songwriter, a man who is an icon and a joy to behold, been very nearly outclassed by his backup singers. The only other example we know is the early work of Gram Parsons and his tiny white-hot sidekick, Emmylou Harris. Jakob Dylan's new record, Women and Country, draws inspirat ... More >>
Neither rain, nor...rain, could keep the lads from coming out in droves this weekend. Underground SF's party CockFight was jam-packed with cute boys, several of which obligingly took their shirts off. Check out shots of the mayhem here. Calibree Photography Meanwhile, at Tiara Sensation at the St ... More >>
Better Than: Ninety percent of all other tribute shows.
Eric Shea and Molly Tuttle are all-stars of the local country music scene -- their taste is infallible, they smile a lot, and they love love love Gram Parsons. Their eighth annual Sleepless Nights tribute concert was proof of all of the above ... More >>