Rejoice, puppet freaks (and pretty much everyone over the age of 30, whose childhood memories are inevitably intertwined with The Muppet Show), for this Friday, the new Muppet movie comes out! Muppets Most Wanted has Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais, so it's bound to be good, but the Muppets have a long a ... More >>
From piano to xylophone, Bay Area-based house DJ Ron Reeser has dabbled in music since he was seven years old. As a teenager, he frequented clubs like DV8 and the Sound Factory, and was inspired to start his own musical career upon seeing the captivating power that kick-drums and melodic progression ... More >>
Swedish House Mafia remade rave music in rock's image — and got America listening.
It's a well-known fact that the worst time of year for music is Christmas. Christmas songs, by and large, stink to high heaven. They reek of sleigh bells and Santa references and tree dressing and mistletoe. They are overly sentimental and frequently border on sickly. Occasionally, however, there co ... More >>
In his 15-year career, Los Angeles-based DJ and producer Dave Audé has made 80 No. 1 Billboard dance hits, including remixes of pop stars such as Madonna and Rihanna, as well as bands like Korn. Nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for his remix of Dean Coleman's "I Want You," Audé's extensive resume al ... More >>
Calle 13 Bang Data Saturday, May 12, 2012 Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: Watching Pitbull, another short, bald dude with Caribbean roots, try to rap. Puerto Rico natives, Calle 13 (pronounced Kah-yeh-trehs-seh), are most recognized for their 2005 dance anthem "Atrevete-te-te." The song enti ... More >>
Each week, we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with food TV. This week, Cupcake Wars, an hour-long show about one thing, over and over, until death comes, Sundays at 8 p.m. on the Food Network. Cupcake Wars has been on the air just two years, but they're already finishing up their fif ... More >>
Ani DiFranco on Rush Limbaugh, Protest Songs, and Being a Mom
If you thought Ani DiFranco has mellowed out and gone away just because she got all jazzy, became a mom, and won a Grammy for Best Recording Package, then you haven't heard ¿Which Side Are You On?, her best and most politically-charged album in many a year. In conversation she's no less artfully ... More >>
So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>
A-Trak is one of the world's most effective musical tastemakers. These days, the Montreal-born DJ and producer is part of the braintrust behind the Fool's Gold label, which has a proven record of picking up artists like Danny Brown, The Cool Kids, and Kid Sister long before larger labels show intere ... More >>
2011 was the year Beyonce got knocked up, Lady Gaga arrived at the Grammys in an egg, and a soul singer from London took over the world. Tomorrow we'll be bitching about the worst pop moments of the year, but today, here are our favorite pop hits from 2011. 5. "Till The World Ends," Britney Spears ... More >>
TrainFrom SF Weekly's latest print edition: Derail the Train: You know the song. You'd recognize it from the gently rolling piano chords that start it off, or the opening lyric -- "Now that she's back in the atmosphere/ With drops of Jupiter in her hair," sung in Pat Monahan's signature nasa ... More >>
Beloved English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died in her London home on Saturday at the age of 27. Police have not yet determined the cause of death, but several outlets have reported that there were no signs of foul play. Winehouse enjoyed a brutally short legacy akin to that of several ... More >>
Good evening, Mr. BondBritish composer John Barry has died at age 77 of a heart attack, leaving behind three ex-wives and a widow, four Grammys, a few Oscars, an Order of the British Empire, and -- most importantly -- a wealth of lush, evocative film scores. You'd surely recognize his work from t ... 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 >>
Metallica December 12, 2009 HP Pavilion At San Jose Better than: Getting drunk with your boss at the office holiday party. Still alive and kicking out the jams more than a quarter of a century after making Kill 'Em All, Metallica doesn't really have anything left to prove. The band members are ... More >>
New Year's Eve options abound for both champagne and beer budgets.
Todays R&B is pure garbage.
Unpoppable, The Dead Hensons, Borts Minorts Bottom of the Hill, May 10, 2008 Notes and Photos by Mike and Jenny Cash Made up of a guitarist, a drummer, and a balloon bassist, Unpopable's self described elastic blues is much like the art of balloon sculpture. It's colorful and delightfully twisted. ... More >>
(Every week, we take a look at what's burning up the CD-Rs around the country by listening to and writing about the Top 10 Illegal Downloads of the week, as charted by Big Champagne.com. This week, alt rock gets stomped in the yard.) 1) Flo Rida ft. T Pain - "Low" This song plays absolutely every ... More >>
This just in! R. Kelly just chose his new pisspal, er, I mean tour opener -- Ne-Yo! I just don't get it though. So you can pee in a toilet and it's okay, but if you pee on a person, it's like, not okay? PR drops knowledge: In the afterglow of last Thursday's announcement of the nominees for this ye ... More >>
So November brings yet another asinine extreme sports event to follow up on the X-Games. Just what AT&T needed, more bros doing backflips on motorcycles while their moto-hos listen to ... Mos Def and Talib Kweli?! Jesus. Those conscious brothers are going to get lynched. "Play some Limp Bizkit!" F ... More >>
It was LL Cool J in the Eighties and Tupac Shakur in the Nineties. Now, ladies and gentleman, I submit the reigning king of hip-hop pin-upship for the Naughties: T.I. This is simply not up for debate, if Oakland has anything to say about it.
The high and lowlights of 2006 performances
Vintage winners immortalized
Outsider artists scream "Death to Electric Guitars!"; neo-burlesque's best step into Broad Daylight.
Politics of the Business
Trumpeter Nicholas Payton gives Louis Armstrong a vivacious overhaul
Saxophonist Joe Lovano's tribute to 52nd Street swing and bop.
Reality Check; "Tribute to William Shatner"; Urban Iditarod; Thor
Stinky's Peep Show Four-Year Anniversary; The Gossip; "Live From the 215"