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 >>
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012
Better than: Ratchetness at home.
At one point in the middle of his second consecutive sold-out show at The Warfield, the Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz turned his set into a sermon and preached the values of the lessons he was giving on his B.O.A.T.S. Tour (sh ... More >>
Considerations of more a more noble nature aside, it may be that this coming weekend, you'll simply be looking for a little culture in the wake of Halloween (or post-World Series) debauchery. Whatever the case, you'll find it at Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday, where the San Francisco Symphony will ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
No matter what you've read, the Black Keys are as generic as Kings of Leon. The super-successful Brothers was a good record, but didn't escape its own sameyness by the time you're waiting for it to be over. And their success only speaks to the market's sore vain need for a famous rock band right no ... 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 >>
Mumford and Sons: All aboard?In case you thought those dapper vests worn by the likeable Brits in Mumford and Sons were all just for anachronistic show, here's proving they aren't: Along with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show, the British folk-rock group is plannin ... 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 >>
Satriani: Not the first to shave his head after balding set in.Nowadays, with Guitar Hero turning everyday basement dwellers into rock gods, and electronica granting everyone with a laptop the ability to make impossible masterpieces, a skilled technician like Joe Satriani must feel left behind. ... More >>
Joseph SchellArash Ghanadan is suing S.F. for false arrest and imprisonment after officers stormed a late-night party in SOMA.Candidates vying for a San Francisco Board of Supervisors seat will face a brand-new challenge on the campaign trail this year: Placating local music fans and club owners ... More >>
T Bone Burnett The San Francisco International Film Festival will fill theaters with the sound of music over the next two weeks. Launched yesterday, the 53rd edition of SFIFF promises both music-related films and live events, including an opening-weekend conversation with T Bone Burnett on Satur ... More >>