As far as new local publications go, Radio Silence is an easy one to root for: It's a nonprofit magazine of "literature and rock 'n' roll" founded last year in Oakland. The project's first two issues are beautiful, hardbound paper objects that place the work of celebrated fiction writers like Tobias ... More >>
[Editor's note: This post has been published anonymously to protect the employment of the writer.] When Greil Marcus enters Amoeba Music, the record store where I cashier part-time, my impressions of the man based on his work conflict with the sight of him shopping for music alongside so many other ... More >>
Today, the Antichrist heads up a company that charters private jets. The standard rental features a plush, zebra-striped interior. He also operates a chain of bar-and-grill restaurants that specialize in garish décor and $9.95 caprese salads. In the mid-1980s, it was impossible to escape the apoc ... More >>
I've come to understand that if you geek out over particle acceleration or cryobiology or creating special powders from a pig's bladder for the purpose of re-growing fingertips, then you're spared from ridicule as your infatuation largely benefits the species. However, if your thing is War of ... More >>
The Shaggs in 1968.The opening torrent of notes in Ornette Coleman's "Kaleidoscope" reminds me of the ubiquitous television closet gag. You know, when some unsuspecting soul opens a closet door and is buried under an avalanche of junk (executed rather brilliantly in this episode of Elmo's World). ... More >>
Men or post-punks?Gang of Four, the band of British chaps whose brittle, awkwardly funky post-punk inspired a legion of imitators in the early aughts, somehow still exists. Its seventh studio album -- the first in 16 years, under the meta-appropriate name Content, is due out Jan. 25. Fittingly, t ... More >>
Eilen Jewellwith Sallie Ford and the Sound OutsideHotel Utah9 p.m., $8-$10When Bob Dylan released his controversial 1970 album, Self Portrait, writer Greil Marcus griped that he'd "buy an album of Dylan breathing heavily ... but not an album of Dylan breathing softly." Americana fans may have bee ... More >>
Believer Art Issue Launch Party @ Electric Works Jeff Chang makes you cry; so does Greil Marcus. But in the new Believer Art Issue, plenty of the other contributors make you laugh and smirk and grin and have other reactions as well. Peter Blegvad as interviewed by Franklin Bruno had us fist-pump ... More >>
Local pop culture critic Greil Marcus hits the Contemporary Jewish Museum on Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss the general idea of the identity of "American music." The author/columnist will be in conversation with Josh Kun, who co-curated the museum's current Jews on Vinyl , meaning you can check out s ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>
S.F. writer Rebecca Solnit crosses boundaries to capture
Just as jumbled, challenging, and frustrating as Lipstick Traces -- and nearly as brilliant
What Are Words For?
Joanna Newsom, Okay, Ted Leo (sort of), Comets on Fire, Still Flyin', Mates of State ... and the list goes on and on ...
A newly minted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame offers an occasion to look back on the career of Journey. That's right, Journey.
One Beat (Kill Rock Stars)
Metallica gets intimate
Letters from December 20, 2000
Greil Marcus struggles to link a president and a king
An open letter
Michael Goldberg's rock 'n' roll Web dream
Sleater-Kinney's Call the Doctor painfully dissects physical and emotional boundaries
From the book Lipstick Traces to his new The Dustbin of History, Eat Bay critic Greil Marcus has revealed the secret history of pop culture