Everyone and their mother got a bit excited yesterday when David Bowie released new material for the first time in 10 years, to coincide with his 66th birthday. Not only is "Where Are We Now?" very good indeed, but it's also accompanied by a freaky video, which reassures us that the old Bowie magic ... More >>
Apparently, someone behind the scenes at Game of Thrones has really bland taste in music. Now, in addition to Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody making a cameo in Season 2, Coldplay drummer Will Champion is going to be joining the HBO show for Season 3 -- playing a drummer. (How creative!) The ... More >>
There really isn't anybody else like Benoit & Sergio. Based out of Washington D.C. and Berlin, the duo has spent the past couple years supplying dancefloors with strange athems that combine '80s pop appeal with slick tech-house aesthetics, leading some publications to describe them as Ricardo Villal ... More >>
Oh, Wes Anderson, you beautiful, whimsical, detail-oriented genius, you. Today, Anderson's latest movie, Moonrise Kingdom, sees release nationwide -- so naturally we're already anticipating the gems he'll have pulled together for the soundtrack. Wes Anderson movies of course always, always, always h ... More >>
"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 >>
Juvenile, numbskulled, pointless, banal, outrageous -- M.I.A. flipping the bird at this year's Super Bowl halftime show might have been all or none of those things, depending on whom you ask, but it was one thing above all: A surefire plot to join the ranks of the middle-finger-flashing musical elit ... More >>
Earlier this year, before Iggy Pop was aware that he'd broken his foot during a Stooges show in Romania, he had a delightful, cuss-filled conversation with us from his home in the Cayman Islands. Afterward, when Pop found out that his foot was seriously busted, the band rescheduled its S.F. dates to ... More >>
Iggy and the StoogesMusic stories from SF Weekly's latest print edition: "Slightly Damaged": A Conversation with Iggy Pop: After two rings, a gravelly voice picks up the phone and mutters a chewy "hello." There's no publicist or handler -- this is Iggy Pop himself, taking press calls at wh ... More >>
Iggy Pop at a Stooges gig this summer. Via Facebook Turns out Iggy Pop is mortal: After breaking two bones in his foot during a Stooges' show in Romania, the shirtless madman canceled all four of the band's upcoming West Coast dates, including the shows planned for Sept. 12 and 13 at the Warf ... More >>
We use our newest gadgets to buy some of our lowest-tech gear. A colleague today raised this question: Is it ironic, or weird, or even funny, to buy vinyl -- analog music -- online? The issue was prompted by the news of Vinyl Dreams, a new online-only record store started by Michelangelo Bat ... More >>
As we all know, rock gods are a vital piece of the world's cultural fabric. Think of how much duller Earth would be if Iggy Pop hadn't developed a lust for life, David Lee Roth had never jumped, and Def Leppard had never prompted hysteria. The world needs more rock gods. But how do you become one ... More >>
John Birdsall A happy man once said, "The best burrito in the city is the one you are eating." He said it while cradling a ruptured super whose mass had burst through its tinfoil housing and was flowing, lavalike, down his forearms and plopping onto the sidewalk. We caught sight of let ... More >>
Recently a few colleges, including the Universities of Virginia and South Carolina, announced plans to offer an undergraduate course on the music, celebrity and all-around mindfuck of Lady Gaga. UVA's is called "GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity."We've all heard about legendary and hard-to ... More >>
Bare Wires, with Matthew Melton in the centerBear traps? Painful. Barbed Wire? Equally dangerous. But Oakland garage-rock trio Bare Wires is mostly harmless. No matter how much its members may have been influenced by The Stooges, the no-holds-barred confrontational demeanor of Iggy Pop was left ... More >>
The Midnight Creeps' Jenny HollywoodM.O.T.O.Midnight CreepsSharp ObjectsThe SpurtsElbo Room9 p.m., $6Camps that teach young women how to rock are certainly commendable, but it's a safe bet Jenny Hurricane learned the old-fashioned way: by simply watching Iggy Pop. The Midnight Creeps frontwoman p ... More >>
Chemlab @ DNA Lounge Apparently they're calling this multi-band package jaunt the "MIDI Ghetto Tour" -- a phrase that encapsulates the Chemlab ethos nicely. Chemlab has always been self-consciously cyberpunk, a gang of sci-fi rock 'n' roll poets and pill-popping console jockeys looking for their ... More >>
Electro-clasher and performing artist Peaches explains to The Creators Project what goes into being Peaches and putting on a good show. Hint: it involves time travel, tech revolutions and an Iggy Pop Hologram. SOLD!
1. Alice Cooper - "Welcome To My Nightmare"You can't have Halloween without Alice Cooper. From his decapitation-happy live shows to his self-mocking sense of humor, he's rock's king demon. (Sorry, Marilyn--we know how hard you try.) But was Cooper ever better than when accompanied by the Muppets? ... More >>
Noisettes Rickshaw Stop July 28, 2009 Better than: Any show I've seen in a long time. America hasn't yet fallen under the spell of London trio Noisettes, but it's gonna happen soon. They are well known in their homeland, and their latest single, "Never Forget You," leaps out of my speakers whe ... More >>
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
The body count of legendary recording studios that have gone silent is undeniable.
Some People Have Real Problems (Monkey Puzzle Records)
The Stooges succumb to The Weirdness
Band-name watch: Gettin' Grizzly
Age of Miracles
Once upon a time, S.F.'s Death Angel was poised to bring thrash metal to the mainstream. Then its bus crashed. Now the band is back to finish the job.
Somehow it found me: Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Body Workout. And work out I did.
The apocalyptic acid-rock attack of Comets on Fire
When the captain brought the journalist along on the whale hunt, the elders predicted trouble. The elders were right. The whale tried to kill them all.
Murder City Devils; Superstarlet AD; All-You-Can-Eat Fourth of July Barbecue
An eyewitness account
Iggy Pop wants to be your Naughty Little Doggie
Pulpit-pounding with the Reverend Horton Heat
Bad Livers outgrow their "thrash/bluegrass" label; the countrified timbre of Richard Buckner