Killing Joke Friday, May 3, 2013 The Fillmore Better than: Seeing New Order, the Cure, or any other British post-punk contemporaries of Killing Joke still in operation. In terms of sheer breadth of influence, few bands from the post-punk era can approach the reach of Killing Joke. The brooding, a ... More >>
Our sea legs are still a little shaky from the news earlier this week that Coachella, the annual bare midriff convention of Indio, Calif., is going on a cruise. But then we thought the Bruise Cruise was totally weird. And actually, a cruise boat where Pulp plays and you get to go wine-tasting with J ... More >>
Live 105's BFD, with Jane's Addiction, Garbage, Cake, fun., Neon Trees, and more Saturday, June 2, 2012 Shoreline Amphitheater Better than: Listening to Live 105 for 12 consecutive hours. True to its name, Live 105's BFD was a big fucking deal yet again this year. We're talking more than three doz ... More >>
One of the more celebrated bands to emerge in the past few years as part of San Francisco's new psychedelic-rock underground, Sleepy Sun made waves globally in 2009 with the release of its acclaimed debut album, Embrace. Shifting easily from epic Zeppelin-esque riff workouts to soulful, gospel-tinge ... More >>
‚ÄčThis Sunday, Rihanna and Chris Brown are both going to be present at the always-prestigious Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. It's been just three years since they both were forced to drop out of the show last minute, due to Brown having beaten the crap out of Ri-Ri on their way over. We kno ... More >>
Snoop Dogg. Photographs courtesy of Julie Schugard for Spotify Open bars of oysters, sushi, wine and cheese, and lots booze. Sound too good to be true? How about adding surprise musical entertainment by the Killers, Jane's Addiction, Snoop Dogg, and Kaskade? Yep, it happened. Last night's p ... More >>
After hearing rumors all day, it appears this is finally actually confirmed: Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction, Kaskade, and the Killers are playing a "secret" show after today's Facebook conference, hosted by Napster founder Sean Parker, according to SFist. So after spending the day hearing abou ... More >>
The Coup's Boots Riley It's been almost a decade since 9/11 -- which means (among other things) that it's been 10 years since Boots Riley was seemingly everywhere, coolly responding to outrage over some extremely ill-timed album art depicting explosions at World Trade Center. It's also been f ... More >>
Jane's Addiction at Google I/O: Look familiar? So Apple may be developing a technology that automatically turns off an iPhone's video camera when it's shooting a concert. The idea, reporters have surmised, would be to protect copyright holders (artists and show promoters) by limiting the free ... More >>
There's a funny thing that happens to a lot of old rock stars. Maybe it's because they're surrounded by sycophants who never say no. Or because all that fan adoration goes to their heads. Or because too much critical acclaim can irreversibly inflate the ego. Whatever it is, quite frequently they jus ... More >>
Jane's Addiction, on ten million screens. Pretty much every concert is a forest of cellphone videography these days, but this one especially: Jane's Addiction, performing at Google's I/O developer conference last night. Check out the full official video of the band's 40-minute set below -- it ... More >>
Jane's AddictionGoogle's I/O developer conference is in town, which means all sorts of magical things are happening --¬†like brand-new cloud-locker music services appearing right out of thin air! Er, well -- a possibly more magical occurrence: A live performance from Jane's Addiction perfor ... More >>
(Complete scene here.)All-around entertainer Kanye West announced the other day that his forthcoming album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, would come bundled with five different album covers. The only one we've seen so far is a painting by New York-based art-weirdo George Condo that depicts a n ... More >>
Okay, deep breath. There are a string of community minded organizations in the following sentence, not to mention the repeated use of the proper names "Bay Area" and "Darfur." Here we go: The SF Bay Area Darfur Coalition is partnering with SF State, the Holocaust Center of Northern California, the J ... More >>
Triclops! Acid-damaged punk noise!
Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.
Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle breaks all the rules
Funeral for a Friend carries the torch for U.K. emo; Banyan explores the intersection of punk, rock, and free jazz.
What Perry Farrell's up to now that Lollapalooza's kaput, and two very different daytime dance options
For the year's 10 best records, go somewhere else. For the year's 10 best "Wonka Records," you've come to the right place.
Steffen Franz is quite the optimist. First he took the "slack" out of dancehall, now he's crusading to help heal the wounds of a country.
Zagat's new "music guide" is absurd, but its "format" offers a "nice way" to review "lame albums."
Is the Music the next big thing or just a bunch of very lucky guys?
Or five ways to make existing groups that much more super
After 13 years, Savage Republic returns to find its Middle Eastern post-punk world largely intact
Can Live 105 become a kool thing again?
Eerie soundtrack monsters, rancorous punk Feederz, and a fervent hurdy-gurdy man
Noise Pop Festival; Pound-SF club opening
Riffage.com riffs its last, so the Great American Music Hallís for sale. Again.
Two Ton Boa
(Kill Rock Stars)
"Second Wednesdays," Toog, Ethan James, Meg Lee Chin
Suncatcher and the mediocre beauty of Los Angeles