By RYAN RITCHIE Jehovah's Witnesses are totally onto something with that whole "no celebrating" thing. I mean, Capitalismmas sucks, Thanksgiving is nothing more than an exercise in gluttony, and Easter is a joke because there's no Jesus and even if there was, he sure as hell didn't rise from the dea ... More >>
Damn fucking straight. Weeks after Rolling Stone embarked on the mother of all music clickbait projects with a five-part series about the best venues in the U.S. -- and named S.F.'s Great American Music Hall the No. 6 club in the country -- our fair City by the Bay has been handed another honor. In ... More >>
See also: * The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians: Honorable Mentions Here they are -- the 20 greatest San Francisco musicians ever: 20. Cameron Paul Lists of pioneering American DJs often mention the usual suspects in New York and Chicago, but go back to the '70s and '80s and you'll find ... More >>
See also: * The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians, Nos. 20-16 * The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians, Nos. 15-11 Throughout this week, we're counting down the greatest San Francisco musicians of all time. Having already honored the likes of Etta James, Mike Patton, and Michael Tilson ... More >>
The website Livability today compiled a list of the top 10 cities with the best music scenes that aren't New York, L.A., or Nashville. The results were in some ways predictable (Minneapolis, Athens, Ga., and Portland all made it), and in some ways spectacularly weird: Omitted from the list for no ap ... More >>
"Historically, artists painted the court and the aristocracy. I'm the court painter of hip-hop -- the artists are that important." So says Justin BUA, the hip-hop generation artist who celebrates the release of his new book The Legends Of Hip-Hop with a signing session at Booksmith this Friday start ... More >>
Nathan Gallagher This Saturday, Robyn Hitchcock plays a solo acoustic set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. (Look for him at 12:25 p.m. on the Rooster Stage.) Since 1976, Hitchcock has been writing and performing top-flight psychedelic pop, first with the Soft Boys and then as a solo artist of ... More >>
Grace SlickWill someone please give Grace Slick a light? And for today's Most Typically San Francisco news item, we bring you this: No, it's not a new ban on kittens. Rather, Grace Slick, singer of the famous '60s S.F. psych-rock band Jefferson Airplane, is selling new artwork tomorrow night ... More >>
Bill GrahamLegendary local concert promoter Bill Graham's sons are suing the man left in charge of his estate for allegedly selling valuable music memorabilia without informing them, the Chron reports.The suit concerns 100 sets of posters advertising shows by the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, ... More >>
Four new Jefferson Airplane live albums will be released later this year.Few of the now-legendary San Francisco bands of the '60s stand out like Jefferson Airplane. There's the Grateful Dead, which got bigger and stayed good a lot longer than the Airplane did. But even in its "Dark Star" days, th ... More >>
These drizzly, wet, cold February nights are tailor-made for watching movies. Local rock historian Richie Unterberger offers a side of music education with his film screenings, pairing rare clips of interviews, concerts, and television appearances on a select theme during his regular, monthly-ish n ... More >>
KCRWAlice DeeJay heats up the tables at KCRW.Alice Waters appeared on the Guest DJ Project on Los Angeles-based radio station KCRW yesterday. She selected five tracks, including works by Jefferson Airplane, Youssou N'Dour, Nina Simone, and David Byrne. Nothing too shocking there. But her true cur ... More >>
Q: when is a puppet show not just a puppet show? A: When the puppets referred to are the Puppet Folk Revival Band. On July 31st, CellSpace hosts the West Coast concert debut of Rockin' Puppet Mayhem: the Puppet Folk Revival Band. Described in their PR as "an unholy blend of the puppetcraft of The ... More >>
At this tiny spot, tasty skewered treats are served with a vintage soundtrack.
Sounds of the Summer of Love echo through today
Monterey International Pop Festival (Razor & Tie)
Flying Canyon (Soft Abuse)
Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul (Barsuk)
Johnny Z and the Camaros at the Gold Dust Lounge
SF Weekly writers pick their favorite Bay Area records of all time
Behold - the forgotten history of the Beau Brummels, the true originators of the San Francisco sound of the '60s
These bands actually rule -- just like the Grateful Dead does
If it's kinda, sorta music-related, we'll review it. This Week: The Dick Cavett Show -- Rock Icons DVD.
Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice gets freaky with you; Rogue Wave dabbles in baseball analysis
The Cuts (Birdman)
Letters from the issue of Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Remember when psych rock thrived in S.F.? Of course you don't. You were high. But Comets on Fire will jar more than your memory.
Bill Graham's "Mama"
Women think Auberge du Soleil's cook is a pretty tasty morsel
The New Tweedy Bros! (Ridon/Shadoks)
Retro Sheik; Bruno's lives!
Two Southern-fried artists bring politics and religion to light, while Grace Slick checks her pulse
Altamont slammed the door on rock 'n' roll's dream of peace and love. An insider remembers.
Haight-Ashbury pioneer and Oracle editor Allen Cohen resurrects the Summer of Love with a CD-ROM