Those piles of aggravating hula-hoopers in Dolores Park every weekend are proof positive that childhood activities can be major stress relievers for grown-ups. A much less annoying way to indulge your inner kid is simple and equally as easy to do in the park -- coloring. Adult coloring books are on ... More >>
By ELIZABETH GARONE Full disclosure. Growing up in the '80s, I was not a big Def Leppard fan and never even considered going to one of their concerts. But two-and-a-half decades later came the irresistible bait: the ticket plus a pre-party at a gorgeous Alameda home with alcohol and catered food ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, you may recall we did a list of the Top Ten Music Biopics. The biopic debate raged again today, however, after we saw images of Andre 3000 dressed up as Jimi Hendrix, in the midst of making a movie. We're pretty sure Andre is going to do wonders in the role, but that doesn't m ... More >>
Sure, I heard bad things about MDNA, but when's the last time critics actually jumped for Madonna? In the pre-"poptimist" era of 1999, with Ray of Light, I'm pretty sure. Music was a billion times better, and the oft-cited failure American Life is actually pretty strange and fun (vocoder and rapp ... More >>
Rightfully worshipped by headbangers and punks alike, Motörhead and its iconic founder, bassist and principle songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, have been grinding out their influential brand of balls-out rock for nearly four decades. Founded after Lemmy was fired from British space-rock outfit Hawk ... More >>
Future Thaos and Mirahs?You may not know Chixx Mixx or Poison Apple Pie by name, but they're bands formed by Bay Area tween and teen girls, and they don't sound like what you might be picturing. As much as we all would like to think gender divides do not exist, it's the sad and simple truth ... More >>
Are you one of those hopelessly optimistic people who decides to transform yourself into a better human every time a New Year rolls around? You may have been brimming with enthusiasm for your resolution as the clock hit midnight last Friday, but we're guessing that, by now, the cracks are probably s ... More >>
As a kid, I owned nearly all of Joan Jett's and Lita Ford's solo albums; theirs were my first cassette tape and CD respectively, so with the opening of The Runaways today, I'm getting myself amped and setting the mood with some videos of girl bands that have stolen and/or paid homage to the jailbait ... More >>
The new Runaways biopic (called, simply, The Runaways) manages a feat most films about young girls, budding rock stars or otherwise, get totally wrong. The movie presents these teens as fierce without turning them into Hollywood tough girl caricatures -- in large part because director Floria ... More >>
Let's go to a fair on parade day! It seemed like a good idea.
If it's kinda, sorta music-related, we'll review it. This week: The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: Punk & New Wave.
Tegan and Sara's delectable pop makes lazy headline writers look stupid
From MTV to Rolling Stone, everyone loves the Distillers. Except us.
Rock 'n' roll may make you famous, but it doesn't make you a good writer
Balls Blue and Black, a small slice of European Motorsport decadence, and '70's-style hard rock with a beer gut
It's their time, sweet baby, to break on through: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs come to town
"Alloy Orchestra," "Bardot a Go-Go"
Blue Period, BellRays, Holiday Drag Racing, Marky Ramone & the Intruders, and TikiFest '99
NorCal transplant Jonathan Richman finds the words
The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion and Rock 'n' Roll by Simon Reynolds and Joy Press