Uli Jon Roth, The Golden Ghosts, Tony MacAlpine, LoNero, FlaMetal Feb. 11, 2012 Oakland Metro Better than: Being forced to listen to The Scorpions farewell tour cash-grab covers album, Comeblack. As a subset of metal fans, those who worship at the altar of face-melting shred guitar wizards tend to ... More >>
Romana MachadoRobin TrowerRobin Trower BandMarch 3rd, 2011@ The FillmoreBetter than: A poke in the eye with a hot lick.Though brightened by some few beautiful women, the crowd clomping through the lobbyof this iconic venue for '70s guitar wizard Robin Trower was one long processionof starch and f ... More >>
Richard HaickSatriani showing off at the Fox last nightJoe SatrianiNed Evett & Triple DoubleJanuary 13, 2010@ The Fox Theater, OaklandBetter than: Hearing Machine Head in high-school detention hall. There's just something about the title of Joe Satriani's new album, Black Swans and Wormhole ... More >>
Satriani: Not the first to shave his head after balding set in.Nowadays, with Guitar Hero turning everyday basement dwellers into rock gods, and electronica granting everyone with a laptop the ability to make impossible masterpieces, a skilled technician like Joe Satriani must feel left behind. ... More >>
Julian CasablancasTuesday, Nov. 17, 2009The Regency Ballroom(Not) better than: The Strokes, Little Joy, Albert Hammond, Jr.It has to be hard, breaking into the 2000s as the symbol of the hipsters overtaking the mainstream, only to fall down to the bottom of the hype heap a decade later. As the fr ... More >>
Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Wayne Kramer, Sammy Hagar, Boots Riley (The Coup), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Joe Satriani, and Damian Kulash (OK Go) Thursday, March 26, 2009Slim'sBetter than: Playing Guitar Hero.It was midway through the Tom Morello hootenanny when Rage's shredding machine grinned at ... More >>
Last Night: YouTube LiveHerbst Pavilion, Fort MasonNovember 22, 2008Review by Tamara PalmerSee a full YouTube Live slideshow by Sam Heller here.Better than: Going to the dentist.Watch: The show (but don't say I didn't warn you).Remembering life without YouTube isn't easy; it has permeated our online ... More >>
Is a musician's dream gig a post at Guitar Center? We spent a day on the job to find out.
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Spinal Tap tapped,
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A flock of nostalgia; an early -- and bloody -- valentine.
Jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter revisits the Bay Area, energized and uncorrupted by the bustle of New York City