No need to remind anyone who Molly Ringwald is -- teenagers (and the rest of us) are still watching those movies, and it's fair to assume they will for another generation or two, at a minimum. But it might come as a surprise to some who adore her 1980s work with John Hughes that she has been a lifel ... More >>
Twin Shadow Tanlines Dirty Ghosts Thursday, June 7, 2012 The Independent Better than: A Facebook party featuring anyone. Tanlines percussionist Jesse Cohen's been slinging Internet-based one-liners all night. He introduces new music as "not even on Rdio, what they call a 'net exclusive.'" He under ... More >>
Having had dozens of synth-pop bands who ape the sounds of the '80s for one long, lame "ironic" joke, there's now another good one doing it for serious. And S.F.'s Still Flyin' even started as a gag -- with band leader Sean Rawls assembling more than a dozen rotating friends to play in what was envi ... More >>
Chris TrewinThe Horrors at Bimbo's 365 Club The Horrors September 12, 2011 Bimbo's 365 Club Better than: The Horrors in 2005. The problem with watching bands on a Saturday night at Bimbo's 365 Club in North Beach is that a certain portion of the crowd is there by accident. Like drunk, middl ... More >>
Gardens & Villa at Cafe Du Nord on Friday Generationals Gardens & Villa HIJK July 15, 2011 @ Cafe du Nord Better than: Building yourself a Delorean and going Back the Future with Doc Brown. Actually, that may not be true. "What're you taking notes for?" the lanky dude in the over-sized fedo ... More >>
[Editor's note: All Shook Down accidentally sent two writers to the show, but we're posting both reviews, since they're both so good.] Lauren SlossNoah and the Whale Bahamas May 26, 2011 @ The Independent Better than: mastering the choreography to Duckie's Otis Redding dance alone in your r ... More >>
Romana MachadoRichard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs The Psychedelic Furs Talk Talk Talk May 3, 2011 @ Slim's Better than: Staying home and getting high to some old John Hughes movie. Daylight was still streaming through the windows by the time we cleared the slow-moving line in front of Slim' ... More >>
At an hour when most folks were still sleeping off last night's music benders, indie rock fans started lining up around the block at La Zona Rosa, where the whole Village Voice operation was hunkered down for our afternoon of acts both on the rise (Surfer Blood, The xx, Pains of Being Pure at Heart) ... More >>
This Drums clip for "I Felt Stupid," which premiered on Pitchfork, shows us entering the new decade while still very nostalgic for the '80s era of John Hughes soundtracks.
Bad news today: director John Hughes died today at age 59, apparently of a heart attack as he took his morning walk in Manhattan. He may not have direct ties to San Francisco, but Hughes will be sorely missed in this city. After all, how many of us have set up picnics in parks to watch multiple s ... More >>
High-school heroes and zeros roam the halls of Nanette Burstein's "documentary," American Teen.
Harold and Kumar get shipped to Gitmo in this forced act two.
Stop the Future
The pop-tastic techno of Michael Mayer; the '80s assault of "Soundtrack Night."
Such smart performance
One man shows it all
Talking smack wreaks high school havoc in Mean Girls
Go out. Get wasted. Grab 2004 by its throat. Here are three more options for your Dionysian pursuits.
When bad things happen to good kids, their Luck always holds
A "Dark Kabaret," Buy Nothing Day, synth love, and the ever-fierce Marianne Faithfull
The shit hits the fans
Storytelling continues Todd Solondz's bluster of sex, rage, and insanity
It was a bad year for local independent movie theaters
Ghost World (Shanachie)
John Conley and Verna Brock trade the serious quietude of Holiday Flyer for the kitschy power-pop of California Oranges
Holiday Films for Children
"Cult Retro Classics"
Everything I need to know about high school I learned from the New Teen Cinema