You won't be seeing a lot of Billie Joe Armstrong in person these days -- the Green Day singer is currently in rehab working on some substance abuse issues. But the Oakland rocker's pretaped appearances on NBC singing competition the Voice began airing last night, giving us a first look at how the p ... More >>
Many local labels are offering obscure reissues and innovative new releases on all conceivable formats. Label Sampler will profile a different Bay Area record company every other week. Name: 4 Men With Beards Owner: Filippo Salvadori Founded: 2001 Headquarters: San Rafael Creation story: 4 Men ... More >>
If I may make two predictions about Clear Heart Full Eyes, the solo debut from combustible, fan-friendly Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, they are that: 1. It's not going to save rock 'n' roll. 2. It's not going to be a meta-narrative about how it doesn't save rock and roll. If the last Hold Stea ... More >>
Fabrizio RamoneR.I.P. Poly Styrene Legendary punk pioneer and X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene, born Marianne Elliott Said, passed away last night from breast cancer at the age of 53. In an unfortunate coincidence with the passing last week of TV on the Radio's Gerard Smith, her new solo al ... More >>
Depending on your perspective, legendary British collective Crass was either the truest band of anarchists to ever strap on guitars -- loudly, proudly advocating radical ultra-left politics through its atonal avant-punk music, Dadaist collage artwork, and edge-dwelling DIY lifestyle -- or it was ... More >>
Without a doubt the most important punk band ever, the Sex Pistols, played their last show at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, 1978. While some called the show a flop, it sure doesn't sound like that on the recordings I've heard. And now, you can watch the last show the Sex Pistols ... More >>
Lemonade (True Panther)
Qui arms David Yow with new weapons of crowd confrontation
If it's kinda, sorta music-related, we'll review it. This week: The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: Punk & New Wave.
Art and music o'er the waves
Never mind the bollocks, here's $lot Ma¢hine, the newest, meanest punk band in town -- aged 12 and under
The Ramones bopped toward history and an unhappy end
Outsider artists scream "Death to Electric Guitars!"; neo-burlesque's best step into Broad Daylight.
NorCal expats the Rapture and Out Hud return from NYC with a 20-year legacy in tow. Get ready to dance, punk.
The Sex Pistols are rotten, but show up to watch tourmates the Dropkick Murphys beat their asses
A 10-mile, two-hour bike trip that memorializes the local spots punks loved
It's their time, sweet baby, to break on through: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs come to town
Legendary DJ Afrika Bambaataa brings his b-boy esoterica to town
A small show at SFMOMA produces big thrills
Silke Tudor sings the praises of punk rock karaoke, swoons over the Faint, and revels in girlhood
Fleshies have what it takes -- nudity, pissed-off lyrics, blazing noise -- to be Oakland's next great punk band
What Bush's choices for inauguration music say about the next four years
The Last Cigarette and Pretty Things
Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles, and the lawsuit that threatens punk's most enduring and provocative partnership.
An eyewitness account
Blur's class act
Taking a whiff of the Stinky Puffs