By ANGELA ZIMMERMAN
On and On
January 31, 2013
Better than: Hearing "Kites" on the radio or "Verona" through headphones.
Geographer came home last night after a month on the road, and San Francisco embraced the band with eager and earnest arms. From Portland ... More >>
Niki & the Dove
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
Better than: Any hour of a DJ set on Saturday night.
Niki & the Dove are surprising. Their newest album, Instinct, released in 2012 after two years of music video promotion, is a perfect example of compact, danceable electro-pop. ... More >>
Gojira @ The Fillmore, Wednesday, Jan. 23
For a metal band, Gojira sports a name so fantastic that it's shocking no one snapped it up earlier. The Bayonne, France-based outfit nods to Godzilla's original Japanese moniker (before legal complications, the group called itself Godzilla), even though the ... More >>
Friday, Jan. 12, 2013
Great American Music Hall
Better than: Hearing a Kate Bush song in the local florist.
King Dude, the incongruously named vessel for gloomy Seattle troubadour T.J. Cowgill, and Los Angeles-based gothic chanteuse Chelsea Wolfe began their acoustic tour o ... More >>
Marina & The DiamondsWednesday, July 11, 2012The FillmoreBetter than: Most other musical theater. Marina Diamandis has always stated that the Diamonds in her stage name refers not to her band members, or even her last name, but rather to her fans. Clearly she was using that name before she ... More >>
It's almost November -- the month when music scribes pull their ears out of whatever Sonic Youth/Public Enemy/Kate Bush playlist they normally exist to and begin cramming for that all-important professional exercise: The annual Best Of list. Picking the 10 or so best new albums of the year and placi ... More >>
Kahley EmersonChelsea Wolfe at 120 Minutes
[Too much good stuff last weekend! I couldn't choose just one party to review, so here's a breakdown of the weekend's highlights.]
120 Minutes Presents Chelsea Wolfe
Friday, September 2, 2011
Better than: Death Guild, but probably less au ... More >>
Twenty-two-year-old Nika Roza Danilova is not a goth -- at least that's what she told Q Magazine earlier this year. But you can see how people might be confused given the operatic vocals and dark, reverb-soaked synths in the music this Wisconsin native releases as Zola Jesus. Although her hau ... More >>
Joseph SchellDas Racist at the IndyDas Racist HOTTUBVin SolFebruary 2, 2011@ The Independent
Better than: Dancing to Tina Turner alone in your room.
The members of Brooklyn hip-hop outfit Das Racist are masters of mixing the ignorant with the intelligent without being too pretentious or ir ... More >>
Not sure if you've noticed yet, but this fair city of ours is awash with karaoke. All the way from the traditional joints in Japantown to the dive bars of the Mission (Sunday afternoons in The 500 Club are particularly noteworthy), people are volunteering to sing for their fellow patrons like nothi ... More >>
What did we do on Christmas after we'd eaten a mountain of food and watched a giant stack of movies? Looked for actors in music videos, of course! Here are six of the weirdest cameos big-name actors have made in music videos.
6. Christopher Walken in Fatboy Slim's "Weapon Of Choice"
Up until t ... More >>
Many on the Internet -- including us -- have been making positive noises about San Francisco-via-Brooklyn band Tamaryn for a while now (at least, a while in web time). Today, the duo releases its debut album, The Waves, on the Mexican Summer label. The album is loaded with enough ethereal syn ... More >>
Forgive me if this seems redundant, but I'm still deeply enamored with the work of Dublin's Solar Bears. It was only last week that I did my all to get readers of All Shook Down equally stoked on the duo's summery, psych-laden electronic tunes. But listening to bits of their upcoming debut full-l ... More >>
One of Scotland's finest musical exports, the Trashcan Sinatras, will play at Slim's on Tuesday, June 1. We asked the band a few pertinent questions. Barry Gibb, if you're reading this: Get in touch. -- Vicky Walker
Izumi KamazawaTrashcan Sinatras bring the swing
SF Weekly: What are we draggin ... More >>
Gang Gang Dance
Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
Words and photos by Jennifer Maerz
Better than: Watching DJs push buttons on laptops.
Where to stand during a Gang Gang Dance show?
Last night at Bimbo's, the crowd was small -- cozy enough to fit into the hardwood area in front of the tables -- s ... More >>