Name: Tricycle Records Headquarters: Lower Haight, San Francisco Owners: Julie Schuchard and Don Joslin Founded: 2006 Label one-sheet: Tricycle Records is an independent record label based in San Francisco that exclusively signs local groups and offers such crucial services as press relations, t ... More >>
Chuck Prophet and Guests Feb. 7, 2012 The Catacombs Better than: Going broke at any nearby Mission District restaurant. To commemorate yesterday's release of his new album, Temple Beautiful, S.F. singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet and Yep Roc Records treated about 40 fans to a guided bus tour of San ... More >>
Sonny Smith Alexi Glickman Jan. 14, 2012 The Lost Church Better than: That paranoid monologue that finally convinces the man to lock you up forever. Between issuing unadorned pop-rock with his band, Sonny & the Sunsets, assigning himself sprawling art projects, and putting out low-key comic books, ... More >>
It often seems that San Francisco's Sonny Smith is on a quest to leave his creative mark on as many different mediums as possible. Best known as the leader of Fat Possum-signed rock band Sonny and the Sunsets, Smith is also a writer, visual artist, and sometime creator of comic books. Two years ago, ... More >>
Girls Sonny & the Sunsets Carletta Sue Kay Oct. 9, 2011 Great American Music Hall Better than: The worn-out Roy Orbison tapes in your parents' attic. Subtract the voice of singer-songwriter Christopher Owens, and many of the songs on the latest album from San Francisco's Girls sound like they coul ... More >>
New Sonny & the Sunsets album out next week.It's a been whirlwind spring for releases from the grainy corner of the S.F. indie scene, with new records from Hunx and His Punx, the Sandwitches, a new Ty Segall record on the way, and, next week, a brand-new collection of songs from Sonny & t ... More >>
What we'll remember from the year in S.F. music.
Jesse Vasquez photographyDead Western plays Kitsch Gallery's Evening with Friends this Friday Stuffed, satiated and sleepy: Now that the first of many major holidays meals is over, it's time to whip yourself back into shape with some active moshing or thunderous booty shaking. Here's our list of ... More >>
Pineapple Princess plays Saturday at the Hemlock Whether you're into 1960s Southeast Asian pop, free concerts in the park, or flying dancers, San Francisco has got you covered this weekend. Here's our list of 10 things to do for considerably less than a parking ticket: 10 Years of Fecal Face ... More >>
Photo at Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze at Pier 39. Why don't bands play here?We're blessed with great live music venues here in San Francisco, but sometimes, bars, ballrooms, clubs, and arenas get kinda monotonous. Here are five more exotic locations that would make awesome spaces to see a band, ... More >>
In Store spotlights San Francisco's quirkiest, most beloved, weirdest, and/or otherwise-most-interesting record stores. Our city's unmistakable friskiness and cultural capital emanate from those dusty, creaky, hard-to-find, money-losing, insanely huge, hilariously small, and often-crowded (at l ... More >>
BayonicsBay Area musicians continue to contribute their rock 'n' roll, Afrofunk, and turntable skills to raise funds for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Here's a couple new upcoming benefits to add to your calendar.San Francisco Hearts Haiti: A Haiti Relief Fundraiser w/ SILA, Kalbass Kreyol ... More >>
Mission-based indie rock band Upstairs Downstairs juxtaposes dark, atmospheric lyrics with lush folk-pop melodies, crafting the perfect soundtrack for foggy, rainy days in the city. The year-old act will be recording its first EP this December. Title pending, the disc will be a collection of cu ... More >>
Being a cheapskate is easy in this city -- there's plenty of culture to be had for less than the price of a fancy farmer's market cocktail. Below, our picks for a low-budget weekend.Dead Meadow at McLaren Park on SaturdayHex Dispensers @ Annie's (Friday) Loud, fast, and macabre: That seems to be the ... More >>
Kelly O.Intelligence: Get smart Friday nightWe don't have to give you the news that today's Friday. We can tell by the way you're counting the minutes until lunchtime, after which you'll be counting the minutes until quittin' time, after which you'll be...yeah, who knows? But here's a couple recomme ... More >>
An originator of acid rock in the '60s, Tommy Hall used LSD to expand his consciousness. Hes still psychedelic.
Ted Leibowitz: the John Peel of Internet radio.
Now It's Time (Birdman)
Papercuts' bittersweet California pop
Black Fiction's trippy tunes take listeners to unusual places
The golden state of Skygreen Leopards' cosmic roots-pop
The Herms: something borrowed, something new