For this week's Signal to Noise, our focus turns southward toward Los Angeles. From that city's thriving dance community comes the accomplished DJ trio known as Droog. In its native scene, the group has built a reputation as a streamlined unit, throwing raves at the high capacity Avalon Hollywood an ... More >>
Kool and the Gang
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Better than: Any of the still-touring Sunset Strip hair-farmers from the 1980s that Van Halen inspired.
There aren't too many '70s-era hard-rock bands that can inspire the kind of unabashed hedonism -- a "bring me the skull of Sammy Hag ... More >>
It was shocking enough when Van Halen announced live dates with David Lee Roth this year. But the group's choice of pop-funk favorites Kool and the Gang as opening act only raised more eyebrows.
Maybe it isn't that strange, though: When we saw the two bands together earlier this year at Madison Squ ... More >>
The incomparable frontman David Lee Roth is on board both for Van Halen's 2012 North American tour -- which stops in the Bay Area in June -- as well as the band's forthcoming album A Different Kind of Truth, the first Van Halen album he's appeared on since the iconic 1984. The tour is set to arrive ... More >>
Darryl PandySinger and Chicago house pioneer Darryl Pandy, whose incredible voice helped the burgeoning genre cross over into mainstream success, died today, according to news reports. Pandy had been seriously ill for months, leading to several benefit shows for him, according to 5 Chicago, a ... More >>
Lotsa people, lotsa attitude.You've got to love New Yorkers for their blatant honesty. Speaking to Jared Tankel, baritone saxophone player in 10-piece Staten Island global-funk group The Budos Band, he makes it clear to aspiring rappers that his instrumental band is not interested in collaboratin ... More >>
Jay-Z and Kool & the Gang get equal attention from San Francisco cover band, Hot PocketSan Francisco quintet Hot Pocket, an offshoot of the 10-piece hip-hop and Latin funk outfit Bayonics, has built a solid following by filling bars across the city several times a week with its enormous reper ... More >>
The RootsDavies Symphony HallBetter than: Sitting still for an orchestraLocal music history was made last night as the Roots performed the first-ever hip-hop concert at Davies Symphony Hall as part of SFJAZZ's Spring season. The Philadelphia-bred, Grammy Award-winning group plays in your living room ... More >>
Not every DJ is amused by your incessant requests for "The Humpty Dance"
Our parents' generation used to assault each other with their fists, bike chains, pipes, or, perhaps, the odd knife over largely meaningless disputes. But we ... we are well-armed. This is more efficient, but hardly a sign of ... More >>
Eagles of Death Metal The FillmoreThursday, Feb. 5 Review and Photos by Brian MossBetter Than: A night of cappuccinos and obscure French literature at the local cafe.While I tend to prefer a bit of thought provocation in my music, I also appreciate the value of dumbed-down simplicity laced with mel ... More >>