Normally I do these things on Radiohead or Bruce or Madonna, but my editor cleared one for Carly Rae Jepsen, who was a complete unknown a year ago. That's how big the biggest hit of the year is. Problem is, it's that mass-mass appeal that I think keeps me from all the way enjoying it. It's a cute so ... More >>
On May 9th, Iggy Pop is releasing his latest album. Woo-hoo! But wait. Simmer down. The record is called Après and it will be comprised mostly of French cover versions -- Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg songs included. We applaud Iggy's ongoing enthusiasm for multi-culturalism and bilingual experim ... More >>
M83 at Mezzanine last night. M83 Active Child Nov. 10, 2011 Mezzanine Better than: Lil B freestyling over an M83 song (Google it). Walking up to Mezzanine last night, I saw people buying scalped tickets at three times the face value without hesitation. The excitement leading up to this show ... More >>
Jamie SojaKylie Minogue May 21, 2011 @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Better than: The gayest thing you did this week. Here's a quick summary of some of the things we see onstage tonight: Grecian slaves, harps made of women, a gigantic gold Pegasus, outer space, synchronized swimming, a ... More >>
Since we have so many queer women in this fine city of ours, we figured we should probably just go ahead and throw this out there: Have any of you ever gotten so hot 'n' bothered after a make-out session that one of you started turning into a werewolf? No? Didn't think so. But that's the premise o ... More >>
As a member of the media, it's my job to accuse Stefani Germanotta of things so she can respond to them. (Born which way? She doesn't have to specify because it's a hot topic -- and the length of Gaga's beloved fame largely depends on juggling those.) So it shouldn't shake this proud piece of pla ... More >>
Mission MissionNoooooooooooooooooooooo! Palace Family Steakhouse closes. [Mission Mission]Yikes. We weren't the only ones who didn't like Kylie Minogue's U.S. debut. [Merc]Ruh-roh. Scientologists suck in an unwitting passerby. [SF Citizen]Dude behind the Obama "death poll" is from Palo Alto ... More >>
Pensive: Jega I've always thought IDM--intelligent dance music--to be somewhat of a strange name for a microgenre. Its implications seem rather assumptive, namely that most dance music (and, by extension, dance music audiences) is stupid. Also, since dance music's primary function is to move our ... More >>
Bouncer visits bars in three very different S.F. neighborhoods and discovers people everywhere all want the same thing: companionship. Oh, and booze.
Eric FreytagMiike Snow and EsserJune 18, 2009330 RitchBetter Than: Prom.By the time Miike Snow came on at nearly midnight last night, the walls of 330 Ritch were sweating, and the dance floor was bumper-to-bumper with a solid wall of hip, well-dressed youngsters pressed against the stage. Popscene m ... More >>
Hubba Hubba Club and the Hop inject classic oldies into the queer dance scene.
U.K. electro's great white hope
Isobel Campbell sheds the twee and gets ballsy
For a few years, Emiliana Torrini wasn't sure she'd ever make music again. Then the phone started ringing.
New Order's recent work has fallen off, but its legacy speaks for itself
Juliette Lewis and Minnie Driver have started bands. Come on, you know you're curious.
Germany's Mouse on Mars turns years of crafting abstract electronica into pop gold with Radical Connector
Musical comedy from down there
Week of November 5, 2003
Comic Neil Hamburger tells lame, awkward anti-jokes. What's so funny about that?
A modest proposal for commercializing S.F. neighborhoods.
In the '90s, the Pet Shop Boys have made a case for being more than just a retro act. America still won't listen.
Q: What do Tori Amos, Nick Cave, and Lyricist Lounge have in common? A: Nothing.