Friday, May 3, 2013
Better than: Seeing New Order, the Cure, or any other British post-punk contemporaries of Killing Joke still in operation.
In terms of sheer breadth of influence, few bands from the post-punk era can approach the reach of Killing Joke. The brooding, a ... More >>
Beatport sold out for $50 million, 222 Hyde is shutting down, and Baauer's "Harlem Shake" somehow topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the second week in a row. Is there a connection between any of those things? Not really, but it helps to illustrate the chaotic winds of change that seem to be blowing a ... More >>
[Editor's note: As you've probably heard, massive So-Cal music festival Coachella is going on its first cruise this winter, featuring Pulp, James Murphy, and Sleigh Bells, among other acts. Liz Tracy, music editor of our sister paper in Broward County, Fl., is aboard the S.S. Coachella , so we'll be ... More >>
A small public service announcement to everyone who thought the world would end yesterday: the apocalypse was always scheduled for Dec. 21, not Dec. 12. That said, we've got a little over a week left before the big day, so let's try to have fun, alright? It shouldn't be very hard to do when things a ... More >>
If the U.S. was an emoticon, it would be that frowning, teary-eyed yellow face. If it was a meme, it would be "Sad Keanu."
According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which measures overall national contentment, Americans are becoming increasingly miserable. The index scores the well-being ... More >>
Nightlife in San Francisco is a big deal -- we live in the kind of town that takes its partying seriously. Naturally, then, there's a near-obsessive level of detail when it comes to club sound. Look back, and the history of the city is littered with acoustic temples and stories of wild club owners o ... More >>
As Memorial Day approaches, so does the extended pleasure of a three-day weekend. While it might be tempting to turn off your phone and barbecue straight from Friday to Monday, we strongly urge you to look over this short list before checking out completely. Read on -- your weekend awaits.
Friday, ... More >>
A deep collective sigh could be heard from the world's indie music fans last year when LCD Soundsystem announced its breakup. The decision left many wondering where members like James Murphy, Nancy Whang, and Pat Mahoney were going to take their careers next. While some joined bands such as !!!, oth ... More >>
By ELIZABETH PFEFFER
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Squarepusher, James Murphy Pat Mahoney Nancy Whang DJ set, The Antlers, Zola Jesus, Shabazz Palaces, Teen Daze, HEALTH, New Pants Feng Mengbo's Bruce Lee VJ Project, The Hundred in the Hands
March 17, 2012
Fort Mason Center
Better than: Spending St. Patri ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>
Kahley Avalon EmersonLittle Miss Hot Mess and Mona G. Hawd sing "Mack the Knife"
Jan. 14, 2012
Better than: Being gored to death by a pack of zombies.
San Francisco has a rich history of drag performance. Look back, and the founding of organizations like the Internationa ... More >>
Jan. 6, 2012
Great American Music Hall
Better than: Pyramid or Pyramiddd.
Look, we all get it. With a name like Starfucker, it's hard to be taken seriously.
Nearly any time the band is mentioned, the absurdity of its name comes up. Critics cite it as a reason wh ... More >>
Any energy-based band returning to the fray after eight years -- especially one whose calling card was its immaturity -- will be a nervous prospect. Yet here is Blink-182, out today with Neighborhoods. Let's see how it goes.
Stream the album on Blink-182's website here.
Ghost on the Dance ... 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 >>
Jason StoffRobyn at the Pitchfork Music Festival in ChicagoJust when it seemed cool to hate the taste-making music site Pitchfork, one critic went and ripped the site (and its music festival in Chicago this past weekend) a good one. So how did indie-loving blogs and blog readers respond -- that i ... More >>
Roky Erickson and Okkervil RiverPsych garage legend Roky Erickson makes his first album in 14 years with Okkervil River, plays The Fillmore with the band tonight. [SF Gate]
SF's Monarchs hire Mission day-laborers to star in a music video. [Mission Mission]
Hyphy's dead, but what are its stars d ... More >>
We had our own little Coachella last week in SF, with shows by MGMT, Beach House, Faith No More, Charlotte Gainsbourg, the Dead Weather, Passion Pit, Spoon, and Atoms For Peace, among other Bay Area gigs. But photographer Christopher Victoria went to the actual Coachella down south and sent us the f ... More >>
By Randall RobertsAny knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive hous ... More >>