Band of Skulls
Monday, Jan. 28, 2013
Better than: Matt Crawley wailing in his best falsetto atop the roof of Downton.
From its earliest records to the present day, Muse has maintained the sound and presence of a band that plays arenas. Over nearly two decades it has refined an ep ... More >>
It's Red Baraat with the Saturday morning dance party
This Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival definitely felt more hardly than strictly. Red Baraat kicked off the party on Saturday morning, and it didn't matter that they were a full-throttle, self-proclaimed "pluralism"-proselytizing funk band, rath ... More >>
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is the music festival that just won't stop growing. We've posted pieces of the lineup as they've become public -- and thought we'd seen most of it -- but it turns out there have been even more artists added. This week, though, organizers promise that they've finally release ... More >>
Earlier this year, we told you about Grateful Dead member Bob Weir's state-of-the-art recording facility in San Rafael, Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI). TRI is furnished with a Meyer Sound Constellation system, which allows the acoustic properties of the room to be altered with the touch of a but ... More >>
The folks over at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass are such teases! They've been leaking the lineup for this year's free festival one song medley at a time since late July. And now, it looks like we've got the full lineup -- or at least most of it -- revealed. There are often late adds and sometimes change ... More >>
Dear Primus fans, haven't you always wanted to grab a drink with Head Freak Les Claypool? Yes, of course you have. And now, thanks to Mr. Claypool's new hobby, that's tantalizingly easy to do.
According to a report in Sunday's Chronicle, the top-hatted Primus bassman himself is known to occasionall ... More >>
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve is still an option for the night of Dec. 31, since the man himself has lived to rock another year. But if the glow of the television screen isn't gonna provide enough sonic warmth this year, there are thankfully plenty of options to hear and see music performed li ... More >>
Michael WeintrobPan-American postskronkjazzcore supergroup Garage A Trois's new album is a stone-cold killer: It'll lure you in with sultry saxophone wails and vibraphone licks, root you to the spot with a lurching organ drone here and a cop-drama suspense motif there, and finally ... More >>
PrinceLarry GrahamFebruary 23, 2011@ Oracle ArenaYou need to hear funk-bass pioneer Larry Graham, who opens the show, school you on where Les Claypool came from. You might also dig how Prince embodies history in slick, soft-shoe shuffles lifted from Cab Calloway, James Brown, and Elvis. Prince is ... More >>
Richard HaickLes Claypool with PrimusPrimusLes Claypool's Fancy BrigadeThe Dead Kenny GsThe ResidentsDecember 30 and 31, 2010@ The Fox TheaterThis past Friday saw Les Claypool's 20th consecutive New Year's Eve show in the Bay Area. To celebrate the milestone, the Richmond native brought his old b ... More >>
Les Claypool and the Frog BrigadeThink back, grasshopper, project yourself back to the late '80s and the early '90s -- yes, a lifetime ago. Major labels and would-be majors signed tons of bands that could more or less bear the handle of "alternative rock." The discs by many of these bands can now ... More >>
This weekend marks the inaugural Bay Area iteration of New York's (and one time Amsterdam's) beloved Come Out & Play Festival, a weekend's worth of sportive mischief in and around the Panhandle and the Upper Haight. Full-contact location-based Scrabble? Check. Unusually polite ninja fighting? Ch ... More >>
Richard HaickBlack Keys, Common, Les Claypool, and N.E.R.D at Yuri's Night Saturday, April 10, 2010 NASA Ames Q: What Russian cosmonaut made famous for being the first human to orbit earth in 1961 would eventually bring burners, hip-hoppers, rock fans, and space nerds together for ... More >>
This weekend's torrential downpour was enough to keep us inside with a bottle of Jim Beam's finest, streaming Hallmark made-for-TV Criterion movies on Netflix. But in spite of the wretched weather, we managed to pull on our on-trend galoshes and slog out into the night.Richard HaickNerds and musi ... More >>
There are plenty of space cadets in San Francisco, but Yuri's Night celebrates a man for actually leaving Earth's atmosphere.
And it does this with a very Bay Area-style party, combining high technology, creative styling, and a huge dance party. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin officially became th ... More >>
www.joshuabrott.comBassnectarOne measure of musical success is being invited to one of the premiere music fests in the U.S. Among the most established and prestigious, of course, are Bonnaroo, Coachella, and All Tomorrow's Parties, the latter having the added cred of being curated by a different ... More >>
Is this elf even unionized?Rock! Roll! Real estate! Are you ready for a news quiz? Well, here it is anyway. 1. What San Francisco rock musician unloaded his Pac Heights mansion for nearly $9 million? A. Mickey Hart, Grateful DeadB. Carlos SantanaC. Les Claypool, PrimusD. Kirk Hammet, MetallicaE. ... More >>