The Rolling Stones Sunday, May 5, 2013 Oracle Arena, Oakland Better than: Bands that don't bother building an aura in the first place. The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band is fallible. In theory, the Rolling Stones may be perfect. But onstage in Oakland last night, they were not. On the secon ... More >>
By NATHAN CARSON Cymbal-making was in Bob "RZ" Zildjian's blood. As the first generation of his family to be born on American soil, he helped shepherd in a new era of Western prosperity for the 350-year-old family brand. And when tradition got in the way of his career and aims for Zildjian, he ceme ... More >>
Body/Head, Horsebladder, Burmese @ Rickshaw Stop Jason Lytle @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 // Noise Pop Festival Opening Night Better than: The ambient soundtrack at your local Guitar Center. Noise Pop 2013 kicked off last night with something relatively rare for the 21-year ... More >>
I should know better than to step within two time zones of Marilyn Monroe. She has a way of drawing the worst from writers of my gender. Stalwarts from Norman Mailer to Thomas Pynchon have embarrassed themselves, some at greater length than others, trying to mask their macabre and masturbatory impul ... More >>
Los Angeles rocker Hanni El Khatib comes off like a badass. Car crashes adorn his release covers, his songs are inspired by '50s blues and '60s garage, and in at least one tune ("You Rascal You," a cover), the song's narrator stalks an adulterer with murderous intent. Khatib's image -- that of a my ... More >>
Earlier this year, before Iggy Pop was aware that he'd broken his foot during a Stooges show in Romania, he had a delightful, cuss-filled conversation with us from his home in the Cayman Islands. Afterward, when Pop found out that his foot was seriously busted, the band rescheduled its S.F. dates to ... More >>
Richard HaickKe$ha at the Warfield Ke$ha May 4, 2011 @ The Warfield Better than: Dudes who look like Mick Jagger Ripped tank tops barely concealing black bras. Gold-sequined skirts. Fishnet tights. Tousled blonde locks. Eyeliner thick as warpaint. Fuzzy cat-ear headbands. Hand-drawn dollar ... More >>
The offending axe.Billie Joe, say it ain't so!Other than the Les Paul -- an iconic six-string now far more famous than its namesake -- signature model guitars are generally an exercise in cynical maneuvering and kitschy accessories, put out by instrument companies aiming to capitalize on the l ... More >>
Oh, so you got Serato, Ableton, and/or your dad's Les Paul, and now you think you're the man (or woman)? You think you're ready for the stage? For a band? For a DJ contest? You think you actually need that Soundcloud account that no one actually listens to?Yeah right.You don't know sh ... More >>
Fuckthatband.comSometimes at a show you have a feeling -- a hunch, a gut instinct, a fucking prejudice -- and the feeling is right. "This show is going to suck," you think, when some greasy waif takes the stage wearing rhinestone-studded shades and a turquoise-sequined cumberbund, then yanks a po ... More >>
The Legend: One of Gibson's signature Les Paul guitars The Associated Press has reported that guitar innovator Les Paul died today at the age of 94, from pneumonia-related complications. Paul helped to popularize the electric guitar in the 1940s, and his use of multitracking, overd ... More >>
These Arms Are Snakes transforms smart, pummeling rock into a near-death experience.
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