When Little Rock's Pallbearer released its debut full-length, Sorrow and Extinction, last February, the band had little idea how special this particular slab of doom metal would become. But listeners and critics showed the group otherwise: they latched onto the album, anchored by Brett Campbell's ex ... More >>
As a flag-bearing act of Oakland's Zum records and a crucial proponent of the Bay Area's warehouse-centric, outsider rock scene, High Castle has demonstrated repeatedly its prowess both live and on recordings. The band's latest record, Spirit of the West, recalls skittish post-hardcore glazed with a ... More >>
Last night, as I put our 23-month-old twins to bed and flipped on A Child's Gift of Lullabies, or Sleepytime Lullabies, or Sing Me to Sleep, or Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Fat Joe, or Baby's Dental Drill from the Pure White Noise series, or whatever the heck CD is sonically drugging ... More >>
The old neighborhood has really gone to hell...One of the most sobering things about being a reporter is to read the police department's wrap-up of the prior day's assaults each morning. Do it enough and you start to believe it's darn near a miracle you got home without getting stabbe ... More >>
Pharaoh SandersYoshi's OaklandJan. 3, 2009Review by Eric K. Arnold
Better Than: Watching Kenny G on Craig Kilborn.
Pharaoh Sanders has an impeccable jazz pedigree. One of the titans of the way-out, dissonant style known as free jazz, the tenor saxophonist emerged in the mid-'60s as a counterpart ... More >>