The Los Angeles mural that has served as a site for Elliot Smith fans to pay tribute to the much beloved singer-songwriter has just been given a revamp, by Punk Rock Marthas -- an art-minded group of charitable folk -- who felt the mural needed a pick-me-up in honor of the nine-year anniversary of S ... More >>
Mom and Dad are baby boomers. Though they're not just any kind of boomers. They are an underrepresented type, a minority voice within their generation. My parents never liked Bob Dylan and thought the White Album was too weird. So the 1960s that Mom and Dad passed down to me was different from the o ... More >>
Forty-six years ago today, on Aug. 29, 1966, the Beatles played the final live concert of their careers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Though many of the band's most timeless songs lay ahead of them, this Bay Area live date would mark the end of the Beatles as a touring entity. Freeing themse ... More >>
If you've walked along upper Haight recently, you'll have no doubt noticed the series of tributes to much loved musical heroes who are no longer with us, lovingly arranged around single trees. Amy Winehouse recently joined Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin on that run. But tributes to musicians -- both ... More >>
The Avett Brothers
June 23, 2012
The Greek Theatre, Berkeley
Better than: Nearly every other folk-rock family act you'll see this year.
North Carolina's Avett Brothers, arguably the most ubiquitous folk rock act in the country right now, kicked off the Greek Theatre's summer season o ... More >>
See more of our Metallica Week coverage:
Metallica Kicks off Its 30th Anniversary Week with Notable Guests, Rare Songs, and Lots of Talking
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Later this month, an amplifier used by George Harrison when he was recording Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with the rest of The Beatles is going under the hammer in London. And it's expected to sell for somewhere between $80,000 and $110,000. We wouldn't be that surprised i ... More >>
Ian S. PortKing Tuff at the Rickshaw Stop last night.
Times New Viking
Spencey Dude and the Doodles
@ the Rickshaw Stop
June 14, 2011
Better than: A doubleheader of Williamson-era Stooges, and then a 14-inning ball game.
It seemed that most of the crowd at the Rickshaw Stop last n ... More >>
So, as expected, Apple's big announcement today is that the Beatles' music is now available on the iTunes store. The band's albums are sold whole (regular albums are $12.99; the double-length White Album is $19.99) or by individual songs, which sell for $1.29. Also for sale now are three "bo ... More >>
Christopher VictorioPaul McCartney
July 10, 2010@AT&T Park
Better than: Any live performance of Beatles songs by anyone alive.
In between "woooos," "yeeee-hawws," "yay-yeahs," other assorted exclamatory noises, and turns gleefully thrusting his guitar or bass skyward, an energized Paul McCa ... More >>
Elysha Rom-PovoloBen DavilaSince March 2009, Ben Davila has written a song a week. Each Thursday, the 28-year-old invites everyone -- his young music students, the hapless soul miles away with no prior songwriting experience, and the members of his two bands -- to join him in posting a topical co ... More >>
BLK JKS: On the classier side of World Cup 2010 musicDon't be alarmed to turn on ESPN this month and hear some witty Englishman declare the arc of a round ball through space "inspired," "creative" or "clever." It's World Cup season -- the month-long Super Bowl-meets-Olympics-meets-Mardi Gras of t ... More >>