Dum Dum Girls @ Fox Theater, Thursday, Dec, 6 Kristin "Dee Dee" Gundred's yelping on Grand Ole Party's stomping blues-punk already cemented her as an indie rock lifer (and worthy Beth Ditto successor). But with Dum Dum Girls, Gundred ushered back into the fold girl-group pop that would pave the way ... More >>
There really isn't anybody else like Benoit & Sergio. Based out of Washington D.C. and Berlin, the duo has spent the past couple years supplying dancefloors with strange athems that combine '80s pop appeal with slick tech-house aesthetics, leading some publications to describe them as Ricardo Villal ... More >>
It's not that bad. Really. As we celebrate Metallica's 30th Anniversary, it's time to reexamine a popular mindset among critics and fans of the most enduringly popular band in metal history: Many believe that that all four of Metallica's 1980s albums were unimpeachable classics, and that afte ... More >>
Reviewing goth girls Chelsea Wolfe and Zola Jesus at the Independent. [SF Gate] Everyone gets yarn-bombed in the great new video from SF's Seventeen Evergreen. [The Bay Bridged]
In what sounds like a weak "Bed Intruder" rip-off, the once-extinct Creem magazine has announced its return to the world of the living: "Lock the doors, hide your children, we're back!" This isn't the first time -- or even the second. After publishing its last issue in 1989, it was resurrect ... More >>
Rick Rubin: Now this is what Metallica's producer should look like.UPDATE: In more local Metallica news, a posting on the band's website today indicates the band will perform at the annual Salesforce.com convention at Moscone Center on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Turns out Kirk Hammet's next-door neighbo ... More >>
Cake Picture Gallery Lou Reed set the bar rather low with his idea of the perfect day: sips of sangria in the park, a trip to the zoo, a movie. "It Was a Good Day" also kept it simple, with Ice Cube's ideal 24 hours consisting of mom's home cooking, playing craps, and a Lakers victory. Nigeri ... More >>
[Editor's note: All Shook Down accidentally sent two writers to the show, but we're posting both reviews, since they're both so good.] Lauren SlossNoah and the Whale Bahamas May 26, 2011 @ The Independent Better than: mastering the choreography to Duckie's Otis Redding dance alone in your r ... More >>
Romana MachadoWar at Yoshi's last night.WarJanuary 25, 2011@ Yoshi's SFBetter than: Doin' the funky BransonHow well performer or act bears the ravages of time seems to be inversely related to how deadly serious it took itself in the first place. The reception given a beloved dotard like Lou Reed ... More >>
Six sets worth plundering at this year's Treasure Island Music Festival.
File this under bizarre: Oakland's Grand Lake have just covered the classic Pavement tune "In the Mouth of a Desert." So how does it sound? At first listen: weird. Second listen: very weird. Frontman Caleb Nichols tweaks Malkmus' lines in a nasally vocal spray over a persistent, distorted drum-machi ... More >>
Zoe KeatingThe Bay Area is at the center of one of the most radical movements in music these days: the joyful destruction of the boundary between so-called "classical" music and "popular" music. The two worlds have been cross-fertilizing for years -- see Lou Reed and John Cale hanging with minima ... More >>
Antony and the JohnsonsTuesday, Feb. 24, 2009Nob Hill Masonic CenterBetter than: Old Nina Simone records.When it comes to Antony Hagerty live, nothing is as you'd expect it. For example, that such a powerfully feminine voice would flow out of such a large man's body. Or that a voice quivering with s ... More >>
By Meredith Brody You may have noticed that there's precious little new stuff to watch during the holidays - a period which The New York Times describes as "a profound holiday slumber of repeats and musical specials." But we can't even find any musical specials, and are reduced to re-watching A Co ... More >>
Dan Zanes kicks off an international seasonal celebration.
Songs in A&E (Universal/Spaceman/Fontana)
Got into Austin yesterday with a plane full industry heads and my head full of cold medicine. I’m just gonna pretend that damn SF flu virus isn’t in my system because it is impossible to nap here knowing that every second of shuteye means a good half dozen bands missed. Already I was too sluggi ... More >>
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Have you heard? The Bay Area music scene is dead. Somebody killed it.
Zmrzlina, Little Jimmy Scott, Hank Crawford, and Jimmy McGriff
Doc Watson, "21st Century Stripper Sinema," Botanica, and Super Furry Animals