In February 2011, Nonito Donaire knocked out Fernando Montiel with a second round left hook. The impressive performance sent Donaire, who lives in San Leandro, shooting up the pound-for-pound ranking lists, with some boxing observers naming him the third best figher in the world, behind Manny Pacqui ... More >>
Last night a gigantic fundraiser took place in New York's Madison Square Garden to raise money for Hurricane Sandy cleanup and relief efforts. This thing was almost six hours long. Six! We could've flown there in that time! In case you weren't inclined to spend that insane amount of time in front of ... More >>
Prediction: In 10 years, no one's going to care about owning music as long as they have access to it.
Prediction: No one except for .1 percent of music listeners and Neil Young will pay for Neil Young's high-quality digital audio service.
Prediction: In 3030, mashups will finally be legal.
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Like proper mourners of LCD Soundsystem, we went and checked out the new documentary on the band's final show at Madison Square Garden, Shut Up and Play the Hits, at its single-night-only showing yesterday. In lieu of a full review -- we have one that includes an interview with James Murphy over her ... More >>
So of course you didn't get to go see LCD Soundsystem's final three-hour kiss-off at Madison Square Garden last April, aka the most important music event of your stupid, short lifetime.
Okay, maybe it wasn't that important. But if you were a fan, missing out on LCD's farewell probably felt a little ... More >>
It was shocking enough when Van Halen announced live dates with David Lee Roth this year. But the group's choice of pop-funk favorites Kool and the Gang as opening act only raised more eyebrows.
Maybe it isn't that strange, though: When we saw the two bands together earlier this year at Madison Squ ... More >>
Oakland Raiders place kicker Sebastian Janikowski is a man for the record books. Not only is he the co-holder of the longest field goal in National Football League history (63 yards), he seems hell-bent on becoming the league's most courtroom-savvy kicker. Yesterday Janikowski was sentenced to an ... More >>
"Souls of Mischief brought me in initially to replace a sample that was going to cost them too much to clear!" So says San Francisco-born trumpeter Bill Ortiz with a laugh as he recalls his contribution to the Bay Area rap quartet's cherished debut album '93 'Til Infinity. Ortiz's playing can be hea ... More >>
LCD is no more (tear) -- but you can still party to its music in S.F. (Photo by Joseph Schell) When LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy announced his band's retirement, it signaled an end to the decade-long run that saw the project turn the worlds of independent and dance music on their ... More >>
Nicole AnkowskiPrince performing in New York late last year.Minneapolis' master of funk, the frequently androgynous yet fiercely masculine, I'm-so-badass-my-name-used-be-a-symbol one and only, Prince, announced two shows in Oakland today. And when are they? Oh, only next week.
Kirsty EvansYoshiki behind the piano. Shortly after X Japan's historic show at the Fox Theater last Tuesday, we got the chance to sit down with drummer, pianist, and band leader Yoshiki as he relaxed in his dressing room. A genuinely charming man, Yoshiki was friendly and remarkably frank about h ... More >>
It's been a year of surprises in Latin music. Reggaetón continues fading, albeit slowly, and the industry's mainstays aren't garnering the attention they used to. Case in point: Don Omar's summer release iDon (no relation to your phone), which remained quiet after its first single, "Virtual Diva." ... More >>
VAMPS may well be the world's most unassuming supergroup. They consist of L'Arc En Ciel singer Hyde and guitarist K.A.Z, formerly of the (awesome, in my opinion) late 90s/early 2000s rockers Oblivion Dust. A superstar in Asia whose distinctive voice you'll certainly know if you're in the habit of ... More >>
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The Astral Travels of Van Morrison
A brilliant and mercurial singer revisits perhaps his finest hour, 40 years later
By Scott Foundas
"I believe I've transcended," Van Morrison repeatedly incanted toward the end of the title track from his 1968 album, Astral Weeks, duri ... More >>