Fifth Harmony is a girl group from Texas who finished third in Fox's second season of the imported British talent show The X Factor. All five people in the girl group are pretty in a still-relatable sort of way, and all five people in the girl group do the wavy arm gestures expected of our pop ... More >>
If we were going to nominate a Song of the Week this week, it wouldn't go to any ordinary single. It wouldn't go to a song that's about to set the Billboard chart on fire. It wouldn't go to anything that ends up on heavy rotation on MTV. No. It would go to a barbershop quintet. "How can this be?" yo ... More >>
You won't be seeing a lot of Billie Joe Armstrong in person these days -- the Green Day singer is currently in rehab working on some substance abuse issues. But the Oakland rocker's pretaped appearances on NBC singing competition the Voice began airing last night, giving us a first look at how the p ... More >>
See also: * Dirty Projectors' 'Swing Lo Magellan': A First Listen Try as a journalist might, the Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman cannot be talked into overthrowing her bandleader, Dave Longstreth. This isn't the worst thing, seeing as Brooklyn's reigning art-rockers -- the band Coffman sums up as ... More >>
These days, everybody and their back-up dancers has a fragrance out, as if the ability to sing also comes with innate perfumier abilities. For those of you considering a career in pop mega-stardom -- and, therefore, the fragrance business -- here are some tips on how to sell that all-but-inevitable ... More >>
Grimes oOoOO Born Gold Yalls Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 Rickshaw Stop Better than: A cyborg prom. Noise Pop festival organizers probably envisioned a thematically cohesive night when they booked Grimes and oOoOO as co-headliners for Wednesday night's show at the Rickshaw Stop. After all, the two art ... More >>
There were more curious wallflowers than hula-hooping dancers yesterday as the wireless headphones-assisted dance party Silent Frisco took over the second floor of the Macworld conference. (It continues today from noon to 6 p.m. with DJs Motion Potion and u9lift). For Sunset Promotions, which takes ... More >>
In case you missed all the twinkling lights and massive, decorated trees everywhere, the holiday season is well and truly upon us. And, as you already know, that means it's also the season for awful, cringe-worthy music you can only listen to for -- at most -- one week of the year (the only excep ... More >>
Tamara PalmerBone Thugs-n-Harmony at Yoshi's.Bone Thugs-n-Harmony March 12, 2011 @ Yoshi's S.F.Better than: Partying with tuneless gangsters. Yes, Thugs is part of this Ohio-born, multi-platinum selling group's name, but make no mistake: This is one of the most emotional acts in rap mu ... More >>
Despite its reputation, gay-friendly San Francisco is still a tough place for teens to come out.
Tom Tom ClubEveryone loves a good reunion, right? There's nothing quite like reliving the past through the music of bands that have long been filed away into the annals of history. One such group has recently regrouped and will be playing its funky crowd pleasers this Friday, October 8, at Great ... More >>
Chris BrennanJamie JamsOne thing I've always greatly respected about Jamie Jams and the other fellas that run the 'SF Weekly Best of 2010' Debaser club is their unending wealth of knowledge about the music they love. Obviously, they know their way around '90s alt-rock hits, but it's a pleasant su ... More >>
Since many recent Next Big Things in rap have proven disappointing -- see Wale, Asher Roth and B.o.B. -- it might be time to consider the possibility that hip-hop tastemakers don't know what to look for in the first place. Here's an alternative to the critical consensus on rap. Yesterday, we ... More >>
Joseph SchellDeer TickJuly 1, 2009The IndependentBetter Than: Karaoke. Last night, Deer Tick started its mellow set with a slow crescendo that climaxed in a stage dive. "We're doing things a little differently tonight," declared handlebar mustachioed lead singer John McCauley, before launching into ... More >>
Radio GaGa? No, Lady Gaga Interesting article on Bay Area radio Music Directors in today's Chron. When I say interesting, it's because the information presented runs counter not only to what's currently happening with the commercial radio industry, but is written in such a way to suggest that writer ... More >>
Less money, fewer hits at midpoint of Sundance 2009.
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The making of Malika
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What do you mean you didn't keep score while watching the Grammys? We did.
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The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club rides roughshod over today's guitar gods
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