Well, we certainly didn't see this coming: Rolling Stone reports today (via AP) that Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will be a mentor on the upcoming season of NBC's hit TV music competition The Voice, helping the members of Christina Aguilera's team sing their best.
His primetime TV arriva ... More >>
Editor's note: Ahead of the four-year anniversary of beloved '90s party Debaser, we invited party DJs Jamie Jams and Stab Master Arson to make a mix of some of the songs we can expect to hear at Saturday's party. What follows is their mix and commentary.
By JAMIE GUZZI
Hip-hop historians note that ... More >>
Really, Academy? Only two nominations for Best Original Song this year? And they're both from children's movies? Because there were so many songs on your shortlist (39, to precise), and because only songs that score an average of 8.5 out of 10 from your voters can get nominated, you basically jus ... More >>
DJ Spinna plays Wonder-Full this Saturday at Mezzanine
Following in the fashion of every other weekend for the past couple months, this weekend offers a diverse and excellent grouping of parties that ought to cater to just about everyone's tastes. Read on, your weekend awaits.
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Tony NgMary J. Blige
Nov. 11, 2011
Fox Theater, Oakland
Better than: Playing the My Life recording through a haze of tears.
The trend of artists presenting whole albums in the live setting continues to proliferate, and the format can have its limitations. But Mary J. Blige's 1994 sophomore ... More >>
Matriarch/GeffenBlige performs her definitive album in Oakland next month.Mary J Blige has made several stops in the Bay Area over the years, but next month's concert is particularly worth considering.
Her contribution to the trend of artists performing albums in their entirety is to ... More >>
When it comes to creative career moves, the rapper Lil B usually blazes his own distinct and very often quirky path. But his decision to re-up the cover art of Marvin Gaye's I Want You album for his own I'm Gay project taps into hip-hop's long and lustrous admiration for the music of Marvin. ... More >>
That which we abhor.U2 is playing in Oakland tonight, and we're reasonably confident that of the roughly 20,000 people who will be attending, we are dreading it the most. Yes, we loathe the pompous rock wannabes of U2. We tend to spit at the very mention of Bono. Shown pictures of his wraparo ... 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 >>
Now, I don't know for sure what sample is being used as the basis of the initial melody of matthewdavid's "Trusss." If I had to guess where the smooth guitar tones and vocal utterances initially came from, I'd say it was an old-school D'Angelo or a Mary J. Blige track. Though, instead of al ... More >>