San Francisco is a Yo La Tengo kind of town, a place where the lauded New Jersey rock trio can come, play three nights at the Fillmore supported by the best local acts of the day, and sell out each night. (It might even be the same people going to every show.) So while it's not surprising that the ... More >>
Cold World at 924 Gilman on Saturday. Ceremony Cold World, Old Firm Casuals, The Nubs, No Sir Saturday, March 11, 2012 924 Gilman St. [Editor's note: Writer Sam Lefebvre's camera was destroyed while covering this show. So instead of pictures, this post includes some video from Saturday's performance ... More >>
Ceremony, an fearsomely powerful Rohnert Park hardcore band, is the newest signing to vaunted indie label Matador Records; its new album, the blistering Zoo, hit the streets today. To celebrate the release, the band is playing a free in-store at Amoeba tonight at 6 p.m. It's also headlining 924 Gil ... More >>
I've been everywhere with the San Francisco band Girls: Love 'em, hate 'em, find them overhyped, find the detractors overly cynical. I think they like it that way. Girls' hugely-acclaimed 2009 Album blew me away for a week. Then I found myself having trouble rekindling that need to hear it a ... More >>
Before founding Belle and Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch came here to get healthy. He left with songs, skills, and a promise to return with a band.
Cold Cave @ Bottom of the Hill Ever since Ian Curtis shuffled off this mortal coil (4AD pun intended), gobs of acts have attempted to recreate his chilly post-punk aesthetic. The latest contenders, Cold Cave, go Curtis one further, aping the style of both Joy Division and that seminal band's suc ... More >>
girls sandy small.jpgSeptember is going to be a busy month for highly anticipated San Francisco releases. First the Dodos announced that their third record, Time to Die, will be out on 9/15, and now we have the debut full-length from Girls out one week later, on 9/22. The Girls record, called Rejoic ... More >>
If you didn't catch Jay Reatard's lightning-quick garage punk set over the summer, then 2009 is looking good for you. The Memphis-bred rocker plans to release his first studio album under indie staple Matador Records early next year, and is scheduled to deliver furious guitar riffs at the Independen ... More >>
Jay Reatard Matador Singles '08 (Matador)
If you were ever a Liz Phair fan, the mere mention of her indie rock classic Exile in Guyville should evoke memories of exactly where you were when you first heard "Fuck and Run." (Mine involved the guy I was dating at the time, who both introduced me to the record and inadvertently acted out the b ... More >>
The cult of Chavez gets another round
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The Hold Steady's version of classic rock is full of sex, drugs, and Jesus
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The amazingly true tale of the Bay Area's greatest hip hop success story
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Fuck takes the high road -- to the end of the line
Somewhere between twisted electronica and cacophonic noise lies the challenging work of J Lesser
In the Ballpark
Live Human proves that turntablism can learn a thing or two from jazz -- or is it the other way around?
After 10 years, Superchunk and Merge Records are still working, albeit quietly
Pavement guitarist Scott Kannberg juggles growing up with his band (which isn't breaking up) and starting a local rock label
Belle & Sebastian's long-distance romance continues with The Boy With the Arab Strap
The squalor and acrimony of the lives of a couple of hard-drinking retirees are dwarfed by the avarice that their celebrity has inspired in others