"She's all heart and no brains." By LORI SELKE In the wake of folk singer Michelle Shocked's anti-gay tirade at Yoshi's on Sunday, many of her old fans were stunned and dismayed, in large part because many were convinced she was a lesbian. And not without reason, although Michelle Shocked had be ... More >>
Full of house, tech-house, and elements of nu-disco, the first full-length release from Nat "Zombie Disco Squad" Self, Brains, is probably not the soundtrack you'd imagine accompanying a zombie invasion. It sounds like it would better suit a night out with your friends in a seedy European club. As ... More >>
Music critics are misleading you. Their lists are cataloged lies. The greatest single of all time is not "Fight the Power," or "Love Will Tear Us Apart," or "Johnny B. Goode," or "Anarchy in the U.K.," or "Billie Jean." The deception is strategic; uncovering the truth would only upset their caref ... More >>
Dear everyone, it looks like we owe you all a huge apology. There we were last week, thinking that having a sense of humor about the fact that we live on a gigantic fault line was infinitely better than stressing ourselves out to the point of constant anxiety about the next Big One. But then our ... More >>
The xxThe xx: ""Standing on that stage was incredibly surreal," The xx's Jamie Smith tells SF Weekly's Rae Alexandra in our print edition this week about winning the prestigious Mercury Prize two weeks ago. Now the xx is on its last U.S. tour for a while -- what Smith calls "a proper party," ... More >>
WhiteVinylSolarBeat I don't smoke weed, but I still like the sound of ambient music boxes that make my brain buzz. Especially if I can play them at work, and they're created using the "orbital frequencies of our solar system." The designer behind WhiteVinyl crafted this truly cosmic little player ... More >>
By Michael McCall Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergTwo young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, helped country expand its fan base in these years of shrinking music sales. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw ... More >>
By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>
By Annie ZaleskiPop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The follo ... More >>
This year, it's all about You, so put Yourself out there
Sacto heavyweights Kai Kln rise from the ashes
The much-loved Web site is taking millions from Bay Area newspapers and causing layoffs that adversely affect coverage. And its founder's well-intentioned support of citizen journalism has a slim chance of fixing the problem.
Infiltrator takes in NASA Space Camp for kids. As an adult. To save the planet.
A fervent melodic-emo torch goes out, Of Montreal reveals its happy/malevolent juxtaposition, and Michelle Shocked does it her way
The Grey Album made everyone forget about Danger Mouse and Jemini's Ghetto Pop Life. It's time to remember.
The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture
Throwing Muses|The Grotto
With its second album, Oranger leaves its playful past behind
Renfrew report; Mercury News; Dot-com junkies; Propositions K and L
Left Of(f) the Dial; Following up
Audra, Oprah -- Oprah, Audra, Strange Bedfellows, Free Ink
After big labels beat on its door for years, Lootpack found a home on a small San Francisco imprint and an original approach to modern hip hop
Temporarily in Los Angeles working on a movie, Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek still doesn't know when his next record's coming out
In Austin, Texas, it's a neck-and-neck race between art and commerce at South by Southwest
On the road to possible stardom, Train tries to preserve its sanity and keep the bean counters happy
Hank Williams gets out of this world alive
Mitchell Froom provided the sonic boom behind some of the '90s' best records
The demons -- personal andfantastical and pop cultural -- that have shaped the art of a San Francisco illustrator
The enforcement of drug laws should be less hurtful than the dangers inherent in drug use itself, say the "harm reductionists" at Prevention Point, who practice what they preach by distributing 1.5 million needles to the city's drug users.
Verbal Prankster Mal Sharpe and his partner, Jim Coyle, bushwacked San Francisco in the early '60s, posing absurd man-in-the street questions to the unsuspecting. Taping the encounters, the dup invented a shtick that was part comedy, part performance art