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 >>
Farewell, then. In case you still needed to know the difference between R.E.M. and U2, R.E.M. just broke up and U2 dies only when Bono is put in the ground. Whatever today's (honestly shocking) announcement means about R.E.M.'s 31-year-career, well, what did anything ever mean with this ban ... More >>
To help stoke the publicity fires before its May tour (which hits S.F. May 22 at the Fillmore), New York's arty glam-electro heads Fischerspooner announced they'd been given an unreleased R.E.M. song to cover. The tune, "Fascinating," was apparently written by Michael Stipe but never put on an R.E. ... 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 >>
Accelerate (Warner Brothers)
Where well-heeled snobs go when they need watering
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.
The Unicorns strike it rich with their unique brand of sullied indie-pop
S.F.'s musicians resolve to be as eclectic as S.F. musicians ought
Mandy Moore's likable enough; wish we could say the same about her movie
Calling all submissives: Jucifer's Amber Valentine has some boots that need shining
Don't hate me because I'm corporate
Absolutely nothing -- unless you're Clear Channel Communications
Tracking down the mysteries behind Ral Partha Vogelbacher's cinematic break-up album
The gloriously unambitious world of John Patrick McKenzie, who doesn't care that he's a rising star in the visual arts. And who, as it happens, is autistic.
Pushy's Madeline Minx wants to be both Madonna and Woody Allen
Saucy sexagenarians, kooky King Kong, global grooves, and apocryphal atheism
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
The singer-songwriter hasn't died. He's just gone online.
Flaming Creatures; Chungking Express; D.O.A.
Actor and rock video director Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich is an odd masterpiece. So why is Jonze scared of his own shadow?
Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith have paid Miles Davis the highest honor: They've interpreted his fusion work by refusing to imitate it
Quietly oh so quietly local trio Half Film is setting a mood
The traveling salesman is the symbolic star of Vic Chesnutt's sixth and sexiest album
How can Burt Bacharach make a comeback when he never went away?
The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion and Rock 'n' Roll by Simon Reynolds and Joy Press
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