This'll be a bit perverse, but so will every review. I'm not My Bloody Valentine's No. 1 fan but I do love them, and not just the timeless pyramid Loveless. More so than any other critics' band, I've never thought their legend annoying enough to feel the temptation to backlash. Their singles and EP ... More >>
Listen, we like high-concept beer as much as anybody. If a brewer makes a beer that resurrects an ancient Mesopotamian yeast, then ages it at the bottom of the Caspian Sea for three years in a barrel with curry spices and snozzberries ... well, our ears would perk up. But sometimes it's nice to ackn ... More >>
As you might imagine, combing back numbers of my Listen to This While High column and my own vast library for a reasonable stab at the Fifty Stoniest Songs Ever is a labor and hashish intensive experience. Preliminary fossickings unearthed these half-hundred favorites, many of which may seem unfamil ... More >>
Alright, so they're called the Bilinda Butchers, which will either infuriate or delight you My Bloody Valentine fans out there. (Non-nerds: Bilinda Butcher was the seminal shoegaze band's second vocalist, the one who sang that song you love on the Lost in Translation soundrack and most of th ... More >>
Cake Picture Gallery
Lou Reed set the bar rather low with his idea of the perfect day: sips of sangria in the park, a trip to the zoo, a movie. "It Was a Good Day" also kept it simple, with Ice Cube's ideal 24 hours consisting of mom's home cooking, playing craps, and a Lakers victory. Nigeri ... More >>
Listen to this while high: "I Came I Sat I Departed" by aTelecine (free download).Behind the buzz: The musical appendage of model/porn-star/hype monster Sasha Grey's bid for media domination, this joint is off the band's LP debut, A Cassette Tape Culture, just out on arty NYC label Perdu. An ind ... More >>
Chapterhouse looking very '90sWho knows why, but this has been the year for reunions. Throughout 2010, we've seen some of early emo's finest, the forefathers of stoner metal, alt-rock radio favorites, a handful of obscure bands, and even a few truly old-school names reconvene for 'just ... More >>
Many on the Internet -- including us -- have been making positive noises about San Francisco-via-Brooklyn band Tamaryn for a while now (at least, a while in web time). Today, the duo releases its debut album, The Waves, on the Mexican Summer label. The album is loaded with enough ethereal syn ... More >>
Brian VuWhen will shoegaze go out of fashion? If bands like San Francisco's Weekend keep making songs like "Coma Summer," not for a while. Like the pioneers of the genre, My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain, Weekend bury its vulnerability and its hooks in barbed-wire blankets of feed ... More >>
Fang IslandFive nights of solid shows and at least one good band to kick off each one. So head out and get your grub 'n' sauce on if you gotta -- but don't dawdle past the start times of these excellent openers:
Tuesday: Weekend with The Mantles and Dimmer at Rickshaw Stop.
S.F. trio Weeke ... More >>
Nathan SeabrookValentine's Day is the soppiest date of the year. Dewy-eyed lovebugs would have you believe it's exemplified by bunches of red roses and teddy bears and boxes of candy and cards with pink hearts on the front and cloying sentiments scrawled inside.
The charmingly named King Canniba ... More >>
Sandy KimGirls: None of those females are actually in the bandThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart, GirlsTuesday, July 21, 2009Rickshaw StopBetter than: Being at Popscene in the late '90s.There's a point in every great band's career when its hometown crowds realize something has changed, and definitely ... More >>
Now that the Beastie Boys have pulled out of Outside Lands, announcing the bad news that MCA has to undergo treatment for cancer of the parotid (salivary) gland, the festival has turned to the public to ask what artists should be considered as replacements for Sunday night's big finale. Outside Land ... More >>
DeerhunterMonday, Nov. 22, 2008Great American Music HallWords by Jennifer Maerz, Photo by Chrissy LoaderBetter than: Getting yet another eyefull from Pitchfork about how great Deerhunter is.On record, Deerhunter is a band that can easily sound like precious ambiance. I mean that in a complimentary w ... More >>
Gang Gang Dance
Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
Words and photos by Jennifer Maerz
Better than: Watching DJs push buttons on laptops.
Where to stand during a Gang Gang Dance show?
Last night at Bimbo's, the crowd was small -- cozy enough to fit into the hardwood area in front of the tables -- s ... More >>