The first time Randy Cordero covered a Neil Diamond song, he did it as a lark, never dreaming that it would become his full time job for the next 20 years. "In 1988, I was the singer and songwriter of a regular rock band," Cordero recalls. "Sometimes I'd do open mics, playing my own songs solo, with ... More >>
Davy Jones of the Monkees, who sang such widely known hits as "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," and "Valleri," died of a heart attack this morning. He was 66. Already a renowned stage performer who'd scored a Tony nomination, Jones auditioned in 1965 to be on a TV show based on t ... More >>
Gil Riego, Jr.Panic! at the Disco at the Warfield last night Panic! at the Disco Funeral Party fun. June 22, 2011 @ The Warfield Theater [Editors' Note: We sent SF Weekly photographer Gil Riego, Jr., to both shoot and write about last night's Panic! at the Disco show. What follows is his rat ... More >>
This week: Get submerged with Urge Overkill's Rock & Roll Submarine.Behind the buzz: In rock lore, Urge Overkill is said to have faltered in a bid to take over the '90s rock scene at its alt-sodden peak. It must be a real three-fisted bitch to be best known for what you didn't accomp ... More >>
Romana MachadoGlitter WizardGreg Ginn, Big Scenic Nowhere, Glitter WizardMarch 19, 2011 @Thee Parkside Marginally better than: Listening to Billy Joel records in a Seattle parking garage. It's SXSW season, and few things are longer than the faces of Facebook non-attendees this year. My ne ... More >>
Instagram username TomWaitsForNoMan (Wait, is that headline confusing? "No longer" modifies the verb "waits," not the compound adjective "to be inducted." Sorry if that seemed sensationalistic. But while we're on the subject of names that parse as verbs, consider the difficulty of writing a snappy h ... More >>
Why is it that "Sweet Caroline" always gets everyone within earshot to sing along? Whether it pops on the radio in your buddy's car, on the jukebox at 15 Romolo, or over the PA at some big outdoor park with fake grass in Boston, you're gonna hear a Greek chorus when Neil Diamond gets to "Good tim ... More >>
SongSungBlue.comMore Surreal than Neil: Lightning & ThunderThe 11th Annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival kicks off this week with an opening night party tonight at Cellspace featuring the Extra Action Marching Band, Live Evil, and our favorite Croatian wino, DJ Toph One! Admission is $ ... More >>
Conor Oberst succeeds despite the flaws
It's not just the national anthem being sung in Spanish that's got anti-immigration folks riled up. Which side of the fence are you on?
Wherein we find the coining of our new favorite word: "Jew-pergroup"
The 10 most head-scratching, insulting, crass, craven, and weird musical moments of the year
Dear Reactionaries: If you think the New Times merger spells trouble for local music, read this column
On first-date dinners, road-trip gas, interpreters, and massage therapists
Making music has allowed Randy Cordeiro to quit his job, travel the world, and buy a nice car. If only it were his music that Randy Cordeiro was making.
In lieu of a conversation with the real Tom Jones, we bring you Steffanos Xanthoudakis
Nash Kato and Urge Overkill were aping cock rock way before the Darkness. Now they're back to reclaim the title.
Another SNL vet may be the next Bill Murray. Seriously.
Week of September 18, 2002
At Worldcon, everyone -- from famous author to humble fan to mothlike alien -- is equal
In Point Arena, where small town and big city mix, and become fond memory
Attitude-free bars of the Marina
Cult hero Harvey Sid Fisher, creator of Astrology Songs, plays the Mission
What's up, doc?
New Disorder Records; Mark Kozelek; Doublelife
Cash: American III: Solitary Man (American) / Haggard: If I Could Only Fly (Anti/Epitaph)
The Coctails decline to join up with the nouveau Lounge Nation