If you find this this year's Treasure Island lineup a little light on pedal harps, oddly high-pitched voices, and Northern California female songwriters who are also models, we've got good news: Joanna Newsom was just added to the bill! The 30-year-old Nevada City native is set to play the festiva ... More >>
Tim WagnerSan Francisco trains all year long for Bay to Breakers Friday. We made it. Let's do something fun now. Here's the list. Wholphin Screening @ ATA (Fri.) Among this round of selected shorts from Wholphin, the DVD 'zine from the Dave Eggers empire, comes the following gem: Wer ... More >>
We scooped this off Flavorpill early this week: Eat to the Beat, an occasionally amusing rundown of theoretical restaurants and dishes with concepts drawn from songs by prominent bands and artists both current and vintage, along with the ad campaigns they've soundtracked. From Hank Williams' "Hey, ... More >>
We spent 2009 sorting through piles of folk and Americana releases, revising this list in our heads till the bitter end and failing repeatedly to understand the hype behind the Avett Brothers in the process. While a year of listening brought no shortage of pleasant surprises, our hands-down favorit ... More >>
AlisonWhat is in the water in Nevada City? That old gold rush town is a hotbed for Bay Area expats (Tim Green) and general musical creativity (Joanna Newsom, Alela Diane) that goes well with what's popular back here (freaky folk, pastoral pop). Tonight Casual Fog comes down from the hills with a hea ... More >>
Look, Ma! Solar panels and a three-car garage!If asked to guess which city in California sported the most rooftop solar installations, you might well guess San Francisco, right? And if asked which city would be most likely to include such information on its official travel brochure or within the stu ... More >>
Nevada City, CA has growing cultural cache right now. It's the hometown of Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane, Miranda July and Mike Mills have a place there, and generally the picturesque little Gold Country town fosters a community of smarty pants, quirky artists. Or at least those are the ones who've ... More >>
From a little item in the Aquarius Records newsletter: Looks like local rock recording genius Tim Green is pulling up stakes from his Portola area compound, Louder Studios. The famed basement that committed to tape albums from the likes of the Melvins, Saviours, Howlin Rain, Crime in Choir, the Fuck ... More >>
(photo by Autumn de Wilde) Who needs the Strokes anymore, really. It seems that band's members are much better off musically putting their skills into new projects, from guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s two solo albums to this new act Little Joy, with drummer Fabrizio Moretti, his girlfriend Binki S ... More >>
Nevada City may be a small town, but it has quite a lot of cultural cache. Musicians from Jonathan Richman to Terry Riley and Joanna Newsom have lived in the scenic Sierra Foothills gold rush town. There's a cool little arts scene there (not to mention some fantastic swimming holes), all of which yo ... More >>
Who pushed the Everly Brothers in the dirt? If that famous 1960s ecstatic-tenor folk duo were to morph into something a little more bitter and crouchy, it could be the Moore Brothers, especially on "Girl with a Light," from their super-stripped-down album Murdered by the Moore Brothers on Plain Reco ... More >>
Lee Bob Watson wrestles for musical truth
El Capitan delivers a rootsy California tapestry
Mission Creek Music Festival is a must-hear
Two politicians put their interests before a world-class event and a world of possibilities
The first Duct Tape Festival displays the many uses of adhesive strips of rubber, cloth, and plastic. Bowling, anyone?
Into the woods with the players of the Professional Disc Golf Association
Getting carried away at the 20th anniversary of the Art Deco Society of California
U. Utah Phillips, inspiration to Ani DiFranco and card-carrying Wobbly, is Northern California's institutional memory of itinerant folk
Since the '60s, the Ananda Church of Self-Realization has grown from a Northern California commune into a worldwide New Age empire. Its leader has grown fond of sex with young believers.
Computers won't know what to do when 1999 becomes 2000; but lawyers and other profit-seekers will
Why do San Francisco emergency workers live so far away?