By JAMES ROBINSON Rufus Wainwright is quick to acknowledge that he's asked for a certain type of patience from his fans in recent years. There was Prima Donna, the opera he wrote, the stark All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, which featured adaptations of three of Shakespeare's sonnets. He's also ... More >>
Norah Jones They may not all admit it, but everyone likes Norah Jones. And more universally than that, everyone gets down to Norah Jones. As we walk through Lindley Meadow on our way closer to the stage, we see couples of all kinds dancing, pecking, staring dreamily, or full-on making-out to the smo ... More >>
Allen Scott is Executive Vice President of Another Planet Entertainment, the Berkeley-based production outfit that puts on S.F.'s Outside Lands music festival (with help from others). Many people work to put on the festival, but it's partially Scott's baby: He helps decide who plays, what changes fr ... More >>
Like my colleague Andrew Stout, I have mostly managed to avoid Justin Bieber for what I'm pretty sure are good reasons. He's a typical "innocent" white male singer trying to represent universality to nonwhites and nonmales. Then there's his musical blandness: bits that crept through my defenses of " ... More >>
Outside Lands just released the lineup for 2012, its fifth year -- and it's a big one. Headliners include Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Skrillex, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Justice, Beck, Sigur Ros, and more. The festival takes place in Golden Gate Park Friday through Sunday, ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>
"What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>
Listen to this while high: The Dead Milkmen's The King in Yellow. Behind the buzz: Eighties college-rock jokers you either got or you didn't, The Dead Milkmen are back with three original members and a snootful of the same old eff-yew. They weren't the first punks to goose risibilities (Sam t ... More >>
Gaga at the GrammysSteve Stoute, an industry executive famous in hip-hop circles for managing Nas and beefing with Diddy, isn't happy with the way the Grammys turned out last week. In fact, he's so mad that he took out a full page ad in the New York Times to air his grievances with the award show ... More >>
Before founding Belle and Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch came here to get healthy. He left with songs, skills, and a promise to return with a band.
Last week, Katy Perry's cleavage got her appearance on Sesame Street canceled, due to a barrage of complaints from parents who saw the leaked clip on YouTube before it had a chance to air. We personally can't see what all the fuss is about, since Katy's breasticles looked pretty well contained to us ... More >>
Ravi and Anoushka Shankar at Davies Symphony HallSince taking up the sitar in the late 1930s, Indian musician Ravi Shankar has released more than 40 albums, composed for film director Satyajit Ray, collaborated with Ali Akbar Khan and Philip Glass, and taught George Harrison everything he knew a ... More >>
Venerable Mission club pulls plug on live music.
The body count of legendary recording studios that have gone silent is undeniable.
Well they're slightly different than ZZ Top, but the vacant slot left by those dudes on the Bridge School Benefit has been filled by Band of Horses, who will bring their harmonic indie rock to the Shoreline on Saturday, Oct. 25, performing alongside Neil Young, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Sarah McLac ... More >>
The official Bridge School Benefit lineup was just announced, and like always, it's a doozey. This year's event goes down Oct. 25 and 26 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, and brings back Neil Young alongside Wilco, Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, Norah Jones, and Cat Power for both days. Special one-day ... More >>
Birdmonster has come a long way like those slim-ass cigarettes. The local indie dudes are finally set to release their sophomore album later this year, after signing to Fader Label a few months back. The word: New York, NY: FADER Label, the recording branch of The FADER, is pleased to announce From ... More >>
Wong Kar-Wai's first English-language foray is a minor confection.
Local indie rockers Birdmonster are the new recruits to Fader magazine's little record label. Expect a new release from the band towards the end of this year--and, hmmm, mabye some ink in the magazine I'd imagine? -- Jennifer Maerz New York, NY: FADER Label, the recording branch of The FADER, is pl ... More >>
Monkeey Man Davy Jones tunes in to his favorite music By Jonathan Cunningham It’s been awhile since Davy Jones was considered hip, if ever the Monkees truly were, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have an ear for music. The British drummer/singer is still in the studio frequently and trying to ... More >>
The Special (JazzCubed)
River: The Joni Letters (Verve)
Art imitates life as U.S. directors command this year's fest, with only China rivaling for celluloid domination.
Anoushka Shankar displays her father's innovative spirit
The real story behind Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine isn't the label battles. It's how good the record is.
Jacksonville City Nights
In Your Honor
Behold! A handful of bands to keep an eye on in the coming year
The Living Road
One Soul Now
Feels Like Home
How I discovered the real Nedelle behind her heartbreaking soul-pop creations
Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note
The many moods of country icon Willie Nelson
Ultra. Chilled 03
A galaxy-spanning journey through space and sound!