Why is it that when British people drink too much, they become 10 times funnier? It's not just the accents (though that does definitely help). There is just something specific to coming from that island -- and we have no idea what it is -- that inspires a special next-level of unhindered glee and co ... More >>
Punk rock enthusiasts may mourn the loss of Force of Habit, the record shop that inhabited the space that is now wine bar 20 Spot, but the winos in town can rejoice. The wine bar, from owners Bodhi Freedom (owner of Bacchus) and chef Anthony Paone, opened in March, and boasts a list of North America ... More >>
Aw, look: Another one of Oasis' Gallagher brothers uttered a statement that managed to be arrogant, ignorant, and fuddy-duddy all at the same time!
This time it was the elder (and usually saner) one, Noel, speaking to the U.K.'s Sunday Express about the impending die-off of that rare and vital spec ... More >>
Most artists like to call themselves unpredictable, but few fit the description so fully as a little three-piece named Liars. First dipping into dance-punk with their 2001 debut They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top, the L.A.-via-Berlin-via-NYC-via-L.A. trio has since experimente ... More >>
Uh-oh. Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips unleashed the wrath of Erykah Badu this week by releasing a video for their collaboration, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," without getting her approval first. Which was kind of important, since the video features crazy close-ups of all (and we do mean ... More >>
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Here we are, at the end of the blizzard: the final installment of our list of the most coked-out records ever made. Less an endorsement than an assessme ... More >>
As musical pairings go, they don't come much more oddball than Mastodon with Feist. But -- we can't quite believe it either -- on Record Store Day (April 21st), the unlikely collaborators are releasing Feistodon: a split single that will feature Mastodon covering Feist ("A Commotion") and vice versa ... More >>
Drake hangin' with Mistah FAB on the set of his video shoot in Oakland. Photo via SoulCulture.
So, Drake and Lil Wayne were in the Bay Area last weekend, shooting a video for "The Motto." [East Bay Express]
A worthy screed about awful loud talkers during a Weakerthans show at the Independent ... More >>
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011
The Orpheum Theatre
Better than: Standing among shouty drunks at a European soccer match.
Since Oasis' Gallagher brothers are apparently determined to not get along -- the famously disagreeable Mancs scuttled their titanic Britpo ... More >>
Christopher VictorioChromeo at Treasure Island on Saturday
Death From Above 1979, Battles, Dizzee Rascal, YACHT, The Naked & Famous
October 15, 2011
Treasure Island Music Festival
Better than: Any wanna-be Studio 54 club experience
The genius of Treasure Island Music Festiv ... More >>
In a segment from a season 1 episode of "The Cosby Show," the sitcom's namesake delightfully illustrates how pop music can function as a generational wedge. "I thought it had come down the hallway," Bill Cosby says in reference to the deafening music playing on daughter Sondra's ... More >>
What did we do on Christmas after we'd eaten a mountain of food and watched a giant stack of movies? Looked for actors in music videos, of course! Here are six of the weirdest cameos big-name actors have made in music videos.
6. Christopher Walken in Fatboy Slim's "Weapon Of Choice"
Up until t ... More >>
Chrissy LoaderEl Vez, Los StraightjacketsThursday, Dec. 17, 2009The IndependentBetter than: Elvis impersonators who don't speak Spanish.El Vez is, in many ways, a role model for the importance of the live event in the music industry. The punk rocker-turned-underground-musical-theater star has spe ... More >>
EKAphotographyThey'rre Ba-ack: the Oasis Crew
Summer reggae lovers were bummed, to say the least, when Oakland's Oasis Nightclub--home of the popular Wednesday night weekly "Lion Rock"--shuttered its doors a while back. Apparently, the City of Oakland noted numerous code violations. The owners s ... More >>
EKAphotographyRound Midnight: the Oasis crew
The recent Uptown Unveiled event cast a spotlight on the revitalized Oakland nightlife scene, which is really beginning to come into its own after years of playing second fiddle to SF. As it stands now, there's a solid strip of venues in and around Broad ... More >>