By JAMES ROBINSON
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Fox Theater, Oakland
Better than: The Vampire Diaries, Interview with the Vampire, Twilight and True Blood (but not, however, Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
Vampire Weekend, punching its ticket on a short jaunt between Coachella ap ... More >>
St. Patrick's Day looms, but that doesn't mean you need to put on green clothing to party this weekend. In fact, the draw of South by Southwest in Austin. means that an unusually high number of big touring acts will be stopping in the City by the Bay. Somewhat oddly, this week the focus is on the sl ... More >>
There really isn't anybody else like Benoit & Sergio. Based out of Washington D.C. and Berlin, the duo has spent the past couple years supplying dancefloors with strange athems that combine '80s pop appeal with slick tech-house aesthetics, leading some publications to describe them as Ricardo Villal ... More >>
Bob Dylan is 71. Always-strong critical showings from such septuagenarian contemporaries as Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, and Tom Zé still don't even come close to his towering impact. After all, they weren't presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He's probably the only musician in America ... More >>
A magazine that you sometimes see in the waiting rooms of tire stores, Rolling Stone remains tirelessly dedicated to reporting on its own place in the history of the teensy sliver of music that its publisher enjoys. To that end, the august rag is forever publishing important lists ranking the best m ... More >>
Popular, influential, and cult musicians come through San Francisco every day. But it isn't every day when an event comes along that you know will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and serve a good cause.
On Monday, Philip Glass' Days and Nights Festival and local promoter (((folkYEAH!))) presen ... More >>
Rufus Wainwright, dapper dandy and San Francisco favorite, just released a music video for the title track of his forthcoming album, Out of the Game, which is slated for release April 23. The video features a prim and surprisingly ordinary (dare we say, boring and predictable) Helena Bonham Carter a ... More >>
Paul Simon is the marquee name leading the 2012 Black and White Ball at Davies Symphony Hall on June 2. Whether he'll perform career-spanning hits, selections from his recent Songwriter album, or both, hasn't been confirmed. But regardless of the set list, Simon and his touring musicians will have o ... More >>
The second installment in the Blow Your Head compilation series, released today, underscores Diplo's status as the world's most persuasive musical archaeologist. Released on Mad Decent, the record label run by the DJ, producer, and former darling of M.I.A., it focuses on the newly-created sub-genre ... More >>
Joseph SchellThe Tallest Man on Earth and The NursesThe IndependentMay 09, 2010Better than: Pie. But not momma's homemade pie. Nothing beats that.Here are a few things fans who came to The Independent learned about The Tallest Man on Earth:- He knows how to make music. From the moment h ... More >>
Photo of a previous Vampire Weekend show by Moses NamkungVampire WeekendThe Fox TheaterApril 19, 2010Better Than: getting bitten by a vampire wearing high-tops, skinny jeans, and shaggy bangs.Last night, the Columbia grads of Vampire Weekend, led by frontman Ezra Koening and his impressive falset ... More >>
Yesterday, the Chronicle's Henry Schulman penned a truly entertaining article about how former Journey frontman Steve Perry is peeved because the Dodgers play "Don't Stop Believin'" when the team needs a rally in the bottom of the ninth -- and Perry is a Giants fan. Any article in which Perry utt ... More >>
THIS is how you make fun of progressive supervisors!
I have a message for the four new Supervisors:
Hello. My name is Benjamin. And my job is to say much, much, funnier things about you than anybody did last night.
Last night, of course, was the "Roasted Supes" party, which is a vaguely cle ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>