Ghost B.C. Thursday, April 25, 2013 Regency Ballroom Better than: Going to Church on Sunday morning. Ghost is a rock band from Sweden. The members dress up in funny costumes and worship Satan. Like, every song is about Satan. Their lead singer, named Papa Emertis II, dresses like a skeleton pope. ... More >>
There is the fact of money. And there is the fantasy. In America, we're so steeped in our wish for wealth at all costs that we've made it a virtue to live want-by-want. We've coined a shorthand for it, too. We call it "the American dream." Every pillar of our public life in one way or another uphold ... More >>
Peter Gabriel Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 HP Pavilion Better than: All of Peter Gabriel's best videos all wrapped in one package. Peter Gabriel's Back to Front Tour is billed as a live performance of his seminal fifth album album So (1986), and while performing entire albums has become a common practice ... More >>
Everyone has their own most anticipated album of the fall, but it's safe to say there's lots interest in Love This Giant, the David Byrne/St. Vincent collaboration. When an official announcement came this summer (LP due out in September) with a downloadable single ("Who") that didn't suck, the stake ... More >>
We weren't that surprised to read this morning that teacher/lover/inmate James Hooker was trying desperately to win back his former student and girlfriend,18-year-old Jordan Powers, after she dumped him upon his not-so-surprising arrest for allegedly having a romantic relationship with a minor 14 ye ... More >>
Flickr/aquababeDesigned to be a business-to-business convergence of the worlds of music and technology, the S.F. MusicTech Summit, which took over the Hotel Kabuki yesterday, is really many events rolled into one. The top three: A trade show, a forum for new ideas, and a place to make connect ... More >>
This week: Toke along with Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Behind the buzz: Anyone claiming mystification at this Coachella-bound rock choir needs a sharp rap across the skull with one of those dildos left over from a Die Antwoord video. You'd think cultural memory of a lopsided pair of So ... More >>
Since yesterday's Super Bowl Half Time Show was so sorely lacking in wardrobe malfunctions -- frankly, we found the Black Eyed Peas' outfits a billion times more offensive than Janet Jackson's silver-plated nipple, but whatever -- we decided to provide a bit of dirt today, so you can all get over th ... More >>
Like many of San Francisco's best acts, Maus Haus is tough to pin down stylistically. The group's idiosyncratic lyrics are matched with orchestral electronic arrangements reminiscent of Krautrock, Bollywood soundtracks, and Brian Eno's best work. The group's upcoming release, Sea-Sides, like its ... More >>
Peter Gabriel may be courting indie rock with his reciprocal covers albums Scratch My Back and the forthcoming I'll Scratch Yours - featuring the likes of Bon Iver and the Arcade Fire - but don't discount indiedom's growing love for his old Genesis cohort Phil Collins. The recent rise of chillw ... More >>
It only makes sense, right? Not only did critics compare their music to Peter Gabriel, but the band name dropped the Sledgehammer in the middle of their song...sooner or later Vampire Weekend was surely hoping Gabriel was gonna hear their tune. Well not only did Mr. Gabriel listen to Vampire's "Cape ... More >>
White/Lichens (Holy Mountain)
Conor Oberst succeeds despite the flaws
The classic opera turns darker and more visually arresting
The Master of Mirth, David Byrne, plays three dates at the Fillmore, and the Masters of Persian Music grace Zellerbach Hall
Queers in the dugout
Though difficult to nail down, TV on the Radio's debut is unmistakably genius.
Gere and J.Lo Dance, and there's nothing dirty about it
Mike Park and pals are "Asians in Rock"; the beautiful pianist Rachel Z brings her contemporized smooth jazz to Pearl's
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
TV on the Radio: Add a pinch of electro, a gallon of guitar fuzz, and...Peter Gabriel?
Seeking an experienced live band? The Blind Boys of Alabama boast 60+ years of show-stopping soul.
In Whale Rider, a Maori lass confronts her heritage and destiny
The winter of our erector sets
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
"Cover to Cover"; Brian & Chris; "Haydn and the Gypsies"
The '80s Are Back; Vacation Music
Chicken Run is finger lickin' good
Pieces in a Modern Style