Welcome, ladies and gents, to the most awkward, thrown-together video we've seen since Phil Collins and Phil Bailey pretended to be best friends in the 1984 clip for "Easy Lover." You may have already heard that John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John recently saw fit to record a Christmas album t ... More >>
Face and Public Works present DJ Harvey Public Works Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Better than: No better than, that would be unfair. The volume levels dipped and the club went dark; only the exit lights glowed a muted neon green from the corners. We drifted along weightlessly, waiting to be brought back d ... More >>
Yacht Rock is a kind of smooth, soft rock made by men with pretty voices in the late '70s and early '80s. It's called "yacht rock" now (it wasn't then) because it's pretty much the ideal soundtrack for a crisp, smug, Topsider-wearing day on the water. Given that San Francisco is now in the throes o ... More >>
Romana MachadoThe UndertonesSF Popfest: The Undertones The Mantles Melted Toys The Smittens May 27th, 2011 @ Rickshaw Stop Better than: Sitting at home on a cold May night with your Raspberries mp3s and all the Debby Boone albums you can burn. Ricki Lee Jones was playing at Davies Hall, whic ... More >>
Tamara PalmerBone Thugs-n-Harmony at Yoshi's.Bone Thugs-n-Harmony March 12, 2011 @ Yoshi's S.F.Better than: Partying with tuneless gangsters. Yes, Thugs is part of this Ohio-born, multi-platinum selling group's name, but make no mistake: This is one of the most emotional acts in rap mu ... More >>
Phil Collins, the Genesis drummer turned solo artist, has retired from making music. This is sad news for his army of worldwide fans, most of whom presumably have sizable classic rock collections. But it's also news that will devastate a demographic one might not automatically associate with songs ... More >>
Young LIf you haven't been paying attention this year, The Pack's Young L has emerged a production tour-de-force, giving birth to some of the most original sounds this year. On his latest track, "Conscious Minds," the Berkeley native steps away from his usual, out-of-this world sounds and plays a ... More >>
Think back to the last time you were at a family event and someone pointed a camera at you right at the moment you'd been cornered by a relative you couldn't stand. The discomfort shining through your fake smile and awkward body language is captured forever and stuck in the family photo album for al ... More >>
Nicholas Dawson has been hard at work for over five years on the musical project Bookworms. In that time, Dawson has churned out a couple of EPs and the full-length LP The Hidden Staircase on Solos Records, in addition to remixing local favorites Mi Ami and Lemonade. His style is hard t ... More >>
Bouncer geeks out at Rancho Parnassus
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 >>
Neon Indian @ Rickshaw Stop Mapping out a universe of spongy synth leads and canned beats, Texas tinkerer Alan Palomo has managed an offbeat triumph in Psychic Chasms, the debut of Neon Indian, his one-man project. The album, which features such casually sung gems as "Terminally Chill" and "Ephem ... More >>
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