Steve Brodsky, an artist manager, show promoter, and executive who left his mark on many aspects of the San Francisco music scene, passed away Friday night of complications from leukemia. Among other endeavors, Brodsky worked with local acts like Wallpaper., Midi Matilda, Capital Cities, and others ... More >>
Here's a fun video -- well, more of an ad/promo reel -- showing how German advertising company The Marmalade creates special effects for food television commercials. The shots involve a special high-speed camera and fake food props (we want to see more of the studio that creates fake food, by the wa ... More >>
Martin Guajardo, the former San Francisco immigration lawyer accused of scamming his clients, remains at large since City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against him in November 2010. In the meantime, Christopher Stender, an attorney whom the city has accused of aiding and abetting Guarardo's all ... More >>
A huge new rave moves from S.F. to the Peninsula -- before the first beat even drops.
Over the last few years, concert promotion giant Live Nation has hosted an increasing number of concerts at San Francisco's Nob Hill Masonic Center. The seated, 3,500-capacity venue doesn't usually hold crazy rock shows (unless you think Weezer is crazy), but Al Green, Yanni, and Roxette are all sch ... More >>
Is it really so hard to be Kings of Leon? That's a question that countless arena-rock sobsters have been asking themselves in the wake of the Followill clan's tour cancellation, a move which disappointed fans, upset beer manufacturers, and may damn near bankrupt Live Nation. Rather than revel in the ... More >>
Bait and switchGroupon is being accused of defrauding consumers by purchasing advertisements on Google for services the company did not offer, according to a federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco. A Google search for "San Francisco Tours" on Feb. 24, for example, purportedly returned the followi ... More >>
If anonymous hearsay says it, it must be true.Is Google today's incarnation of Alan Freed, the 1950s R&B disc jockey accused of taking payments to play certain songs? TechCrunch cites anonymous sources suggesting something like that.A major agency "is pushing a ton of advertising dollars thro ... More >>
www.economist.comAs recorded music sales slide, at least among the young, artists and promoters are charging you more (lots more) money to go to concerts.How much more? Check it out after the jump.
It looks like Zynga is not going to face legal or financial consequences for alleged sidewalk vandalism carried out as part of a marketing campaign for the San Francisco-based company's new online game, Mafia Wars: Las Vegas.Instead, according to Matt Dorsey, spokesman for San Francisco City Atto ... More >>
You can add another entry to the annals of botched social media campaigns; Fast Company and San Francisco based digital marketing agency Mekanism turned Fast Company readers into digital guinea pigs this morning with The Influence Project, an ornate marketing rickroll where users had to register the ... More >>
Meet the new boss...On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will vote on a contract that would send tens of millions of dollars in Central Subway project funds to a firm employing the former director of the Municipal Transportation Agency. If approved, the contract will push the total amount of fund ... More >>
On Monday, the David and Goliath of concert ticket promotion and sales -- Live Nation and Ticketmaster -- joined forces to become Live Nation Entertainment, a music industry behemoth that promises to force other music labels and promoters to rejigger their business plans to accommodate. The U.S. ... More >>
Down -- but, locally, far from outA flagging economy hasn't yet led to the Shakespearian situation of killing all the lawyers -- at least not in San Francisco (and, again, not yet). Despite some hard-to-ignore setbacks for the city's providers of legal services, a recent report by the legal consulti ... More >>
By Matt SmithAn apparent upwelling of holiday good cheer has destroyed two of San Francisco's oldest law firms, which had thrived during much of the past century by exploiting greed, jealousy, fear, malice and other non-holiday sentiments. Thelen LLP, begun in 1924 and until recently one of America' ... More >>
Thizzle, bling, and blunts may have helped bring down the overhyped hyphy movement. But KMEL pulled the trigger.
July 5, 2006
For years the city has been using racy ads to sell HIV prevention. Do they work?
Jesse Kipp's job in the emerging field of commercial ethnography could make you the star of your very own advertisement
Week of July 3,2002
The expensive tastes of KPMG
Why San Francisco and its outside accountants are a little too close for comfort -- and how it could threaten the city's financial integrity
Too often, the S.F. law firm of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein strikes settlements that give the firm millions of dollars in legal fees -- and its class action clients too little
The international soap opera that surrounds the crumbling San Francisco landmark that was center stage for the incomparable "King of Torts," Melvin Belli
Environmental testing in the Presidio may be a Sisyphean task
Born to sell, would-be America's Cup skipper Dawn Riley puts her birthright to work
Sixteen years ago, Randy Shaw started a housing clinic with $50 and a good idea: educating tenants. Now he's got more than $900,000 a year to spend -- and clout to match.