Day one of The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brought something more unusual than ironic outfits or that poor guy who couldn't get his flip flops on for the life of him: rain. Usually, the desert festival is known for scorching, sometimes three-digit heat. But rain and wind be da ... More >>
When local folk-rock outfit Port O'Brien disbanded in 2010 after years of relentless touring, frontman Van Pierszalowski needed to clear his head. So, naturally, he headed to Norway, which promised both the isolation necessary to reboot, and the budding romance necessary to write a batch of compelli ... More >>
Soul and funk guru The Selecter DJ Kirk has been dubbed the unofficial mayor of San Francisco by friends and peers. Born and raised in S.F., he is recognized for his all-embracing knowledge of soul music through the decades, his extensive record collection, and for producing events like Soul ... More >>
Promoter Jessie WoletzLocal promoter and show booker Jessie Woletz is sort of an oxymoron. She's a powerhouse hippie. She's both constantly in motion -- booking, presenting, and promoting two to eight eclectic new weird folk shows a month at various San Francisco venues. Yet she's also peace ... More >>
Today marks the release of Britney Spears' surprisingly great new album Femme Fatale, whose lyrics -- you may have noticed in single "Hold It Against Me" -- feature a wealth of corny come-ons and played-out playerisms. Do these work for Britney Spears? Do they work on Britney Spears? And more impor ... More >>
James Blake at Stubb's in Austin.British electronic artist James Blake played one of the most anticipated sets of the first day of South By Southwest yesterday. But two songs into his evening show at Stubb's, many were still struggling to describe his mesh of slow, thunderous bass hits and melanc ... More >>
How to Dress Well at Cafe Du Nord Saturday night.How To Dress Well Dominant Legs Shlohmo Chelsea Wolfe February 26, 2011 @ Cafe Du Nord Better than: That super-emo playlist you made after a bad break-up. Unlike many of the other acts at this year's Noise Pop festival, How To Dress Well, a.k.a. ... More >>
Hot ChipHot Chip Sleigh Bells @ The Warfield October 17, 2010 Better than: Spending the same amount of time waiting to get off Treasure Island. London's Hot Chip came on the scene (our scene, anyway) circa 2006 with a song called "Boy From School," and it's made nice work of holding on to that ... More >>
PRINT IT OUT AND PLAY ALONG! Chapter One: A Quick Spin Around Our City! Welcome to San Francisco, the most (adjective) __________ city in the world. If you've got money and you're willing to (action verb) ________ it, and (same verb) _______ with abandon, come here. We need you to. Please. We don ... More >>
(Photos courtesy Tommy Lau)The State Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24 and 25, 2009 Eureka Theatre and Herbst Theatre Better than: the Beatles, Jesus, and Pamela Anderson I'm going to jump to the conclusion that you're just like me -- a productive member of society in their mid-to-late 20s, raised ... More >>
(Aziz Ansari by Seth Olenick)Aziz Ansari (w/ Nick Kroll)Friday, Jan. 23, 2009Punch LineBetter than: "Rollerblading" What better way to spend a Friday night than laughing until you're all teared up like a baby? I mean, yeah, it's great when you leave the Great American talking about some kick a ... More >>
Todays R&B is pure garbage.
By Randall Roberts You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barrier ... More >>
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