UnderCover SF presents Kid A
February 24, 2013
Better than: That Stereogum Kid A mixtape; reading the Kid A 33 ⅓ book while listening to Kid A.
There's an Internet-famous Chuck Klosterman essay about cover bands. The crux of it: if artists become artists to express themselves, why ... More >>
This'll be a bit perverse, but so will every review. I'm not My Bloody Valentine's No. 1 fan but I do love them, and not just the timeless pyramid Loveless. More so than any other critics' band, I've never thought their legend annoying enough to feel the temptation to backlash. Their singles and EP ... More >>
Frank Ocean. Even his name sounds like it was dreamed up, because it was. Ocean is 2012's Clash, its Radiohead, its -- if you insist -- Animal Collective. From his no-name-on-the-cover mystique to the 10-minute opus, pre-career record company troubles and a grassroots indie following, he's an altern ... More >>
If I may make two predictions about Clear Heart Full Eyes, the solo debut from combustible, fan-friendly Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, they are that:
1. It's not going to save rock 'n' roll.
2. It's not going to be a meta-narrative about how it doesn't save rock and roll.
If the last Hold Stea ... More >>
You've probably heard some rumblings about the Stop Online Piracy Act recently. And in all likelihood -- especially if you watch major news channels like CNN -- it's probably all sounded pretty bad and pretty scary. Casey Shafer owns and runs Burning House Records -- an independent, San Francisco ... More >>
Today is National Grammar Day, which means until midnight you're legally obligated to put up with the prescriptivist fulminations of that one buy or girl in your office whose knickers get all bunched when you say "15 items or less" or "the reason is because." (Lucky for everyone in the world I wo ... More >>
It's been a rough summer for whales in the Bay Area. A humpback died near the Farallon Islands in July, a cargo ship killed a minke whale near the Port of Oakland last week, and yesterday a dead 35-footer washed up on Ocean Beach between Kirkham and Lawton.
Leviathan, we hardly knew ye! Let's o ... More >>
Christopher VictorioAtoms for Peace, Flying Lotus
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Better than: scouring the Internet for leaks of Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma.
The glowing eyes of two Moorish, gold Genies peered out over the Fox Theater Wednesday night. Fans had bought the place out to ... More >>
In action since 1997, Zion I has become one of the Bay Area's finest hip-hop acts, releasing six albums that have consistently shown off the duo's versatility. But in these times of rampant piracy, MC Zumbi and producer AmpLive know that their studio prowess alone won't butter their toast. Workin ... More >>
EKAphotographyVinyl Vamp: Zap Mama
Fickle weather and last-minute headliner replacements aside, Outside Lands was a success, by most yard sticks. Here's what folks are saying about the three-day extravaganza, which drew more than 100,000 people to Golden Gate Park:
The Chron ... More >>