Last week in Charlotte, Bill Clinton stepped to a podium in front of his party's delegation and delivered a speech. Maybe you saw it? What I remember are words -- lots of words. Some of them wrapped around statistics, others glaring back at me like bumper stickers on chrome. Clinton's words flowed f ... More >>
* US Air Guitar Championships: Witness the Madness of People Rawking on Thin Air
Last Night: US Air Guitar Championships Regional Qualifier
July 14, 2012
Better than: Air bassoon.
This summer, like so many summers before it, brings an aura of excitement to ambitious com ... More >>
Adam Yauch, the musician and filmmaker best known as Beastie Boys member MCA, died today of the cancer he was diagnosed with in 2009. Yauch was 47.It's so easy to underrate the Beastie Boys, in part because nobody did what they did, and for so long. From fighting for their right to party to fighting ... More >>
By DAVID CORCORAN
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
April 16, 2012
Great American Music Hall
Better than: Standing planted in one spot for two hours doing almost anything else.
Things You Probably Didn't Learn at Last Night's GY!BE Show That You Were Thinking Maybe You Would
There were a ... More >>
It's been over two weeks since the protest in SF's financial district commenced -- prompted by the occupation of Wall Street that started almost a month ago -- and four days since Oakland joined this now apparently worldwide movement. As we all know, Occupy Wall Street was outright ignored by mai ... More >>
With the release last week of Join Us, their first album for grown-ups in four years, They Might Be Giants has managed something that few pop musicians ever pull off: still creating music of the type and caliber of what made them famous full decades after their start. The record has been hera ... More >>
The music makes about as much sense as the cover art.
Maybe there was something in his blunt.
Otherwise, what the hell was A-Plus thinking? The Oakland rapper -- a member of the celebrated alternative hip-hop crews Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics -- just went and dropped a tribute EP cal ... More >>
So it's almost the Fourth of July -- a day when we are all obligated to find a barbeque, pretend it's sunny, get drunker than we probably should in the middle of the day, and complain about British people. As is the case with so many national holidays, this whole deal is a pain in the ass for the ... More >>
Mick Jagger threw his name into the running for what may become the biggest supergroup of 2011, joining Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, Damien Marley, Joss Stone, and A.R. Rahman, composer of the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, for what promises to be an eclectic (and hopefully not too terr ... More >>
Are you one of those hopelessly optimistic people who decides to transform yourself into a better human every time a New Year rolls around? You may have been brimming with enthusiasm for your resolution as the clock hit midnight last Friday, but we're guessing that, by now, the cracks are probably s ... More >>
Any child who came of age in the '90s has probably at least heard of Atari Teenage Riot. Band leader Alec Empire and his rotating crew of anarchist cronies brought their gritty, blown-out electronic speed punk (known best as 'digital hardcore' or 'breakcore') stateside from Riot's home base in Ber ... More >>
One problem faces The Thrashers at the band's CD release party on Friday, Feb. 26, at Broadway Studios.
"The show starts at 8 and we go on at 9:45," says keyboardist Brandon Lurie, "and that's past our bedtimes."
"Not on Fridays," counters rhythm guitarist Charley Rutledge.
Not many bands ha ... More >>
EKAphotographySomebody's Watching You: Tom Morello
Back in the pre-Obama days, Tom Morello was like, the only guitar god with a conscience. While Slash and Jack White were doing bumps off of stripper tits, Morello was playing demonstrations outside the Democratic National Convention (with Rage Agai ... More >>