By CRAIG HLAVATY Bruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce!" The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If ... More >>
via EKA PhotographyBoots Riley at Occupy Oakland The Occupy movement doesn't have a leader, but Oakland activist-rapper Boots Riley is serving as one sort of de facto spokesman for his hometown's defiant occupation, lending the collective grievances a high-profile voice. Inspired by public g ... More >>
Tom Morello as the NightwatchmanApologies for the late notice, but those you political rock/Rage Against the Machine/protest-folk fans will appreciate knowing that Tom Morello will be performing twice in S.F. today. First up, Morello is playing Occupy SF at 4 p.m., according to several differ ... More >>
When Demi Moore took her kit off for the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991, it caused a storm of controversy. A -- gasp! -- naked, pregnant woman, looking -- double gasp! -- sexy! People freaked out. It was kind of cool, but the problem was that it opened the floodgates. And now, more than a decade ... More >>
A proposition: Finding gems of underdogs far down in the CD pile is way more fun than picking the best of anything. Look around at most Top 10 Albums lists this year, and you'll likely be bored by the (admittedly warranted) sameness. Glaze over at our Top 10 soon (there will be some surprises!) but ... More >>
Don't let the attention-grabbing choice of a first single mislead you: Though their cover of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" sounds pointless at all but the most eardrum-shattering volumes (and only slightly amusing at those), Tom Morello and Oakland rapper Boots Riley, as Street Sweeper Social Club ... More >>
W. Kamau Bell has built a career on examining the messy intersections of race and class in a supposedly postracial world.
Two protesters, nine photographers. This is a problem. The Prison-Industrial Complex or the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy or whatever form The Man is assuming these days can rest easy in his bed. That's because the rabble-rousing radical left (aka white kids from the East Bay wearing hankies over their ... More >>
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