As you might imagine, combing back numbers of my Listen to This While High column and my own vast library for a reasonable stab at the Fifty Stoniest Songs Ever is a labor and hashish intensive experience. Preliminary fossickings unearthed these half-hundred favorites, many of which may seem unfamil ... More >>
John Vanderslice and Magik*Magik's Minna ChoiIt's a rare artist who, upon realizing all great art is danger, seeks first to test the idea upon their own nerves. This Friday night at the Herbst Theater, S.F. indie rock powerhouse John Vanderslice will play his acclaimed new album White Wilde ... More >>
2010 continued 2009's heavy schedule of reissues, with release of spruced-up editions of Exile on Main St. and the Apple Records catalog being flogged as mainstream news items. Geezer rockers of course take this as definitive proof that today's music sucks. Premature post-postmods like Patton Oswal ... More >>
Pseudo-slapstick comedy legend and all-around silver fox Leslie Nielsen died yesterday at 84. I don't know about you, but his unflappable deadpan, as highlighted in Airplane!, the Naked Gun series, and to a way lesser extent a rash of ill-advised later comedies, had a big impact on my budding pre-a ... More >>
Anna McCarthyArcadio at Cafe du NordLast night, Cafe du Nord featured an eclectic mix of sounds: the mournful indie-rock of Grand Lake, the dark twang of Arcadio, and the new wave, choppy beats of Rad Cloud. But all three acts had one commonality--they were all from the Bay Area. "This is sort of ... More >>
Interview by Brian Moss, Photo by "Shanty" Cheryl Groff Blake Schwarzenbach has become a subculture luminary over the past two decades. Distinguished by his lyrical capacity to expose the human condition, Schwarzenbach has been the subject of admiration, praise, idolization, backlash, and rumor. F ... More >>
This year's San Francisco Jazz Festival rings in the new.
George Clooney's ode to screwball comedies of yore is sooooo close. But yet.
An avid Net radio listener shares what she´d miss about the station that cracked her musical code
Sonny Smith pens intriguing tales of his city
Pixar's latest is no lemon, but it does have that used-Cars smell
Devendra Banhart's latest indicates his neo-folk movement may just be hitting its stride
William Hung is back, and here's what the artists whose songs he covered on his new CD have to say about it
The Sunset Tree
Thursday, October 21, 2004 at Ruby Skye
Security guards at a Randy Newman concert are no match for Rock Ninja!'s mental melee.
A Mighty Wind takes the piss out of folkies, but in the best possible way
There are some pretty cool videos out there, but you won't see them on MTV
Exile in Babyville
Winfred E. Eye's scruffy Americana mines the simple pleasures of life
Jon Bernson's DJ Club gets kids off the streets -- and onto the turntables
For Stars ditch the lo-fi ghetto for a big rock opus. But will their fans follow?
Fuck takes the high road -- to the end of the line
Songs From an Unmarried Housewife and Mother, Greenwich Village, USA
San Francisco Bluegrass Festival, Poptopia, and Requiem for Kevin Gilbert
Mitchell Froom provided the sonic boom behind some of the '90s' best records
How can Burt Bacharach make a comeback when he never went away?
S.F. animator Henry Selick brings Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach to the screen