Welcome, time-crunched and over-stimulated music fan, to All Shook Down's High Five -- a place where Byard Duncan wades through the shit to find you the hits. Well, five of them, anyway. There's a lot to look forward to, jams-wise, this summer. In case you were living under a rock (or, perhaps more ... More >>
Ray Manzarek, the keyboard player for the Doors, was the first rock star I ever interviewed. I'd just started writing about music, and one morning my editor called me up and asked if I'd like to interview Manzarek. I don't know if he knew I was a Doors fanatic, but I jumped at the chance. I went out ... More >>
Not too many bands have traced the kind of eclectic arc traveled by The Cult. Anchored by the British songwriting team of singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy for three decades, the group has traversed from its UK gothic-rock roots in the early 1980s through a rise to global fame with the ic ... More >>
From SF Weekly's latest print music section: St. Vincent performs Sunday at Treasure IslandSeek the Booty: The Treasure Island Music Festival is one of the Bay Area's best live music events, and to celebrate its fifth anniversary, this year's lineup is a doozy -- a collection of some of the ... More >>
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 >>
X @ Slim's The categorization of X as a punk band always seemed a bit odd. Sure, the L.A. act leans heavily on the frenzied mood of the genre, but it also relies on the raucous energy of rockabilly (thanks, Billy Zoom) and the gorgeous possibilities of multipart harmony in forging a signature sou ... More >>
These are a few of my favorite things from 2005
Neil Young, Arthur Lee, Coughs, White Mice, and Fountains of Wayne. Did you get all that?
Can the Cult's Ian Astbury fill Jim Morrison's shoes? Probably not, but you'll be too drunk to notice.