Black Sabbath is widely considered the pioneer of heavy metal: the band played blues-influenced music via downtuned guitars and eerie lyrics. When performed by Brown Sabbath, a Latin funk-rock band from Austin, the music becomes a new beast -- psychedelic, percussive, symphonic.
If you're a tech drone and you look inside the fridge, what do you see? Probably a lot of sugar-free Red Bull and Coke Zero and maybe a bottle of Dom someone is chilling for when Google buys you. In other words, not a lot of vitamins. So if you work in SoMa and maybe forget your Flintstones Chewabl ... More >>
Remember that really bad Tommy James and the Shondells song? This has nothing to do with it. A few months ago, Jasper's began offering cocktails on tap, starting with a Negroni. Made in a large batch and placed in a keg, the bar is able to pour consistent glasses of the spectacular Campari cocktail ... More >>
The first weekend of Coachella: cold, damp, and wet. The second weekend of Coachella: hot, sultry, and steamy. Here are our scribes' picks for the best of what they saw on Friday, April 20 at Coachella.
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>
The Red Bull Thre3style Contest, featuring Miles Medina, John Beaver, DJ Zita, DJ Playtime, DJ Theory, King Most, DJ Just, Four Color Zack Thursday, March 1, 2012 Ruby Skye Better than: Being in an orgy of DJs. One of the world's preeminent DJ competitions, Red Bull's Thre3style DJ Battle made ... More >>
From SF Weekly's latest print music section: The Cool KidsThe Cool Kids: Chuck Inglish, one half of Chicago's retro-styled rappers the Cool Kids, is speaking about releasing the duo's new album, When Fish Ride Bicycles, through a quasirecord label funded by Mountain Dew, the lurid-colored so ... More >>
Red Bull contest winner Goldenchyld The Red Bull DJ Contest, featuring Solomon, Max Kane, Natalie Nuxx, DJ Dials, Platurn, Eric Sharp, Goldenchyld, and Jeffrey Paradise February 24, 2011 @ DNA Lounge Better than: Throwing your hands up in the air because Fatman Scoop says so In a city ... More >>
Eric Frederic, singin' in the van.People think being in a band is glamorous. And while it may be for a few brief moments of stage-diving and bathing in applause, being in a band also means countless hours of driving from show to show, far away from your friends and your family and your home.While ... More >>
Mount KimbieMary Anne HobbsNastyNasty(and more)September 25, 2010@ Public WorksBetter than: messing around with Reason yourself.A thousand years in the future, when live instruments are a thing of the past and music is strictly made by robots with nothing but wires and laptops, I wouldn't be ... More >>
Not seen leaving the scene, incidentally...In an episode that started out as a suspected act of terrorism and ended up as bizarre product placement, bomb squad members rushed to the U.C. Davis campus yesterday. After a person was spotted leaving a "suspicious package" near the entrance of a libra ... More >>
Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Fried and glazed: At the Bold Italic, Ethan Kanat shows up at 3 a.m. to do a piece of vital reportage: Following Dynamo Donuts' Sara Spearin around the kitchen as she muscles through batch after batch of sinkers. Kanat is as about as funny as you could exp ... More >>
Del tha Funky Homosapien No, Manny Mania isn't a fan club dedicated to Filipino boxer Manny Paquiao, it's an amateur skateboarding competition featuring "skaters from all corners of the U.S. showing off their best manual combos and two-wheel trickery." Sponsored by Red Bull, Manny Mania take ... More >>
Angela BoatwrightA-TrakA-Trak, Theophilus London, Treasure Fingers, Trackademicks July 16th, 2009 The Independent Review by Noah Sanders Better than: Actually attending a rave in the early '90s. Last night's A-Trak show at The Independent seemed pieced together with a lingering adoration of the e ... More >>
Even with all the vibrant energy contained in hip-hop, sometimes people need an extra little kick in order to take in the multitude of offerings the culture has to give. That's why rap-branded energy drinks are a good synergy of lifestyle and product. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a dispropo ... More >>
There is vibrant life beyond Red Bull in the energy drink market, and the Bay Area rap music scene in particular has inspired several of these beverages. In fact, two local brands offer cans inspired by the same beloved rapper, the late Mac Dre of Vallejo, whose life was tragically cut short in a dr ... More >>
By Phil FreemanIn a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers ... More >>
Thrasher 2008 Skater of the Year Party Great American Music Hall December 12, 2008 Review and Photos by Eric K. Arnold The t-shirted, sneakered, baseball-capped hordes descended upon the Great American Music Hall Friday night for Thrasher magazine's "Skater of the Year" party. Despite at least one ... More >>
Seeing Sounds (Star Trak/Interscope)
(Click the image for more photos from last night's show.) It seemed like the entire audience was about to implode from Red Bull or Sparks intoxication, bouncing to an unsurprising dance set from the opening DJ act Vin Sol. His set felt like it would never end, but if you wanted to sweat your sugar ... More >>
Another Fleet Week has come and gone in San Francisco. Was it an intrusive distraction or a welcome reminder of our country's military might?
Annalakshmi brings karmic dining to San Francisco; a convenience store groupie attends the "University of 7-Eleven."
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Jondi & Spesh, a substandard album, and the best weekly dance party in town
Outsider artists scream "Death to Electric Guitars!"; neo-burlesque's best step into Broad Daylight.
Van Helsing explodes monster movie legends with hip upgrades
The avant-garde all-stars of Fantômas push the bounds of music -- and good taste
The forgotten Top 10: The best records of 2001 that you won't see on anyone else's list
A successful, prolific inventor reveals how not to create a new product