Steve Brodsky, an artist manager, show promoter, and executive who left his mark on many aspects of the San Francisco music scene, passed away Friday night of complications from leukemia.
Among other endeavors, Brodsky worked with local acts like Wallpaper., Midi Matilda, Capital Cities, and others ... More >>
The party never stops at Ricky Reed's apartment. Having gotten so "Stupidfacedd" that he's become "Best Friends Everr" with a cadre of vodka-swilling, Red Bull-gulping, bathroom-floor-crashing, roomate's-girlfriend-fucking, Mom's-minivan-driving wasteaways, we are now -- finally -- at the point wher ... More >>
Moody Theater/Billboard Showcase at SXSW
March 14, 2012
Last night, four hours before Lionel Ritchie was set to take the stage at the Moody Theater -- the place where they film Austin City Limits -- Oakland's Wallpaper. showed off its throbbing crunk-pop to a nearly empty room. Ricky Ree ... More >>
You've heard The Park, even if you don't recognize the name. As the Bay Area's most in-demand rhythm section, the trio quartet of Derek Taylor (drums), Josh Lippi (bass), Ben Schwier (keys), and Nate Mercereau (guitar) has laid down backing grooves for new-generation rap chaps Freddie Gibbs and Big ... More >>
From SF Weekly's latest print music section:
Wallpaper. Gets a Record Deal: It was around 10 o'clock on a Friday night in December when Ricky Reed walked into a meeting at the Sony Music building in Beverly Hills with no idea what to expect. Less than 36 hours later, Reed -- the creative for ... More >>
Wallpaper., the thumping crunk-pop outfit led by Oakland's Ricky Reed, signed a record deal late last year with Sony Music imprint Epic, making it the latest Bay Area group to jump to a major label.
Best known for last year's breakout single, "#STUPiDFACEDD" -- which was featured on MTV and watched ... More >>
From Seventeen Evergreen's "Polarity Song" video.
Ah, the music video: In three decades, these modest clips went from insider promo tool, to prime-time TV staple, to Internet meme-generator. And despite all the online noise and bustle of 2011, a good music video is still a fantastic way to gr ... More >>
"God bless you and your American thighs," he sings.
Considering it's track two of the Blockbuster Album of 2011 -- and the latest single -- you must know the song: Adele's "Rumour Has It" [delightful British spelling sic]: A stabbing post-breakup romp with the R&B diva's soaring voice front-a ... More >>
We can't not love you, Ricky.
Ah, that bittersweet taste of success.
Wallpaper, the Oakland dance-pop project of marvelous partyboy Ricky Reed, has a new partnership with MTV, Boardwalk records, and Hype Music, a new music licensing partnership sporting the talents of former KCRW DJ and Morn ... More >>
Last summer, A B & the Sea covered Katy Perry's "California Gurls." This year, the S.F. indie outfit apparently decided to write its own summer jam. And thanks to production by local dance-pop maven Wallpaper, theirs manages to pair the crisp catchiness of a radio-ready single with the band' ... More >>
What kind of video befits a song like Wallpaper's "#STUPiDFACEDD" -- a brash, stupid party anthem to mock all brash, stupid party anthems? A silly party video, of course: ladies dancing, drinks spilling, lips meeting, and bass booming. That's exactly what kind of video the Oakland singer/producer ... More >>
Wallpaper's Ricky ReedRicky Reed's gone crunk, people. No, no, sorry: Hella crunk. The new Wallpaper track sounds like the drunken boasting of some sleaze-infused, booze-slammed sex addict. (Yeah, it's awesome.) Also, the song title -- #Stupidfacedd" is practically a slur in itself. Fitting for t ... More >>
Wallpaper's Ricky Reed and Arjun SinghMaybe you were lucky enough to be at Treasure Island in the noon hour this past Saturday, when Oakland dance-pop outfit Wallpaper's Ricky Reed and Arjun Singh sent a loving midday crowd into a hip-shaking frenzy along with a battery of hand drummers. If you w ... More >>
Donwill "Love Junkie" (Wallpaper LIVE Remix) from Yours Truly on Vimeo.A little over a month ago, we posted the Donwill remix of Wallpaper.'s "Love Junkie" as our Track of the Day. Now the dream team of the Brooklyn rapper and our local funk-pop boys, with support from the Park, released their litt ... More >>
Besides the music, and the live shows, and the Bell Biv DeVoe covers, one of the best things about local electro funk duo Wallpaper. is its ability to make hilarious videos. The pair's clips usually get kinda out there, with frontman Ricky Reed (aka Eric Frederic) beaming down from another planet ... More >>