We all know that story about how mad people got when John Lennon said the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." There was uproar! There were banners! There were protests! But these days, musicians have the audacity to compare themselves to actual Gods and no one bats an eyelid. Let's take a look a ... More >>
Friday, March 15, 2013
Bottom of the Hill
Better than: Your class field trip to the symphony
Everyone looks for certain things in a show. Maybe you want to see extreme technical skill, or perhaps showmanship and spectacle are more your thing. There's also dancing, sing ... More >>
It's Red Baraat with the Saturday morning dance party
This Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival definitely felt more hardly than strictly. Red Baraat kicked off the party on Saturday morning, and it didn't matter that they were a full-throttle, self-proclaimed "pluralism"-proselytizing funk band, rath ... More >>
Old Crow Medicine Show at the Warren Hellman public celebration.
Warren Hellman Public Celebration
February 19, 2012
Better than: Watching the live stream at home on your laptop.
Some of the nation's top roots musicians gathered together yesterday with Bay Area music fans to cel ... More >>
Broken Social Scene is one of more than 90 acts playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this year.
The lineup for this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is out, and good luck figuring out whom to call the "headliner." For the festival's 11th year, organizers have put together another insane ... More >>
Thomas DornTinariwenYoshi's SF8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $20-$30The term "desert blues" is more than a little reductive, but it does at least begin to describe the sound of Tinariwen, a North African group of Tuareg tribesmen. Over bass and hand percussion in swaying, trance-like rhythms that threaten t ... More >>
Bay Area natives B and Not B have been playing together for a little over a year, pairing witty lyrics with 60's-inspired pop hooks to keep your head bopping from beginning to end. Wrapping up a five city tour of the Northwest, the band recently recorded a full-length, self-titled LP slated for a ... More >>
Dustin RabinThem Crooked VulturesNovember 19, 2009Fox Theater
Better Than: Listening to Robert Plant shy away from the high notes at Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show.
It's no accident that the supergroup has, in recent years, gone the way of New Coke, the McRib, and Lindsay Lohan's career. For ... More >>