Robyn Hitchcock, former frontman of British psych-pop band the Soft Boys and purveyor of his own rich, brilliant, and deeply weird universe of solo songs, turned 60 this March 3. And while Hitchcock was celebrated in London, his friend Colin Meloy, leader of the Decemberists, thought American audien ... More >>
Robyn Hitchcock, the great former Soft Boys member, solo singer-guitarist, and lover of San Francisco, turned 60 this March 3. And guys like him just don't turn 60 without a big party. So in May, the Fillmore will host ¡Viva Hitchcock!: A 60th Birthday Celebration for Robyn Hitchcock, which will br ... 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 >>
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is the music festival that just won't stop growing. We've posted pieces of the lineup as they've become public -- and thought we'd seen most of it -- but it turns out there have been even more artists added. This week, though, organizers promise that they've finally release ... More >>
Robyn Hitchcock at Slim's last night. Robyn Hitchcock Dawn Mitschele Nov. 17, 2011 Slim's Better than: New Kids on the Block performing their No. 1 British album, Step By Step in its entirety. Robyn Hitchcock recorded Eye in San Francisco more than 20 years ago, and last night he returned ... More >>
Peter and Sergei Varshavsky, founders of Porto Franco RecordsBon Voyage, Porto Franco: Big-time success was never a likelihood for Porto Franco, a family-run Mission District record label that prides itself on championing local artists, rather than ones working in the same musical genre. Russ ... More >>
In 1989, Robyn Hitchcock, England's esteemed man-of-psych-pop, holed up at Hyde Street Studios here in town and laid down a record touched with greatness. This Thursday he holes up at Slim's to play it straight through. Today, Hitchcock calls his spare, moody Eye "a skeletal predecessor of ... More >>
Matt SmithThey Might Be Giants at the FillmoreThey Might Be GiantsJonathan CoultonNov. 13, 2011The Fillmore"We know you had your choice of ossified alternative rock bands, so thank you for flying with us!" hollered John Flansburgh, the gregarious, guitar-playing half of Brooklyn's They Might ... More >>
Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson A.A. Bondy Robyn Hitchcock Hugh Laurie October 1, 2011 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Better than: Seeing Neil Young after he released Greendale, that's for sure. A man dressed in an official Hardly Strictly shirt walks out to say that the biggest set of the day will ... More >>
Nathan Gallagher This Saturday, Robyn Hitchcock plays a solo acoustic set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. (Look for him at 12:25 p.m. on the Rooster Stage.) Since 1976, Hitchcock has been writing and performing top-flight psychedelic pop, first with the Soft Boys and then as a solo artist of ... More >>
[Editor's note: After hearing this week that Berkeley indie label Absolutely Kosher plans to stop releasing new music this fall, we talked to label founder and owner Cory Brown about what happened and wrote a too-long, very bummed-out piece about it. We also asked if Brown would be interested ... 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 >>
Is it crazy to try reuniting the legendary British band?
Trouble in Dreams(Merge)
Well, lots of things, actually
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Demme's Candidate overhaul goes for the knowing giggle
Gigantic nearly deifies They Might Be Giants -- and why not?
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The singer-songwriter hasn't died. He's just gone online.
The 41st San Francisco International Film Festival