One way Bruce Springsteen is becoming a lot like the American Psychological Association is how he's assumed special authority over what you and I call our bad times. The medical community does this by coming up with words like neurosis and limerence, whose lasting impact is to trivialize basic human ... More >>
Kool and the Gang
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Better than: Any of the still-touring Sunset Strip hair-farmers from the 1980s that Van Halen inspired.
There aren't too many '70s-era hard-rock bands that can inspire the kind of unabashed hedonism -- a "bring me the skull of Sammy Hag ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from Golden State thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets.
Jogging With Jesus
Author: C.S. Lovett
Publisher: Personal Christianity, Baldwin Park, CA
Question Raised by This Cover: Can God make a ... More >>
The women of the Bay Area music scene are breaking rules and defying expectations. Lass Out Loud is a new column exploring their lives and work.
Former Sleepy Sun singer Rachel Fannan's new all-girl group, Only You, takes a break from the sunnier shores of Southern California to perform at Brick an ... More >>
Sonny & the Sunsets
Carletta Sue Kay
Oct. 9, 2011
Great American Music Hall
Better than: The worn-out Roy Orbison tapes in your parents' attic.
Subtract the voice of singer-songwriter Christopher Owens, and many of the songs on the latest album from San Francisco's Girls sound like they coul ... More >>
Toro y Moi
Chazwick Bundick's brand of chillwave is less grandiose than Washed Out and less distinguished than Neon Indian but makes better-suited cassette listening with more minimal dance grooves than nostalgia-evoking 80s chintz effects. You can even dance (grind?) to "You Hid" sober.
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By Chris Gray
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again.
As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>