Yesterday, we sighed and felt warm and fuzzy inside when angel-faced pixie Brit Ellie Goulding revealed that she'd love to make an album with her boyfriend, Skrillex, with whom she shares a hairstyle. Adorable! We'd like to take a moment to actively encourage both parties to make this happen, not on ... More >>
Earlier this year, we told you about Grateful Dead member Bob Weir's state-of-the-art recording facility in San Rafael, Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI). TRI is furnished with a Meyer Sound Constellation system, which allows the acoustic properties of the room to be altered with the touch of a but ... More >>
As musical pairings go, they don't come much more oddball than Mastodon with Feist. But -- we can't quite believe it either -- on Record Store Day (April 21st), the unlikely collaborators are releasing Feistodon: a split single that will feature Mastodon covering Feist ("A Commotion") and vice versa ... More >>
You may have heard this week that Paul McCartney's son, James, wants to get together with the children of John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr and be a Beatles: Next Generation band. Truthfully, that might be one of the saddest and most desperate concepts for a musical project we've ever he ... More >>
Let's be real: bands don't change your life more than, oh ... once. So if we were lucky to get two excellent albums from James Mercer and whoever happens to be with him, it's no slouch that a third pretty-good album added three more perfect tunes to the canon: "Australia," "Phantom Limb," and "Gi ... More >>
Coachella 2012 is still more than four months away -- so naturally, it's time to start hyperventilating over rumored lineups for the first year the festival will stretch over two weekends. One "leaked" lineup appeared last week on StarzUncut, a celebrity gossip website with more than 58,000 Twitter ... More >>
Roger Waters can't hear the kids, but they're shouting, "Dude, rock 'n' roll is dead!" It's not ageism, people -- this blog reviewed Roger Waters' performance of the Wall in Oakland last December and found it humongous, riveting, and revolutionary. To call the Wall a classic rock document is ... More >>
Ryan AdamsOct. 14, 2011The Herbst TheatreBetter than: Half the shows currently on Comedy Central.Ryan Adams songs often sound like an actual heart cracking under the weight of too much loss and confusion and woe. He is at his best when he is at his most sensitive, musing on the human condition and t ... More >>
Or, the Whale (with our waiter giving the thumbs up)Funny thing: I was eating at the Divisadero outpost of Herbivore recently, and a friendly waiter started chatting with my table about music. The conversation lead eventually to his band, which, he said, had just completed a cover of Britney Spea ... More >>
Who says you need a lot of words to put a book together? The Pack's Lil B has a new printed release out today, a publication whose focus is keeping rap music "positive." Comprising "text messages and emails to his thousands of fans and friends," the $26.99 Takin Over aims to send a message ... More >>
The Emerald TriangleMonday, Nov. 2, 2009The IndependentBetter than: Watching Vetiver open for Chris Robinson's Wooden Family open for Jonathan Rice open for Ryan Adams open for Interpol.Paul Scott "We're aware that this is a very strange thing," Vetiver front man Andy Cabic announced from the sta ... More >>
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