Because Halloween is coming up and we're all feeling extra-spooky this time of year, Bon Appetit has dredged up the original thesis from the 1970s that suggested a bad crop of rye was the culprit behind the "bewitched" villagers during the Salem Witch Trials. See also: - Yes, the Gluten-Free Moveme ... More >>
Creep performs at 120 Minutes on Friday. Halloween might be over, but did you know there's a much more subtle holiday on the way? No, not Thanksgiving -- I'm referring to the end of daylight savings time this Sunday. It's the only time of the year when Californians are allowed an extra hour o ... More >>
A typical crowd at the Dancing Ghosts darkwave party.If you like Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, or Kanye West, you probably shouldn't go to the Dancing Ghosts party at the Cat Club tomorrow night. If you normally wear lots of bright colors when you're out on the town, or if you like to spend tim ... More >>
Salem's Jack Donoghue at 103 Harriet last night.SalemThe Soft MoonMarch 30, 2011@ 103 HarrietBetter than: A mashup of Lil B's worst rhyming over a cheap horror film soundtrack.Many came to 103 Harriet last night expecting a disaster, and understandably so: Already in its brief period of notoriety ... More >>
Shades of gray.It seems like in 2010, the reception of "witch house" or "drag house" went from positive to negative faster than Rebecca Black's rise to, er, infamy. But this year, "witch house" has slowly been garnering respect and hype again, partly due to local parties like 120 Minutes and reco ... More >>
And how "rape gaze" burned down the witch house.
SalemThe Supposed Horrors of Salem: ... Yet there's something totally hatable about Salem, something that in recent months has caused music writers to dogpile on the band with an M.I.A's.-truffle-fry fury. There is, of course the insane backstory of member John Holland, who told an int ... More >>
Or, how 2011 was the year everything changed in music.
This is my last daily post for SF Weekly's All Shook Down blog, so I've decided to finish my stay here with a little parting gift. I've made everyone a short mix of dark, ominous, strange, and spookily awesome music to take with you this Halloween. It's certainly not your typical dance mix. This ... More >>
'Let Me Shine For You' Cover ArtSomewhere between the bedroom-produced aesthetic of chillwave (I honestly puke a little in my mouth every time I use that word), the goth influences of coldwave/darkwave, and the beats of contemporary hip-hop -- albiet on loads of downers and psychedelics -- exists ... More >>
Oh, we've still got Cindy to kick around...Though George W. Bush may be out to pasture, his nemesis, San Francisco's Cindy Sheehan, shows no sign of slowing down as she campaigns for an Oregon bill that would keep National Guard troops home, appears in a documentary film honoring an AWOL anti-war so ... More >>
EKAphotographyElectable: Sila performs with the AFE at Stern Grove San Francisco's favorite Kenyan Afro-groovester, Victor Sila, has just released Black President, his second album with the Afrofunk Experience. I'll admit to being a bit biased--Sila is a friend of mine, and I wrote his bio--but I r ... More >>
The city's new New Deal: Privatizing public parks
Repertory Film Listings
A judge says Silicon Valley investment titan Frank Quattrone is free to go back to work. Would you trust him?
The teenage performances lift this version of Arthur Miller's classic
Hip hop sensation Otis Jackson Jr. has more personalities than albums (well, almost)
Pat Boone and Billy Bob Thornton in Namibia: No wonder it's called Levity
As we prepare to retaliate for last week's atrocities, let's take time to be sure of our targets
Crossing over with psychic John Edward at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium
Tobacco industry documents expose an R.J. Reynolds marketing plan targeting S.F. gays and homeless people. Its name: Project SCUM.