Ghost B.C. Thursday, April 25, 2013 Regency Ballroom Better than: Going to Church on Sunday morning. Ghost is a rock band from Sweden. The members dress up in funny costumes and worship Satan. Like, every song is about Satan. Their lead singer, named Papa Emertis II, dresses like a skeleton pope. ... More >>
Yacht Rock is a kind of smooth, soft rock made by men with pretty voices in the late '70s and early '80s. It's called "yacht rock" now (it wasn't then) because it's pretty much the ideal soundtrack for a crisp, smug, Topsider-wearing day on the water. Given that San Francisco is now in the throes o ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>
Howlin' Rain By DAVE GIL DE RUBIO When Howlin' Rain's Ethan Miller answers the door of the Brooklyn flat he's borrowing from a friend, the disheveled hair and wildly scraggly beard he's sporting gives him the look of a modern-day Rip Van Winkle. In many ways, the analogy fits, given that it' ... More >>
Listen to this while high: Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project's Seriously. Behind the buzz: The subject line of the publicist's email mentioned something about Tom Waits' saxophonist, but the magic name of Ralph Carney dispelled any incipient attack of the whatevs. I mean, we're not talking ... More >>
Ted BoisThe answer, my friend, is blowing in my hair In the past ten years or so, there's been a proliferation of "bands" that are essentially one person, and whoever accompanies him or her on an album/tour. Perhaps it's a way for performers to "distance" themselves from being pigeonholed by a ... More >>
Their flower power is no match for my glower power After a decade or so ensconced in Montreal's honor-festooned indie rock scene, including stints with The Dears and The Social Register, Jonathan Cohen started his own eponymous collective. Not that "The Jon Cohen Experimental" should conjure ... More >>
Neon Indian sending out those chill waves live.You know how to read, right? Of course you do--you're looking at this blog. Well, go ahead and double check that headline if you want, but yes, we are indeed giving away tickets to the Neon Indian and Prefuse 73 concert that's going down tonight at M ... More >>
Stars perform their hook-heavy new record from start to finish on their current tour.
As you'll learn from today's DJ Q&A, Kool Karlo & Haightin' Clayton are quite fond of skate mags, plastic watering cans, and making Tuesdays into the new Fridays. (But they can also keep Fridays as the new Fridays, if you check Clayton out tonight.)The pair pull San Franciscans out ... More >>
Prince Paul Legendary producer Prince Paul (De La Soul/Gravediggaz/Handsome Boy Modeling School/Stetsasonic) drops through 330 Ritch's "PST" tonight for a rare DJ set.In case you don't know, PP is the guy who basically invented the alt.rap genre with his wacky, bugged-out production work on De La's ... More >>
Romanian Names (Dead Oceans)
What are your thoughts on Christopher Cross? Hall & Oates? Men with beards so tickly that kissing them makes you giggle? If you answered with a blush to any of these mentions, get thyself to the Attic on a Tuesday night, where you'll be swimming in soft rock with the Sailing DJs. Much like their u ... More >>
Photo courtesy of RE/Search Publications Next time you run across a brat of schoolchildren -- "brat" being the collective noun for any assemblage of kids under age 11 -- try to imagine which will be the first to get his or her mind blown by seminal William S. Burroughs books like Naked Lunch. How wi ... More >>
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