It's a well-known fact that the worst time of year for music is Christmas. Christmas songs, by and large, stink to high heaven. They reek of sleigh bells and Santa references and tree dressing and mistletoe. They are overly sentimental and frequently border on sickly. Occasionally, however, there co ... More >>
There are lots of great things about Hardly Strictly Bluegrass -- but one of them isn't having to make the difficult choices that the massive, free roots music festival presents. To help you sort through this year's massive lineup, we've gathered 11 artists especially worth catching at the three-day ... More >>
I've been everywhere with the San Francisco band Girls: Love 'em, hate 'em, find them overhyped, find the detractors overly cynical. I think they like it that way. Girls' hugely-acclaimed 2009 Album blew me away for a week. Then I found myself having trouble rekindling that need to hear it a ... More >>
Okay, CupidLast night at the Bottom of the Hill, curtain-haired Smith Westerns singer Cullen Omori introduced the band's third number with an exhortation to "fuck your girlfriend to this song." Well-meant though it may have been, this advice was logistically baffling (where were we, Dolores Park? ... More >>
The Mountain Goats at the Castro Theatre last night. Pics by Chris.The Mountain Goats (live film soundtrack)December 14, 2010
@ The Casto TheatreBetter than: Fumbling with the bong, trying to synch up Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz.
We've all surely heard the joke by now. The "how ma ... More >>
Freelance Whales at the Rickshaw Stop Friday nightFreelance Whales
Miniature TigersPepper Rabbit
November 19, 2010
@ Rickshaw Stop
Better than: Going to the zoo to see whales, tigers, and rabbits.
For those of you who weren't quite satisfied by the output of one-album-and-done bedroom electro p ... More >>
Johnny O./YelpThe line at Bi-Rite Creamery.Before you even think about buying artisanal ice cream, consider: Is it a hot, sunny day? Did the company just tweet a new flavor? Did 7x7 just write some more stuff about ice cream? You are fucked! Seriously, you are fucked.
But if the air ... More >>
Magic Kids plays Bottom of the Hill this SundayIt's Labor Day! Meaning: an extra day to your weekend, 10 percent more texts than usual and even more chances to nurse epic hangovers. Have fun San Francisco, you deserve it. Here's our list of fun things to do this weekend for less than a ticket to ... More >>
Peter Gabriel may be courting indie rock with his reciprocal covers albums Scratch My Back and the forthcoming I'll Scratch Yours - featuring the likes of Bon Iver and the Arcade Fire - but don't discount indiedom's growing love for his old Genesis cohort Phil Collins. The recent rise of chillw ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>