Sunn O))) @ Mezzanine, Tuesday, Dec. 18
Over the 14 years that Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley have run Sunn O))), the pair have eagerly tested threshold after threshold. The Seattle-born drone metal project's songs are long -- the shortest track on 2009 LP Monoliths & Dimensions is 9 minutes, 42 ... More >>
San Francisco's Barn Owl makes densely layered guitar music that is equal parts heavy and beautiful. Guitarists Jon Porras and Evan K. Caminiti arrived at their textured sound six years ago while students at SF State, munching vegan tofu burritos and taking in music by rock god Neil ... More >>
Kid Koala in the audience: "I'm feeling quite silly tonight!"
October 29, 2010Ninja Tune XX Party@ 1015 Folsom
(Definitely not) Better than: Ninjas with guitars
Between Halloween on Sunday and the Giants nearly sweeping the World Series, San Francisco felt like the home of ... More >>
Nathan SeabrookValentine's Day is the soppiest date of the year. Dewy-eyed lovebugs would have you believe it's exemplified by bunches of red roses and teddy bears and boxes of candy and cards with pink hearts on the front and cloying sentiments scrawled inside.
The charmingly named King Canniba ... More >>
This year was such a good one for heavy music, I wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. I just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of candidates. The best I could do was fourteen, so each of my top four slots are ties.
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One secret ingredient in the elephantine new Sunn O))) record, Monoliths & Dimensions, is Julian Priester. The murky, dirgey album's coda comes from the trombonist, who adds free jazz to "Alice" after a record's worth of metal, drone, and other bone-compressing free for alls. (He also plays a ... More >>