Sure, I heard bad things about MDNA, but when's the last time critics actually jumped for Madonna? In the pre-"poptimist" era of 1999, with Ray of Light, I'm pretty sure. Music was a billion times better, and the oft-cited failure American Life is actually pretty strange and fun (vocoder and rapp ... More >>
Big Gigantic at the Fillmore Saturday night.Umphrey's McGee Big Gigantic March 12, 2011@ The Fillmore Better than: Daylight Savings Time; sleeping. Maybe I'm just getting old, but Big Gigantic was LOUD Saturday night at the Fillmore. Too loud. One girl told me she had to leave during the set bec ... More >>
Illmatic isn't Nas' only good album, despite what you may have heardSince many recent Next Big Things in rap have proven disappointing -- see Wale, Asher Roth and B.o.B. -- it might be time to consider the possibility that hip-hop tastemakers don't know what to look for in the first place. T ... More >>
Oakland triple-threat Trackademicks does it all
The Dividing Island
For a few years, Emiliana Torrini wasn't sure she'd ever make music again. Then the phone started ringing.
Such smart performance
Avoid the Mission's pee stink when you venture south of Cesar Chavez
An exotic adventure into the mysterious world of sound!
Tired of computer gimmickry and gadgetry for Christmas? Prepare for exhaustion!