It's gonna suck. But contrary to popular belief, Aerosmith is new to sucking. At its best -- "Cryin'," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Dream On," "Love in an Elevator" -- American rock has never been better, bawdier, or more maximal. Aerosmith is like if New York Dolls grew up on Thriller (or helped invent it ... More >>
Earlier this year, we told you about Grateful Dead member Bob Weir's state-of-the-art recording facility in San Rafael, Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI). TRI is furnished with a Meyer Sound Constellation system, which allows the acoustic properties of the room to be altered with the touch of a but ... More >>
Bay to Breakers Sunday, May 20th 2012 The streets of San Francisco The Bay to Breakers race is one of San Francisco's most definitive events, but not necessarily for the show of physical prowess as runners trudge the seven-mile course from the Embarcadero to Great Highway. Rather, hordes of eclecti ... More >>
Drive-By TruckersFriday, March 16, 2012The FillmoreSomewhere out there in the multiverse, on Earth 2 or some damn place, opening for what's left of Lynyrd Skynyrd back in '02 brought Drive-By Truckers to the attention of a clutch classic rock and AOR program directors. A little embarrassed&n ... More >>
The Hypnotist Collector at Make Out Room last night.The Hypnotist Collector, Skystone, and Big Eagle Tuesday, March 23, 2011@ The Make Out Room Better than: Making out with the Brawny Man. If The Black Keys had two more keys, they might just form The Hypnotist Collector. Wednesday night's t ... More >>
Kingston W./YelpThis is what fake cool looks like.Let's get this out of the way: Cow Hollow is white. Is it The Brixton's fault that the color of the patrons skewed so pale on Tuesday night? The Union Street bar and restaurant was packed with women showing off what a couple years of yoga toni ... More >>
Joseph SchellThe Stone Foxes at the Independent last night.The Stone Foxes Voxhaul Broadcast Ferocious Few The Soft White Sixties February 24, 2011 @ The Independent Better than: Listening to 107.7 The Bone play the same hundred songs on loop. Noise Pop gave a tip of the feathered hat to the b ... More >>
Calibree PhotographyThe Black Crowes at the Fillmore last night.The Black Crowes December 12, 2010 @ The Fillmore Better than: That thing Martin Scorsese lugged a camera to. To an Appalachian hillbilly transplant shivering through his first winter in the Bay Area, hearing that durable Southern ... More >>
(Complete scene here.)All-around entertainer Kanye West announced the other day that his forthcoming album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, would come bundled with five different album covers. The only one we've seen so far is a painting by New York-based art-weirdo George Condo that depicts a n ... More >>
The Emerald TriangleMonday, Nov. 2, 2009The IndependentBetter than: Watching Vetiver open for Chris Robinson's Wooden Family open for Jonathan Rice open for Ryan Adams open for Interpol.Paul Scott "We're aware that this is a very strange thing," Vetiver front man Andy Cabic announced from the sta ... More >>
Forget the Monsters of Folk. The real underground neo folk act to keep an ear on is Emerald Triangle. The group has a serious California soft rock pedigree: San Francisco's own Andy Cabic of Vetiver, together with Farmer Dave (Venice denizen who's played with tons of acts, most notably Beachwood ... More >>
Scott AllenHe's No B.B. King: Tommy Cast As the Merc's Jim Harrington reported yesterday, not has only the 2009 SF Blues Festival has been canceled, but "that cancellation could turn out to be permanent." Harrington quotes event organizer Tom Mazzolini as saying, ""we may well have seen the ... More >>
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