And now, a valid and reasonable idea that isn't communicated enough: the Flaming Lips and Insane Clown Posse are spiritual brothers from different mothers. Granted, they sound nothing alike and one is largely reviled, but both are headline-worthy outfits who rose to fame in the 1990s and have amasse ... More >>
It seems like a good idea on paper: Throw a music festival in wine country where guests can go wine-tasting and sample some of the region's best restaurants in between musical acts. That was the focus of Bottle Rock, a new festival thrown in a park in downtown Napa that combines stadium-filling rock ... More >>
A quick scan of the titles on Ke$ha's second album means it better be her pop masterpiece -- nothing looks as hilarious or striking as "D.I.N.O.S.A.U.R." or "Party at a Rich Dude's House." But even those of us who wanted to love her found that debut fucking annoying. I was finally converted by the f ... More >>
So Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit concert went down at Shoreline Amphitheatre this weekend, bringing artists like the Flaming Lips, Jack White, Guns N' Roses, Eddie Vedder, and many more onstage for an all-acoustic show. Somewhat surprisingly, Guns N' Roses actually showed up, apparently ... More >>
I'm not an Animal Collective fan. I like Strawberry Jam a lot, and I cherish a few individual songs elsewhere, particularly "Summertime Clothes" (not least because it sounds just like the theme from Snoopy Come Home, which I loved as a kid). But their rhythms are so clumpy, melodies so soupy, and "i ... More >>
Uh-oh. Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips unleashed the wrath of Erykah Badu this week by releasing a video for their collaboration, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," without getting her approval first. Which was kind of important, since the video features crazy close-ups of all (and we do mean ... More >>
Listening to Portland-based producer and DJ Etbonz's live analog sets and cosmic techno jams makes one suspect that he can channel music from the future. As if embarking on a musical space odyssey, Etbonz employs physical synths and sequencers to play a mix of Italo-disco and sci-fi-sounding tracks, ... More >>
Craig Finn Sad Baby Wolf Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 Bottom of the Hill / Noise Pop 20th Anniversary Opening Night Better than: Seeing The Hold Steady. Ask a local, or a bring a notebook with you to a show, and they'll tell you: Noise Pop is as much about discovering new music as it is about venue-hopp ... More >>
Yep, it's here: Noise Pop, the little San Francisco indie music fest that turned into a big one, opens its 20th year with two shows tonight and continues all week in venues around town. We will have oodles of festival coverage here on All Shook Down, including reviews of many of the festival's most ... 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 >>
Starfucker at Rickshaw Stop last night.Starfucker Unkown Mortal Orchestra March 9, 2011 @ Rickshaw Stop Better than: Naming a child with an obscenity. Ladies, I'd like to introduce your Passion Pit/MGMT stand-ins. Scream softly, please. But listen up: don't tell Mom and Dad what you're snea ... More >>
The Flaming Lips in This Is Noise PopS.F.'s annual Noise Pop Festival is mostly known for bringing a week of awesome indie music shows to the city. But the fest usually pulls in a pretty good selection of new films for music nerds -- and this year is no exception.With film subjects including the ... More >>
Christopher VictorioThe Flaming Lips at Treasure Island 2009Workers setting up for the Treasure Island Music Festival suffered minor injuries this afternoon after the roof of a stage partially collapsed.The workers jumped off about five feet the stage, injuring their ankles, according to Allen Sc ... More >>
The Sippy Cups @Dolores ParkJune 19, 2010 Better Than: Eating strawberry Pop Tarts while watching a Flaming Lips video It was like many Saturday afternoons in Dolores Park, aka "Hipster Hill": City types lounged in groups next to open containers and fixed-gear bikes. Laughing childr ... More >>
Mmmm... Kings of LeonBonnaroo, the giant Manchester, Tennessee music festival in mid-June, just got a little tastier. You can now count down the days until Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Conan O'Brien, The Flaming Lips, and a billion other marquee names take multiple stages down south by licking your way ... More >>
MGMT @ the Fillmore MGMT's Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden willed themselves to fame with "Time to Pretend," the biggest movie-trailer indie crossover hit since "Paper Planes." Now they want us to know that they can play with that popularity. The chewy new Congratulations isn't at all ... More >>
The Bird and the Bee's cinematic pop
The Spinto Band sparks a buzz brush-fire
SF Weekly Music Awards
Two new high-class local venues. Bruce Springsteen concerts. Sounds like the work of Clear Channel. But it's not.
Stanford Junior MC Lars Horris may not unseat Eminem, but, with luck, he might be the next "Weird Al"
Ay, dios: Get to Grandaddy's show early, and you just might hear God. Er, god.
Twas the night before Xmas, and all through this column, a bunch of bands you never heard of, got their names in print
The all-girl punk band Las Ultrsónicas is so unhinged it's banned in Mexico City
The Hackensaw Boys deliver the anachronic; the Graves Brothers Deluxe fire up the Fourth
Cornelius makes his Point, reconfiguring pop in unpredictable ways
And the Surrounding Mountains (Merge)
A major label recording contract. Big-name producers. Lazy nights in the Jacuzzi. San Francisco's Creeper Lagoon has got it made, right? Not exactly.