Bay Area jam outfitFurthur just announced that it will cancel its set at next week's Bottle Rock Napa Valley music festival in the wake of frontman Bob Weir's onstage collapse. The band, which features Grateful Dead co-founders Weir and Phil Lesh, had been scheduled to headline the first night of Bo ... More >>
The bad news is that SF Beer Week has come and gone. The good news? You're probably a lot less hungover. Wait, we still have another week of Strong Beer Month? Ok, scratch that last thing we said about fewer hangovers. The good news is that there's still gobs of delicious beer to consume throughout ... More >>
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve is still an option for the night of Dec. 31, since the man himself has lived to rock another year. But if the glow of the television screen isn't gonna provide enough sonic warmth this year, there are thankfully plenty of options to hear and see music performed li ... More >>
Rock 'n' roll culture died in 2011. It's got nothing to do with your opinion of Bon Iver, but everything to do with Rolling Stone. The former leading voice of modern music upheld its immaculate reputation this year... by starting an official wine club. It's filled with bottles branded with imagery f ... More >>
Rock Med staff at the Sierra Nevada Music Festival 2003They might be the greatest concert buffs of all time. This year, they plan to attend 700 concerts. Last month alone, they saw an astounding 60-odd shows, including Iron & Wine, Britney Spears, U2, Panic! At the Disco, and the Yellow Magi ... More >>
Los Lobos and Jackie Greene, through a birthday ballon. Pics by Romana MachadoBill Graham's 80th Birthday Party BenefitLos LobosJackie GreenePoor Man's WhiskeyJanuary 8, 2010@ The FillmoreAs much fun as: Two straws in a malted mushroom.Bill Graham was due to turn eighty the same day Elvis would'v ... More >>
Les Claypool and the Frog BrigadeThink back, grasshopper, project yourself back to the late '80s and the early '90s -- yes, a lifetime ago. Major labels and would-be majors signed tons of bands that could more or less bear the handle of "alternative rock." The discs by many of these bands can now ... More >>
Bill GrahamLegendary local concert promoter Bill Graham's sons are suing the man left in charge of his estate for allegedly selling valuable music memorabilia without informing them, the Chron reports.The suit concerns 100 sets of posters advertising shows by the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, ... More >>
District 8 Candidate Rafael Mandelman speaks on nightlife issues at Yoshi'sLast night, ten would-be S.F. supervisors gathered at Yoshi's on Fillmore to discuss how to keep this city's music scene thriving.Step back and think about that for a second. While the road to becoming a San Francisco City ... More >>
A stage at Outside Lands 2009It may not be the greatest Outside Lands lineup ever, but this weekend's big-honkin' music (and wine and food!) festival packs a bicycle basket-full of bands we're stroked (heh, we mean stoked) to see. Here, in no particular order, are 10 of them, plus a few honorable ... More >>
Four new Jefferson Airplane live albums will be released later this year.Few of the now-legendary San Francisco bands of the '60s stand out like Jefferson Airplane. There's the Grateful Dead, which got bigger and stayed good a lot longer than the Airplane did. But even in its "Dark Star" days, th ... More >>
Growers who cashed in on illegal pot now welcome legalization and taxation.
Christopher VictorioNo, he's not gonna be there this year Disappointed Outside Lands fan, we share your woe: The lineup this year -- at least concerning headliners -- just doesn't woo us like it has in years past. Not to slam the bands at the top of the bill. My Morning Jacket, Furthur, Al Green ... More >>
Vincent Gallo, Sean Lennon, Bob Weir, & The Ghost of a Saber Toothed TigerWednesday, Aug. 12, 2009Red Devil LoungeBetter than: Getting what you expected, every time. Going to a Vincent Gallo show is a bit like dropping money into one of those claw arcade games. You pay the fee and hope to gra ... More >>
Global Drum Project Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart didn't invent world music. But he was among the first to take it out of the hands of ethnomusicologists and into the clutches of pop culture. Eighteen years ago, Hart and tabla titan Zakir Hussain won the first World Music Grammy for ... More >>
Everybody's a GOOD Samaritan these days: the music trend of worthy causes
Entering Comets on Fire's blazing parallel universes
A festival of brand-new theater
Bop returns to the Fillmore
All Good Things (Rhino)
Bill Graham's "Mama"
The true story of a real ninja at a real club -- really
The brains behind the bar
Forget Kurt Cobain's Journals, and try Eminem's To-Do Lists instead
A peculiar night on the seamy side of Sixth Street
How to protect arts spaces during an economic boom (protests won't do it)
Morrissey Gets Colored Black on the Outside, Because Black Is How He Feels on the Inside
Since moving to the Bay Area a decade ago, Alec Palao has diligently tracked the history of local bands before the Grateful Dead (yes, such bands existed)
Paul Pena,who's played with everyone from Jerry Garcia to B.B. King, is coming out of the musical shadows, thanks to the award-winning documentary Genghis Blues. He's also blind, and sick, and entirely tired of living.
Located just blocks from downtown, the San Francisco Recreational Vehicle Park is home to tales of wonder and redemption. It will close in the fall.
The Bay Area's chemical gentry
The bust of LSD bagman Waldron Vorhees, aka Captain Clearlight, opens a windowpane on the city -- and on the narco-cop nincompoops