Janelle Monáe and her Androids with the San Francisco Symphony
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Louise M. Davies Hall
Better than: Monáe's last wonderful performance in SF at the 2012 Black and White Ball
Last night at Davies Hall, Janelle Monáe pretty much wore the same thing she always wears on stage. ... More >>
By JAMES ROBINSON
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Better than: Staying home and complaining about how bad The New Girl has gotten.
Cody ChestnuTT had his moment in time.
I walked into the kitchen of my family home a long way back and my mother had 'the Seed' turned u ... More >>
Like my colleague Andrew Stout, I have mostly managed to avoid Justin Bieber for what I'm pretty sure are good reasons. He's a typical "innocent" white male singer trying to represent universality to nonwhites and nonmales. Then there's his musical blandness: bits that crept through my defenses of " ... More >>
Low End Theory featuring Flying Lotus
Friday, May 4, 2012
Better than: The same party without Flying Lotus?
The first time I ever went to Low End Theory was at its Los Angeles residence, at The Airliner. If you've been to that venue, then you know the incongruous situation of the party ... More >>
Let's be real: bands don't change your life more than, oh ... once.
So if we were lucky to get two excellent albums from James Mercer and whoever
happens to be with him, it's no slouch that a third pretty-good album added
three more perfect tunes to the canon: "Australia," "Phantom Limb," and "Gi ... More >>
Editor's note: Ahead of the four-year anniversary of beloved '90s party Debaser, we invited party DJs Jamie Jams and Stab Master Arson to make a mix of some of the songs we can expect to hear at Saturday's party. What follows is their mix and commentary.
By JAMIE GUZZI
Hip-hop historians note that ... More >>
On wikiHow, there are instructions on how to properly start up a band. The entry splendidly reduces the whole tortuous process to a series of simply phrased steps -- "Don't have people in the band who refuse to practice!" "Watch out for egos!" "Try to wear the same colors!" -- while conveying an unc ... More >>
There may be no cooler place to be in San Francisco at 11:11 p.m. this Friday (11/11/11) than watching Morris Day and the Time perform at Mezzanine for the 10-year anniversary of Funk Fest. Original dance craze perpetrators (and Purple Rain villains) Day, Jellybean Johnson, and Monte Moir wil ... More >>
Bell Biv DeVoeBell Biv DeVoe
August 18, 2011
@ Yoshi's SF
Better than: The last time we saw BBD (which was pretty darned good)
America typically eats its child stars, or at least chews 'em up and spits 'em out. But after decades together in show business, the members of Bell Biv DeVoe are s ... More >>
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
July 26, 2011
@ The Independent
Better than: Listening to Yo La Tengo records and wishing you were 16 again.
Barely post-adolescent British kids Yuck released a self-titled debut album this year on Fat Possum, and holy shit, do I love it, and holy shit, does i ... More >>
Red Bull contest winner Goldenchyld The Red Bull DJ Contest, featuring Solomon, Max Kane, Natalie Nuxx, DJ Dials, Platurn, Eric Sharp, Goldenchyld, and Jeffrey Paradise
February 24, 2011
@ DNA Lounge
Better than: Throwing your hands up in the air because Fatman Scoop says so
In a city ... More >>
June 25, 2010
@The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco
Better Than: Listening to my coworker alternate between a bad British accent and a creepy falsetto while singing "The Girl is Mine" by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
I remember in high school there was a boy no one ... More >>
Michael Jackson never graced the Bay Area with a solo show, though the Jackson 5 did perform its second official concert as a Motown act at San Francisco's Cow Palace on June 19, 1970, appearing as the opening act for Tina Turner and Rare Earth; they returned to the venue in 1972 and 1973.
J5 wa ... 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 >>
December 15, 2009
Better Than: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, not LeBron James
Rap is a memoirist's art, and Kid Cudi's music is some of the most personal rap around. His recordings about loneliness and fears contain an intimate softness, like lullabies sung righ ... More >>
Chali 2na, Gift of Gab, & Mr. Lif, hosted by Lyrics Born
November 7, 2009
Better Than: This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors
Indie hip-hop icons still pack them in up in the Bay
Area. On Saturday night, the Independent was dominated by indie artists who
have spent more than 15 ... More >>
Let's Remember Him This Way
When a pop culture icon passes, it's never a happy thing. The death of Michael Jackson has definitely sent shivers through the urban community, most of whom revered MJ's music, which was an essential soundtrack for most of their lives. Well, up until Bad, at least.
But ... More >>
All right, time to remember Michael Jackson in style. We're opening up All Shook Down to your favorite Michael Jackson and Michael Jackson-related memories. Pull from any time period you wish--The Jackson 5, Captain EO, Neverland... walking on the Golden Gate Bridge......Whatever it is, we'd like ... More >>