Even if you don't recognize his name, you've probably heard Trevor Dunn's music. In addition to leading his own groups Trio-Convulsant and Mad Love, he's a perpetually in-demand, bi-coastal bassist equally adept at jazz, classical, and death metal. That schizophrenic skill set led him from his stint ... More >>
San Francisco's Synthetic ID plays straight-ahead punk charged with a distinctly urban sense of disorientation and tension. A controlled chaos is contained in the group's jagged instrumental tones. Each part threatens to teeter into a depressive abyss, but the songs trudge along, systematically inst ... More >>
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By ALEE KARIM Sleep Oxbow Kowloon Walled City June 5th, 2012 The Fox Theatre Better than: The rest. And rest. Thankfully. The San Jose-based metal band Sleep is part of a pre-Internet coterie of bands that gained an astonishing reputation in their absence. For every Soundgarden reuniting to cash ... More >>
Today, cranky lord of the mixing board Steve Albini submitted himself to an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. This means that random users asked him random questions for a few hours, and he gave responses as he saw fit. Many of the answers were very, very interesting. Steve Albini, of course, is the owner ... More >>
Scratch Acid's David Yow at the Fillmore last night. Scratch Acid Thee Oh Sees Dec. 14th, 2011 The Fillmore Better than: The "Rowdy" Rodd Piper fight scene in John Carpenter's They Live. Last night, Scratch Acid's frontman, David Yow, took the stage at the Fillmore and immediately informed ... More >>
Helios Creed, beer model Good news: You can finally put an end to all those half-lucid drunken arguments you've had about what kind of beer S.F.-based psych-noise pioneer Helios Creed would be if he was a beer. (You've had those arguments, right?) Now there's an official answer, because the ... 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 >>
Pissed Jeans, Mi Ami, Hissing WoundTuesday, Aug. 18, 2009Bottom of the HillBetter than: Yer typical '90s nostalgia.On record, Allentown, PA's Pissed Jeans are feral. Frontman Matt Korvette could be singing about getting a massage ("Request for Masseuse") and the tension in his voice could hammer ... More >>
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