Jay BlakesbergWarren Hellman at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Warren Hellman, the billionaire banjo-picker and eccentric who founded the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival, lost his battle with leukemia on Sunday. He was 77. Hellman was a successful investment banker a beloved philant ... More >>
The Mekons are not like any other band. Almost an art collective as much as a regular rock band, the British outfit was born out of the same late-'70s Leeds punk rock scene that birthed such legends as the Gang of Four. But where Gang of Four favored spare, scathing post-punk, the Mekons went off in ... More >>
Broken Social Scene is one of more than 90 acts playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this year. The lineup for this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is out, and good luck figuring out whom to call the "headliner." For the festival's 11th year, organizers have put together another insane ... More >>
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 1Oct. 2, 2010 @ Golden Gate ParkBetter than: chasing a fox out the hen house. San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival sings America. The annual outdoor concert is about coming together: scores of rootsy musicians, a half-million or more conc ... More >>
Haymaker! (Yep Roc)
Maximo Park's Wire-y rock, the Mekons' many side projects, and the final installment of "Ace of Spades"
In the World of Him
The Executioner's Last Songs Vol. 2 & 3
The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt is too prolific to lay low
The curiously compelling rock cocks of Cynthia Plaster Caster
Soviet film satire, organ plaster-casting, and animal 'toon carnage
Downtown (Secretly Canadian)
What's up, doc?
Hyacinths and Thistles (Merge)
For 25 years, the Mekons' lack of success has kept them going.
Happily, Zmrzlina's members aren't sure what their own music sounds like
Zmrzlina, Little Jimmy Scott, Hank Crawford, and Jimmy McGriff
Singing a New Tune, What's in a Name?, Back in Business, and Spin Control
Rico Bell & the Snake Handlers' Dark Side of the Mersey, The Mekons' Where Were You?, and Stefon Harris' BlackActionFigure
The Aluminum Group's Pedals
Why the three San Francisco music scene vets who make up Virginia Dare have happily retired to home and hearth