It's official: The Outside Lands lineup will be announced a week from today, on April 16, 2013. And while some hints about this year's bill have spilled out on the Internet so far, it seems high time to round up what we know so far. Here, then are six artists we're pretty sure are on the 2013 Outsid ... More >>
Father John Misty
Thurdsay, Jan. 24, 2013
Better than: Seeing the Walkmen alone.
The concept of co-headliners is a false one. Yes, it's great to get two noteworthy acts for the price of one. And bands of a similar stature can tour together, share the same line on a marquee ... More >>
Former Grateful Dead frontman Bob Weir threw quite a party at his new TRI Studios in San Rafael this weekend: Weir invited a bunch of East Coast musicians, including three members of the National, out for a special in-studio jam called the Bridge Session that was broadcast live over the web.
The tw ... More >>
Matt SmithThe National at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Saturday night.
Dec. 3, 2011
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Better than: Seeing any other American rock band.
"Anyone got extras? [To his partner] Hey, whatcha got?"
"Just a hard dick and some bub ... More >>
Roger Waters can't hear the kids, but they're shouting, "Dude, rock 'n' roll is dead!"
It's not ageism, people -- this blog reviewed Roger Waters' performance of the Wall in Oakland last December and found it humongous, riveting, and revolutionary. To call the Wall a classic rock document is ... 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 >>
Russ Harrington (russharrington.com) for Harp MagazineGrace Potter gets intimate with democracySo you're the kind of person who forgets to vote. And in such a democracy-happy burg as S.F., where voters are asked to weigh in frequently on such trivialities as the mix of recycled material in the to ... More >>
Christopher VictorioThe National performing this past Sunday at the Treasure Island Music FestivalJust how did the National's latest album, High Violet, shoot so high up the Billboard charts when it was released this spring? Are the members of this dramatic Cincinnati-via-Brooklyn band as dreary ... More >>
Christopher VictorioBroken Social Scene's Kevin Drew crowd-surfs at the end of his set.Treasure Island Music Festival, Day TwoOctober 17, 2010Better than: Listening to '90s alt-rock on your Walkman during a damp walk to school.Well, it rained. But other than that wet little nod from Mother N ... More >>
Judgment Day plays Saturday at the Bicycle Music FestivalStringed heavy metal acts operated by bicycle power, teenage dance parties, and legendary country-folk ingénues in the park -- San Francisco has it all this weekend for less than the cost of a few pounds of organic summer fruit. Here's our ... More >>
Richard HaickThe National
The Fox Theater
May 26, 2010
Better than: High Violet, a flawed, delicate, frustrating, gorgeous, boring album.
Matt Berninger does not want to look at the audience. Matt Berninger looks scared. Matt Berninger must swill -- no, chug -- wine (white wine in ... More >>