The Rolling Stones are in the Bay Area this week, biding time between their show at the Oracle Arena and Wednesday's at HP Pavilion. Since Sunday's disappointing performance is still fresh in our minds, we thought we'd compare it to a similar, highly desired, pricey status symbol for Bay Area reside ... More >>
The Rolling Stones Sunday, May 5, 2013 Oracle Arena, Oakland Better than: Bands that don't bother building an aura in the first place. The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band is fallible. In theory, the Rolling Stones may be perfect. But onstage in Oakland last night, they were not. On the secon ... More >>
Dear Rolling Stones, As we're sure you're aware, a little ripple of joy went through crowds of music fans the world over recently when you announced you were about to tour again. We were a little perturbed to find out that Mick Jagger has started dancing in front of a mirror in preparation, but tha ... More >>
How much will you pay to say you've seen the Rolling Stones? In 30 years, when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are either dead and buried, or are liquid-preserved human heads running a cybernetic body, how badly will you want to tell your (grand-) kids that yes, you saw the real Rolling Stones live? ... More >>
Just as we were expecting, the Rolling Stones this morning announced a U.S. leg of their ongoing 50 and Counting Tour for this spring. And just as expected, it includes two dates in the Bay Area next month. See also: Here Is the Billboard That Proves the Rolling Stones Are Playing San Francisco Th ... More >>
So the Rolling Stones have been making a rather large, um, bang on Twitter all week about some big announcement coming tomorrow, April 3. Yes, it is almost certainly going to be U.S. tour dates for this spring -- a continuation of the band's 50th Anniversary shows of last year. And yes, it's almost ... More >>
The Rolling Stones, rock 'n' roll's version of a senile third-world dictator who just won't hand over power to the younger generation, have released a new song. "Doom and Gloom" is the first new Stones material in seven years, and premiered only hours ago on Radio 2 in the U.K. It's the first new si ... More >>
Remember the good old days, when wine clubs were exclusively the pastime of pretentious assholes/your parents? Those days are over: Rolling Stone magazine just announced its own scheme to sell bottles of fermented grape juice to baby boomers with nothing better to blow their pension checks on. So w ... More >>
The Juke at Nap's 3Bernal Heights is often unfairly lumped in with the Mission as a whole. While it is backed up against the Mission, Bernal has its own plentiful offerings -- Indian pizza, indoor street food, and lesbian bars with three-story patios, to name a few. So, in deference to the vi ... More >>
Today is National Grammar Day, which means until midnight you're legally obligated to put up with the prescriptivist fulminations of that one buy or girl in your office whose knickers get all bunched when you say "15 items or less" or "the reason is because." (Lucky for everyone in the world I wo ... More >>
Local boys Green Day went on Jimmy Fallon last night and tore through a cover of the Stones' "Rip This Joint," punking the Exile on Main Street song up with manic pacing and Billie Joe's signature guyliner. Follow us @SFAllShookDown.
Rock 'n' roll isn't as complicated as the hyphen-happy critical world makes it out to be. For all the differences alleged between, say, the blues-rock of The Rolling Stones and the alt-rock of Pavement, a prefix-less guitar band can show how similar those styles really are. The Dead Trees are jus ... More >>
Forget the Monsters of Folk. The real underground neo folk act to keep an ear on is Emerald Triangle. The group has a serious California soft rock pedigree: San Francisco's own Andy Cabic of Vetiver, together with Farmer Dave (Venice denizen who's played with tons of acts, most notably Beachwood ... More >>
Our favorite morsels from the food blogs and beyond. Um, my mother with a pair of scissors?: Food Gal plays Dr. Freud, offering up the foodie equivalent of a Rorschach test in a wide-pixel photo of glistening piquillo peppers. Queries Food Gal: What do these peppers look like to you? (She reckons t ... More >>
Our weekend involved cheese, ropes and Andy Warhol. In that order:Saturday afternoon's Grilled Cheese Invitational at Dolores Park was well attended - all 500 tasting wristbands sold out in minutes, a good hour before the event began! Tamara Palmer has the skinny at SFoodie.Saturday evening wa ... More >>
One of our favorite local rock historians, Richie Unterberger, will once again be giving his secret stash of excellent rock clips a public screening this Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Park Branch of the San Francisco Public Library (1833 Page Street) between 7 and 9 p.m. His theme this time: the 45th ... More >>
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