If I had to pick one story in all the history of music to illustrate everything I love and hate about pop, I would choose the one about Veronica Bennett and her one-time partner, Phil Spector.
What's great about Bennett and Spector is the music they made together: "Walking in the Rain," "Why Don't ... More >>
There are stories -- half-lies, probably -- that seem to stir each time the Jesus and Mary Chain pack the van up for another tour. (The band plays the Fillmore tonight.) They tell of the violence that used to stalk the Glasgow band back in the early days. You won't find these details in press releas ... More >>
Beloved English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died in her London home on Saturday at the age of 27. Police have not yet determined the cause of death, but several outlets have reported that there were no signs of foul play.
Winehouse enjoyed a brutally short legacy akin to that of several ... More >>
Fixie film Empire screens at Mission Workshop tonightLet's cut to the chase: you're in need of some good old-fashioned fun, and we know where it's at. Here's our list of 10 things to do this weekend for less than your share of the trash bill:
"200 Yards" @ Dirty Thieves (Fri.)
Sometimes it can ... More >>
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil SpectorRoxie Theater$6-$10With the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers, and the Ramones, producer Phil Spector swathed dozens of hit singles in a layered sheen. His signature Wall of Sound, a lush, full style that made other early-'60s records sound thin and pallid, ... More >>
Helena PriceGuitarists Joe Spargur and Koley O'Brien of the new indie-pop quintet A B & The Sea moved out to San Francisco from Winneconne, Wisconsin at the end of 2008. They came at the suggestion of the Morning Benders to take a serious stab at the music business. It seems to be paying off. ... More >>
Olly HearseyVivian GirlsCan't three women just rock out, please? That might be what Vivian Girls Cassie, Katy, and Ali are thinking after three years of music press scrutiny debating their sound and band lineage. They're typically compared to British twee pop groups Shop Assistants and Talulah Go ... More >>
These drizzly, wet, cold February nights are tailor-made for watching movies. Local rock historian Richie Unterberger offers a side of music education with his film screenings, pairing rare clips of interviews, concerts, and television appearances on a select theme during his regular, monthly-ish n ... More >>
By Noah W. Bailey
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>