Our sympathies to the members of the Morning Benders, who recently chose -- but were basically forced -- to change their band name. In a note posted to their old website over the weekend, the members explained that since "bender" is a widely used derogatory slang term for "homosexual" in the U.K. an ... More >>
By JACK BOULWARE [Editor's note: Jack Boulware is the co-author, with Silke Tudor, of Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day.] If we're talking the birth of Bay Area punk, there are as many points of vi ... More >>
See also: *The Nuns' Jennifer Miro: An Appreciation By Gimme Something Better Author Jack Boulware Jennifer Anderson, a musician, writer, and model whose doll-like looks and seductive voice helped make a name for pioneering San Francisco punk band the Nuns, died last month in New York City of comp ... More >>
Any of you eco-conscious hippies, fem-lit-reading bookstore owners, and musician-politicians find that IFC's West Coast bohemia-skewering Portlandia doesn't hit close enough to your S.F. home? Since, you know it's technically about a city some 600 miles away? Well, consider yourselves lucky: Portla ... More >>
Touring on In the Grace of Your Love, the first album by his rhythmically aggressive, now gospel-influenced NYC-based band the Rapture in five years, singer/guitarist Luke Jenner took a moment to look at what he has accomplished to date. Turns out he's still a little sad he's never been able to get ... More >>
Farewell, then. In case you still needed to know the difference between R.E.M. and U2, R.E.M. just broke up and U2 dies only when Bono is put in the ground. Whatever today's (honestly shocking) announcement means about R.E.M.'s 31-year-career, well, what did anything ever mean with this ban ... More >>
You saw it coming...Over the past few months, we've found treasures and trash in San Francisco bars: Old school jukeboxes with surprisingly sincere music picks, and sad little boxes we urge you to skip. It's all come to this: The juke hunt winners distilled into a single list, the best offe ... More >>
The juke at Aub Zam ZamThe heyday of authentic jukeboxes is long over. With many bars installing those nasty touchscreen digital Internet boxes, the old school record-flipping kind of jukebox is a dying breed. And this is in the town that originated the concept of jukeboxes back in 1889. So what ... More >>
Josh Widmann should be a household name in San Francisco. Over the past three years, he's been working a strange, inventive production style as Tristes Tropiques, making frequent radio appearances and hosting numerous club nights around town. This Sunday, May 9 he launches the brand new cl ... More >>
Qui arms David Yow with new weapons of crowd confrontation
The Ramones bopped toward history and an unhappy end
If you think that poo isn't sexy, you haven't heard Kitten on the Keys sing about hers.
A quarter-century ago, the Weirdos jump-started West Coast punk. Now they're back.
Zagat's new "music guide" is absurd, but its "format" offers a "nice way" to review "lame albums."
Comic Neil Hamburger tells lame, awkward anti-jokes. What's so funny about that?
Dying in Stereo
A 10-mile, two-hour bike trip that memorializes the local spots punks loved
Legendary DJ Afrika Bambaataa brings his b-boy esoterica to town
Demons Dance Alone
The Residents' Petting Zoo (Cryptic/East Side Digital)
21 Singles 1984-1998 (Rhino)/Heathen Chemistry (Epic)
A sexy film fest, a Croatian lute fest, and a festering punk band
Rocky Horror Picture Show; Unauthorized Fab Mab Reunion Show; Ideas in Animation; Slow Poisoners
Geno Delafose, Balfa Toujours, Sex 66, Cock Sparrer
Magnetic Fields, Citizen Fish, Ana D., and eX-Girl
The American Analog Set, and how quiet may be the last place for rock to go
The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion and Rock 'n' Roll by Simon Reynolds and Joy Press