It's been more than 25 years since the Smiths broke up. Why did it take guitarist Johnny Marr so long to finally come out with a solo album, this year's The Messenger ? Well, he's been a bit busy. Not content with simply creating the blueprint that most British indie bands followed ever since, Marr ... More >>
Perhaps, as Morrissey once sang, "Sorry Doesn't Help" -- but the singer is going to try anyway. Acknowledging for the first time the six Bay Area concerts he's cancelled in a row, Morrissey today announced plans for a month-long live residency in San Francisco this summer.
"Dear San Francisco, I'm ... More >>
Last week, Morrissey canceled the remaining dates of his current U.S. tour, including two San Francisco shows at the Warfield and Regency Ballrom, due to medical issues including bleeding ulcer, Barrett's esophagus, and double pneumonia.
These are the fifth and sixth consecutive Bay Area shows Morr ... More >>
Morrissey canceled Saturday's show at S.F.'s Regency Ballroom -- his fourth sequential cancelation in the Bay Area -- because he was hospitalized with pneumonia, according to reports.
After battling a bladder infection, a bleeding ulcer, and Barrett's esophagus in recent weeks -- and then announcin ... More >>
Twenty-five years ago today, Johnny Marr disappointed over-thinking 9th graders everywhere by loudly, abruptly leaving The Smiths to begin the journeyman second act of his career. Marr has since continued honing his impeccable ax chops with bands like the The The, The Cribs, and Modest Mouse. Singer ... 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 >>
Damon Albarn this week told Britain's NME that Blur has been practicing and recording together again. The band's guitarist, Graham Coxon, told the magazine the same thing back in February. C'mon fellas! You've gotta have something for us by now! That's almost a whole year of pointless pottering abou ... More >>
Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebdan) comes to Mezzanine on Friday
Who's ready for some raving? It's mid-October and San Francisco is still going strong with weekends so thoroughly stacked that it's beginning to feel like the city's having some kind of strange party renaissance. As such, this weekend ... More >>
The Smiths lyrics: Fertile quoting grounds for graduating seniors.That the Internet hasn't blessed us with a Smiths Yearbook Quote Generator is altogether unforgivable. Knowing that high school seniors are being denied the opportunity to punch in their emotional state on the eve of graduation ... More >>
Janice Whaley Re-Imagines the Smiths: "Shyness is nice, and shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to."
So sings Janice Whaley on her ambitious new six-disc box set. Those immortal words were, of course, written by Morrissey for the Smiths' "Ask," one of the 71 songs f ... More >>
When music director Alexandra Patsavas picks an indie band for The O.C., Gossip Girl or most recently, the Twilight soundtrack, a rise in its fame is practically guaranteed. When she listed San Francisco's Magic Bullets as one of her favorite bands and featured its music on Goss ... More >>
David Bornfriend www.davidbornfriend.com"Openers" researches the best opening bands in San Francisco each week and tells you why it's worth showing up early to catch them. Our latest pick: Magic Bullets.
In a non-musical context, "Magic Bullet(s)" can refer to, among other things,
a blender-like ... More >>
Gretchen RobinetteFor those who thought Morrissey was getting better about canceling his performances, some bad news arrived over the weekend. Marc Hawthorne, the writer who detailed the Moz's most memorable cancellations for SF Weekly, forwarded me a note over the weekend that the singer had, on ... More >>
Gretchen RobinetteMorrisseyDecember 2, 2009Paramount TheatreBetter than: The last time Morrissey was scheduled to play the Paramount.
Fifteen minutes before Morrissey took the stage in Oakland last night, the lobby of the art-deco wonder that is the Paramount Theatre was packed with his notori ... More >>
Action JacksonTrashcan Sinatras
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Café Du Nord
Better Than: Any other Scottish band on a wet weeknight in San Francisco
The Trashcan Sinatras are one of pop's--and Scotland's--best-kept secrets. They've been around for two decades, winning fans via extensive college rad ... More >>
DJ and promoter Nathan Rapport's ears have been spoiled. He lived in Detroit long enough to enjoy the riches of techno's epicenter, and now when he hits a gay club, the dude does not want to hear ten million variations on the Kylie remix. Back in the Motor City he threw queer parties called SASS wit ... More >>