As anticipation grows for the release of Brad Pitt's zombie epic, World War Z, he's been singing the praises of the work Muse has done for the movie's soundtrack. Pitt recently called Muse's involvement "nice kismet." Given who's involved, we think he's either crazy or exaggerating -- a lot. And giv ... More >>
Before we play you the new Strokes single, "One Way Trigger," we feel like we should warm you up a little bit. We don't want to rush this. We want to get you in just the right mood. So, before we get to the main event, we're going to play you a little something that's in the same vein. This was the ... More >>
Happy Fourth, everybody! As we all know, patriotism in this fine land of ours often sounds frickin' terrible when presented in song form. But feeling happy to be American doesn't -- we repeat, doesn't -- have to involve Toby Keith. Or Keith Urban. Or, well, anyone named Keith actually. Here then, ar ... More >>
Something stinks, and it's you.Dear Julian Casablancas, Remember how the Strokes were good that one time in 2001? Yeah, we're ready to forget that ever happened -- but then again, we're pretty sure you already have. Once upon a time, you brought us the bouncy, gritty swagger of "Last Nite" ... More >>
Linkin Park, coming soon to a Shoreline near you.If you're one of those for whom it just ain't summer before a big-time rock radio bash, listen up: Live 105 yesterday announced the lineup for its annual BFD concert, which goes down Sunday, June 5, at Shoreline. Your headliners: Multiplatinum rock ... More >>
Where's the money, Leboffski?Has the breakup of the White Stripes left you jonesing for some new simple, monosyllabic early-aughts post-garage rock? If so, never fear: The Strokes are hear to pat your hand and whisper soothing secrets in your ear.
Free Energy at the Independent last night.Free EnergyThe PostellesJanuary 27, 2011@ The IndependentBetter than: Rock bands that try to entertain a room by pretending they don't have a room to entertain.The stage lights flashed on at the Postelles' group-slammed chord last night like some lon ... More >>
Fell in love with this fish who got caught in my mesh / Yo, she burned my scene up like David Koresh Maybe my bullshit detector has plutonium batteries, but I'm not so sure I trust Darwin Deez. I've read a lot about how he's the new hotness, a genius of musical invention, number ten on the NME' ... More >>
It just didn't seem right to lump in Oracle Arena and HP Pavilion fare with the cozy goings-on at S.F. dens like Bottom of the Hill and even Great American Music Hall. So, in search of an even comparison, I'm breaking it up: Today, here are the best concerts I saw with more than 5,000 of my fellow h ... More >>
Christopher VictorioAl Green's soul medley on Sunday had us wearing a stupid grin.Of all the things we'll remember about this year's Outside Lands festival -- the sun breaking through the fog during Al Green's set, the gaudy costumes of Empire of the Sun, and the incessant oonce oonce from the He ... More >>
A stage at Outside Lands 2009It may not be the greatest Outside Lands lineup ever, but this weekend's big-honkin' music (and wine and food!) festival packs a bicycle basket-full of bands we're stroked (heh, we mean stoked) to see. Here, in no particular order, are 10 of them, plus a few honorable ... More >>
Sonny and the Sunsets at Bottom of the Hill last yearOutside Lands promoters are "scared to death" of the soft economy and bad concert season, which is why they cut the festival back to two days. Contrary to what we heard, promoters say tickets are selling slowly. From SF Gate:Organizers said the ... More >>
Without any further ado, the full line up for San Francisco's own Outside Lands Music Festival, presented in a very endearing video format brought to by The Eclectic Method.The lineup is not too shabby. Who we're most excited about? Kings of Leon, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Gogol Bordello, Ca ... More >>
Ben Chun2006 party at the Phoenix Hotel There was a time when the Phoenix Hotel, and whatever restaurant/club was attached to it, had a rep as the rock star crash pad in town. From the funky '50s hotel rooms to the outdoor pool, the space hosted plenty of memorable Hollywood-to-the-north events: ... More >>
Pop culture is in perpetual remix. It's fun to watch all the various ways clever artists and designers re-imagine not just the music, but the images behind iconic acts. Those interpretations extend to album art. A new site called Animated Albums adds a little extra kick to static images by David Bow ... More >>
The Morning BendersWhile it isn't exactly a Bay Area takeover of the Chicago festival, local indie acts are making a strong showing in the 2010 Lollapalooza lineup, which was just announced last night. Rogue Wave, The Dodos, and the Morning Benders all made the cut to play the Grant Park sta ... More >>
Julian CasablancasTuesday, Nov. 17, 2009The Regency Ballroom(Not) better than: The Strokes, Little Joy, Albert Hammond, Jr.It has to be hard, breaking into the 2000s as the symbol of the hipsters overtaking the mainstream, only to fall down to the bottom of the hype heap a decade later. As the fr ... More >>
Julian Casablancas @ Regency Ballroom Long the Strokes' slurred voice of sleazy cool, Julian Casablancas has become the latest member of that band to indulge in a side project. In his case, it's an eight-song solo album, Phrazes for the Young. Swimming in retro synths and elastic guitar lines, i ... More >>
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