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 >>
Who's the audience for Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, and Flea's stutter-skip project Atoms for Peace? Well, me, probably. Preferring the contained chaos of Yorke's 2006 solo bow The Eraser (and his incredible cover of Miracle Legion's "All for the Best") to anything his Noted Rock Band has done over th ... More >>
The hip-hop troupe 40Love is currently in possession of the most famous animal masks in modern Bay Area music history. Having made their debut in the video for Wallpaper's "#Stupidfacedd," the plastic faces are now being sported by three-quarters of the group in promotional pictures for upcoming alb ... More >>
Deltron 3030 (the trio of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala) and the powerhouse duo of E-40 and Too $hort are the local names representing the Bay Area at this year's hip-hop megafest Rock The Bells, which returns to Shoreline Amphitheatre this August 25-26.
This year's lin ... More >>
Sure, I heard bad things about MDNA, but when's the last time critics actually jumped for Madonna? In the pre-"poptimist" era of 1999, with Ray of Light, I'm pretty sure. Music was a billion times better, and the oft-cited failure American Life is actually pretty strange and fun (vocoder and rapp ... More >>
Who doesn't have a strong opinion on Björk? Love me some Homogenic and Vespertine, hate me some Medulla, and I'm pretty sure the overrated Post and underrated Volta are about equal in quality. And for the stuff I haven't heard -- Telegram, Gling-Glo, various box sets and live crapanalia -- I fear t ... More >>
DJ Mehdi, one of the leading figures in French hip-hop and electronic music over the past decade, died tragically on Tuesday at age 34. According to reports, he was on the roof of his house in Paris with friends, throwing a birthday party for fellow DJ and sometime collaborator Riton. During ... More >>
Guess one man really shouldn't have all that power.If you're wondering why twenty-somethings all over the city are sulking and moping their way through today, it's because they hesitated to buy tickets for yearly Coachella music festival and yesterday it sold out, denying them an opportunity to s ... More >>
Richard HaickM.I.A.October 12, 2010@ The Fox Theater, OaklandBetter than: Well, I guess she could have not played at all.Last night, M.I.A. was that kid you hated to do group projects with in school: She showed up late, she left ridiculously early, she barely did anything on her own, and yet ... More >>
Following soon after her forthcoming album's first single, "Born Free," and its accompanying controversial video, M.I.A is sharing another track from her as-yet-unreleased third full-length. The new song, "XXXO," was officially announced today via M.I.A's own N.E.E.T. label. On the ... More >>
By Randall Roberts
You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a
remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and
researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics,
technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans.
Racial barrier ... More >>
By Randall RobertsAny knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive hous ... More >>