Well everybody, it's been a lot of fun doing this column and partying with you for the past couple of years. As you are all aware, we're currently on an unstoppable collision course with the apocalypse, due to hit sometime around Friday, with the details as yet undetermined. Considering the approach ... More >>
With the nation's major-party political conventions recently drawing to a close with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first black president, it seems fitting to cast a spotlight on an equally rare profession: the black country music artist. Or, rather, the former black pop star seeking ... More >>
The news that Alan Rickman will be portraying Hilly Kristal in a new CBGB biopic half excited us, then half scared us yesterday. He'll be good, but Lordy, who is going to play Debbie Harry? And The Ramones? Those are big shoes to fill... So we comforted ourselves with this -- a list of our top 10 fa ... More >>
livepict.comErykah Badu brings her band the Cannabinoids to the Warfield stage on Friday (Dec. 9) and, given her past history, you'll forgive us for being excited about something superficial in addition to the actual music. Her appearance at Outside Lands back in August was phenomenal, so we' ... More >>
KBLX Stone Soul II Oct. 1, 2011 Sleep Train Pavilion Better than: Listening to KBLX for nine hours MC Hammer, the Oakland bred '90s pop star and early Twitter adopter, took to tweeting on Saturday night after his performance at the KBLX Stone Soul II concert in Concord: Lol .. The worst sound cre ... More >>
Future Bond singer?So, rumors continue to circulate that Adele will be responsible for the next James Bond theme -- hell, she practically admitted it on a British talk show a few days ago. We think this is fantastic news, because the last few have been either remarkably unmemorable (Chris Cornell ... More >>
Cake Picture Gallery Lou Reed set the bar rather low with his idea of the perfect day: sips of sangria in the park, a trip to the zoo, a movie. "It Was a Good Day" also kept it simple, with Ice Cube's ideal 24 hours consisting of mom's home cooking, playing craps, and a Lakers victory. Nigeri ... More >>
Joseph SchellDas Racist at the IndyDas Racist HOTTUBVin SolFebruary 2, 2011@ The Independent Better than: Dancing to Tina Turner alone in your room. The members of Brooklyn hip-hop outfit Das Racist are masters of mixing the ignorant with the intelligent without being too pretentious or ir ... More >>
Putting rock musicians in movies has been a catchpenny ploy since about fifteen minutes after rock music began to hit nationwide in the mid-1950s. The crusty-nosed brats buying all the records were, after all, the very same unruly vermin clogging American drive-ins every weekend. At first, acts were ... More >>
Michael Jackson never graced the Bay Area with a solo show, though the Jackson 5 did perform its second official concert as a Motown act at San Francisco's Cow Palace on June 19, 1970, appearing as the opening act for Tina Turner and Rare Earth; they returned to the venue in 1972 and 1973. J5 wa ... More >>
Joseph SchellGossip October 25, 2009 Regency BallroomBy Rossiter Drake Better Than: Staying home to watch Dexter and Mad Men. But be sure to DVR them. "We started a band 'cause we were bored. Our mission is to make you dance, and if you're not gonna dance, just stay at home and listen to the old ... More >>
The Shooting Gallery starts off 2009 with the latest solo showing from Los Angeles-based artist Van Arno. The Boogie Disease is a series of 15 oil paintings on canvas and wood combining Arno's use of surrealism and popular mythology. Arno's new works also displays his progression into a smoother sty ... More >>
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By Janine Kahn All Shook Down's weekend kicked off with a time warp and one very sweet transvestite (yes, from Transexual, Transylvania) as we plopped ourselves down for the Ray of Light Theatre's rendition of the Rocky Horror Show. Friday was opening night and Jef Valentine rocked that Frank-N-Fur ... More >>
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Bryan Adams The Independent May 17, 2008 Review by Ross Drake Better Than: A Night of '80s Karaoke at the Mint. Stream: The video for "Heaven," featuring enough mullets to embarrass even the most immodest Canadian rock star. Bryan Adams as Dylanesque troubadour? The concept might seem slightly ab ... More >>
Friday was all about treating San Francisco like the beach town it ain't. SF Weekly Music Editor Jennifer Maerz watched Hot Rockin' Friday DJs spinning '70s punk and '80s psych at the Riptide before heading off to Mollusk for the surf shop's Geoff McFetridge art opening. At the surf shop-cum-gallery ... More >>
Everybody is a star, but not quite like Sly Stone, Curtis and the Funky President. Get up offa that thang and check out some rare footage of said soul legends and plenty more: To coincide with Black History Month, Richie Unterberger will present an entire program of rare soul music film clips from ... More >>
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