The Rolling Stones
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Oracle Arena, Oakland
Better than: Bands that don't bother building an aura in the first place.
The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band is fallible.
In theory, the Rolling Stones may be perfect. But onstage in Oakland last night, they were not. On the secon ... More >>
While a host of hard-rock groups still try to emulate the monolithic sounds of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Maryland-based rock juggernaut Clutch stands as a rare band that captures the relentless swing and ferocious groove that elevated those two iconic acts to greatness. For more than 20 years, ... More >>
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been poked, prodded, and splayed across so many pages that one could be forgiven for ceasing to consider them real, live people. Instead, they're a tabula rasa, an abstract concept -- beautiful wax figures. You'll certainly get this impression if you read the Examin ... More >>
This morning, Tom Waits' publicist sent out what may be the least-informative press release of all time: An email with the subject line "Tom Waits: Permission to Come Aboard?" and a photo of the artist looking like a mad pirate, wearing an eye patch and cigar, cutlass poised behind his head for a go ... More >>
There are a lot of cool things riding on Fiona Apple. For one thing, she hasn't been chewed up and spit out by a desperate, dying industry. She's still on a major label despite not having posed for a racy photo or released anything capable of being a hit in years. In fact, despite not releasing anyt ... More >>
If any rock performer can double as a character in a James
Joyce novel, it's Ralph Carney. A multi-instrumentalist best known as reedman
for Tom Waits and a host of others, the S.F.-based Carney plays the way he talks: expansive,
eccentric, and endlessly discursive. As a member of Tin Huey, he wa ... More >>
It's always a big deal when new stuff drops from the gravelly throat of Sonoma County-based rocker/bluesman/enigma Tom Waits. And it looks like he may be about to release his first new music in seven years.
Yesterday, Waits' label sent out a very cryptic email hinting that somethin ... More >>
Instagram username TomWaitsForNoMan
(Wait, is that headline confusing? "No longer" modifies the verb "waits," not the compound adjective "to be inducted." Sorry if that seemed sensationalistic. But while we're on the subject of names that parse as verbs, consider the difficulty of writing a snappy h ... More >>
Now, here's some literal art we can get behind. Artist Mike Oncley fashioned this portrait of weirdo/werewolf/musician Tom Waits out of coffee and cigarettes, the very name of a film in which Waits himself played a role. Not only is it a cool idea -- the piece itself is quite striking. Oncley is sel ... More >>
Good news for Tom Waits fans: the iconic Nor Cal singer and songwriter has embraced the old "give 'em a little free taste" marketing plan. He's offering an 8-song preview of his upcoming live album, Glitter and Doom Live, for the price of your email address. If you like what you hear, the full al ... More >>
Joe Eskenazi'I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy' reads the pavement. The stretch of Steiner Street along Alamo Square with the Painted Ladies houses on its east side could be the most photographed section of this city -- or any city. Most camera-wielding visitors ... More >>