Ever since the mid-1990s dissolution of cult noise-rock outfit Cop Shoot Cop, songwriter Tod Ashley (aka Tod A) has traveled an eclectic musical path with his group Firewater. Initially mixing klezmer and Eastern European folk with punk in a way that prefigured the rise of Gogol Bordello and Balkan ... More >>
Mark Lanegan BandWednesday, May 23, 2012Great American Music HallBetter than: Staying at home and thinking about death.Mark Lanegan plays in the dark. Literally. A blue light here, a red one there, and zero variables. All you can really make out is his pronounced frown, gigantic jawline, and the shi ... More >>
Coachella 2012 is still more than four months away -- so naturally, it's time to start hyperventilating over rumored lineups for the first year the festival will stretch over two weekends. One "leaked" lineup appeared last week on StarzUncut, a celebrity gossip website with more than 58,000 Twitter ... More >>
Listen to this while high: Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project's Seriously. Behind the buzz: The subject line of the publicist's email mentioned something about Tom Waits' saxophonist, but the magic name of Ralph Carney dispelled any incipient attack of the whatevs. I mean, we're not talking ... More >>
Abby CamayaDulcet-toned/floppy-haired locals The Parties released their second full-length album, Coast Garde, yesterday on Rainbow Quartz records, and they'll be celebrating the occasion this Friday at the Hemlock Tavern, along with The Love Dimension and Trevor Childs & The Beholders. The a ... More >>
Jamie Lidell's genre-wandering wings show no signs of being clipped on his latest album
Rarely has a great songwriter, a man who is an icon and a joy to behold, been very nearly outclassed by his backup singers. The only other example we know is the early work of Gram Parsons and his tiny white-hot sidekick, Emmylou Harris. Jakob Dylan's new record, Women and Country, draws inspirat ... More >>
For fans of warbling vocals and the empyreal thrum of a harp being plucked, tonight is for you. At Amnesia, performance artists and harpist Baby Dee sings her melancholy hymnals from a place that is both eccentric and authentic. Her rustic vocals at times open up to almost operatic levels before ... More >>
Anna McCarthyArcadio at Cafe du NordLast night, Cafe du Nord featured an eclectic mix of sounds: the mournful indie-rock of Grand Lake, the dark twang of Arcadio, and the new wave, choppy beats of Rad Cloud. But all three acts had one commonality--they were all from the Bay Area. "This is sort of ... More >>
CraigslistTerrorize the squash-phobic in your life.SFoodie's weekly look at some urban essentials offered up on Craiglist. • Five little ducks went out one day, over the hill and far away. Mother Duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack," but only four little ducks came back. Why? Because yo ... More >>
Click pic for larger version...Last week we cried over spilled (organic) milk in the Lower Haight. This week, it's spilled vodka. The remnants of what appear to have been a hell of a weekend party were left on the blacktop for all to see. The genius of local liquor magnate Maurice Kanbar in bottling ... More >>
Boiling water, steam, and Scientology. Just another morning downtown. Downtown shoppers, commuters, and the ubiquitous statuesque blonde Scientology pamphleteers enjoyed the odors of a YMCA steam room and hopped over puddles of near-boiling water as steam workers pumped out flooded pipes today. A pa ... More >>
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