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 >>
Last week in Charlotte, Bill Clinton stepped to a podium in front of his party's delegation and delivered a speech. Maybe you saw it? What I remember are words -- lots of words. Some of them wrapped around statistics, others glaring back at me like bumper stickers on chrome. Clinton's words flowed f ... More >>
Calle 13 Bang Data Saturday, May 12, 2012 Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: Watching Pitbull, another short, bald dude with Caribbean roots, try to rap. Puerto Rico natives, Calle 13 (pronounced Kah-yeh-trehs-seh), are most recognized for their 2005 dance anthem "Atrevete-te-te." The song enti ... More >>
The worst music listicle of all time was published Sunday, April 8, 2012, on the conservative website Breitbart.com and penned by one Ben Shaprio. Headlined "Top 10 Overrated Songs of All Time," the piece attempts to savage the work of 10 pop music greats. That it does so stupidly, and with no sense ... More >>
Oh, the hallowed and hyped Superbowl halftime show. This Sunday, we will bear witness to the unholy alliance of Madonna, M.I.A., and Nicki Minaj performing together, which will be -- well, beyond interesting, we're not quite sure. Sometimes, though, the stars align and something truly magical hap ... More >>
Yelp/ Lucy M.For those of us who don't work in an office, and aren't rich or fancy enough to afford things like WiFi and coffee makers, there's always the options of setting up shop at nearby coffee shops and cafes. Sometimes a trip to our local cafe is the only thing that'll stop those of us ... More >>
The No. 1 album in the country this week is by the biggest band on Earth. All is right with the world? Well, hold that thought. Unlike textural forbears U2 and Radiohead, much less the Clash or Nirvana, most people even willing to concede that Coldplay is a relevant force do not think it has ... More >>
Sparky's 24 Hours DinerIt's four in the morning and you're starving. Where should you go? San Francisco eateries aren't very good at staying open into the wee hours, so we've compiled a list of places for you to go to in case the cupboard is bare when you want a midnight snack.
Muse: Apparently not playing the Rickshaw on Friday. Those of you watching the lineup for this year's Outside Lands night shows may have noticed a little bit of interesting verbiage for Friday's bill at the Rickshaw Stop. The lineup is advertised as Vetiver, Extra Classic and "surprise specia ... More >>
The music makes about as much sense as the cover art. Maybe there was something in his blunt. Otherwise, what the hell was A-Plus thinking? The Oakland rapper -- a member of the celebrated alternative hip-hop crews Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics -- just went and dropped a tribute EP cal ... More >>
This week: Toke along with Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Behind the buzz: Anyone claiming mystification at this Coachella-bound rock choir needs a sharp rap across the skull with one of those dildos left over from a Die Antwoord video. You'd think cultural memory of a lopsided pair of So ... More >>
The moral of this list? Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do it. Nobody likes a show-off, and nobody enjoys shattered glass and burst eardrums. Here, then, are some proponents of high notes who really should've kept their vocal cords in check.6. Muse, "Micro Cuts"   ... More >>
www.economist.comAs recorded music sales slide, at least among the young, artists and promoters are charging you more (lots more) money to go to concerts.How much more? Check it out after the jump.
Love and Happiness: Al Green's on the Outside Lands lineupOutside Lands lineup accidentally revealed in latest issue of Spin. [SF Appeal] Local faves The Dodos record at Daytrotter with Magik*Magik Orchestra. [Daytrotter] Big tours hitting the Bay Area this summer include Lady Gaga, Justin Bie ... More >>
One of Scotland's finest musical exports, the Trashcan Sinatras, will play at Slim's on Tuesday, June 1. We asked the band a few pertinent questions. Barry Gibb, if you're reading this: Get in touch. -- Vicky Walker Izumi KamazawaTrashcan Sinatras bring the swing SF Weekly: What are we draggin ... More >>
For those who follow the Grammys, we have a couple locals in the running. Nominations were announced today, and the following Bay Area acts are up for little gold statues:Green Day's "21 Guns" got a nod in two categories: "Best Rock Song" and "Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals," ... More >>
Just can't get enough of SFoodie blogger, music writer, and DJ Tamara Palmer? Score an extra-hefty slice of Tamara tomorrow on Pirate Cat Radio's Broken Record Party (87.9 FM), 2-4 p.m. Special guest Tamara joins host Caroline Thompson for a session of chit-chat and tasty food joints, circa 1 ... More >>
Amadou & Maryam Believe it or not folks, there are other things happening in the entertainment world besides the seemingly endless Michael Jackson media feeding frenzy - which should have concluded with his memorial service and BET tribute. Here are a few: 5. Amadou & Mariam opening for Co ... More >>
Heroic Trio: Jack White, Jimmy Page, and the Edge I had a chance to see a sneak preview of the documentary It Might Get Loud yesterday. First impressions? Best. Rock. Movie. Ever. The film, scheduled to open in Bay Area theaters August 28, takes three guitar gods from different eras--Led Zeppelin l ... 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 >>
Angels & Airwaves I-Empire (Suretone/Geffen) Tom DeLonge's head has been lost in the stars ever since Blink-182 split. The dude used to make videos where he and his bandmates jogged naked through crowded streets. They recorded pun-happy albums like Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. These days, he wri ... More >>
Kanye West Graduation (Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella) By Ben Westhoff Kanye is the most exciting man in rap because he puts out quality, popular albums. Forget the artless 50 Cent and Akon — Kanye tries harder, and Graduation, which has thirteen bangers and zero skits, reflects the man's tireless wo ... More >>
Graduation (Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella)
Because of the Times (RCA)
A New Form of Beauty
The regulars love to subvert the contest. It's yet another twist to the city's toughest pub trivia night.
Brian Eno's installation at SF MOMA in "010101: Art in Technological Times"
Cash: American III: Solitary Man (American) / Haggard: If I Could Only Fly (Anti/Epitaph)
Blur's class act