Legs is a newish indie-pop band from Oakland whose two original members, Jeffrey Harland and Matt Bullimore, met in a parking lot while trading Weezer bootlegs. They eventually started the band that became Legs -- a melodic low-key five-piece that will release its debut album on Loglady Records Apri ... More >>
Happy New Year's Day, everyone! If you're anything like us, you're probably reading this via your phone or tablet, from your bed, still under the covers, still wearing last night's clothes and/or make-up. You've probably been awake for a while now, but can't find the strength to haul that ass out of ... More >>
By NATE WAGGONER JEFF the Brotherhood Diarrhea Planet Colleen Green Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Wayne's World 2... and maybe the original Wayne's World as well. A JEFF the Brotherhood show at Bottom of the Hill offers the kind of transcendent, joyfully dumb and bizarre ... More >>
Fact: puppets are awesome. Second fact: puppets become even more awesome when you stick them in music videos. Which is what all these smart people did. Here are our top five favorite puppet-related music videos.
Remember how, after he thought it'd been long enough for everyone to forget about Pinkerton, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo put out the green album, went back on MTV, and sang a bunch of frothy pop songs that never even pretended to mean anything? Catchy, featherweight singles like "Hash Pipe" and "Island in ... More >>
Hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving break, because this weekend, things are dropping right back into gear. The guiding principle seems to be a strong showing from the new school of house music, with major headliners playing over the course of the entire weekend. But if four-on-the-floor isn't your thi ... More >>
Emperor Norton's Jazz Band: Apparently they have a thing for WeezerDenatured cover of the week--nay, the year so far: when the hepcats of Frisco sextet Emperor Norton's Jazz Band played on Sunday at Amnesia, as they do the first Sunday of each month, they unveiled a sterling NoLa-jazz cover of a ... More >>
The LimousinesBuild-up an electro-pop duo with as much radio appeal as San Jose's the Limousines -- whose single "Very Busy People" got lotsa love from Live 105's airwaves -- and you're bound to get somewhere. This year's single "Internet Killed the Video Star" took the band to even larger audien ... More >>
Christopher VictorioWeezer's Rivers Cuomo sure loved to walk up the aisles last night at the Nob Hill Masonic Center.WeezerLimousinesNovember 30, 2010@ The Nob Hill Masonic CenterBetter than: Singing along to every song on Pinkerton with a car full of your friends on a long road trip -- but only ... More >>
Christopher VictorioWeezer at the Nob Hill Masonic Center last night. Way more pics after the jump.Weezer November 29, 2010 @ The Nob Hill Masonic Center Better than: Almost everything. Seriously. Weezer is calling it the Memories Tour; some fans have dubbed it Blinkerton. The band has just hit ... More >>
From SF Weekly's latest print music section:In Defense of Weezer: Weezer reissued 1996's Pinkerton this month, and the glowing reviews -- including a Pitchfork 10.0 -- explain why. The accepted critical narrative on the band goes like this: Weezer made two classic albums in the '90s, one i ... More >>
By now you've probably heard of Seattle resident James Burns' bid to raise $10 million to make Weezer break up. You may have also heard that, disturbingly, Burns has been the target of death threats for his brilliant idea prank. Frankly, we can see both sides here: Weezer (apart from its new t ... More >>
Weezer's Rivers Cuomo tries to hug fans into believing he never hated PinkertonWell, this is pretty much the best piece of Weezer news since the '90s. Finally heeding the calls of legions of (correct) fans who have long held up sophomore effort Pinkerton as the group's masterpiece, Weezer will co ... More >>
Bill SitzmannToday sees the stateside release of the Arcade Fire's third full-length album, The Suburbs, which supposedly kicks ass. Not having heard it, I will instead ruminate on another album about suburbs: Read Music/Speak Spanish, the first and only record by Omaha's Desaparecidos. The ye ... More >>
Surfer BloodSurfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, GangliansApril 2, 2010Bottom of the HillBetter than: Most bands that have been together for only 11 months.Being in a brand-new, mega-buzz-band like Surfer Blood seems like a tough blessing. Sure, the group's shows, like Friday's at Bottom of the Hill, ... More >>
At an hour when most folks were still sleeping off last night's music benders, indie rock fans started lining up around the block at La Zona Rosa, where the whole Village Voice operation was hunkered down for our afternoon of acts both on the rise (Surfer Blood, The xx, Pains of Being Pure at Heart) ... More >>
Aran TharpeGunslingersThis weekend, we offer you the sounds of beachy disco DJs, a BS cover band, krautrock in a cathedral, and plenty of other cheap distractions from your 9 to 5 life. This week's 10 Things to Do For Under $10 brings all the best the cheap thrills into focus, starting now...feel ... More >>
People made so many mistakes this decade. So many. In fact, the entire "retro" movement that defined the past ten years in fashion has been a willful refusal to learn from the fashion errors of the past, and instead recycle and exacerbate them (hippie head bands, we're talking about you). The a ... More >>
Joseph Schell WeezerWednesday, Oct. 21, 2009The RegencyBetter than: Seeing an arena rock band in an arena.Just to be clear, there was a lot of screaming going on at the Regency last night for Weezer's free "secret" show. Fans screamed when the line they were standing in outside the venue--a line ... More >>
Joseph SchellBlind Pilot Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009Great American Music HallBetter Than: warm milk and cookies on a cold, blustery night.There could have been a tornado outside, or even a secret Weezer show just down the road, but anyone who was watching last night's sold out Blind Pilot show at Th ... More >>
Weezer is playing a MySpace "secret show" in San Francisco on Wednesday night. The band will hit town to play the Regency with opening (and unfortunately named) act Natalie Portman's Shaved Head. They go on at 8:45, and Weezer will be up at 10 p.m. We'd recommend checking out Weezer's MySpace pag ... More >>
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