Ray Manzarek, the keyboard player for the Doors, was the first rock star I ever interviewed. I'd just started writing about music, and one morning my editor called me up and asked if I'd like to interview Manzarek. I don't know if he knew I was a Doors fanatic, but I jumped at the chance. I went out ... More >>
Remember that scene in American Psycho where Patrick Bateman extolls the virtues of the Bay Area's Huey Lewis and the News, just before pounding an axe through the cranium of Jared Leto? Yeah, of course you do -- and if you don't, well, it doesn't really matter: this clip of Huey and Al re-enacts it ... More >>
Earlier this week, our hard-bloggin' sister paper in Broward, Fla., ran a thoughtful piece titled "Eight Pleasingly Plump Female Musicians We'd Like to Get Down With." That post has since been flushed from the Internet because a) it turns out women are people, and b) fucking duh. But famous-people ... More >>
Van Halen is about one thing: revenge. Eddie brought in Sammy to get rid of Dave, flirted with Dave again to get rid of Sammy, brought in Gary Cherone to clear out the building, trained his own son to replace his most loyal member, and brought Dave back in for now. Don't be surprised if he cans h ... More >>
Onemoredisco.comOne More Disco's Metallica remix contest drew intriguing entries. See more of our Metallica Week coverage: Metallica Brings Out Lou Reed, Kid Rock, Mercyful Fate, and More as the 30th Anniversary Party Continues Author Brian Lew on the Early Days of Metallica and the Bay Ar ... More >>
Jamie Soja"Weird" Al Yankovic at the Fox Theater on Sunday. "Weird Al" Yankovic Nov. 6, 2011 Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: Being a nerd in high school. First, "Weird Al" Yankovic turned Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" into a pop-skewering polka. Then, he ribbed Taylor Swift with a song called ... More >>
Welcome to your new home.If you're like half the Internet (the lame half), you're currently infatuated with the newest reason the USA will soon only be known as China's once-great fallen rival: Turntable. This is the website that lets you DJ with friends and strangers instead of working, walk ... More >>
As a member of the media, it's my job to accuse Stefani Germanotta of things so she can respond to them. (Born which way? She doesn't have to specify because it's a hot topic -- and the length of Gaga's beloved fame largely depends on juggling those.) So it shouldn't shake this proud piece of pla ... More >>
Back in September, we gave our readers a chance to interview director Judd Apatow-- the man behind the TV show Freaks and Geeks, and director of movies like Knocked Up and The Forty Year Old Virgin. Readers sent in three sample questions they would ask Apatow, and we picked the ones we liked best ... More >>
Gretchen RobinetteDie Antwoord July 16, 2010 Rickshaw Stop Better than: A live performance of most of the videos that go viral on YouTube. "Are they kidding?" is Question No. 1 raised by Die Antwoord, the South African rave-rap group that may be a clever parody or a full-blooded embrace of the ... More >>
Garotas Suecas, Greg Ashley, Lumerians Thursday, March 25, 2010 Rickshaw Stop Better than: out of season pineapple and Bebel Gilberto's new cd. The Rickshaw was filled with its usual overwhelming amount of cigarette smoke last night. But instead of causing coughing attacks and irritating eyes, ... More >>
One-hit wonders are often maligned in music, but the truth is it's pretty hard and pretty remarkable to achieve success on the pop charts. As we slowly wrap up December's reflections into music history, behold the eight most awesome one-hit wonders that the Bay Area has produced:8. The Greg Kihn Ban ... More >>
Wallpaper.s Eric Frederic is an unstoppable viral music producer. But can the incessant songwriting, video blogging, and booty tweeting make him a star?
Lauren DukoffDevendra BanhartTuesday, April 14, 2009The IndependentBetter than: Paying nearly $300 to bake in the Southern California sun with thousands of other music fans.It feels like there's a defacto music festival in the Bay Area right now as a number of acclaimed and underground bands perform ... More >>
MC Lars, represent! Who said being nerdy wasn't cool? Try telling that to San Francisco "nerdcore" rapper MC Lars. A co-originator of Nerdcore--also known as "post-punk laptop rap"--along with MC Chris and MC Frontalot, Lars caught wreck in 2007 for his Weird Al-like take on the Bay Area's then-dom ... More >>
Photo of Zach Galifianakis by www.brandonhickman.comComedy Death Ray w/ Zach Galigianakis, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Bob Odenkirk, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Kindler, Chris Hardwick and the Fun Bunch (Scott Aukerman & BJ Porter)Friday, Jan. 30, 2009Cobb's Comedy ClubBetter than: Lemme get back to you on th ... More >>
Patience rewards fans of these mysterious Swedes
Is Annie's Social Club the 19th Cheese of bars? And what the hell is the 19th Cheese anyway?
Cheating spouses, meaty film
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Stanford Junior MC Lars Horris may not unseat Eminem, but, with luck, he might be the next "Weird Al"
Oh the challenges of remixing a '60s recording * and the odd ethical conundrums that go with it
If six avant-garde musicians get together in an art gallery, does it make a sound? You betcha.
Like punk rock conga lines and dissing Moby? This show's right up your alley.
Cult hero Harvey Sid Fisher, creator of Astrology Songs, plays the Mission
Meet the self-proclaimed No. 1 face in hip hop -- a former punk gone gold
New Disorder Records; Mark Kozelek; Doublelife
Decades after he left the stage to teach math in Santa Cruz, the voice of legendary satirist Tom Lehrer still echoes
Teenage Frames, Neomythic, Austin Lounge Lizards, Alan Kaufman, Lowbrow
The Promise Ring's Very Emergency!