The first time Randy Cordero covered a Neil Diamond song, he did it as a lark, never dreaming that it would become his full time job for the next 20 years. "In 1988, I was the singer and songwriter of a regular rock band," Cordero recalls. "Sometimes I'd do open mics, playing my own songs solo, with ... 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 >>
By DAVE GIL DE RUBIO
When Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora opened up the archives of her father's copious amounts of unreleased material to Billy Bragg and Wilco back in the late '90s, the union produced two Mermaid Avenue albums chock full of the late Okie's unrecorded lyrics set to new music. The re ... More >>
It's kind of a big week for Oakland's Fox Theater: Tonight, Wilco plays its last in a series of three Bay Area concerts -- which, if it's anything like Sunday's show at the Warfield, should be incredible.
Then, on Friday, there's a big party at the Fox in honor of the third anniversary of theater's ... More >>
Jan. 29, 2012
Better than: Being sad in less beautiful ways.
Nine songs into Wilco's performance last night at the Warfield, Jeff Tweedy stopped to check on his audience:
"This has been kind of a morbid show so far. Are you guys okay?" he asked, seemingly more serio ... More >>
From SF Weekly's latest print music section:
The Wizard of Wilco: Nels Cline is extremely lucky, and he knows it. Widely regarded as one of the world's finest living guitarists, Cline came up playing styles of music whose audience is sadly shrinking: jazz, improvisatory, and avant-garde. If those w ... More >>
Christopher VictorioWilco playing the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, June 27, 2009
A proposition: The best part about Wilco putting out a new album is that it means the band will be touring behind it.
Yes? No? Maybe?
Whatever you think of The Whole Love, Wilco's latest album (and oh damn if you ... More >>
Wilco is a band that makes me hate indie rock fans. Not just because Jeff Tweedy wrote songs just fine before producer/sonic mastermind Jim O'Rourke came along, but because the fickle little bitches ran scurrying immediately after the band started guitar soloing -- sorry, "dad-rocking" -- ag ... More >>
"This has been very challenging": Tweedy covering the Black Eyed PeasCheck it: New Wilco album (The Whole Love, out Sept. 27) means new Wilco video (for "Born Alone"), means new Wilco tour (alas, no Bay Area dates yet.)
But the best of today's Wilco developments is a video captured of Jeff ... More >>
In a segment from a season 1 episode of "The Cosby Show," the sitcom's namesake delightfully illustrates how pop music can function as a generational wedge. "I thought it had come down the hallway," Bill Cosby says in reference to the deafening music playing on daughter Sondra's ... More >>
What a lovely weekend in S.F.: Open tables at all the Mission's best bars, easy access to prime brunch locales, and short pizza delivery times. Was everyone gone for Coachella? Probably -- but we're glad we weren't, and not just because it was really easy to snag fresh pitchers at Zeitgeist. Here's ... More >>
Cults at the Independent last night.
April 14, 2011
@ The Independent
Better than: Joining the punchline.
It was short but sweet.
Like most, I went in to the Cults show at the Independent last night knowing a mere three songs by the headlining band: "Most Wanted "(aka that ... More >>
Luba RonissNastyNastyJasper Reeder is San Francisco lazer-bass aficionado NastyNasty, a vital asset to our city's increasingly vibrant electronic music landscape. He contributes his speaker-wobbling tracks to a handful of labels, including local institution Frite Nite, and can be seen regularly r ... More >>
Gretchen RobinetteStephen Malkmus of PavementPavement
June 25, 2010
@Greek Theatre, Berkeley
Better than: Pavement's hometown show in Stockton the previous night.
The night after its gushy homecoming in Stockton, reunited indie-rock band Pavement summoned its energy, reached deep into its ... More >>
When I met with band todayokay at Dolores Park Café, it was hard at first to picture the laid-back bunch producing the enormous sounds on display on their EP, All This Weaponry. Even the band's seemingly benign name doesn't quite fit with the affrontive album title. But as its members each chim ... More >>
The Family Jams - Trailer from kevin barker on Vimeo.
When San Francisco soft rockers Vetiver hit the road in 2004 with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, Vetiver guitarist Kevin Barker decided to capture the trip on film. The result is a new documentary called The Family Jams, out later this spri ... More >>
EKAphotographyVinyl Vamp: Zap Mama
Fickle weather and last-minute headliner replacements aside, Outside Lands was a success, by most yard sticks. Here's what folks are saying about the three-day extravaganza, which drew more than 100,000 people to Golden Gate Park:
The Chron ... More >>