Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post and one print pi ... More >>
Kerrraaang! came the sound from behind my wall, in my older brother's bedroom. It was his first weekend home from college and he'd returned to our small Indiana town with new toys: a CD player and a copy of Nirvana's Nevermind. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! The noise, which started when Kurt Cobain st ... More >>
eszsara/FlickrFood crafters, this is your Woodstock.Our favorite morsel from the Web. A month before Eat Real takes over Jack London Square like some county fair in a parallel universe, where corn dogs taste like Mangalitsas and kombucha refreshes like Dr. Pepper, organizer Anya Fernald has ... More >>
Choice moments in the surprising history of medical marijuana and music
feedpeoplenotdumpsters/FlickrKombucha makers, this is your Woodstock.This weekend, Ferment Change starts bubbling up in Oakland with a series of microbe-centric events, lessons, and tasting parties to benefit longstanding urban farming and environmental justice group City Slicker Farms. Wit ... More >>
If you've ever packed it into the Make-Out Room on a Saturday night, you have El Kool Kyle to thank for making you sweat. The El Superrritmo DJ goes crate digging across continents to bring back the best the barrios have to offer (and over Halloween weekend, you can take advantage of his sonic tr ... More >>
rhondawinter/FlickrSexy Soup Lady at the summer's first Bike-In Movie Night.Remember the classic Rockestra of the '70s? A couple dozen gods of rock, standing side by side on a stadium stage, simultaneously laying down hellaciously tasty chords? Well, the cart food equivalent drops tonight, wh ... More >>
"Richmond then divulges that she herself has used Porta Potties at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass..."
pbo 31/Flickr Yup, the lights are still on.Hard to believe for some of us, but it's the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. Wait a minute, and it'll be the 40th anniversary of Altamont, too (cruel irony of 1969). The Gap just brought out a line of jeans called 1969. And it's the 40th anniversary o ... More >>
Did you miss San Francisco's Oyster Fest last month? Fear not. There are plenty of larger food festivals to satiate you -- if you're willing to travel. We've put together a roundup of some of the best. Maine Lobster Festival (July 29-August 2)Made famous by David Foster Wallace's essay Consider ... More >>
Jim MarshallCountry Joe at Woodstock, 1969 Who owns the name Woodstock? That's the central issue in the brouhaha between the promoters of San Francisco's Free Woodstock 40th Anniversary concert and New York-based Woodstock Ventures. Today at 1 pm at John's Grill, a group of Summer of Love survivo ... More >>
The film snob's guide to the best cinema the season has to offer.
BruceSpringsteen.netThe BossBreak out the Sharpie and circle your calendars. The lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Festival has just been announced, and suffice to say Woodstock and Lollapalooza have nothing on this. Just when you thought the four-day music and arts extravaganza, held on a farm in rural ... More >>
Monterey International Pop Festival (Razor & Tie)
With Earthtones, Oakland hip-hoppers the Crown City Rockers deliver on the promise of their energetic live show
Bet the cartoonist's never heard that joke before
Bukowski gets his in a touching, terrifying documentary
Lectured by clerks, gifted by out-of-touch relatives, and condescended to by Ph.D.s
On the local compilation Azadi!, the music matters almost as much as the cause itself
Spike the Vampire has a posse
It's a new century. Are there still reasons to see Lily Tomlin?
The dot-com party circuit's dirty little secret
Altamont slammed the door on rock 'n' roll's dream of peace and love. An insider remembers.
The Bay Area's chemical gentry
A selective guide to music on the Net