Hollow-point bullets have a pit at the tip, which makes them look a bit like tiny steel smokestacks. When the bullet hits a target, pressure builds within the pit and pushes outward against lead walls, causing the bullet's surface area to expand and leave a greater trail of damage within the target. ... More >>
Name: SmartGuy Records Owner: Jerry Connolly Founded: 1997 Headquarters: Jerry's apartment, Mission District, San Francisco. Label one-sheet: SmartGuy is an independent record label founded in 1997 with the sole intention of releasing one Billy Childish single. Since its chance beginnings, Smart ... More >>
Many local labels are offering obscure reissues and innovative new releases on all conceivable formats. Label Sampler is a new column that will profile a different Bay Area record company every other week. Name: Make-A-Mess Records Headquarters: Outer Sunset, San Francisco Owner/Operators(s): Er ... More >>
The Internet conundrum is so difficult that it, like all difficult problems, has tended to attract people who don't want to address it, but to oversimplify it and then fight full-tilt for whatever far-end-of-the-spectrum "side" they've chosen. This is true of all complicated matters of public c ... More >>
With his bands The Cuts and The Time Flys, Andy Jordan honed straight-ahead rock 'n' roll that borrowed the tunefulness and swagger of '70s glam and power-pop but coupled it with a thoroughly modern, sordid sleaze. Now, with that approach enjoying lots of popularity in the Bay Area garage rock scene ... More >>
After spending the greater part of 2011 absorbing the band's self-titled album and witnessing a compelling performance at the Fivepoints Arthouse, I met with the rhythm section of Rank/Xerox at their house in the Sunset to discuss their the band's internal politics, relationship with the press, and ... More >>
Rank/Xerox The Shoppers Wild Moth The Smell Jan. 13, 2011 Fivepoints Art House Better than: The talk-show coverage of NFL playoffs mysteriously broadcasting through The Smell's solid state guitar amplifier. Rank/Xerox and the Shoppers' full length albums last year boasted uniquely dark aesthetics ... More >>
From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Prince Paul's Musical: Negroes on Ice. That's the name of producer Prince Paul and his son's new hip-hop play. The title is provocative; it evokes scathing images of mainstream millionaire rappers with Bambi-like spindly legs slipping and sliding around ... More >>
Joseph SchellNo Age at Rickshaw Stop Saturday. No AgeGrass WidowRank/XeroxCrazy Band February 26, 2011 @ Rickshaw Stop Better than: Standing still at Best Coast/Wavves. I have a thing for drummers who sing. There's something about it that triggers endorphins: this is a multitasking musician, bo ... More >>
The Babies plays Hemlock Tavern this Saturday There is heavy metal and ethereal ambient noise, transsexual fashion shows and fancy vintage paper, Go-Gos and Babies. It's all here this weekend, in San Francisco, for less than the cost of taking a heterosexual date to Chick-fil-A. Here's our list o ... More >>
Jillian WestRank/Xerox plays the Hemlock this Sunday with Toys That KillYou have two major choices this weekend -- high art or low art. There's free museum admission and frolicking dancers. Or grimy South African rap and San Francisco crust punk. Whatever you choose, take comfort in knowing it wa ... More >>
Wizard Mountain founders Bryan Krueger (left) and Kyle Crawford (right), with fellow Wizard Mountain dweller Billy Schmidt in the center.No one would ever know from the outside of the typical Richmond home that behind those walls dwells Kyle Crawford, the man behind the best tape label in the cit ... More >>
Emily Rose EpsteinThe Bay Area has a long history of punk rock debauchery. From punk's beginnings in the seventies to the nineties, Northern California boasted some of the loudest, rudest acts in America strutting their stuff at legendary clubs like the Mab. But these days, the punk rock scene i ... More >>
Sometimes it feels like "post-punk" has become a dirty descriptor. More often than not, if a band cites its influences as pre-Joy Division Warsaw or the Fall, expect to see some bad haircuts and hear a clichéd hodgepodge of post-punk darkwave and cheesy modern dance music that lacks heart, origi ... More >>
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In the age of terror, are the people who make fake identification documents for the Hispanic community noble public servants -- or national security risks?
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Criminal swipes its story from a far superior movie
A flock of nostalgia; an early -- and bloody -- valentine.
Brooklyn's Antibalas resurrects Fela Kuti's Afrobeat sound -- as well as his revolutionary politics
New Seybold upgrade brings ethics, privacy, adulation, salvation via Internet
How Naiveté, greed, and the new new thing brought Brown & Toland, San Francisco's largest doctors' group, to the verge of bankruptcy
Forget about live-work lofts. The newest fight for San Francisco's soul is over multimedia office space.
Legal battles decked the wildly popular Robot Wars competitions. Now a challenger has arisen to save the sport.
Former Lusty Lady dancer Caity McPherson struggles to make a living on the oversexed Internet
Why are 74 old-timers -- players who helped create the multibillion-dollar business called Major League Baseball -- still without pensions?
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Mission man recovers from 12-foot fall, prepares to climb again