By RACHEL SWAN
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Better than: Revisiting an eighth grade dance in a Siamese Dream T-Shirt.
Billy Corgan has grown bulkier in the two decades since Smashing Pumpkins first rose to national prominence. His voice has coarsen ... More >>
San Francisco has recently received some dubious press for coming first on an unenviable list. A study by the group California Common Sense placed the City by the Bay atop its unfunded health care liability list. San Francisco's workforce has amassed $4.36 billion in benefits the city is m ... More >>
George Lucas finally gets it. Sort of.
The flannel-abusing 67-year-old director recently told The New York Times Magazine, "Why would I make any more [Star Wars movies] when everybody yells at you all the time and tells you what a terrible person you are?" But just when you thought he was taking h ... More >>
Seriously, the b-side was called "I Killed Christgau With My Big Fucking Dick."Robert Christgau has long been held as the dean of rock criticism and perhaps the discipline's greatest practitioner.
He listens widely, with an open mind, and has over his 40 years in the business been bang-on righ ... 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 >>
Richard HaickSatriani showing off at the Fox last nightJoe SatrianiNed Evett & Triple DoubleJanuary 13, 2010@ The Fox Theater, OaklandBetter than: Hearing Machine Head in high-school detention hall.
There's just something about the title of Joe Satriani's new album, Black Swans and Wormhole ... More >>
Brothers Anton and Lewis Patzner of Judgment Day got their start playing together on the streets of Oakland back in 2002. Highlighting heavily the fact that there are no guitars in Judgment Day, they are a trio of violin (Anton), cello (Lewis) and drummer John Bush. Playing what they call "stri ... More >>