Do the campaign contributions from Big Media to various pro-Big Media congressional representatives amount to a de facto quid pro quo? Without direct proof (such as a tape recording of a lobbyist saying, "Here's a bunch of money, now support my legislation"), it can't often be proven definitively. ... More >>
Phish Aug.17, 2012 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Better than: The record, as always. As comedians Harris Wittels and Scott Aukerman concluded in their hilarious and thoughtful Analyze Phish podcast, Phish is an objectively silly musical phenomenon with an undeniably infectious appeal, mostly owing ... More >>
Beretta Music Showcase July 8th, 2012 The EndUp Better than: Clubs built after 1974. The righteous guitar tone of ZZ Top's "Got Me Under Pressure" was just barely audible as our taxi made its way towards Interstate 80. Our driver had the windows down, one arm hanging out the side, sparks occasiona ... More >>
Iann IvyBob Mould at Bottom of the Hill on Friday Bob Mould Fake Your Own Death Distortion Vir Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 Bottom of the Hill Better than: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the best-selling album of 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus' Some Gave All. On a night that was all about reliving me ... More >>
It's not that bad. Really. As we celebrate Metallica's 30th Anniversary, it's time to reexamine a popular mindset among critics and fans of the most enduringly popular band in metal history: Many believe that that all four of Metallica's 1980s albums were unimpeachable classics, and that afte ... More >>
R.I.P. Jani LaneLike us, you are probably still reeling from the news that Warrant frontman Jani Lane, died last week. Okay, so maybe it's not a "probably" situation -- maybe it's more of a "maybe" kind of thing. Come to think of it, maybe, if you were born after 1990, you've never even heard of ... More >>
The Mountain WinerySorry for all the exclamations, but there's a lot of shows here we're going to make our parents take us to. The Mountain Winery recently announced its schedule for 2011, and there are some most notable artists coming. Among them, a five-day period this September in which b ... More >>
The jukebox at the Bitter End.The heyday of authentic jukeboxes is long over. With many bars installing those nasty touchscreen digital Internet boxes, the old school record-flipping kind of jukebox is a dying breed. And this is in the town that originated the concept of jukeboxes back in 1889. S ... More >>
The World Series is about much more than baseball. It's a clash of two cities, two regional cultures, two rabid groups of fans, two color schemes, two outlooks on drug policy, and much more. (We ain't even gonna go into politics.)Starting right now, we're also making the World Series about music. To ... More >>
RJD2, Busdriver Wednesday, April 7, 2010 The IndependentBetter than: Karaoke night with R2D2 and a bus driver. Indie-rapper Busdriver called last night's bill at the Independent a "weird rap night." The music was eclectic, to be sure, but the vibe was strange too. It was ... More >>
But does this tree, like the heroine of the ZZ Top song, know how to use them? Spotted on York and 24th Streets, these paper-mached mannequin legs are further proof that the neighborhood is full of: A. Trash on the street and B. Drunk people who think it's funny to do shit like this. (Ahem, Pop's pa ... More >>
Steven Tyler Though "Boston's Bad Boys"--technically they're Grandpas by now--jumped the shark several years ago, probably around the time "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" was featured in the God-awful movie "Armageddon," they're no denying Aerosmith have more stamina and staying power than the Energize ... More >>
Feeling Lucky: Chris IsaakIf you've been wondering where local-boy-gone-pop-star Chris Isaak has been, the answer is, just about everywhere. In a career that's had more legs than ZZ Top in '83, Isaak's gone from an up-and-coming Rockabilly crooner/Elvis impersonator, to Big Time hitmaker ("Wic ... More >>
An originator of acid rock in the '60s, Tommy Hall used LSD to expand his consciousness. Hes still psychedelic.
Dengue Fever The Rickshaw Stop Jan. 3, 2008 Review by Ezra Gale Good bands are like recipes. A dash of this, a dash of that, and all of a sudden you've got yourself a winning formula that has critics drooling and your public lining up to taste the sensations at your French Laundry-like haunt in the ... More >>
By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>
Grass Geysers ... Carbon Clouds (Touch & Go)
The Makes Nice thrusts mod-rock into the 21st century
NHL 2K7 looks pretty, but fails to light the lamp.
The Indian Tower
How Michigan noise machine Wolf Eyes grew to become the leader of the "New Weirdness"
This sendup of Deliverance comes without a brain, too
Remember when psych rock thrived in S.F.? Of course you don't. You were high. But Comets on Fire will jar more than your memory.
Zakiya Hooker preserves the legacy of her father, blues legend John Lee Hooker, plans her own musical career -- and tries to keep tradition from suffocating both
Philo Northrup and his wacky automotive tribe take a road trip to places in California you can't even imagine
The Run For Cover Lovers walk the thin line between love and hate
The winter of our erector sets
Billy Bob has a simple plan: to sing about life and lovin' his wife
Pansy Division's all-gay punk was a shocking first. Will fans let the group escape its pioneering role and just make music?
Tanning Salon/Biblical Proportions (Man's Ruin)
San Francisco's Mensclub leads the sexual devolution