She & Him Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Tilly and the Wall Saturday, June 22, 2013 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley Better than: Necking with Bobby against the jukebox; Zooey's boring foray into the blogosphere. If life is like a box of chocolates, as a famous fictional philosopher once claimed, th ... More >>
Death Cab for Cutie with Magik*Magik Orchestra Youth Lagoon Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: Your prom and your fifteen-year high school reunion, if they happened at the same time Last night's Death Cab for Cutie concert, the first of a three-night stand at the Fox in Oakland ... More >>
Forget about the cat — Best Coast's gorgeous second album is much more interesting.
As musical pairings go, they don't come much more oddball than Mastodon with Feist. But -- we can't quite believe it either -- on Record Store Day (April 21st), the unlikely collaborators are releasing Feistodon: a split single that will feature Mastodon covering Feist ("A Commotion") and vice versa ... More >>
Each week we take a quick, cautious look at what's going with food TV. This week, Easter Unwrapped, an hour show that never hurt anybody, April 7 on the Cooking Channel It would be a crime to critically review Unwrapped, to lay any sort of smothering blanket upon this innocent show, which films fac ... More >>
Since Monday, media everywhere has been agog at the news that Kim Kardashian and her husband of just 72 days are getting divorced. If you ask us, that union was doomed from the get-go. Anyone who watches Keeping Up With The Kardashians knows that those two barely even knew each other (Not that we wa ... More >>
Ben Gibbard, now off the sauce.For more than a decade, Ben Gibbard has been a wildly successful musician. He's fronted for Death Cab for Cutie, was one-half of the iconic indie-electro outfit The Postal Service, and, oh yeah, married Zooey Deschanel. But during all that, he harbored a dark secret ... More >>
Free who? Locals long ago wrote off the dueling "Free Johannes Mehslerle" and "Justice for Oscar Grant" boats in McCovey Cove as part of what makes San Francisco San Francisco. Yet national audiences watching today's Phillies-Giants contest in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series wer ... More >>
Christopher VictorioBroken Social Scene's Kevin Drew crowd-surfs at the end of his set.Treasure Island Music Festival, Day TwoOctober 17, 2010Better than: Listening to '90s alt-rock on your Walkman during a damp walk to school.Well, it rained. But other than that wet little nod from Mother N ... More >>
Fuckthatband.comSometimes at a show you have a feeling -- a hunch, a gut instinct, a fucking prejudice -- and the feeling is right. "This show is going to suck," you think, when some greasy waif takes the stage wearing rhinestone-studded shades and a turquoise-sequined cumberbund, then yanks a po ... More >>
There was an ad for the Levi's Go Forth campaign voiced over with a Walt Whitman poem from Leaves of Grass that I could not shake from my brain. It was brilliant marketing: subtle but targeted. Sticking with that pioneer branding, Levi's is doing a web series called the Pioneer Sessions, in which ... More >>
Take She & Him... Sam Jones And Matt & Kim... Franki Chan And make Zooey Deschanel Kim (Schifino) = She & Kim Matt (Johnson) M. Ward = Matt & Him I'm sure the musical results would be rather, um, confused.Follow us @SFAllShookDown.
De La Paz Coffee Co./FlickrThe lure of free tacos brought 'em out to El Tonayense yesterday.El Tonayense truck owner Esquivel Santana told SFoodie that Sunday's taco giveaway stunt brought out a wave of free-food junkies. The truck, which parks at Harrison and 22nd St., was part of a multi-city prom ... More >>
Fox SearchlightZooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in (500) Days of Summer.In a multi-city promotion for the new film (500) Days of Summer, Fox Searchlight has arranged for free street eats to be given out to the first 500 people to arrive at two different San Francisco locations this Sunday, J ... More >>
The film snob's guide to the best cinema the season has to offer.
Hold Time (Merge)
By Noah W. Bailey Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>
Yes Man repackages Jim Carrey's greatest hits, which maybe weren't so great to start with.
Acid Tongue (Warner Bros.)
The season of big budget bangs uses its brain
Winter Passing's father-daughter drama is undermined by Will Ferrell
Failure is McConaughey's perfect movie, and a pretty good one for us
The Hitchhiker's Guide is harmless -- well, mostly harmless
Undertow relishes in the pain and beauty of a reclusive Southern family
Another SNL vet may be the next Bill Murray. Seriously.
This season's cinema demands attention
Almost Famous rings in your ears -- and heart -- long after it's over