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Smart Bomb goes off in Oakland

By Micah DubreuilAs a child, you imagine your toys come to life whenever your back is turned. As an adult in the Bay Area, you imagine that every night you choose to stay in,...

Carletta Sue Kay on strip clubs, literature, and dumpster-diving after art exhibits

Not long after I sat down with Randy Walker, the male, non-performing ego of one of San Francisco's most undefinable musical acts, vocal powerhouse Carletta Sue Kay (who performs at The Chapel this Fri/25),...

Why Brian Wilson’s next album will probably be a masterpiece

The name "Beach Boys" can refer to either of two bands.  The first is the happy-go-lucky surf rock band that does songs about cars and California, led by the conservative Mike Love; the second...

Jimmy Cliff high-kicks his way through 50 years of music at the Fillmore

Jimmy Cliff is a goddamn maniac. It's about 45 minutes into his 90-minute set at the Fillmore on Saturday night , and while the sheer volume of ganja smoke in the packed room is making...

Live Shots: OK Go power through technical difficulties at The Independent

Ok Go’s catalog is the sonic equivalent of Fruit Loops. Bright, fun, tasty, and far from satisfying or substantive. They are also one of our generation’s greatest bands. Because what Ok Go lacks in...

New Zealand flow over Detroit beats: Ladi6 hits the Bay for the first time

By Rob GoszkowskiThere’s a commonality to a large segment of New Zealand music, much of it with a dubbed-out vibe that one would expect from an island nation. But there’s also an underlying fierceness...

Everything is terrible, let’s go hear some live music

Dear readers! In case none of your coworkers has made any kind of Dilbert-ready joke by the water cooler yet today, let us fill you in: It's Friday.And woof, did this week feel a...

On your mark, get set: The Music Video Race is off and running — and expanding

Everyone knows that true artists do their best work right before deadline. Now in its third year, the Music Video Race is an annual San Francisco tradition that takes this dictum to heart, pairing...

At 50, turning a critical eye on ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

More than any other Beatles album, A Hard Day's Night — which turns 50 this week — embodies the cliches surrounding the band. The cheesy harmonies, the "whoa"s and "yeah"s, the sappy love songs,...

Video Premiere: Dangermaker’s “The Light”

San Francisco's Dangermaker is a roughly five-year-old band that has always seemed to deal in the dark arts of the indie world.Driving hard-rock percussion and moody, anxious guitar hooks (Interpol at their most danceable?)...

Live Shots: Phono del Sol 2014

So, what did you get up to on Saturday?From an abundance of flamingo decorations to the sight of skateboarders with a penchant for performing dangerous acrobatics off stage barricades, July 12's Phono del Sol...

Party Radar: Basement Jaxx, Outpost, Clockwork, Bardot A Go Go, more

From the wild, wild, wide world of British clubbing: People are calling the video below "the worst club promo ever," but I kinda want to go. It's not often you find so much abandon, bounce,...

Mac DeMarco underwhelms at Amoeba — until he busts out the covers

Mac DeMarco has one of the most charismatic, clearly defined personas of anyone in indie rock. He chain-smokes, cross-dresses, makes out with interviewers, and -- in what might be the key piece of apocryphal...

Gimme 5: Must-see shows this week

Hello friends and festival-goers! Did you just get back from High Sierra? Does your hair still smell of patchouli? Are you sad that you actually have to be in the world this week, possibly...

The Best of Burger Boogaloo

This weekend Oakland’s Mosswood Park was transformed into a mini music festival of adorable proportions. After two days of PBR, sunburns, and a heap of eclectic and altogether awesome music, the results are...

Live Shots: Nick Cave hypnotizes the Warfield two nights in a row

It took Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds all of two songs to whip the audience into a mighty frenzy at the Warfield Theater on Monday night . Not totally surprising, but all the...

Live Shots: Burger Boogaloo 2014, Take #1

About 30 minutes into this year's Burger Boogaloo, I noticed a guy walking around in a Tool shirt. Ten minutes later, I saw another dude walking around in a Meshuggah shirt. This wouldn't be...

Push the Feeling party organizers launch Push the Feeling, the record label

If you've ever walked out of a dance party wishing you could take the party home with you, Push The Feeling has a solution to your problem. For the last two years, Kevin Meenan...

A farewell to Death Grips: The Sacramento hip-hop group’s most memorable moments

"We are now at our best and so Death Grips is over," announced a napkin posted to Death Grips' Facebook page yesterday afternoon.  The sudden dissolution of one of the most controversial, confrontational, and...

Future, the Auto-Tune rapper du jour, had a very lazy night at the Regency

Future, America's Auto-Tune rapper du jour, is in a cushy position. His recent album Honest is one of the year's most critically acclaimed rap albums so far, and it's moved enough units to establish...

Robyn + Röyskopp + Pride = lots and lots of glitter

By Tiffany RappWhen two major figures in the Scandinavian electronic music scene collaborate for a mini-album and tour, it's bound to feel like something special. But when a Röyskopp and Robyn tour comes to...

Sharon Van Etten banters happily through the sad songs at The Independent

Sharon Van Etten had yet to play a note before someone in the crowd shouted forth a marriage proposal toward the stage. The term “adoring fans” might sound generic, but it’s apt in describing...

Heavy metal time machine: “Dio: Live in London, Hammersmith Apollo 1993”

December 12, 1993: Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, and Whitney Houston were owning the American airwaves, but over in London's Hammersmith Apollo, a different soaring voice — one that veered more toward doom than bubblegum...

‘Purple Rain’ at 30

Just over a year ago, Adam Tod Brown wrote a great article for Cracked called "4 Classic Albums That Get More Praise Than They Deserve." Though it contained as much Yoko Ono-bashing as you'd...