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Smart Bomb goes off in Oakland

July 24, 2014
By Micah DubreuilAs a child, you imagine your toys come to life whenever your back is turned. As an adult in the Bay Area,...

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

July 23, 2014
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...

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

July 22, 2014
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...

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

July 21, 2014
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...

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

July 19, 2014
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...

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

July 18, 2014
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...

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

July 18, 2014
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...

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

July 16, 2014
Everyone knows that true artists do their best work right before deadline. Now in its third year, the Music Video Race is an annual...

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

July 15, 2014
More than any other Beatles album, A Hard Day's Night — which turns 50 this week — embodies the cliches surrounding the band. The...

Video Premiere: Dangermaker’s “The Light”

July 15, 2014
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...

Live Shots: Phono del Sol 2014

July 14, 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...

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...

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

July 10, 2014
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...

Gimme 5: Must-see shows this week

July 9, 2014
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...

The Best of Burger Boogaloo

July 9, 2014
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...

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

July 9, 2014
It took Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds all of two songs to whip the audience into a mighty frenzy at the Warfield Theater...

Live Shots: Burger Boogaloo 2014, Take #1

July 8, 2014
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...

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

July 3, 2014
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...

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

July 3, 2014
"We are now at our best and so Death Grips is over," announced a napkin posted to Death Grips' Facebook page yesterday afternoon.  The...

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

July 2, 2014
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...

Robyn + Röyskopp + Pride = lots and lots of glitter

June 30, 2014
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...

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

June 30, 2014
Sharon Van Etten had yet to play a note before someone in the crowd shouted forth a marriage proposal toward the stage. The term...

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

June 26, 2014
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...

‘Purple Rain’ at 30

June 26, 2014
Just over a year ago, Adam Tod Brown wrote a great article for Cracked called "4 Classic Albums That Get More Praise Than They...