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Live Shots: Fitz and the Tantrums

January 27, 2012
A steady backbeat. The swirling organ. Lots of saxophone. Two singers who double as dancers. One skunk striped haircut. Without a doubt, Fitz and...

Film Listings

Film listings are edited by Cheryl Eddy. Reviewers are Kimberly Chun, Max Goldberg, Dennis Harvey, Lynn Rapoport, and Matt Sussman. For rep house showtimes,...

Film Listings

Film listings are edited by Cheryl Eddy. Reviewers are Kimberly Chun, Max Goldberg, Dennis Harvey, Lynn Rapoport, and Matt Sussman. For rep house showtimes,...

Film Listings

Film listings are edited by Cheryl Eddy. Reviewers are Kimberly Chun, Max Goldberg, Dennis Harvey, Lynn Rapoport, and Matt Sussman. For rep house showtimes,...

Live Shots: Iggy Pop at the Warfield

December 5, 2011
It had been a long wait to see Iggy Pop live (not like, Morrissey-long, but more like three months later than anticipated). When I...

The X Factor: Oh, the drama! Oh, the weeping!

October 19, 2011
Okay, I thought American Idol was getting bad. And I missed Simon Cowell. But the Next Big Thing, called The X Factor -- featuring...

28 films in six days: Jesse Hawthorne Ficks at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (part three)

September 28, 2011
Check out parts one (here) and two (here). 21) Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, UK) Adapting Emily Brontë's novel from 1847 is a perfect project...

Keep it raw

emilysavage@sfbg.comMUSIC Does the Godfather of Punk really need an introduction? It's Iggy Pop. He's been doing this — this meaning spitting out underground ethos...

Hail to the kings

That time-honored tradition, the SF Drag King Contest, dons a handlebar mustache for the 16th year in a row

Go with the flow

QUEER ISSUE: Oakland rap phenom Kreayshawn reps a casual Bay sexuality

SFBG Radio: Is college worthless?

May 28, 2011
Is college worthless? Too expensive? One of the founders of PayPal thinks so, and he's paying kids to drop out. Johnny thinks -- well,...

James Durbin, California Idol

May 27, 2011
Okay, here's a really important political issue for the long weekend. Now that American Idol is over, and the wrong people made it to the...

American Idol: Whoa, Scotty!

May 26, 2011
Before we finish off this season of surprises, I would like everyone to give it up for my stunning record of predictions -- I...

American Idol: Mom, God and Lauren

May 25, 2011
I think it's all over. Scotty did the best he could with three weak, uninteresting songs, proving that he'll have a fine career as...

American Idol: The weeping edition

May 20, 2011
Six weeks ago, who could have imagined -- the American Idol final is Scotty and Lauren? Please. So many talented people gone, so little...

American Idol: Boooring

May 19, 2011
We're now into the post-James endgame, and as I predicted, things have gone way downhill. Frankly, none of the three finalists deserves to win....

Idol: We hate America

May 13, 2011
Agghh! Gakk! Sputter! Those howls you hear (and the tears in the background) are the Redmond household at 8:55, when Ryan Seacrest announced that...

American Idol poll: Who goes home May 12?

May 12, 2011
Four people left. All of them good. mostly solid performances. Very odd to say Lady Gaga, full-out costume and makeup, sitting backstage "mentoring" the...

Is Steven Tyler a corporate sellout?

May 11, 2011
Steven Tyler's gone from bad-boy rocker (of sorts) to hair band frontman ... and now to American Idol judge. He's got an autobiography. He's...

American Idol: Hell’s Kitchen edition

May 6, 2011
It's Gimmicks R Us Idol, and in between the Ford videos, another Fox production, Hell's Kitchen, got its own special promo. Chef Ramsay (who...

American Idol: The Final Five

May 5, 2011
It's getting down to the end, and as Randy says, this is where you figure out who's in it to win. And last night,...

American Idol: Casey was robbed!

April 29, 2011
Damn, did America ever get it wrong this week. Casey's the best all-around musician on the show. He's got a great voice, performs well...

American Idol: Carole King edition

April 28, 2011
I wasn't sure about this one. I'm not a big Carole King fan -- too much pop, not enough edge -- and I didn't...

American Idol: Too bad, Stefano

April 22, 2011
"O.M.G.! Katy Perry! O.M.G.!" That's Vivian, dancing and cartwheeling around the living room when the special guests for the April 21 show were announced....