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Ruinous beauty

With a hook-filled, hard-charging new record, Bob Mould explores loss, acceptance, and looks, as always, to the future

Catching up with The Presidents of the United States of America

Though they hit the peak of their fame in the mid-'90s post-grunge era with hits like "Peaches" and "Kitty," the Presidents of the United...

Not just an Animal Collective side project: Entering the Slasher House with Avery Tare

In spite of music videos that are more than vaguely reminiscent of the horror film genre — not to mention the band's name —...

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...

No shame: Activist-rockers the Shondes celebrate Halloween in SF

The Shondes are a dream come true for music-lovers with a political consciousness. The world can be a rough place, but doom-and-gloom is not...

Heads Up: 6 must-see concerts this week

Have you recovered from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass/the Castro Street Fair yet? Can you believe how hot and sticky San Francisco was last weekend? Do...

Just a pipe dream? SF’s Whirr gets ‘Around’

In the cyclical nature of sonic trends, shoegaze has risen from the grave and out of obscurity again. With old guard bands such as...

Jamaican Queens on major influences, ‘Wormfood,’ and Detroit

The Detroit-based trio, Jamaican Queens, makes instantly catchy, hip-hop-influenced, electronic-soaked pop gems and performs them in a dance-inducing glam pop fashion. Although Ryan Spencer,...

Catching up with Young Prisms: new video, new process, and those pesky Cure comparisons

At their show at Elbo Room on Friday, Young Prisms are going to play new material that they’ve never performed in front of an...

Taking flight with Juan Atkins, co-originator of Detroit techno

Juan Atkins will perform songs from the Cybotron and Model 500 catalogues with a four-piece electronic group, including “Mad” Mike Banks of Underground Resistance,...

Das Racist’s Kool A.D. on hip-hop, baseball, and losing his virginity

Self-proclaimed, “second best rapper with glasses after E-40” and Bay Area native by way of Brooklyn Victor Vazquez aka KOOL A.D. of rap group...

The Spring Standards on genre jumping, Fleetwood Mac, and SF pizza

The Spring Standards kids grew up together on the Delaware/Pennsylvania border and got their start playing small folk festivals and around the campfire back...

Total Trash adds second Coachwhips show

So, you know how you were super bummed that you forgot to buy Coachwhips reunion tickets for the now sold-out Oct. 27 show at...

Aesop Rock on Grubstake, stolen gear, and how to get in his barber chair

San Francisco resident Ian Bavitz, better known as Aesop Rock, is a hip-hop maverick with a quick tongue and sharp wit. His je ne...

The Vaselines move beyond ‘Kurt Cobain’s favorite band’

Hailing from Scotland in the late 1980s, The Vaselines released just a couple of EPs and one full album before originally calling it quits after...

King Khan shares his spiritual side, hosts tarot reading contest

After talking to Arish “King” Khan over the phone last Friday, I got a sense of a more spiritual and sympathetic side as opposed...

Deltron 3030 is back

After releasing their self-titled debut LP to cultish acclaim in 2000, Bay Area hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 mysteriously dropped off the radar for over...

Hey SF, RZA is coming

The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, and his highly influential production sound, are much too easily taken for granted. You’ve got his Minnie-Ripperton-on-helium tape speeding methods,...

No longer Painfully Alone: Owen Ashworth lives ‘in the now’ as Advance Base

Owen Ashworth has this way of making you feel like you've long known him personally. The singer-songwriter-keys aficionado seems an open book, his gold-tipped...

Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu doubles as SISU’s lead singer

If you've ever caught Dum Dum Girls live, you've likely asked yourself, “who is that babe with the flying black hair who's slaying on...

SF-born legend Terry Bozzio on UK’s reunion, his dad’s accordion, and the importance of drum lessons

Bay Area-born and raised drummer extraordinaire Terry Bozzio (who plays the Regency Ballroom Fri/18 with reunited band UK) has performed with Frank Zappa, Missing...

Q&A: Alaina Moore of Denver’s Tennis

Some people look to surf pop as their go to summer soundtrack. But what if, for once, you were to venture off the shore...

Heads Up: 8 must-see concerts this week

This week, most of the crucial shows are hella local (as is that faux pas slang). What can you do? We're all cogs in...

Bachelorette’s computer folk lands in Oakland this weekend

Ask the initially shy New Zealander Bachelorette how she makes music, and you'll get a fascinating mouthful. “Some of the stuff I make, it's...