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Find your fangs: Total Trashfest is upon us

October 7, 2014
I can already envision the sound of Shannon Shaw's voice singing Metallica's "Enter Sandman," and it's music to my ears. The James Hetfield-penned classic...

The sound of America

Hits and history mix in 'Motown the Musical'

The shaman, the oracle, and the engineer

Sleep Genius bands are pushing boundaries — and proving the Bay Area underground is alive and well

Live Shots: Hether Fortune gets cathartic at the Night Light

February 19, 2014
Last Friday it was Valentine’s Day, but all I saw was tears. I’ve wondered before how some musicians can sing some of their more...

Goldies 2014 Performance/Music: Brontez Purnell

"I romanticize the outsider. There's always going to be this running theme of me versus the world."

Cover me bad

The art of the Halloween tribute band tradition

Live Shots: Treasure Island Music Festival 2013

October 22, 2013
Maybe people just don’t know how to party anymore, but I didn’t come across vomit once at the Treasure Island Music Festival. The crowd’s...

Mexican summer

Exploring the Mexico City punk scene through house shows and tumultuous SF pit stops

Undercover Juggalo

Could an outsider infiltrate the juggalo sect during Insane Clown Posse's Oakland stopover?

Video Premiere: The Trashies do the worm

May 28, 2013
The view from my studio apartment’s bay windows includes a clear view of my building’s garbage chute. Often times the chute gets clogged and...

Turn me on

Burger fever and mixed tape metaphors at Burgerama II

Who are you?

Appreciating the legendary band's deeper cuts in advance of its live show

YEAR IN MUSIC 2012: Beach squelch shimmy

Supergroup Uzi Rash plots its own demise for the end of 2012

Skipping Bridge School: a happenstance Saturday in San Francisco

October 24, 2012
For me, things usually go better when the unexpected happens, like this past weekend when my half-assed plans to attend Saturday’s installment of Neil...

End of days for Uzi Rash

October 12, 2012
Finito. Doneski. Kaput. Well, that may be putting it harshly, but Uzi Rash’s five years of fame is just about up. So says frontman...

King Khan shares his spiritual side, hosts tarot reading contest

August 30, 2012
After talking to Arish “King” Khan over the phone last Friday, I got a sense of a more spiritual and sympathetic side as opposed...

Hot mess: Total Trash BBQ Weekend revisited

July 31, 2012
Punks, rockers — whatever you want to call it, the scene in Oakland definitely got more than messy this weekend as the Total Trash...

Queen bee

Retrospective and review of Lil Kim's bitch-ass wordplay

Uzi Rash lets it bleed at Bender’s

April 24, 2012
The stars aligned in a sinful sort of way this past weekend when warm weather coincided with the 4/20 holiday. I spent the evening...

Cruising for a bruising

Nauseous Bay Area garage rockers give their all on the high seas

We want the airwaves

Where KUSF stands now, exactly 12 months after the shutdown

Garage troubadour

The collected works of San Francisco's own Ty Segall

Video Premiere: Uzi Rash “Garbageland”

October 24, 2011
Beach squelch shimmy is back.Just in time for its Halloween show at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, where it will take part in punk...