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Imelda May on motherhood, rockabilly influences, and when to say “Screw it”

October 9, 2014
Taking the sounds of traditional rockabilly, blues, and jazz and giving them an injection of her own infectious energy and style, Irish chanteuse Imelda...

Social Distortion digs up its roots

October 3, 2014
Although they got their start in the fast and loud world of the southern California punk rock scene of the late 1970s and early...

Catching up with burlesque star and fashion icon Dita Von Teese

September 8, 2014
With a seductive and sexy nod to the past, modern pin-up and burlesque queen Dita Von Teese has been at the forefront of reviving...

Cubicle cult

Stephen Root on staplers and the enduring appeal of 'Office Space'

Go with a smile

SF screenwriter Sam Hamm remembers 'Batman', 25 years later

The Pogues’ James Fearnley on Shane MacGowan, the difference time can make, and the diary that became his new...

June 9, 2014
Mixing a high proof distillation from the sounds of traditional Irish folk music with the piss and vinegar attitude and energy of punk rock,...

The Damned on playing small venues, headgear that protects you from spit, and why they won’t stop ’til the...

June 3, 2014
For nearly four decades now, legendary British rockers The Damned have been haunting stages around the world with their brand of gothic-inspired punk.Since storming...

Punk-rock veteran Cheetah Chrome is still full of surprises

April 11, 2014
As the guitarist for Rocket From The Tombs and The Dead Boys, Cheetah Chrome helped write the sonic blueprint for punk rock — and...

Giving thanks: On growing up with Nirvana

April 10, 2014
For all of the world-wide media attention surrounding the induction of Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight and the 20th...

Q&A: Punk veteran Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham

April 3, 2014
After more than 20 years of playing an important role in the formation and evolution of a variety of bands including the Cadillac Tramps,...

…And horror for all

Metallica's Kirk Hammett melds metal and monsters for his first 'Fear FestEvil'

Sammy Hagar runs through the hits at the America’s Cup Pavilion

September 11, 2013
Celebrating 40-plus years on the rock scene, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar hit the stage in San Francisco on Saturday night...

Get out your action figures: ‘Robot Chicken’ is coming to town!

April 25, 2013
For those of us who grew up in the 1980s, who doesn’t have fond memories of playing with action figures? Whether you were plotting...

Takei wisdom at San Francisco’s ‘Star Trek’ convention

November 20, 2012
Bay Area Trekkers (don’t call them “Trekkies”!) set their coordinates for the city this past weekend as the official 2012 San Francisco Star Trek...

Toasting the titan

September 6, 2012
Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen had to invent unconventional techniques to bring his movie magic to the big screen when he revolutionized the world...

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

August 31, 2012
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...

Danzig on Doyle, his fans, Verotik, and that Metallica anniversary

May 24, 2012
Glenn Danzig has spawned a cult following with his dark and brooding voice, and the sinisterly seductive imagery of his lyrics. From the early...

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

May 18, 2012
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...

Lindsey Buckingham’s live show comes down to one

May 16, 2012
With an arsenal of a dozen guitars and several amplifiers lined up behind him, Lindsey Buckingham wasted no time delving into his extensive catalog...

Teese and thank you

Burlesque revivalist extraordinaire Dita Von Teese reveals all!

Lindsey Buckingham sows his own seeds

May 11, 2012
For nearly 45 years, Lindsey Buckingham has been writing and performing songs with an indelible impact on rock'n'roll; and several of those tracks are...

Letters from Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson

April 25, 2012
As the guitarist for Hole, Eric Erlandson was at the center of the alternative rock explosion of the early 1990s, a member of one...

GWAR honors deceased guitarist’s return to the home planet

April 9, 2012
Those sleazy, salacious scumdogs of the universe in GWAR wasted no time in unleashing their riotous brand of musical mayhem on Friday night before...

Punk rock Robin Hoods

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