Our Weekly Picks April 25-May 1

WEDNESDAY 25 >> Norm Talley It's been a good decade since the Detroit Beatdown sound was unleashed on the world via an eponymous...

For your consideration: Short takes from SFIFF, week one

The gargantuan San Francisco Film Festival opens this week after a particularly fraught year in which the San Francisco Film Society tragically lost two...

Truth or consequences

Solid-gold lifestyles and agents provocateurs: SFIFF's documentary highlights

Heads Up: 6 must-see concerts this week

In the days leading up to veritable sweaty behemoth Coachella, many national acts are cooling their jets, taking breathers, stretching their hamstrings before the...

Our Weekly Picks: March 28-April 3

WEDNESDAY 28 "How to Drink Like a Locavore" Rents in the Mission and Noe Valley rose 10 percent in the last six months? Sea...

SXSW Music Highlights: Photographer Brittany Powell’s snaps

In addition to our other coverage of the SXSW music festival, the Guardian also had photographer Brittany Powell pounding Austin's pavement in search of great...

Feeding time

Pack the earplugs and napkins, it's time for the second annual Burger Boogaloo

Texas highlights

Street performers, Jimmy Cliff, and organ-rattling beats at SXSW 2012

Our Weekly Picks: March 21-27

WEDNESDAY 21Al Pacino Iconic actor Al Pacino brings his new experimental documentary Wilde Salome to the city tonight for its U.S. debut screening, with...

In the SXSW green room

A DIY potstar runs down her favorite medical marijuana moments from Austin

Success won’t jinx Sharon Van Etten’s ability to write sad love songs

Ed. note – Ahead of Sharon Van Etten's long-sold out show in SF this week, Ryan Prendiville had the chance to catch up with...

SXSW Music Day 4: Nneka, Balkan Beat Box, Jimmy Cliff

During my last day in Austin SXSW reached critical mass. This year St. Patrick's Day happened to coincide with the big Saturday blowout, and...

SXSW Music Day 3: Santigold, Hindi Zahra, Debo Band

My third day at South by Southwest kicked off with the big SPIN Magazine party at Stubb's. Best Coast was wrapping up their set...

SXSW Music Day 2: Spoek Mathambo, Sauti Sol, Kali Mutsa

After an early afternoon chat with Portuguese electro-kuduro group Buraka Som Sistema, I wandered downtown only to run into Andy and Christian of San...

Get ready for Bonaparte

So let’s just pretend I made a clever joke about Napoleon invading and just skip to the point: Bonaparte, an electro rock'n'roll circus led...

SXSW Music Day 1: Mirel Wagner, Lila Downs, ZZ Ward

 I'm in Austin to blog the SXSW Music festival for the second year. With evening slates that usually have around 50 official showcases happening...

Our Weekly Picks: March 7-13

WEDNESDAY 7 Swahili Search for the words "Swahili" and "band" on YouTube and you could easily get lost in a deluge of traditional Kenyan...

Promising newish acts at Noise Pop 2012: Surf Club and FIDLAR

He asked if there were drink tickets. The bartender nodded, saying that the band could have wine now, and then beers on stage. Neither...

Metal Mother

On the Rise: "Dismantling the mundane and mediocre thought systems that are ruling the planet."

The reluctant soloist

Away from his Australia-based band Electric Jellyfish, Michael Beach finds solace in solitude.

Carved up

Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender on female rage, music, and misdirected meat

GOLDIES 2011: Religious Girls

The arty noise act's music is that of the futurist multitasker


The exquisite pain and rebirth of freak folkers Little Teeth

Island time

From Angolan kuduro and gauzy psychedelia to local garage punk and silent disco: It'll be a packed weekend of Treasure Island Music Festival's chords and beats