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Outside Lands 2014: It’s Yeezy season

August 11, 2014
Were you there? Were you among the approximately 200,000 human bodies smashed together for warmth at Golden Gate Park this past weekend, because you...

Find some poetry

Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek grapples with life and death on his rawest, most intimate album yet

Pixies 2.0

The alt-rock forefathers forge ahead with new material — and without Kim Deal

The worst music beats the best bomb: A conversation with legendary composer Van Dyke Parks

January 24, 2014
“Yours falsely!” Van Dyke Parks chimes, as he picks up the phone at home in Pasadena, where the weather is “room temperature.” He...

Year in Music 2013: Taylor Kaplan’s top 10s

December 18, 2013
Albums1. My Bloody Valentine: m b v2. Dean Blunt: The Redeemer3. Julia Holter: Loud City Song4. No Joy: Wait to Pleasure5. Oneohtrix Point Never:...

Blitzkrieg what?

Party captain Andrew W.K. and Marky Ramone carry on the Ramones legacy

Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order altered the course of pop music, go see him live

September 26, 2013
Three decades after its initial release, New Order's Power, Corruption, & Lies (1982) might sound deceptively ordinary. From the early '90s successes of Happy...

Gary Numan: dark music done right at the Oakland Metro

September 9, 2013
From Metallica to This Mortal Coil, there's a sense of canned melodrama about most "dark" music that I've long found goofy and unconvincing. On...

Live Review: My Bloody Valentine’s SF show feels like something beamed in from another decade

August 29, 2013
Swirling guitars… cooing vocals… that all-engulfing wall of noise. It's difficult to describe My Bloody Valentine's sound without veering into borderline erotica, and understandably...


Two decades after its landmark album, My Bloody Valentine returns to SF

Outside Lands 2013 winners (Paul McCartney, Chic, Bombino) and losers

August 14, 2013
Hall & Oates, or Trombone Shorty? Willie Nelson, or Vampire Weekend? This year's Outside Lands presented its 65,000 attendees with some perplexing choices, resulting...


Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote gets some love from Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, and Questlove

So fresh, so clean

Is laptop-produced, hi-fi music the punk rock of the Internet age?

Philip Glass at 75: an intoxicating series, live scores to ‘La Belle et la Bête’ and more

May 31, 2013
Last June, legendary composer Philip Glass treated our fair city to a one-off collaborative performance with indie-folk visionary Joanna Newsom. Just two months ago,...

Yo La Tengo plays the hits at the Fillmore, covers Black Flag

May 14, 2013
The last time I saw Yo La Tengo, on its fabulously gimmicky Spinning Wheel tour, the trio delivered an abrasive, garage-y opening set under...

TNGHT whips the Mezzanine’s 420 crowd into a frenzy

April 23, 2013
Like a microcosm of our ever-morphing music culture, electronic duo TNGHT stands squarely between the traditions of EDM and hip-hop, reaping the benefits of...

Snap Sounds: Justin Timberlake

March 21, 2013
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKETHE 20/20 EXPERIENCE (RCA)It's 10 songs, seven minutes apiece. A quick look at the track-listing to Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience reveals a...

Unexplored terrain

Composer Steve Reich draws out Radiohead's melodic fragments for new work, 'Radio Rewrite'

Noise Pop 2013: Califone, ‘Scene Unseen,’ and DIIV

March 5, 2013
Will 2013 be the year that Noise Pop began downsizing? Or, is the festival simply adjusting its focus towards smaller, rising acts? Either way,...

Fanboy ruminations on the new My Bloody Valentine

February 6, 2013
Here I am, listening to m b v for the umpteenth time since Saturday night, and I still can’t believe it exists. Up until...

Live Shots: Jessie Ware at the Rickshaw Stop

January 28, 2013
It’s only a matter of time before British R&B-pop sensation Jessie Ware outgrows the small, cozy Rickshaw Stops of the music world. Last Thursday,...

Snap Sounds: Scott Walker

December 11, 2012
SCOTT WALKERBISH BOSCH (4AD)When pop crooner Scott Walker plunged into the abyss on 1995’s Tilt, he initiated one of the most radical transformations in...