"When the house goes up in flames, nobody emerges triumphantly from it," sings Mountain Goats mainstay and lyricist John Darnielle, with thundering drums, piano, and cello at his side on the final song of Heretic Pride (4AD). Read more »
Were you at Trannyshack this past Tuesday? Gurl, you missed it. Miss Juanita More put on a fierce and seamless 40 minute extravaganza of "Minnie the Moocher" Victrola soul-era tributes, complete with her signature "pass out spliffs to the crowd" move. It was all pretty breathless. And my pashmina reeked of weed! Read more »
Oh, those Dodos. The SF dudes aren't adverse to mixing it up with the rest of the city's music scene - even if it means working their skills as mischief-makers.
"I swear," said Meric Long, Dodos vocalist-guitarist-multi-instrumentalist, "I used to play with these two girls in Mixtape, and we did Valentine's Day at the Make-Out Room two years ago, and we opened up for Spencer Day and I just remember being so wasted. Read more »
When the lights are turned low and the music is turned up, it’s time to get down at Lights Down Low. This biweekly party in the heart of the Tenderloin’s seediest section at Hyde and Turk brings much-needed festivity to an otherwise bedraggled block. Read more »
Can you believe it? Kate Bush's ain't-nothin-else-like-it debut, The Kick Inside (EMI), turns the big three-oh this month! Yep, that's 30 gilded candles sitting atop the unapologetically romantic gem's scrumptiously rococo birthday cake.
Back in February 1978, the inimitable Bush burst into worldwide consciousness in a flurry of French horns, wind chimes, and pirouettes. Read more »
Anyone who knows me understands -- or at least acknowledges -- my Freddy Krueger obsession: the holographic Freddy watch, the Freddy sweater, the talking Freddy doll, the glazed-over look in my eyes when I rhapsodize about the human-head pizza served in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master's scene at the "Crave Inn" diner. (Best...crunching sound effects...ever).
A Nightmare on Elm Street -- specifically the third installment, a.k.a. 1987's Dream Warriors, possibly the series' strongest entry -- is also the reason I became a Dokken fan. Read more »
Always good to hear from the Donnas, last year's Noise Pop fest cover ladies. Bassist Maya Ford checked in via e-mail recently, anticipating the band's show at the Fillmore tonight, Feb. 20, opening for the Hives. Here's what she wrote:
SFBG: The band is putting out their own recordings now, right? Read more »