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Top local bands from one who might know


By Steve Touchton

These are my top 50-some Bay Area bands of '07. Some of them moved here this year. A few of them moved away this year. Maybe a few of them broke up this year. Several of them are even my own bands, but I wouldn’t be playing in them if I didn’t think they’d make it on to a list this massive. All of them were active while living here in 2007.

Here it is:

16 Bitch Pile Up
Bleachy Bleachy Bleach
Breezy Days Band

Dear G Love...



By Chris DeMento

I got these Christmas blues
I don't know what do
I got a brand new song
But no one to sing it to

- G Love, Monday, Dec. 10 at the Grand

Dear G Love,

When I left out of work today the air was kind of chilly, the NoCal weather likes to change all silly. Read more »

Oh yeah, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs



By Mike McGuirk

Yeah Yeah Yeahs may be critical faves, and they may have pretty much all the cool kids at their shows, and they may have created an unassailably cool image to boot, but their latest EP, Is Is (Fontana/Interscope), makes it very difficult for those diametrically opposed to such across-the-board-acceptance to write the band off as more empty product. Read more »

Thrash travelers Exodus revisited, by way of "The Atrocity Exhibition"



By Ben Richardson

Out of all the '80s thrashers that managed to survive the nu-metal wasteland of the '90s, none have re-hoisted the oriflamme of thrash with the vehemence of Exodus. After abortive Korn-era attempts to regain prominence were scotched by endless line-up changes and label disputes, the band coalesced in 2004 around guitarist Gary Holt, who was determined to get the band back in the studio. Read more »

Swish Americana with the Griffles


Two things that will surely shock you:

1. I like silly music.

2.Stark Raving Brad, the angry elf model for our “Fuck the Holidays” shoot (in our Holiday Guide) makes silly music.

Photo by Neil Motteram

Yup, it’s true. Read more »

Calling all shred-heds: Hesher finals at Thee Parkside


By Justin Juul

Karaoke isn’t just for drunk bachelorettes, annoying frat boys, and Japanese man-whores anymore. (Such language! -- ed.)


Now, thanks to the folks down at Thee Parkside, you and all your goofy and jaded hipster friends can enjoy it too. Hesher, Thee Parkside’s monthly karaoke and air guitar contest, has been building up heavy metal steam all year long and is about to go into finals mode. Read more »

Grand royal: King Creosote charms up a storm



By Todd Lavoie

Aye, yes, it's been a stellar year for Scotland, musically speaking, what with floor-me-flat-out releases from the likes of Edwyn Collins, Alasdair Roberts, Malcolm Middleton, Emma Pollock, the Twilight Sad - not to mention the triumphant return of the Jesus and Mary Chain - and, sitting at the tippy-top of this list, the astonishingly prolific folk-pop troubadour from Fife, Kenny Anderson, better known as King Creosote. Read more »

Hey, Moped, lemme ride your two-man musical people mover



By Chris DeMento

I don’t like techno. And by calling it techno, of course I mean to deride electronic music, perhaps only for effect, or maybe because I have all these negative electro-associations: the movie Swordfish, for example. There’s one. Read more »

Iron and Wine is what happens when you’re making plans for Friday night


By Erik Morse

So the night, Nov. 30, was a disaster of sorts but not for the reasons you’d think - and before you gag yourself with the prospect of another music review-turned personal soapbox or group session, bear with me. Read more »

Folked up: Freight & Salvage wins $1.161 million grant to build new green venue



This just in: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse - the longest-running, full-time venue for folk and traditional music west of the Mississippi River - announced today it has been awarded a $1.161 million grant from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) to fund construction of its new green performance space, school, and café. Read more »