In a perfect world, the Smashing Pumpkins’ residency at the Fillmore that begins next week would start not with one of the band’s nu-skool eyeliner anthems like “United States” or “God and Country,” but with James Iha and D’arcy Wretsky taking the stage, throwing their replacements off, kicking Billy Corgan in the groin, and then diving straight into “Jellybelly.”
Unfortunately, the chances of that happening are about as good as Corgan growin Read more »
I'd always enjoyed Maria McKee's former band, the under-appreciated rootsy rockers Lone Justice, but my moment of conversion--- much like it was for countless others, I'd wager--- arrived in the form of her contribution to the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, "If Love is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)."
A few years ago, a friend of mine lost most of his fingers when a firecracker went off in his right hand. Having gone to his house just minutes after the accident (and therefore seen the gory aftermath), it was hard to imagine a more gruesome, traumatic accident. And knowing he was a right-handed graphic designer, it was hard to imagine one more tragic.
Of course, that is, until I heard about the accident that befell Roisin Isner, drummer for the San Francisco band Tinkture. Read more »
As Andy Cabic and co. tuned up for another gentle folk-rock Vetiver jam Tuesday night at The Independent, my housemate gushed, "I feel like I'm at a real rock concert!"
Indeed, there was something pro about Vetiver's set - it was some combination of a balanced, generous song list, tight arrangements, the Independent's sharply defined sound, and the large crowd swaying to music that so conjures Northern California's finest elements. Read more »
Last week at 12 Galaxies, John Doe busted out X's most patriotically-titled tune. I missed Exene on the chorus, but whatever. Independence Day traditions in my world include watching at least a few minutes of Independence Day -- which I just tried to find on TV, and it ain't on, so this tradition is in danger of not happening except in my photographic-movie-memory -- and eating the biggest hamburger I can get my mitts around.
Oh, and FREEDOM ROCK. FREEDOM ROCK has it all! Read more »
Nearly 40 years ago, Brazil’s Os Mutantes sewed the seeds of their now-legendary status by creating a pastiche of hallucinatory sounds and good ole fashioned Beatles-like harmonies so fluidly that they’ve inspired a whole new generation of followers extending far beyond the city limits of their native Sao Paulo. Read more »
This just in from Dinosaur Jr. label home Fat Possom: Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis - a real-life guitar hero who is going frickin' blind for his loud, loud art - takes on comedian and vid game playah David Cross on AOL/the DL's Guitar Hero II Challenge.
A whole lot of PBR-guzzling, pizza-chomping, pork rind-inhaling folks came out for Phantom Surfer Mike Lucas's birthday get-down a few weeks back at the Stork Club. The Flakes, Harold Ray Live in Concert, Knights of the New Crusade and so many more garage rock combos got our their best - and worst - jokes to toast the dude. Good times? You bet. Read more »